Cassoulet in Carcassone?
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.
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!
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.
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
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.
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.