Where to Eat in Quebec City

Where to Eat in Quebec City

Where to eat in Quebec City – according to local resident, Bobby Fielding.

These Are a Few of My Favourite … Eating Places

Special finds the locals know about.
by Bobby Fielding

I always enjoy being taken to a restaurant by someone who lives in the city I am visiting. The locals tend to find places that are unique and good value, and not typically frequented by tourists.

Since 2005, my wife and I have been exploring the restaurant scene in Québec City as locals. We have come up with a few favourite places that we tend to return to and where we take visitors to who are willing to leave the more touristy area of the city. We always like learning about other unique and interesting places that local people discover.

1. The most touristy of the restaurants in our list would probably be Chez Victor (145, rue St-Jean). We get a kick out of suggesting a hamburger joint to visitors and then explaining that it is an upscale hamburger restaurant that is worth experiencing. We love the ambiance of the rue St-Jean location, though it often requires reserving beforehand.

2. For breakfast, but great anytime, we love the atmosphere at Le Cafe Krieghoff (1091, avenue Cartier). The food is great and more than once we have found ourselves conversing with fellow diners.

3. Québec is famous for it poutine, and many restaurants sell it. When we are in the mood for a good poutine, we always head over to La Poutinerie (292, rue Marie-de-l’Incarnation), which boasts 100 different types of poutine. A small sized poutine, at under $10, will feed the two of us just fine.

4. Our favourite restaurant for the best tasting Montreal-style smoked meat is Joe Smoked Meat (275, rue Saint-Vallier Est ).

5. However, the second best smoke meat place is La Fabrique Du Smokemeat (727, rue Raoul-Jobin), but it has the the most awesome maple syrup pie anywhere.

6. If ice cream is more the type of dessert we are interested in, we head off to Les Chocolats Favoris (8320, 1re avenue). It has chocolate dipped soft ice cream like I have tasted nowhere else in the world. Maple ice cream or orange ice cream with dark chocolate is awesome, as is strawberry with milk chocolate. We try to go at off times or during off weather to avoid the long line up that is inevitably there on nice days.

7. The spring rolls at Épicerie La Montagne Dorée (652, rue Saint-Ignace) are the best we have found in the city. We will head there on a Saturday morning to get a dozen of them to take home to feast on, or to take with us to potluck dinners we are invited to.
These are some of the suggestions we make to guests who are interested in seeing the less touristy side of our beautiful city, the places we locals return to, a few of our favourite … eating places.
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Do you agree with Bobby?
Is there somewhere else that you like go?
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On Monday 31st October, 2011, local resident, Job Patstone, wrote in with this response:

I was interested in your choice of smoked-meat restaurants. I have tried the sandwiches at both places you mention, (La Fabrique & Joe Smoked Meat), but I must disagree with both, as the best smoked meat I have experienced in this area is at “Brynds” on Maguire street in Sillery. They have two locations, but the one on Maguire is far superior to the one on St. Paul. It’s as good as Reubens in Montreal. They cut the meat just the right thickness, the bread is warmed on top of the oven and the fries are excellent and plentiful as is the meat. I am a big fan of smoked meat and was spoiled in Montreal, but taste is everything and we don’t all have the same palate for the same things. Your choices are good, but there is better.

If I could also make a suggestion, getting away from smoked-meat, you might want to try a restaurant called “Ocean Grill” on ch.St. Foy. Delicious varied menu, and the ‘ribs’ are stupendous. It’s a ‘bring your own wine’ restaurant which saves you a few bucks. Doesn’t look great from the outside but it is a very cosy interior with great food, maybe a bit pricey, but worth it. Best to reserve, even during the week.
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