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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 RE: J and V 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 RE: J and V 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 RE: J and V 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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          Yank RE: John Talbott 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 RE: Yank Aug 25, 2012 07:30 AM

            Next time.

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              Parigi RE: Yank Aug 30, 2012 07:27 AM

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

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              zuriga1 RE: John Talbott 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 RE: J and V 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 RE: J and V 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 RE: J and V 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 RE: J and V 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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