Nancy and Metz recommendations?
We have just spent two days, three meals in Nancy. I wrote an extremely long report this morning which has disappeared, so I'll write a short one. If you want more details, let me know.
As I couldn't find Chowhound tips, I was reduced to Michelin 2012 (you can find the list by Googling Nancy restaurants). About 7 places are listed. All central, none outstandingly compelling so, it being July, we decided to go for the three that had outdoor tables.
Our second and final lunch was to be La Maison dans le/la? Parc which is the most expensive and must have lovely outdoor space behind (not in street)but it was full for lunch even though we arrived early (so book). Instead we went to an excellent place without outdoor tablesand no website CHEZ TANESEY LE GASTROLATRE, 23 Grand Rue. Tel 03 83 3551 94.
Must book for dinner but not for lunch. Attractive small room decorated with prints and knickknacks, jolly chef/owner - and conveniently between Place and Musee Lorraine. Because heat had taken our appetites we had only main dish: guinea hen with girolles and apples, and scallops with squid ink rice and rhubarb sauce. All perfectly cooked and delicious. Well, also for pudding bombe- home made ice cream with candied fruits. Very good and unusual. with one glass of wine and bottled water 81 euros.Our best and we definitely recommend.
Next best was V. Four 10 r St Michel, very close to Musee Lorraine. Also pleasant comfortable small place small choice but white tablecloths and quite good food. Probably needn't book for lunch but must for dinner. Tables on pedestrian street.
On arrival we had lunch at Les Petits Gobelins with tables on a pedestrian street behind the cathedral. It was cheapest and outdoor tables were all taken by 1 pm. Food acceptable - good breaded kidneys, sorbet, and amuse guele but not worth a detour.
Nancy well worth a two day visit.There is an Art Nouveau museum, and lovely garden plus magnificent place and other museums and park - all walkable except for the Art Nouveau museum. We had very large room in quiet B &B Mayon.
We too stayed at the beautiful and stylish Maison de Myon in Nancy (Sept 2011). http://www.maisondemyon.com . Martine Quenot, the proprietor, is an amazing woman of great taste and apparently boundless energy and enthusiasm. She recommended “la Poule Ange," a smallish and modern place with an open kitchen behind sliding glass doors -- a three minute walk from the B&B. It was very good for dinner. We enjoyed it more that the slighly more upscale La Maison dans le Parc. We also had a nice lunch in the ancient cellar of the casual Vins et Tartines, 25 bis rue des Ponts, along the way of our fairly long walk from the B&B to the Art Nouveau museum. -- Jake