The most upscale and delicious dining experience in Chartres is in the Le Grand Monarque, a hotel with roots that date from the 15th century, when the site served food and drink (not as elegant as what you’ll find today) to weary travelers and postal workers. Today’s diners feast in a formal, high-ceilinged dining room outfitted in soft grays and browns. Menu items change with the seasons but might include savory portions of crispy langoustines with fennel and vanilla, freshly grilled scallops, or a superb beef Rossini. Another specialty is Pâté de Chartres, the local meat pie. Desserts are sumptuous, and the chef is known locally for his Grand-Marnier soufflé.