Carcassone: Just there in Sept 2013 and followed some prior Chowtips here only to sadly find AU BERG DU CANAL is now closed up tight, with no note as to any new location. Charming spot and fun to look for but no longer a contender.
The proprietor of LE COMPTE ROGER was delighted to learn he had come so highly recommended but sadly he had no tables because he was conducting some sort of seminar and the outdoor tables under the patio arbor normally open were not available that day due to the squally weather.
We asked where he would recommend and he directed us to ST JEAN, near the walls where we dined very nicely on salad, cassoulet and dessert for a fixed price with a glass of wine included which was quite reasonable. http://www.le-saint-jean.eu
Since this was my first cassoulet I had no idea if it was good or best or better. But it tasted wonderful on that cold windy and rain squally day and we left full, warm and happy.
Searching restaurants can take you into interesting corners of town and in this case into interesting discoveries and conversations among fellow foodies as well.
<Searching restaurants can take you into interesting corners of town and in this case into interesting discoveries and conversations among fellow foodies as well.>
Great observation. We found Le Compte Roger because our original choice, Le Donjon, was full (it appeared to be filled by bus tours, so we were not exactly devastated, but needed to make a quick reevaluation of where to eat. We walked around a bit looking at menus, and were sold on Comte Roger because they had pintade (guinea fowl). This kind of happy discovery in the face of minor adversity is what we love about travelling and eating.
Though it's been several years since my partner and I dined at Le Comte Roger, a quick check of recent reports shows that it is still highly regarded for the most part, so I feel it is safe to recommend it. It was definitely less touristy than other places in the old town, and we were very impressed with the food, service and ambience.