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La Mère Besson, Cannes

13 Rue des Frères Pradignac
France 06400
Tel: 33 4 93 39 59 24's insider take:

This lively restaurant serves up classic coastal and Provençal cuisine just south of Cannes's Rue d'Antibes. All the usual regional favorites are here: rockfish soup, soupe au pistou (the French version of minestrone), and authentic Niçoise salad. Stop in for lunch, when the $47 prix-fixe menu offers marinated sardines with a strong, lusty flavor and a seared duck breast in pepper sauce. The house wine is blissfully cheap and palatable. The only thing to avoid is being seated in the back, away from all the action on the street. As at many establishments on the Riviera, it's best to call ahead to ask for outside seating.

Opens Mondays through Saturdays at 7:00 pm.

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