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!