Cuisine Lyonnais: Your Foodie Guide to France’s Gastronomic Capital

Lyon is said to be the gastronomic capital of France, and I think it’s safe to say the gastronomic capital of France is basically the gastronomic capital of the world. It didn’t take long for me to understand how this city earned such a prestigious title. At any given moment, you’re never more than a few feet (or meters, whatever) from boulagerie, patisserie, or a bouchon filled with delectable treats native to this rich region. 
Bouchons are typical Lyonnais restaurants. At these casual bistros, you are guaranteed to find a three course meal that will satisfy all of your cravings. 

Salade lyonnaise: think lettuce, bacon, croutons, and a poached egg in a sweet Dijon dressing. Don’t let the name fool you, there’s nothing nutritious about this first course. It may not be healthy but delicious? Absolutely. A must try for any visitor. 

Salade not your thing? How about savory, salty soup made with red wine and onions topped with bacon, fresh croutons, and a poached egg. They call it œuf meurette and it doesn’t disappoint. 

If you’re a vegetarian, Lyon probably isn’t the place for you. The Lyonnais love their meats:

Sausage: very typical for a Lyonnais dinner. They come in all different shapes sizes and tastes here are a few that might strike your interest 

Andouillette: sausage made with chitterlings often served in a mustard sauce. 

Saucisson chaud: warm sausage often served with potatoes in a red wine sauce (one of my favorites) 

Tripes: AKA people, this means intestines. Didn’t realize that, consider yourselves warned. 

Or if you’re looking for a more casual meal, one of my favorite things to do was find some good ole saucisson at the local farmers market or grocery store. No cooking necessary, just find some good cheese and bread and you’re good to go. 

Quenelles de brochet: a savory, tasty poached egg dish. Think of it like a fish soufflé. Made from pike fish served in a fabulous cream sauce. Just trust me on this one. 

Now for the fun part..

The Lyonnaise know how to enjoy a good meal and that of course means finishing off with a tasty sweet. 
Praline rouge: we all know these sweet treats but unlike anywhere else, all pralines in Lyon are red. They’re just as sweet, but just a little prettier. Served in tarts, brioche, or alone as a sweet snack. 

Fromage blanc: a common dish for dessert or an after dinner cheese course. Basically, creamy soft white cheese (similar to cottage cheese). I’ll admit, I was skeptical but pleasantly surprised when I finally tasted this traditional treat. It’s often served with red fruit coulis or, at times, with a jar of sugar to add as you please. 

Other desserts include classic French delicacies: cream brûlée, tarts, pâtisseries, and crêpes. My advice? Try them all! 

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