Mon fils and I are on the way the Lyon, the “stomach of France.” The 5-star restaurants in Lyon are hardly within our budget; nevertheless, we’re ready for some extraordinary French cuisine.
Meanwhile in Uzes, we’ve been spending a lot of time at local cafes — some better than others. On the “better” end of the scale is Le Comptoir du 7.
The high quality of the food and meal presentation at this unassuming restaurant was a total surprise. If I’ve walked past their door once, I passed a hundred times without thinking about going in. Now I know better.
Here’s a closer look at that pork dish…
Vieux Cafe d’Aniathazze is another place we’ve enjoyed visiting a couple of times lately.
It’s located right across from the Tourist Agency and almost always filled with locals and tourists, inside and outdoors. In fact, I thought it was a bit “too busy,” so I usually sought out more out-of-the-way places.
That changed when I walked by one day in the late afternoon after not having eaten since breakfast. I was starving! Since it was between mealtime, there were no customers at the restaurant, only a few waiters were sitting outside eating pizza. Walking close enough to them to catch their eyes, I motioned by rubbing my stomach with my hand that I was hungry. One of the waiters spoke up, in pretty-good English:
“I’ll fix something for you to eat,” he said. “Let me finish my pizza.”
With that he stood up, seated me at a nearby table, and headed into the restaurant. In a moment he returned with a beer in his hand which he sat in front of me. In a few minutes, I was gulping down a piping hot beef and cheese sandwich, with fries on the side.
Pizza at Vieux Cafe d’Aniathazze is really good … especially the 4-cheese (with Roquefort!) … and this 4-seasons is colorful and might tasty.
The salads are pretty special too … like this greens with bacon topped with a lacy crêpe “cup” filled with warm goat cheese.
While we’re talking about good and interesting food, check out the hot chocolate from Terroirs at the Place aux Herbes. Perfect for a Sunday afternoon.
Yep… I’m ready for taste-testing Lyon. Bring it on!
Categories: Around France, Blog, Chapter 1: The First Visit
Hi Deborah, my husband (the Englishman) and I visited Uzes recently and having read your blog, booked lunch at Le Comptoir du 7. We had some fabulous food in the courtyard at the back of the restaurant. I wanted to thank you so much for the recommendation and also tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog! I wrote about our time in Uzes (and mentioned you) here.
Helena, I love your post about Uzes and I’m thrilled you enjoyed Le Comptoir du 7. It never disappoints. Thank you for your kind words and the plug on your site. I’m looking forward to reading your work. Let me know if you get back in this direction. Would love to meet you!
Zanelli for a summertime pizza.. Incroyable.
Pizza du Duche in the winter.
Cozy family ambiance.
OM NOM NOM!
Haven’t been to Zanelli, but love Pizza du Duche!
I should not have read this on an empty stomach! I had a very similar pork presentation at a wonderful restaurant in Minerve…terrace table overlooking the gorge, beautiful. Can’t wait to try these when I come back!
And when can I count on your return?
I too have eaten in all these places and they are delicious, wish Ib was there with you!
Hope you’ll get to Uzes in the Spring. I’ll be back!
Do you have restaurant reservations in Lyon?
We are making reservations on the fly. So far, so good. I’ll come back someday to do some of the very special ones. This is just our first stop. What do you recommend? Still have another day!