My wife and I plan to stay in Paris for a week and then spend 5 days in a different French locale just for variety's sake. We don't plan to rent a car which is how we've decided on Nice, Avignon, and La Rochelle as potential destinations.
We plan to hit places like Le Cinq, Pierre Gagnaire and some of the bistros commonly mentioned on this board while in Paris so we'd like to try different options elsewhere. Does anyone have some feedback regarding the characteristics of the food in these three towns and the overall dining scene? We're looking to hit maybe one Michelin type place and then mom and pop or less fancy dining for the rest of the trip. Any ideas are greatly appreciated!
I've heard that La Rochelle has great seafood restos based on a comment on Fodor's. I assume Nice and Avignon have Provencal cuisine but I just want to get a better feel from folks that have been there what they found memorable from a food perspective (restaurants, unique foods, etc).