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    L'Univers Léonard: A good option near Chambord Castle

    by Jefie Written Jul 6, 2014

    This little restaurant is located only a few steps away from Chambord Castle. There were a few other restaurants around, but this was the one that seemed to offer the most interesting menu and the nicest atmosphere (we ate outside on the terrace). They offer a surprisingly wide variety of bruschettas, along with a few more house specialties. We ordered the chicken curry and pineapple bruschetta, and one of their daily specials (baked camembert served with country ham, potatoes and a salad). Both dishes were delicious! Our waiter was also very nice, which all made for a good place to stop and rest up in Chambord.

    L'Univers L��onard in Chambord On the terrace of l'Univers L��onard in Chambord Baked camembert plate at l'Univers L��onard Chicken curry and pineapple bruschetta
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    Lacour Jacques: Good bakery in Blois

    by Jefie Updated Jul 6, 2014

    This little bakery was located just up the street from our hotel, and across the street from the train station. I went there on a few occasions, once because I woke up too early and breakfast service hadn't started yet at our hotel and the other time because I was looking for something light to snack on before dinner. On both occasions, I met with the bakery's very friendly staff and was quite happy with the quality of their products. No wonder this local bakery has been in operation since 1986! Whether you end up going in the morning for a delicious cup of coffee and fresh pastries or later during the day for a light, quick and inexpensive meal, you won't be disappointed in the selection offered. You can either grab and go or sit at one of the tables for a relaxing break.

    Plenty of light meal options at Lacour Jacques Lacour Jacques bakery in Blois, France
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    Poivre et Sel: Another great option in Blois!

    by Jefie Updated Jul 6, 2014

    We booked this restaurant on the previous night because we knew we'd be starving at the end of our first cycling day and didn't want to have to shop around for a place to eat. As soon as we walked in, we received a very warm welcome and were told there would be table waiting for us on the patio the next evening. When we went back for our meal, they recognized us immediately and greeted us with a cheery "Ah, our lovely Canadian friends!" :o) We were shown to a table on the charming patio, where we enjoyed an amazing meal that started off with free homemade rilletes as an appetizer. I ordered the "pot-au-feu" salad, which is basically a warm pot-au-feu (French beef stew) served on a bed of mixed greens. It was beyond delicious! Amazingly, I still had some room for dessert (in my defense, we'd just completed a 45-km loop to Chambord), so I ordered the tarte tatin served with homemade caramel ice cream - yum! No wonder I didn't lose a pound despite all the cycling we did!

    On the patio at le Poivre et Sel in Blois, France My delicious Tarte tatin with homemade caramel ice cream, yum! Homemade rillettes as a starter Restaurant Poivre et Sel in Blois, France
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    Les 3 clés: Very nice lunch in Blois

    by Jefie Updated Jul 6, 2014

    After spending the entire morning walking around the Blois castle area, we were starving when lunch time came around. The main reason why we picked this restaurant was because of its amazing location - it's located on a lovely street right at the heart of historic Blois, so lovely in fact that it amost felt like I was eating on a movie set! The other reason was that it offered an interesting daily special (appetizer + main course at 12.60 euros), and both my gnocchi a la parisienne and chicken curry were quite satisfying. I was surprised when I came back to see that this restaurant was very poorly rated on TripAdvisor, mostly because of the bad service which, in our case, was quite alirght. We had an enjoyable experience at this restaurant and the food was really good, so I'd say give it a try!

    Ready to dig in! Sylvain's beef and baked potato at Les 3 cl��s Sylvain at Les 3 Cl��s in Blois, France Gnocchi �� la Parisienne at Les 3 Cl��s My yummy curry chicken at Les 3 Cl��s
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    Le Castelet: A good place for dinner in Blois

    by Jefie Written Jul 6, 2014

    We somehow managed to snatch the last open table at this very cosy, yet very popular restaurant. Le Castelet is located just slightly outside of the historic center of Blois, in the area called "Quartier des Arts". I picked it because the menu featured a wide variety of vegetarian options, something you don't see all that often in France. I ordered the "steak de céréales au quinoa" (cereal patty served over quinoa) and it was incredibly tasty! The restaurant is located in a very charming 16th century house and it kind of has a family-like feel to it. Service was excellent, we especially enjoyed being waited on by a young girl who was probably still in training but who obviously took her job quite seriously and seemed determined to provide us with the best service possible. Prices were very reasonable too, so it all made for a very enjoyable dining experience!

