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“A cours saleya fixture, but not the best socca”
Review of Chez Theresa

Chez Theresa
Ranked #776 of 1,946 Restaurants in Nice
Price range: $7 - $14
Neighborhood: Old Town / Vieux Nice
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Neighborhood: Old Town / Vieux Nice
Reviewed September 11, 2012

There she is, a caricature of a French matron, alternatively rude or ignoring you while you wait forever on line, when what she's really doing is stalling for time while her confederate wheels another plaque of socca down from her shop just off the Place Rossetti. Then she throws it over coals in a 55-gallon drum to reheat it, tossing oil over it - sounds awful but it's the right thing to do with socca. The socca is very good, but not, in my opinion worth the wait. Getting insulted by her is, though, so check it out. I tried, btw, to go directly to the source, but her husband, who sells kitschy art from in front of their bakery, says it all goes to Theresa in the market. Today i got there just as she was getting underway and so I stepped in and was the first to order socca and the third to actually receive some. She also sells pizza, pissaladiere and pan bagnat, but why bother? Do have socca when in Nice, and do check out Theresa, but you don't have to do both together.

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Reviewed July 24, 2012

I was very curious about socca before coming to Nice, and I do agree with all the guide books that say people really should try it. It's not really for me as I find the whole thing quite dry and in demand of some vegetables and sauce, but that is not the point of it. We ate ours at their tables in the market stall rather than Rue Doite, and it was fun seeing the socca made above a fire pit. In the end though I feel it is a bit over-priced for what it is, and clearly they know that tourists will keep coming whatever the price.

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Reviewed July 8, 2012

This is such a popular little place and Theresa has been serving up this simple and delicious chickpea pancakes from her stall in the Nice flower market for many years. At just 3 euros for a plate/bag of the stuff they are quite an attraction as the queues will testify. No trip to Nice is complete in my opinion without eating this local delicacy and there are some great recipes on-line for it for when you get home too!

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Reviewed June 29, 2012

It's worth going just to see the Socca Schlepper deliver Socca to the stand. Theresa also does her socca drama queen routine. But, the socca-there's better nearby.

Thank AlanR27
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Reviewed June 23, 2012

We had just arrived into Nice but as we were unable to check into our hotel we decided to stroll around old town. We were lucky with our timing because as we arrived there was no line so Theresa took our order and we took a table and sipped our rose while we waited for the socca to arrive. It was fun to watch the little man on the motorbike turn up and moments later we were tucking into hot socca, delish! A long line formed after that so we were happy that we had arrived when we did. This is a "when in Nice" treat! A tasty snack for a few Euro.

Thank kitten1961
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