Just over the border...where to go?
- wyf4lyf Jul 14, 2006 06:30 AM
We'll be driving into Quebec from Stowe, Vermont. Any recommendations for chow just north of the border (say within an hour or so?).
Montreal is apprx.1 hr from the border. So tell us what kind of chow you're looking for! Loads of good choices.
(I agree that you should ask a local where to get a good poutine in any particular area you happen to be in; not all poutines are great.)
If memory serves, that Adirondak Adventures show on the Plattsburg PBS station once travelled to a grease joint just north of Lake Champlain for poutine. It could have been in Noyan, Clarenceville or Bedford. Hopefully, this will spark someone else's memory.
You don't say what kind of chow you're looking for. If it's high-endish stuff, head for the east side of Lake Memphremagog:
4822 Chemin Georgeville
Canton de Standstead, QC
For details, search this board using Tourigny as your search string.
I'll probably take 89, though we could also take 91. I'm not sure I want to venture into Montreal; it might be more fun to wander around smaller towns. We're not looking for high-end dining, but some good French bistro fare would be great. Or Canadian specialties...or both. We'll be looking for lunch and dinner. Thanks!
You'll be hard-pressed to find french bistro fare in small towns. I would look into the more touristy smalls town for hope of a halfway decent meal (say Frelighsburgh, Knowlton, Dunham). St-Jean d'Iberville is a larger town in the area, there's probably a couple of good options there (check previous threads, I vaguely remember one on St-Jean). There's also a Swiss place by the roadside about 10 minutes north of the border coming from the 89, but I've never dared to stop.
A few other recommendations in the eastern townships area between Vermont and Montreal:
In the North Hatley area: Ripplecove Inn and Auberge Hatley
In Georgeville: Maison McGowan
In Magog: la table tourigny
You can also check the quebec tourism web-site for other restos along your route, and detials on the above spots. I haven't tried any of the Quebec vineyard spots, but that could be interesting.
Just over the border at pike river( about 5 miles north of 89)
Take a right turn towards a small town call Bedford.A place called "Barry" great for burgers and Poutine! IF on a weakend It can get very busy at the border crossing- Last Sunday was a 3 hour wait.
I never cross the border on the main highways. I rather chose to make a detour and drive to a village, it's much faster. On the Confederation week-end, we were heading towards Lacolle on our way back to Montreal when we heard there was a 2 hour wait. We ended up rossing at Rouses Point-St-Bernard and we were the only car there. From there, it takes less than 10 minutes to get to highway 15.
Thanks for all the suggestions. We'll be going into Quebec on a Monday, so hopefully we'll avoid the long lines at the border...but I do like the idea of taking a detour off the main highway and crossing over on a smaller road. Thanks for the idea!
In Lacolle, a few minutes north of the border on the 221, theres a greek restaurant called Brocheterie Pharos.
As far as Chow goes, it isn't exactly epiphany, but to ad-lib johnnyboy, you'd be hard pressed to find choworthy joints in many of these small towns.
Anyway, this place serves ok Greek plates at reasonable prices. What makes it different is the seting - its in a church, plus it has a bar.
Different for sure.
About 25 miles east of the 15, in Hinchinbrooke, you'll find the Rockburn Pub. I don't know if you should make a special trip here, but if you're in the neck of the woods, definitely stop in.
This is a Chow joint.
Not necessarily for the food, not for the atmosphere, not for the beer (its an Irish pub), but possibly for a combination of all three which makes it a bit of a gem. Plus, as you walk in and sit down, you can't help wondering "what is this place doing in Hinchinbrooke
Let us know of your adventures!
We went through the border last night, a Sunday evening, and there was absolutely no one going through at Noyau. Easy as pie to get through and not really out of the way.