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Thoughts on our restaurant choices in Carcassonne, Provence, & Nice?

cometraveler | Mar 19, 201404:11 AM

We are leaving for our trip at the end of the month and I have been reading everything I could find on Chowhound. I would appreciate any thoughts you have on the restaurants that I have come up with, especially more recent updates, or any suggestions you have for something better. We will have a car for the whole trip, and are willing to drive for quality dining.

Would particularly love recommendations for traditional food from each of the regions, and we like all sorts of restaurants, from gourmet michelin stars to traditional cafes. However, my favorites are restaurants that emphasize good quality ingredients, prepared simply, to allow the ingredients to shine. And for some nights, as a change of pace, something simple like a cafe or wine bar, where you could get platters of charcuterie and selections of local cheeses for a more casual dinner. Would be mainly for dinner, as we plan to have something small for lunch, near wherever we are visiting.

We are staying 4-5 nights in each place - Carcassonne, Provence(near St Remy), and near Nice.

First Carcassonne - this has given me the most trouble, as there does not seem to be much information. Would really like to find some casual places, and a place nearby on the coast for good, local,seafood, especially oysters. Have been considering -

-Le Tirou in Castelnaudary
-La Barbacane in Carcassonne

Provence -

-la Bartevelle, Goult or L' Cabro d' Or, Les Baux
-L'Oustalet, Gigondas(truffle menu looks really good)
-Bistro de Paradou(if open for dinner) or La Place, Maussane-les-Alpilles
-AOC, or Le 46 Bar A Vin, both in Avignon,
-L'essential, Avignon,
-Le Fournil or L'Arome - Bonnieux

Near Nice -
-Bistro d' Antoine, Nice
-La Merenda, Nice
-Bistro de la Marine, Cros-de-Cagnes
-Chez Pipo, Nice - for socca
-Le Safari, Nice, for a casual dinner of Nicois specialties or Chez Palmyre, also in Nice.

Also, a general question, do you need to make reservations, more than a few days in advance, for anywhere in particular (since it will be off season)?

Thank you in advance!!!

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