Alan, I'm not speaking as a "tourist" having travelled the world extensively for 18 years as crew. We usually ate where the locals ate, because it was cheaper. Julian worked in France for some time and we know that the best places to eat are where the lorry drivers go... though in latter years we have gone more frequently to more upmarket places,though not if we don't see a fair sprinkling of locals there. There are mountains of veg in French supermarkets, but you rarely get more than green beans and some form of potato in their restaurants. It's just a complete mystery as to who consumes these veg.
It's a while since we visited Auz and of course Julian's brother and his wife spent most of their adult years in the states And so developed their eating habits there. I craved veg whilst I was staying with them, but apart from iceberg lettuce and salad we only got veg when I went to the supermarket bought and cooked it.
Went out for Sunday lunch a week or so ago here with friends. Along with the meat and Yorkshire puds we were served, roast potatoes, parsnips, red and white cabbage, sprouts and carrots. Too much for me in truth!😏
Don't mean to "go on" but it is indeed a subject which has fascinated me for years.