    My delicious vegetarian meal at Le Castelet Sylvain having a good time at Le Castelet Restaurant Le Castelet in Blois, France
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    Brasserie la Cigogne: Nice alsacian tavern in Orléans

    by Jefie Written Jul 5, 2014

    We had been walking around for a while looking for a place where we could have dinner before calling it a day. None of the fancier restaurants really appealed to us and we were somewhat early (around 6:30 pm) for dinner in France so none of the nice-looking spots on Rue de Bourgogne were ready to serve us food. We spotted this Alsacian restaurant as we were walking up Rue de la République. They were just getting ready to open shop for the evening, but they welcomed us very kindly and quickly showed us to a nice table by the window. Our waitress was super nice and friendly, and the food and wine were delicious. We both ordered the house specialty, Flammeküches, which I guess I would describe as a thin-crust alsacian pizza. This place is huge, but it has been in operation for over 30 years so it's got a nice throwback ambience that still makes it feel warm and cosy. All in all, it was a great way to begin our trip to the Loire!

    Brasserie la Cigogne in Orl��ans, France Flammek��che at La Cigogne
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    La Ridelloise: Charming family restaurant in Azay-le-Rideau

    by Beausoleil Updated Apr 13, 2014

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    We've eaten here several times. It's the friendliest restaurant in Azay. You feel part of the family. You will find a few tourists, mostly families, but also many Azay citizens. The restaurant is quite reasonable in cost and the daily special is a bargain. We usually order the special unless we have eaten that particular dish a few times recently. Then we'll order one of the menus. We have never been disappointed here.

    This is also an excellent restaurant for families.

    Update 2014: The daily special is up to 9.50 euros . . . still a great bargain!

    Favorite Dish: Here's my Journal entry for our last trip to Le Ridelloise. "Most, we noted, were having the nine euro daily special but Ed opted for the 13 euro salmon menu while Peg and I got the 17 euro duck that was a house special. It was fantastic. The duck, cooked in a red wine sauce, was falling off the bone and was served with an excellent potato Dauphinoise. We got the profiteroles for dessert because we knew they were great since we'd had them the last time."

    Honestly, I would recommend anything on their menu. They also have a vegetarian special each day.

    La Ridelloise Restaurant Chateau Azay-le-Rideau
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    Poivre & Rouge: Steaks seafood galore Saint Nazaire

    by gwened Written Jun 22, 2013

    We were looking to eat and seeing all the usual names, and having found nothing we like in city center Saint Nazaire on a cloudy rainy day, upon stumbling to do our shopping we found this restaurant.

    Quaint and nice, so we decided to give it a try, so many choices here, oh my ;;;; again it was a surprise find. The Poivre & Rouge is a chain of beef and fish restaurants where you have from the burger to the fish /chip, to the exotic world food like Spanish iberian ham cut or the Italian tagliatelle.

    Great family welcome, funny folks, great service, and the food was great, had 400 grams steaks, Iberico spanish pork ham, cold cuts and melted camembert cheese, duck maigret steak of 200 grams, and all with grimbergen blonde/blanche beers, cafe gourmand, banana splits, and cheesecake ice cream, strawberries, and another of caramel and apple flavors, all for 139€ for five about 27.80€ per person within our budget! Like I said, we will be back soon. Good

    Favorite Dish: had 400 grams steaks, Iberico spanish pork ham, cold cuts and melted camembert cheese, duck maigret steak of 200 grams, and all with grimbergen blonde/blanche beers, cafe gourmand, banana splits, and cheesecake ice cream, strawberries, and another of caramel and apple flavors, all for 139€ for five

    entrance Poivre & Rouge Saint Nazaire(trignac) inside poivre et rouge table setting poivre et rouge resto poivre et rouge
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    Salon de The: Amazing...

    by adema29 Written Mar 16, 2010

    Even if you don't want to see Chateaux, I would like to recommend you the Loire Valley.
    Even the light there is sweet and special and the sights too.
    You will have a beautiful honeymoon there but you can go there to fill the batteries also.
    I would recommend you to enjoy a french cake (or chocolate) in every village you'll find in that area, especially in "Salon de The" in Amboise.
    There is a lovely old place.
    We were so lucky to meet there the nice old lady which was owning the place... in 2002.
    I hope that she is still there checking that everything is ok.
    It is much better in my opinion than rushing to Nice just to follow the crowd...
    Loire Valley is amazing and pure... go there!

