In Provence for the first time - looking for great "hole in the wall" food near Avignon
First trip to Provence in August, a few years ago we had great experiences at local auberges in the Languedoc region. This time we'll be in the Beaumes-de-Venise/Avignon area and while we plan on visiting a few Michelin restos we're really looking for everyone's favorite version of the honest, simple, resto that reflects the local traditions and terroir.
We are particularly drawn to seafood (my hubby the butcher has unfortunately developed an allergy to fish, but not, thank god, shellfish) and charcutrie.
We will have a car and being Canadian are not averse to long drives for good food. Any recommendations are appreciated.
Quite near Beaumes de V, the domaine de Tenon in Violès (betw Orange and Vaison la Romaine) is a ferme-auberge in an old farm-vineyard serving coq au vin and those little Provençal farcis dishes, plus of course its own wines. The farm does not have fish, sorry.
Thanks for the suggestion Parigi, we'll definitely give it a go, especially since their menu right now includes lapin...
Good food is more important to us than any particular type of food, however the butcher does love a good terrine - so while we like seafood, it is not imperative we have it (unless we decide to drive down to the coast and have some oysters...)
ChefJune, I noticed in another post you had friends who ran a B&B nr. St. Remy de Provence, can you make suggestions for that area? Thanks again!
Inland in Provence, you are not likely to find a lot of fish and seafood on the menus. That's not true for the coastal areas, of course.
Try the following.
Mas Capoun, an extremely good value http://www.masducapoun.fr/ (near St. Remy)
The pizza at Chez Cherge in Carpentras (don't bother with the rest of the menu, it's only so-so)
Gouin is a great value (Near Gordes) - La Maison Gouin
44 Route d'Apt
Phone: 04 90 76 90 18
And, for, in my opinion, the best chocolatier in Fance, Joel Durand http://www.chocolat-durand.com/fr/ (In St. Remy)
We have a home in Sablet (about 40 minutes northwest of Avignon) and go to Provence 4 or 5 times a year. Among our favorites are: Les Florets in Gigondas, Les Mesclun in Seguret, Campagne, Vines & Gourmandises in Sainte Cecile les Vignes, Le Temps de Vivre in Uchaux and Le Brin d'Olivier in Vaison la Romaine. I write a blog about the area and have posted pictures of some of these restaurants and their food, more to come soon at www.sablethouse.blogspot.com
I like Les Mesclun too. Often after shopping at the humongous market in Vaison La Romaine, we would go to Les Mesclun for lunch and asked the owner to put all our food purchases in the cold room, before we made the long drive back to the Luberon side of Provence where we always stay.