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Aug 27, 2012 04:55 AM

Summer trip to Provence

New some current info on ORANGE France. Did you eat anyplace you would go back to or was glad you went the first time?

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  1. Did you not see anything interesting in all the threads on Orange and nearby Sablet, Gigondas, etc?

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    1. re: Parigi

      Being new to chowhound, I DONOt know how to find these threads. I would appreciate you telling me. Thank you jb

      1. re: Johnbliss

        there's a search box right up there in the upper right-hand corner of this page.

        1. re: sunshine842

          Thanks Sunshine, tried it but got nothing, I could find about Orange found an read a lot of good info about other towns. I am trying to plan a day in Orange since this ia short drive for us.

            1. re: Parigi

              I clicked on that link and for the first 2 pages of referrals, every single one was about oranges, or orange flavored foods. Not one mention of the town of Orange.

              1. re: ChefJune

                And nobody tried the nearby town names Sablete, Gigondas cited above?

    2. Actually,the search doesn't bring up anything about the town of Orange: it's all about the fruit.

      I've had the same experience here: do a search, find nothing, ask an honest question, and get nothing but a referral to the search.

      I don't ask questions any more.

      1. Rather than complicating your day trip, I'd settle for lunch in Orange itself. Admittedly there are no remarkable restaurants in the immediate neighbourhood but there are enough good ones for a decent meal without having to interrupt or curtail your sightseeing. Le Forum, Le Parvis, Restaurant du Théâtre, Au Petit Patio. Rom'antique are all pretty good bets. Nothing amazing or surprising and all are definitely in the touristy category but, I think, convenience and practicality must sometimes short-circuit the search for the exceptional. Google each of them and see if one or other appeals. BTW, the Roman ruins (but since many are still in use, "ruins" is maybe the wrong word) and the late Renaissance/ baroque stuff will need 4 or 5 hours to do so don't count on a quick in-n-out tourist circuit. Not many Americans but lots of French and German tourists.

        But you can have have some rather special meals within a 20-minute driving radius. For a splurge, the Chateau de Rochegute in Rochegute... but this comes with an AYOR label... the setting is superb but the food is very inconsistent ... I had a a great if overpriced meal there (in the summer) but on another occasion my parents experienced great disappointment (in the autumn). If you have wine-y tendencies, the Oustalet à Gigondas is run by the younger sons of a (sorta) well-known wine-producing family... prices are, however, more parisien than provincial but the level of cooking is first-rate and they do have a few "formules" that soften the blow ... the roasted veal sticks in my memory... although I never tried the dégustation, the folks at the surrounding tables seemed delighted by it. The caveau and restaurant Côteaux et Fourchettes stuck in the middle of nowhere at the Courançonne roundabout just outside Cairanne is where the local farmers/ vintners and the more clued-in Parisiens with residences secondaires in the area congregate.

        If it's Saturday, I'd also take in the very sweet market in Sainte Cécile les Vignes.

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        1. re: Parnassien

          Thanks for this info. This is the best idea I have seen so far johnbliss

          1. re: Parnassien

            aaah, Parnassien! You've caused me to recall Oustalet! It was a long time ago, but I can say we had a great meal (and of course, wine!) there.