Occupying a lovingly restored inn, Le Thou is headed up by chef Stéphane Konig, who is known for his creative (and sometimes surprising) take on regional staples. Where else in the world could you sample a tarte à la grenouille (frog pie)? Well-spaced tables, colourful paintings adorning the walls and a warm welcome create an easy air.
Bonus: there's a garden terrace in the warm months. Find Le Thou in Bouligneux, about 4km northwest of Villars-les-Dombes.