Boismorand: Auberge des Templiers

Charming service and a brilliant selection of moderately priced Loire wines rounds out the pleasure of a meal at this great French institution.


A glitzy remake of this vieille France institution.

Pâtisserie des Rêves

Behind its elegant gray façade, the astutely named Pâtisserie des Rêves is the most buzzed-about pastry shop in town this fall. Philippe Conticini, the former Michelin-starred chef at the restaurant Petrossian, is a man...

Magalas: O Bontemps

This little restaurant more than makes good on its name with food that offers a good time indeed.

Montreuil-sur-Mer: Froggy’s Tavern

A terrific restaurant in Montreuil-sur-Mer, just inland from the fashionable English Channel resort of Le Touquet.

Houdan: La Poularde de Houdan

Civilized, friendly and delightfully old-fashioned--a rare bird indeed.

Bordeaux: Brasserie Bordelaise

Not only is the food delicious, but it has a happy metropolitan tumult, great people watching and the low-key buzz of people eating well.

Dining in Bordeaux

One of the most interesting food towns in France.

A La Biche au Bois

A jolly, sometimes raucous, no-nonsense bistrot not far from the Gare de Lyon train station

Saint-Cirq-Lapopie: Auberge du Sombral

A perfect gastronomic retort to those naysayers who insist that France's best gastronomic days are behind it.