“Fried foods from ta mer!” That’s the cheeky slogan behind this Southern fried foods joint (trodden cement tile floors, communal tables, a light wooden bar) that is bubbling with free spirit on “prison street.” Here you’ll find Marilou Fassanaro, the 30-something authentic Sète native and owner, who makes the hot oil glisten with the local catch and freshly plucked vegetables, fifty shades of fried food style! The day we went for lunch, they sent out a generous fritto misto in a cone, mixing crispy and tender textures with no excess grease: sardine tempura, mullet beignets, breaded anchovies and mackerel fillet, rock octopus meatballs, whole mini sole… Or, for the vegetarian version, there’s the famous onion rings, broccoli, zucchini and padrón peppers! There’s also a festive fish ’n’ chips that pairs enchanting hake with incredible panisses, plus squid ink mayo. Yum! // Aïtor Alfonso
FEELING THIRSTY? There’s an artisanal Biopom cider (€12 a bottle), plus a few natural wines served by the glass and selected by Au Vin Vivant, the formidable wineshop nearby – like the highly drinkable Chardonnay from Le Mas de Janiny (€2). And for all those who want a bottle, you can also bring one over from the very same wine shop, for the price of a corkage fee (€7).
PRICE: Fried portions €3-9.