Nestled beneath the château of Roquefère, an unspoiled village fleuri in the Cabardés region of the Montagne Noire, this regional favorite dishes up amazing steaks à la Languedocienne and bottomless plates of homemade pâté and charcuterie. Cooked over wood fires, many of the meat-centered dishes are accompanied by mushrooms picked from nearby mountains by the genial chef. This place is worth visiting as much for its rustic charm as for its great food. In warm weather, ask for a table on the terrace amid hills cloaked with oak and chestnut trees. The owners have a lovely B&B cottage next door, but make sure to reserve well in advance as it is nearly always booked.
Roquefère, 25 km (11 miles) north of Carcassonne, Carcassonne, 11380, France