MacDonalds: They are open when others are not
This is not a blanket recommendation for MacDonald’s as I rarely eat there but we were very happy to find this one. We had driven all around Coutances looking for a café or restaurant, or failing that, a grocer or any store where we could buy something to eat. We were hungry! We finally gave up, thinking we would just go to bed hungry, when we came upon the Golden Arches. We went into a very crowded McD’s (putting the lie to the myth that only tourists eat here in France) and had a very tasty meal. I admit to some prejudice against this chain but confess the meal was quite. I had a chicken wrap I would eat again but don’t know if they are even served in the US. I recounted the story to a French friend when I got home and she told me that the France is the largest per capita patrons of MacDonald’s of any nation.
They are open 7 days a week from 10:00 a.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Crêperie La Morinière: Crepes and more
After some brief shopping on a cool April day, we found this nice little creperie just down the square from the cathedral. Our party of four had soup, omelettes and crepes and all were very good. The service was prompt and friendly. It was good enough that we tried to go back on a Sunday evening but they were closed. Prices seemed to be reasonable and about average.
La Taverne du Parvis: great lunch option
When we visited Coutances we were in need of some lunch. The restaurant I had hoped to eat at was closed (it was a Monday), but we liked the look of La Taverne du Parvis and decided to give it a try.
The restaurant's décor was old fashioned, but nice, with a lovely tiled ceiling. The staff were friendly and efficient enough for our needs. By the time we finished our meal the place was full, with plenty of locals enjoying a nice meal.
Favorite Dish: To eat, I was pretty boring and just had a (fairly average) Ham & Cheese Omelette. Alex and Chris were slightly more daring - they both ordered a dish that came with pork products and loads of sauerkraut (the picture shows their two meals combined).
You can see in the photo that they bought out a metal stand and lit a flame underneath. The food was put on top, keeping it hot and ensuring that the smell of sizzling cabbage wafted around the restaurant! Alex & Chris really enjoyed the food.
Perrier and coffee to drink, and then we were back on the road.
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