Originally from Illinois, Kate Schertz has eaten her way around the world, a task facilitated by her former profession as an American diplomat. She studied cooking in France, Tuscany and Sicily and counts Turkish cuisine among her star feats. For the past 4.5 years, Kate has been living in Avignon, where she dines out frequently. We asked her to pass along some of her favorite addresses. Bon Appetit!
Le Chapelier Toque. This is my favorite little restaurant in Avignon, not just because of the constantly changing and imaginative menu but also because the chef/owner Joseph is such a delightful person. Originally from Ghana, he trained at La Mirande many moons ago. His tiny restaurant is decorated with pizazz and his presence radiates. Be sure to reserve. 71 rue Guillaume Puy, 04-90-82-29-01.
Bistrot des Arts. Non smoking before it was mandatory, this small restaurant is notable for its excellent art exhibitions and fine wine selection. The owner/maître d’ is the son of a French diplomat and speaks fluent English. He buys quality products at Les Halles but still manages to produce plates under 20€. 24 rue des Lices, 04-90-85-67-21.
Terre de Saveurs. This mainly vegetarian and fish restaurant is run by two women who regularly produce high-quality food at amazingly low prices. Gets full quickly at lunch with regulars. 1 rue Saint Michel, 04-90-86-68-72.
Le Riad. The best Moroccan restaurant in Avignon. Lovely setting, really nice people and service and truly yummy tajines, just a few steps from the Place de L'Horloge. 17 rue Galante, 04-90-82-10-85.
Le Caveau du Theatre. This very Provencal restaurant is consistently good and consistently packed. They offer a wide range of local wines and are well located. 16 rue des Trois-Faucons, 04-90-86-00-34.