Just got back from a trip to the Dordogne and French Basque country. Don't have a lot of notes but thought I'd pass along the names of restaurants we enjoyed.
Hostellerie du Passeur
Dinner, was our first meal of the trip, and it was worth it. My wife had duck three ways, and I had walnut stuffed duck breasts
O' Chemin de Lune
Dinner. Small town, small restaurant, friendly people, creative food
Le Roi Carotte
Dinner. Nice, out of the way spot. Good food and friendly service
L'Hostellerie de Béquignolles
Dinner. Again, an out of the way spot. Fantastic hosts, very fun and friendly. Food was terrific. Nice ambiance. Highly recommended.
Only open a week when we stopped in for lunch. Very creative and tasty. Only a block from the cathedral
Dinner. A Michelin one-star. Nice staff, very charming. Only complaint is the main road through town is busy and noisy.
Good Basque food for lunch. Very helpful staff when we walked in after being "pigeon bombed" Nice location, lots of chocolate stores nearby.
Very nice traditional Basque dinner. Cute town, the home of the local chili's
La Table Gourmande de Ghislaine Potentier
Lunch. A fun find in a small town in the countryside. Very charming decor. Good traditional food.
Hotel Argi Eder
Dinner. Another big hotel with a big restaurant. Very nice people, loved the decor and architecture of the restaurant, lounge and bar. Inspired basque style food.
Chez Txotx Sidreia
Lunch again. This time outside with river views. Another good traditional restaurant. Duck with cherry sauce (with cherries from Itxassou).
We also stopped by the other big restaurant in Ainhoa, Restaurant Ur Hegian, but we decided against it. Didn't seem to be the on the same level as the others, based on reading the menu and just looking in the door at the ambiance.
I must say, I've never eaten so much duck as I have on this trip. And Foie Gras, it was everywhere. And I loved every bit of it! We drank a lot of local white wine, which we enjoyed, but found the local red wines were not at the same level. Bordeaux is so close, we found it best to just get reds that were from there. Drank a lot of Armagnac too. Good stuff!
This trip continues in Spain, you can find that report here: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/1015228