Honfleur was once an important seaport guarding the entrance to the Seine. It is a now a fishing village and vacation place with a nice old harbor full of sailing boats. Our hotel gave us a list of places to eat. We had time to do some comparative menu shopping and were pleased with the two choices we made. The first has a great location beside the old harbor with good food. The second is in town on street with many old buildings in the half timber Norman style. It has the best food.
L’Ascot is right on the harbor edge, along with many others. After going around the harbor this seemed to have the best menu. We had mussels in a cream sauce, skate wing ina brown butter sauce, and chicken in a port wine/shallot/mushroom sauce that was so good I tried to replicate when we got home. Meanwhile, the sun set over the harbor and the moon rose. It is located at 76 Quai Sainte Catherine, Honfleur, 02-31-89-15-31.
Le Beard attempts to rise above the bistro food served in most places we encountered and largely succeeds. It is certainly value for money with more complex cooking than the other places we went, even in Paris, at very reasonable prices. They provided multiple tastes on each plate. We started with a fish soup with crème and some excellent duck foie gras pate. Then, we had a beef in red wine sauce encased in a pastry shell. It is located at 7 Rue du Poits, Honfleur, 02-31-99-53-48.