Thanks to to the helpful recs we received in the thread re: Valence to Laguiole, I'm now wondering if I could reach out for some additional advice just north east of Valence:
Driving from Bourg en Bresse (which I also found very few recs on this board for - reports recommend Mâcon and Cluny instead?), we're looking to bunk down in Annecy. As everyone agrees, it's a very beautiful spot. There are a few nice restaurants to choose from in the area, namely: Clos des Sens, Ciboulette, and across the lake: Pere Bise, Marc Veyrat, etc
As we're going in early summer, I'm guessing the town will likely be super busy (mobbed?), with crowds and conga lines galore. Is this true, or am I totally off? Is visiting Annecy in July the French equivalent of visiting Lake Como in the summer? (for reference, our past visits incl Sarlat & Carcassonne.. both lovely, but are mobbed and insanely touristy - not what we're looking for)
At the moment, I'm looking at Chambéry - which looks like a pleasant town, with minimal crowds. However, there seems to be a dearth of notable restaurants in Chambéry .. and I couldn't find any mention of the town on this board. Has anyone been?
What lovely towns would you recommend to eat/stay outside Annecy (en route to Grenoble, as that's our next stop) with noteworthy restaurants? Side note: Megeve would have been another option, but Flocons de Sel is closed on the days we're there (sad face). Or - is Annecy relatively mob free in June/July - in which case, we'll just stick with it?
(if pointers veer off the topic of food, please feel free to drop a line via email)
ETA: For reference, we're seasoned travelers to Italy, and know which areas to avoid during peak season (eg Como, Cinque Terre, Amalfi etc - visited on early trips, and not what we're looking for these days anyways). It's not our first time to France, but admittedly we're new to some regions, and have not traveled to France during this time period.