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    Farmers Market: Picnic on the Banks of the Loire

    by hquittner Written Jun 29, 2007

    As we left the Church of Cunault it was still raining , but a farmers market had opened. It was Sunday and we knew of no restaurant. We were prepared with paper and utensils, a knife-corkscrew but no cup. We bought everything except soup (even nuts) having decided to eat in the car. Luckily the rain stopped and we found the banks of the Loire deserted and nearby. We sat on our rain-jackets. The Loire above Angers is essentially not commercially navigable with many islands and sandbars, like many Spanish rivers. We were told the current is. very strong. A fine place to sitand eat.

    Favorite Dish: The Bread

    Banks of the Loire after a Rain
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    Picnic: Buy Your Lunch at the Market

    by hquittner Written Jun 29, 2007

    One cane eat like a gourmet by lunching al fresco. There are "farmers' markets" all over the Pays on many mornings (just ask around). Dtermine the where and when before setting out. You can buy hundreds of types of cheese, pates, sausage meat, hearty bread, fruits and local wine. Be sure to pack a waiter-type knife and corkscrew in yourtoiletries case for this experience. Snag some paper napkins in advance of this treat or use cleanex. Go to your selected space (or stop at a table along a back road) and have a feast.

    Favorite Dish: Country style bread, local wine.

    A Market The Effect of Rain
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    Le Cayola: Luxury on the coast road

    by gilljay Updated Mar 19, 2007

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    This restaurant doesn't immediately jump out at passers by as it has a very discreet entrance -
    but just take a walk through to the dining rooms and you will see why I love it.

    The views of the Bay de Cayola from the terrace are to die for.

    Update - March 2007

    Rolland Raphael, the chef, has just been awarded his first Michelin Star. Well deserved too!!

    Favorite Dish: As th menu changes regularly (about 6 or 7 times a year) it would be a shame to describe a dish and you not be able to try it - but here are my two favourites so far:
    Pigeon breast rolled around foie-gras, and served with caramellised onions and a delicious sauce.
    Lobster ravioli served with its hot juices in a small glass. The juice is hot, and has to be poured over the ravioli which then cokks to perfection - DELICIOUS

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    Le Gambetta: Good food, nice atmosphere

    by LostBoyPN Written Oct 1, 2005

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    Located near the waterfront in Vannes, Le Gambetta is one of three or four restaurants with outdoor seating and a view of the water. Moreso than the restaurant was the company we were with. Sitting down with our travel buddies and enjoying a French meal was great. In the US, people are always so rushed. Fast food, fast meals and little conversation. In France, people enjoy each other's company. Dinner lasts two hours at least. You have appetizers, the main course, dessert, beer, wine, coffee, cigarettes... and have great conversation. Plus, the French speak softly and quietly. In the US, a place where you have close seating would be tough 'cause of how loud people get after a few drinks. Sitting there, I noticed how quiet it was despite having tons of people. It was like a library with hushed tones... yet it was a beautiful seaside restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: I had Pizza L'espagnole which had sausage and peppers. I asked for it without the egg, though, which is raw. The Profiteroles for dessert was my favorite dish, though. They gave three big profiteroles smothered in chocolate sauce and whipped cream. I only ate one of the three, though, 'cause it was so huge.

    You can get a variety of seafood dishes, too, if you like seafood.

    Profiteroles Le Gambetta in Vannes
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    Le Grotte: Dinner at Le Grotte

    by jetimblin Updated Feb 19, 2004

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    We enjoyed a great French meal at this restaraunt located in an underground cellar carved from the rock. One of the more unusual dishes was the Escargot Saucisse. The dish doesnt sound very good when translated to English ("Snail Sausage") but was actually suprisingly good.

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    Holiday Inn Restaurant: We Dined in Tours

    by Goner Updated Jun 8, 2003

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    Our favorite dinner in Tours was at the Holiday Inn. (We had another great meal at the Grand Cafe Brasserie De L'Unviers).
    At the Holiday Inn the atmosphere was cool and quiet after a warm day touring. It really liven up after we met some ladies from Texas!
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    Favorite Dish: In the Holiday Inn we had a wonderful seafood and fish salad and wonderful wine

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