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Restaurant recommendation for Carcassonne and Avignon?

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Hello all!

I will be spending a week around Carcassonne with the family in September. I would love some recommendations for restaurants. I have 2 small (very well-behaved) children, so restaurants that are not totally anti-children would be preferred. I would also like some recommendations for lunch as getting out for dinner is a little hard. However, we will be able to go out a couple of times so some recommendations for places to splurge would be highly recommended. We have a car so we can drive outside of town.

Additionally, we will be spending a couple of nights in Avignon so any recommendations around there would be lovely.

Thanks so much!

Melanie

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  1. Just back from the area. Don't miss le Relais Chantovent in Minerve, a ridiculously picturesque Cathar village. The food in the restaurant is beautifully prepared yet rather inexpensive; the local wines are both incredibly cheap and incredibly good. Great address. They also have simple, clean rooms to rent. A lovely place run by a wonderful family.

    We also heard good things about the restaurant in Lastours, but were eating so well in Minerve that we never made it.

    This part of Languedoc is fantastic, but do get out of Carcassone fast--way too Disneyland. As soon as you do, you'll find a delicious region to visit: sunny, "winey," and steeped in history (les Cathars, the Canal du Midi, etc.) The New Provence label is very deserved. By that one means, of course, the Old Provence.

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    1. re: johnmarseille

      "This part of Languedoc is fantastic, but do get out of Carcassone fast--way too Disneyland. As soon as you do, you'll find a delicious region to visit: sunny, "winey," and steeped in history (les Cathars, the Canal du Midi, etc.) The New Provence label is very deserved. By that one means, of course, the Old Provence."

      Excellently put. I did not know the region is called the New Provence. By whom?
      The best way to appreciate Carcassoneland is to take a photo from afar, and not go near.

      1. re: Parigi

        Hi Parigi, well, maybe not New Provence, but the first words in the Lonely Planet guide to Languedoc-Roussillon are "The next Provence is the buzz . . . ." And, really, that's how the place feels, something like pre-Peter Mayle Provence.

        1. re: johnmarseille

          Hmm, I heard the same thing about the Drome, mais bon...

          1. re: johnmarseille

            Isn't the "new Provence" label a real estate agents label based on the number of Brits buying up and renovating properties. A number of years ago "old" Provence got far too expensive for most and thus there was a shift in focus to the Languedoc, which had always been popular because it was so cheap; I understood the label was designed to help prices rise.

            And on my last visit, In fact I was quite surprised to find that some of the traders in the Limoux market were long term English restaurants.That saids some great countryside, descent restaurants and apart from Carcassonne fewer tourist hordes.

      2. Addedum re. le Relais Chantovent. The Bru family which runs the restaurant and hotel has a number of small children. There is even a room across the narrow village street from the restaurant where I frequently saw kids playing, coloring, hanging out. In other words, not at all anti-children. Enjoy!

        1. Thanks for the replies! The restaurant recommendation for Relais Chantovent looks lovely! Would love some more -- so keep them coming. They could be inside Carcassonne (although it seems to be hit or miss) or outside. I was thinking about trying out Restaurant Le Parc and/or Le Languedoc any thoughts?

          Thanks!

          melanie

          1. I don't know if it's too far out of your way, but Castelnaudary is about 40 minutes outside of Carcassonne - and I ate the best cassoulet of my life there. (supposedly it's the hometown of cassoulet).

            Sorry I don't remember the name of the resto - we arrived in town after wanderling along the Canal du Midi, and went into one that looked good (small, ugly d├ęcor, well-fed middle-aged server... ;)

            If you're staying in a holiday let with a BBQ - the other truly memorable meal we ate was duck sausage grilled over grapevine wood (sarments de vigne - they make everything grilled taste better!), washed down with a local red (la Clape) - all of it picked up at the local supermarket in Narbonne.