When in Beaune make time to sample the local bourguignon cuisine.
We had a fantastic lunch at a cafe/restaurant near Place Monge, which consisted of garlic sodden snails and beef bourguignon.
Favorite Dish: Try the local dish - beef bourguignon.
We spent 9 days in Paris with our daughters and then put them on the plane at CDG so they could return home . . . and to work. LOL
We drove to Burgundy and checked into our favorite hotel, the Grillon. We were tired and I was getting a cold so we decided to eat early. This is not easy in France! Madame Grillon at our hotel gave us a few suggestions for restaurants and we set off for Old Town. As we expected, nothing was yet open so we found a small bar on a square and ordered a kir. If you need to waste time in Burgundy, there is no better way to do it.
As the dinner hour approached, we headed for Place Le Fleury and our restaurant du jour. Following is my journal entry for the meal.
Favorite Dish: "Mme. gave us a list of restaurant recommendations and we picked Le Fleury. We arrived a few minutes early so were offered a house kir. We felt good enough after our second kir of the evening to order the twenty-nine euro menu!"
"It was an excellent chicken in a white wine sauce with vegetables and we got the cassis tart and sorbet for dessert . . . excellent. Halfway through the meal, it started to rain so all of us outside were moved inside where we finished our meal in cozy comfort."
"We walked home in the lightest of sprinkles and very happy with the restaurant experience."
In addition to the a la carte menu there were menus (prix fixe or set price) for 20 euros, 26 euros, 29.80 euros and 43 euros. At lunch there is a 9.80 euro quick menu. All evening menus give plenty of choice and were excellent.
Beaune is filled with beautiful excellent restaurants, but the only creperie stands out for several reasons. The bulk of the clientele are locals as it a little off the beaten path, but both the food and the ambiance are well worth the ten minute's walk out of the center of town. There are a wide variety of galettes (savory crepes made with buckwheat flour) and a wide variety of dessert crepes and ice creams. There are salads, pancakes and a variety of innovative styles of galettes (lasagne-style or linguini-style.) There is also a special changing seasonal menu in addition to the regular menu. The galettes and crepes are made to order. The most difficult thing is trying to choose because there is such a variety. On the weekdays, there are special lunch "formules" for those on a budget. The crepes are excellent. When spending several months in Brittany known as the place for crepes, we discovered we were spoiled, because they didn't measure up to the crepes at Creperie Au Crep'Ange. The service is warmer and friendlier than you will find in most French eateries since it is family run. Violet and mauve colors with lots of angels create a welcoming peaceful ambiance. We usually forgo the sidewalk tables because the interior is so lovely. There's a children's play room and a fidelity card, (after 10 visits, you are treated to a bottle of cider.) Every local who has gone with us to eat at the creperie has returned on their own. A rarity in Beaune, you can also order take out!
Favorite Dish: The vegetarian crepe is my favorite. The interior is sauteed onions, mushrooms, and leeks in a tomato sauce with cheese and an egg. Not being a big egg eater, I generally ask for the egg to be omitted which is cheerfully done. The crepe is then surrounded by fresh salad with a vinaigrette dressing. It's very filling, but healthy. My husband adores the crepe with the traditional eggs poached in wine sauce, but he also loves the crepes with ham, potatoes and cheese sauce. If we have room for dessert, we split the Rock N Club, which is a crepe with a scoop of dark chocolate, milk chocolate and white chocolate ice cream, chocolate sauce and whipped cream. The desserts are hard to resist!
The restaurant is located in the nearby village Chassagne - Montrachet. We walked in the village, joined wine degustation and went to this restaurant for lunch.The place is small and during lunch time there were nobody except us, so it was very private. The interior is done with a lot of taste. They serve high cuisine, not cheap, but very very good. Service is excellent.
CLOSED on Mondays and Tuesdays.
What to say.. We loved everything about this restaurant. We ate here twice during our stay - once for lunch and then our final dinner in Beaune. Both experiences were terrific. The menu is classic french and done to a very high quality.
The restaurant itself is cozy, but the tables are not jammed all together. There was a mix of tourists and local families eating here. There is courtyard seating - weather permitting.
The service was outstanding. They were genuinely friendly, not just take your order and heading off. Not getting annoyed that our french wasn't so good, but helped us through despite knowing they could just speak English. They know the menu and the chef's preparations, so they even steered us away from a more expensive bottle of wine which wouldn't have paired as well with our meal.
And the food - magnifique! There was not one item that we even had the slightest complaint about. Everything was delicious. From our entrees to the last bit of cheese we savored every bite.
We would definitely recommend you visit the restaurant and enjoy it yourself.
Favorite Dish: This was a difficult choice, but the Bresse Chicken was our vote for our favorite dish. Cooked to perfection and plated with a nice selection of whipped potatoes and grilled vegetables. It melted in your mouth.
La Cave du Paradoxe and Le Conty are sister restaurants that are located side by side on rue Ziem in the pedestrian only section of Beaune. While Le Conty is more of a bistro, La Cave du Paradoxe is a wine cellar, complete with vaulted stone ceilings and racks of wine. They share the same menu and are run by the same management.
Step down into the wine cellar and enjoy a delicious meal in a relaxed atmosphere. The specials of the day only make choosing your meal more difficult as everything sounded so good. The prices are reasonable, the wine list is extensive and the servers and staff are friendly - just what we look for in a restaurant. Oh, and don't skip the fromage or desserts!
We enjoyed our meal at La Cave du Paradoxe and would certainly go back again. Give it a try.
Favorite Dish: Hard to choose just one, so we each have a choice. Sue's favorite was her Scallop Risotto. Mine was my rack of lamb. Why? They were cooked perfectly as ordered and were delicious.
We were in the mood for something different after a couple big, rich french meals and that's when we came across La Tavola Calda. Delicious italian food was just what we were in the mood for and that's what we got at the restaurant, plus excellent wines, great prices and a staff that was pleasant.
The pizzas are terrific and also very large. The salads were equally good and also plentiful, so for our lunch we split a salad and a pizza. A nice bottle of Nero D'Avola complemented the meal and the tiramisu was a perfect finish.
They also do take out in case you want to have a picnic or just eat on the go.
Great place just off Place Carnot in the center of town.
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