We wound up here for lunch in the middle of a trip from Mirepoix to Pau, after having driven all the way out to Chez Gabrielle only to find it very much closed despite the hours listed on its website. Hungry, knowing nothing about the town, and having no way to scout out another decent restaurant, we parked in the busiest area we could find and walked into the only place we could see that seemed to have people eating in it. The decor is, well, beyond shabby to actively ugly. But there were four or five tables of what looked like local office-worker types (if this town gets tourists, it's not in early December) eating the menu du jour, so we sat down and ordered the same. 11 euros (or was it 13?) got us each a tasty pork chop with a generous side of what turned out to be mashed potatoes with endive. This was so delicious, in a homemade sort of way, that I asked how they made it and had an enjoyable chat about cooking with one of the staff. Dessert was a slice of pear tart with chocolate sauce; coffee was included. Based on the look of the place, I was resigned to something pretty dreadful, so plain, well-executed home-style cooking was a wonderful surprise.
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