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BuckyE Jun 13, 2012 08:00 AM

We'll be a week in Puy L'Eveque (west of Cahors) this July. Soon!

I'm winkling a few recommendations out of other threads here, but wonder if any Hounds would have time to make a sort of Formal List here? We'd like to hear about both sitdown lunch and dinners, and picnic supplies. Any recommendations or warnings greatly appreciated!

Bucky Edgett

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  1. zuriga1 RE: BuckyE Jun 13, 2012 09:10 AM

    The food (hope it hasn't changed) was fantastic at Moulin du Roc in Champagnac de Belair near Brantome (a very pretty town to visit). The surroundings are beautiful as is the food.

    P.S. I just checked TripAdvisor and apparently the inn and restaurant still get raves.

    1. Yank RE: BuckyE Jun 14, 2012 01:58 AM

      Don't know about formal lists, but we spent a couple of nights near there a few years ago on a walking trip.
      Didn't find any outstanding restaurants, but plenty of nice local places.

      I'd focus on lunch if I were you. It can get lonely eating dinner in this part of France as most locals go out for lunch.

      The Saturday market in Cahors is not to be missed. There are a number of good places to eat there. Can't remember the name (check it out on Michelin), but the one star near the train station is good.

      Bonne Vacance!

      1. boredough RE: BuckyE Jun 14, 2012 03:12 AM

        We had a lovely dinner at the Château de Mercuès (one Michelin star) 2 weeks ago. We had their Menu Château at 90€ (see http://www.chateaudemercues.com/index... - but be warned the English & French versions don't have the same prices). We loved the site as well as the château itself, and would go back.

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          zuriga1 RE: boredough Jun 14, 2012 08:22 AM

          I second this suggestion! I was able to stay there overnight once in a former life, and it's very luxurious and like a fairytale place... not to mention having fine dining.

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            carlux RE: boredough Jun 29, 2012 01:53 PM

            ''the English & French versions don't have the same prices' - in 18 years of living in the Dordogne, not far from Cahors, I have never seen this on a menu. Do you have an example? We haven't eaten at the Chateau, but are long time purchasers of VIgoroux wines, and I'm a Facebook friend of VIgoroux - owner of the chateau. I would really like to ask about this, if you have more information.

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              boredough RE: carlux Jun 29, 2012 11:57 PM

              I was referring specifically to the Château's website (cited above with my comment in parentheses). In the French version, the menu prices are €138, €90, and €70. Click on the British flag and they are €115, €85, & €65.

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                carlux RE: boredough Jun 30, 2012 05:23 AM

                In fact just after I posted I looked at the site, and saw exactly what you meant. I just called the Chateau and asked, and it appears that the French prices are correct - they just haven't updated their English Language site. I pointed out to him that this was rather confusing for Anglophones (didn't mention that people might fell they were being taken advantage of) and he says they will change it 'tout de suite.'

                People here aren't always as efficient with their sites as you might hope. This morning we drove to Cahors to check out something at a quarry whose site said 'open Monday to Satruday' In French of course. Anyway, we got there and it was obviously closed. Luckily there was someone working on his In tray who was able to answer our questions, and was quite amazed to hear that the site said they were open. I was able to show him exactly - after pointing out that we had driven an hour to check this out. So we got our information, but purely by chance.

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                  boredough RE: carlux Jun 30, 2012 06:46 AM

                  Yes, it always amazes me when an organization does not maintain its website properly, especially when we might be relying on that one crucial bit of information (as you did). Sometimes it's better not to have a website at all.

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                  Yank RE: boredough Jul 1, 2012 01:45 AM

                  Since the English prices are lower who's complaining?

                  Just order off the English menu.

                  By the way in either currency those are pretty steep prices for a one star.

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                    Parigi RE: Yank Jul 1, 2012 02:05 AM

                    "By the way in either currency those are pretty steep prices for a one star."

                    Agreed. I think those are prices of a one star plus the rent of a table in a beautiful castle.

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                      Yank RE: Parigi Jul 1, 2012 12:27 PM

                      Wonder if they'd let me bring my own table?

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                        Parigi RE: Yank Jul 1, 2012 01:01 PM

                        Why don't you get takeout. :-)
                        Shit, free kick for Italy.
                        I have to learn to breathe again.

            2. BuckyE RE: BuckyE Jun 21, 2012 05:36 AM

              Thank you all. I'm compiling!

              1. condor RE: BuckyE Jul 7, 2012 11:10 PM

                We're heading to Restaurant Marco just east of Cahors for lunch today.

                1. BuckyE RE: BuckyE Jul 8, 2012 02:44 PM

                  Ok, I've been scouring the board and found an interesting phenomenon. There is little or nothing here about places in the Lot Valley. Plenty of Dordogne and north (Perigordian, I think) but nothing Quercy, until down in Toulouse or so. If that is indeed stil Quercy. Apparently the Lot and Tarn are the orphans of Chowhound gastronomical knowledge!

                  Or maybe I'm missing something!

                  Off to the UK and France on Wednesday. Thanks to all who have posted.

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                    Parigi RE: BuckyE Jul 8, 2012 03:15 PM

                    Dordogne is in general much more visited than the Lot, so naturally the Lot has fewer recommendations. But "little or nothing"?
                    I myself have recommended restaurants in Martel, Lacave, Marcilhac sur Célé, and markets, all in the Lot. Otherse, especially Yank, have made many more recommendations on the area.

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                      BuckyE RE: Parigi Jul 9, 2012 06:02 AM

                      Ah, I'm sorry! I see that "Martel, Lacave, Marcilhac sur Célé" are indeed in the Lot DEPARTMENT, although they are on or near the Dordogne RIVER. That's my confusion! As we'll be staying in Puy L'Eveque, west of Cahors, I guess although places like that are in our Department, they're also kind of far afield to pop out to for dinner. But maybe we need to plan a few day trips up there to see the countryside!

                      Thank you Parigi.

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                        Parigi RE: BuckyE Jul 9, 2012 06:34 AM

                        It is also difficult to search under "Lot". It's like "Nice" (the town). When one searches "Lot" or "Nice", one gets zillions of pages of threads mentioning "lot of" or "nice" (pleasant) everything and anything.

                        Another beautiful town in the Lot with good food that got mentions here is Figeac (esp La Cuisine du marché).

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                      r.vacapinta RE: BuckyE Jul 9, 2012 01:11 AM

                      For what its worth, we're headed off this July to spend one week in the Lot, followed by one week in the Gers. We already have an eating itinerary stretching down from Lacave to the Lot river (yes, we're going to Peche Merle) down to Albi to Auch and to L'Isle Jourdain (we're also going to the Marciac jazz festival)

                      There are some restaurants we're planning to visit but, in all honestly, the plan for many of our meals includes markets or farmhouses. This seems more apt in these areas. One of the Chambre d'Hotes we're staying at in Quercy we chose because the host has a reputation as a great cook.

                      Still, I'll try to report back.

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                        Parigi RE: r.vacapinta Jul 9, 2012 01:14 AM

                        Great planning. Can't wait to read your report.

                    3. condor RE: BuckyE Jul 11, 2012 07:09 AM

                      Had lunch at Restaurant Marco which is just east of Cahors.
                      Superb .. lovely flavours and very well executed.

                      Michelin has a fairly good website.

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