Touring around France is a real adventure. It is a tremendous country with so many different regions and each of these is very unique. The countryside in each area is splendid and every one of them has their own culinary delights which really do need to be sampled.
I have often driven to the southwest of France as well as to the very south of the country and I have discovered some lovely places to stop and spend a little time exploring. I try to avoid the motorways when I can because it means you get to see so much more of the country and I am never in too much of a hurry to get to my destination when I am travelling abroad by car.
The first time I ever travelled to the Dordogne I went with a French friend you took the A roads and we stopped for lunch at a restaurant ‘des Routiers’. We parked our car next to all the lorries, and I must say that I wondered at my friend’s choice of places to stop. The restaurant by the side of the road was not the most attractive building that I had ever set eyes upon in France and the décor inside was not the best I had ever seen either. However, the aromas that were wafting out of the kitchen told me that the food was going to be brilliant.
I had the best lunch I have ever tasted in this little restaurant ‘des Routiers’. A simple meal with a starter of ‘pâté maison’ and cornichons with lovely hot crusty bread was followed by steak au poivre with pomme purée and haricots verts that was cooked to perfection. For dessert I chose a crème brulée which was the best I have ever tasted, even up till today. Even the ‘carafe de vins rouge’ was extremely good.
Sitting amidst the lorry drivers in this lovely little restaurant I soon realised the reason the food was so good. Like all the French, lorry drivers have a very discerning palate when it comes to their food so it is only natural that the food served here would be incredibly good.
Whenever I travel by car through France, I make sure that I stop at a restaurant ‘des Routiers’ for lunch because no matter what is on the menu for that particular day, I know that the food will be delicious and the service second to none. I would highly recommend to anyone who is travelling through France to stop and sample food served in these quaint, homely restaurants that are dotted along the A roads. I have learnt that the more lorries I see parked up for lunch at one of them means the food will be spectacular.
If you like good wholesome, nourishing French cuisine and I do not know anyone who doesn’t, then next time you are in France just take a stop for lunch at a restaurant ‘des Routiers’ and see just what I mean.