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pane Mar 20, 2012 08:50 AM

I'm excited to start planning a trip to Languedoc; I stayed about a month in Aude a couple years ago, and love that region, its food and Occitan history.

For this trip, we rented a house in Beziers (in the Herault department) in May and will be there for a week. We also have a car for the drive up from Barcelona, but probably don't want to drive too far (maximum 30-45 minutes) or too regularly once we're settled in Beziers.

In the town of Beziers, I found recommendations for these restaurants (some of which have or had Michelin stars)

- L'Ambassade
- L'Octopus
- La Compagnie des Comptoires
- La Raffinerie
- Le Cep d'Or

Has anyone eaten here, and can recommend some over others? We will probably plan 2-3 fancy-ish meals for dinner, then want good and solid neighborhood-type meals that feel more warm and homey than refined.

Also, any recommendations for "everyday" sorts of places--boulangeries, patisseries--in the area would be much appreciated.

Merci a tous!

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    Theresa Mar 21, 2012 02:35 AM

    Have you searched this board for Languedoc recommendations? There are one or two recent threads.

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      pane Mar 21, 2012 10:01 AM

      That's weird (or I guess not weird, considering problems I've had with search in the past). Yes, the first thing I did was search Beziers, and got 0 results, but when I googled it this morning I found your recommendation for La Compagnie des Comptoires.

      Have you been to either of the Michelin places there? I would guess that 4-5 of our dinners will be in Beziers itself, where work will pin me down most days, hence my interest in that Beziers list more than the region at large--though I hope to sneak in 1-2 dinners outside town.

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        Theresa Mar 22, 2012 01:39 AM

        No I haven't, and pretty much all I know, or would want to recommend, is in that thread you found. Let us know what you find - I would be particularly interested to know about cheaper cafe/bistro type places - I'm sure there are loads.

        We've had decent lunches a couple of times in the cafes on the main street where the outdoor markets are held, the Allee Paul Riquet - no particular recommendations, but you probably wouldn't get a bad meal along there (away from massively touristy towns/cites, France is still pretty reliable for "everyday" places). There are also some nice little restaurants in the streets leadng up to the cathedral and around les halles.

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          mangeur Apr 17, 2012 06:12 PM

          Try http://www.chow.com/search?query=Octo...

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        Southoffrance Apr 17, 2012 03:41 PM

        I have lived not far from Beziers for the past 11 years and love l'Ambassade. It is fantastic! Since you have a car I highly recommend that you try Auberge du Vieux Puits in Fontjoncouse, France.
        3 Michelin Star Restaurant and well worth the 40 minute ride. The chef owner Gilles Goujon is amazing and just the ride to get there is lovely.
        This is a beautiful area full of history and the largest wine producing region in France and most years the world.
        Bon voyage !!!

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          pane Apr 17, 2012 06:08 PM

          Merci mille fois, southoffrance! Yes, I spent about three months in northern Languedoc a couple years ago and adored it for just the reasons you say. Thanks so much for your recommendations, and I'll let you know if I find any new items of interest...

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