Just a five-minute drive from Chambord in a tiny village, La Maison à Côté serves traditional French haute cuisine in a cozy yet contemporary dining room with a fireplace, exposed beam ceilings, and wrought-iron entry gate. Specialties, which vary with the seasons, include foie gras with fruit confit, Challans duck filet with caramelized endives, and lacquered cod with carrots and Orléans mustard. Save room for the surprisingly creative desserts. There's plenty of
free parking in the church parking lot across the street, and a handful of tastefully modern rooms are available in the adjacent inn ($; closed Nov. and the first two weeks of January).