There isn't a lot posted about where to eat in northern Provence, so I though I would share some of our recent experiences. We are here in Mirabel aux Baronnies, in the Drome/Provencal, for three weeks.
I always do a lot of research, using a combination of Michelin, Gault Millau and Chowhound, plus some blogs. And, as usual, we have had some delicious meals. We almost always eat the "menu" at lunch, finding that those three courses basically last us all day, with only a glass of wine and some olives/cheese for dinner (if anything.)
So far, delicious lunches at:
Saint Cecile des Vignes, Near Orange. Campagne Vignes Gourmandise
Near Aix. Chateau La Coste. Restaurant Mallman. This was special. The Chateau is owned by a very rich man from Ireland who has restored it, added gardens and amazing sculpture and "out" buildings (Frank Geary designed the outdoor music venue) and has added two major restaurants, one by Francis Mallman, the Argentinian "fire cooking" chef and Gerard Passadet. We ate at Mallman. The food was delicious -- fire roasted chicken and steak, but . . . the service was a tad off. Still an great experience, considering the grounds, the bookshop, the art work, the wine . . .
Nyons. Verre et Soie. One of our favorites. Tiny, always filled, wonderful food and wine. Husband at front, wife, from Asia cooking and always their daughter and grandmother. The plats can be served either French style or Asian style, which makes for imaginative dishes. Our third time.
Vaison la Romaine. L'Arbre a Vins. This is a small wine store that serves special meals only on Friday nights. They must have 200+ wines from all over France (and some beers and whiskys). We usually stick to Cotes du Rhone when we are here, but Mathieu, the owner, suggested a white from the Jura and it was delicious, like no white I have ever had. Food is very nice and well prepared and reservations are a must, since it is very popular and not expensive (E15 plat, E5 for dessert and usually E5 for a glass of wine).
We also traveled to Montelimar, in the Drome, but not officially Drome/Provence, and had a very, very nice meal at La Moderne.