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Cassoulet in Carcassone?

J and V Aug 23, 2012 09:18 PM

Spending one night in Carcassone in early September and thought would be good to try cassoulet since it is a regional dish (I believe). Wonder where to go for this? Staying right outside the walls of the fortress.

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    shanemio Aug 23, 2012 10:06 PM

    Ohhh, can't tell you where to eat, but will say lucky you! Beautiful city, great food, and wonderful, wonderful, wine.

    Have a great trip!

    1. sunshine842 Aug 24, 2012 12:36 AM

      As you can imagine, all the restaurants claim to make the absolute best cassoulet in the old city.

      The lady who ran the small hotel where we stayed recommended two-- we ended up at Auberge de Dame Carcas -- because of a wedding inside, we sat outside (it was April, so a little crisp, but not too bad) -- huge bowls of bubbling cassoulet, and right on a main intersection in the city, so lots of ambiance.

      Prices not too bad.

      1. John Talbott Aug 24, 2012 09:55 AM

        Last October our best cassoulet in the area, indeed maybe the best ever, was at Chez Emile in Toulouse but I'd highly recommend the Maison Gayda just outside Carcassonne for a non-cassoulet meal. It's in the midst of a vineyard and on a nice day is great dining,

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        1. re: John Talbott
          Yank Aug 25, 2012 07:20 AM

          Gosh John you were close enough to have THE best cassoulet in SW France in Verfeil-sur-Seye.

          At my house!

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            John Talbott Aug 25, 2012 07:30 AM

            Next time.

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              Parigi Aug 30, 2012 07:27 AM

              Je m'inscris.
              And I do tend to prefer homemade cassoulet to restaurant cassoulet.

            2. re: John Talbott
              zuriga1 Aug 26, 2012 11:43 AM

              We had a meal at Maison Gayda in June. We didn't think the food was all that good, but I think it was because we ate there on the night they have a set menu and use up their leftovers. We much preferred Tantine et Tonton in Limoux.. a truly wonderful dinner.

            3. Parnassien Aug 24, 2012 10:15 AM

              La Marquière on the rue Saint Jean (inside the walls) has an excellent and very classic cassoulet ... but the restaurant itself is relatively pricey and chichi

              1. zuriga1 Aug 26, 2012 11:45 AM

                It's a bit of a drive from Carcassone, but we had a fabulous meal near Toulouse at L'Hostellerie de Pomerade near Castlenaudry. The cassoulet was superb as was the rest of the dinner.


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                  Lockhouse Aug 30, 2012 01:38 AM

                  If you are staying in Carcassonne, I recommend the Chateau de Cavanac. They do a fixed price local menu which includes unlimited wine from their own vineyards. The menu does include a cassoulet main course. The food and wine is local and hearty rather than gourmet but it is a wonderful place to eat. Obviously the usual caveats about horses for courses apply.

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                    DeppityDawg Aug 30, 2012 08:03 AM

                    I like "Le Jardin de la Tour", rue de la porte d'Aude.

                    If the weather's nice, you can eat outside (not on a crowded terrace but in a shady garden right under the fortress walls). Here's a photo of the cassoulet, which was good.

                    I would say that most restaurant cassoulet in this region is good, if not memorably so. It's not a dish I would necessarily go out of my way to get the "best" version of, if I only had one night in Carcassonne. Whatever you do, to avoid disappointment and aggravation, make a reservation.

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