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May 22, 2011 03:24 PM

Seeking Restaurants near Nimes

My husband and I will be spending 10 days in Nimes at the end of July/beginning of August and would appreciate restaurant suggestions. While we'd like to find some places in Nimes, we are also willing to travel to eat well. We'd like both casual dining and higher end options. Thanks for any thoughts.

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  1. Drive a few km north to Sanilhac-Sagries and find Le Tracteur where talented young people are turning out great stuff.

    We enjoyed softly poached egg tucked inside potato puree with basil sauce, a luscious beetroot soup with ricotta and dill, melting braised lamb with currents and celery root puree.

    1. In the "willing to travel to eat well" category:
      Jean-Luc Rabanel in Arles
      Bistrot du Paradou in le Paradou

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      1. I responded to a similar question recently:

        There have also been one or two threads on Montpellier and the Cevennes, so it they are within your catchment area, it is worth searching for them.

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        1. re: Theresa

          I remember the very informative and recent thread, and many other threads.
          If the OP searches Nimes and then asks us questions about what she found, there would have be a lot more response as fellow hounds would not not be hit with this repetitive request fatigue.

          1. re: Parigi

            In fact, I did search for threads on Nimes and I saw and appreciated Theresa's response naming one restaurant. Surely, Parigi you must have been exhausted by the effort of posting such an unnecessarily nasty reply. Perhaps you save energy next time.

            1. re: Melanie96

              Don't be angry, Melanie. Let me tell you a parable of the curse of being the last person in line....

              Often in the grocery store, I'll be at checkout when I notice someone behind me with only a couple of items. So, I tell them, "Please go ahead." Everyone is happy. The next person with a few purchases sees this short line and gets in line behind me. Oh, well, why not, I think. I nod them ahead in front of me. And, damn, here comes a third person with a squalling baby and a cast on her arm. What are you going to do? So, of course, I wave them ahead.

              Then, this poor soul, asking for nothing more than the previous three steps in behind me. At this point, I lower my chin into my chest, don't look left or right and plant my feet. Should they even look hopeful, I'll bark at them.

              The running grumble on Chow at the moment (and perhaps forever) is that the seemingly same questions are asked weekly. And answered weekly. Of course, we all think that our problems are unique, but, if so, they need to be posed in such a way that they are seen as unique here.

              So just realize that you are at minimum the 4th or 27th or 98th person in line...

              1. re: mangeur

                "So just realize that you are at minimum the 4th or 27th or 98th person in line..."

                More like the 98th time Sonny Bono whined "Put your lil hand in maaaaahn".

                Before I replied, I actually input Nimes in the search function - giving the OP the benefit of the doubt that perhaps the function had broken down and that it was not Groundhog Day - and found 8 threads, several of which mentioned Nimes by name.

                1. re: Parigi

                  I get frustrated myself with the constant repetition of similar questions, but in Melanie's defence, there are few posts about Nimes and the surrounding area, and it is the daily duplication of information requests about Paris which drives me insane (and of London on the UK board). It's not just that many people don't seem to do any advance research, but that even if they do, they feel the need to double check everything, despite the huge amount of info already available. I am also gobsmacked that 99.99% of American tourists don't want to see anything of France beyond Paris - so it is nice to see the occasional (if slightly repetative) post about somewhere like Nimes.

                  I guess a lesson for people posting info requests is to let us know what research they have already done, so that we don't a) get aeriated or b) repeat previous recommendations ...

                  It's good to see a couple of other recommendations on here though - I'll be looking into them when I'm next over there. And I haven't used Le Fooding before, but will do in the future.

        2. I will offer another hint. Whenever I am planning travel, I immediately run a search on Le Fooding to see what dining rooms, from cheap to expensive, are recommended.

          Doing this, just now, I find the following recs:

          Note: A designation of Trop Bon usually results in a great meal.

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          1. re: mangeur


            I was not familiar with that website. Thank you for recommending it, I will give it a try. When I travel, I try to research the restaurants by reviewing guide books, cooking magazines and websites, seeing which restaurants appear most frequently and what kind of comments are made about them to finalize a list. Because I imagine others who use chowhounds likely engage in the same sort of research, I am particularly interested in the comments here. Thank you again.

            1. re: Melanie96

              Hello, we had a very nice meal at Aux Plaisirs des Halles in Nimes last fall and would recommend it to you if you are looking for a place to eat there. It is a Michelin Bib Gourmand restaurant.

              1. re: Pammel

                It's probably already in one of the earlier posting but the Vintage Café on rue de Bernis (also near the Maison Carré) is a good choice - not expensive.

                Auberge du Cedre in Lauret (again mentioned elsewhere) should also be on your list although it is really open to non-residents only on weekends.

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