Dining experiences in Languedoc-Roussillon
The tour of the region, which adjoins Spain and the Mediterranean, brought one beautiful, historic township - and bottle of rosé - after another. And while settlements such as the medieval Aigues-Mortes and the cobblestoned, meandering Uzès all have that pastoral peacefulness you might expect from a country town, the residents’ energy and liberalness and love for their homes made the trip anything but backwater. Although it was surreal at times; you can’t believe real people actually live somewhere so beautiful. But here they are, eating lunch - while you just try to take it all in. Here are some dining choices.
La Guinguette de la Republique25 Rue de la Republique, Aigues-Mortes P: 33 (0) 4 66 51 66 09
One of several rustic, yet high-end restaurants in Aigues-Mortes overlooking cobblestone alleys. As usual, terrific seafood and Provencal flavors are all over the menu. They know their tomatoes, garlic and olives!
Le Flan CocoRue du Grand Couvent and Rue de L’Agau, Nimes P: 33 (0) 04 66 21 84 81
Another testament to why you should just eat as much seafood as possible while in Languedoc: Along with fantastic fish, this upscale restaurant also served me the best mashed potatoes I’ve ever had - apparently there was pureed cod in there!
Terroirs5 Place aux Herbes, Uzes P: 33 (0) 4 66 03 41 90
Doubling as a gourmet foods store - a Languedoc Williams-Sonoma - this market restaurant is perched on top of all the action of the Uzes farmer’s market.
La Camargue19 Rue de la Republique, Aigues-Mortes P: 33 (0) 04 66 53 86 88
An unexpectedly romantic spot - despite somewhat cheesy guitar-players - this late night spot with beautiful outdoor seating offers plums from the owner’s tree in bowls at every table.
Le Carre3 Place Saint Ravy, Montpellier P: 33 (0) 4 67 86 46 50
Among the alleyways of Montpellier, this trendy, air-y lunch spot attracts model and business-types. Offerings include a front runner for the best salmon I’ve ever had. Again with that seafood…
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Colin Schoenberger is on the editorial staff of LOGOonline - and in addition to travel writing for TripOut, he writes for and edits the music and pop-culture blog NewNowNext.com. Colin was born and raised in New Orleans, Louisiana and currently lives in New York City. www.logoonline.com
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