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Oct 29, 2006 11:10 PM

The "best" in Quebec City

We will be in Quebec City for four days in Nov. Plan to have tea one afternoon at Le Chateau Frontenac as resommended by friends but otherwise we are completely open. As we will be there over the traditional US Thanksgiving holiday we are hoping to find a fabulous place for a late lunch on Thurs. Any suggestions? Also, we understand there are many undiscovered ethnic restaurants that we should search out. We are well traveled and adventurous. Please advise.

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  1. I consider the croissants and coffee at Chez Temporel to be a World's Best.

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      1. re: cwmcm54

        Any time of day, I think. The place is very casual and serves mostly soups, sandwiches, and light meals.

    1. We loved our lunch at Toast - considered it one of our best meals of our three-week trip thru eastern Canada. It is in the lower old town. I think you would need reservations for dinner but we were able to walk in for lunch. Great wine list and interesting food.

      1. You must try Guido le Gourmet, Restauraunt Au Parmesan, and (though it's kitschy with the maidens dressed up in Quebecoise peasant girl outfits), Aux Ancien Canadien---order the Trapper's Delight. Fabulous.

        1. No offense, the golferbitch, but maybe except from Les Anciens Canadiens, the places you mentionned need must be avoided. They are tacky, touristy and not that good.

          Toast!, Largo, Le Café du Clocher penché, Le 48, Laurie Raphaël, brunch at l'Échaudé, croissants at Temporel...those are the places that, in my opinion, are worth visiting and will give a true Quebec City culinary experience to visitors.

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          1. re: Frenchie

            Many thanks. I feel well on my way to a great culinary experience. I will let you know how it was upon my return. Someone mentioned good Vietmnamese cuisine in Quebec City? Any knowledge of that?

            1. re: cwmcm54

              Chez Do is quite good; less good in my opinion is Asia (don't know if they're still open)...but Asia is more fusion cuisine whereas Chez Do is more traditionally Vietnamese.

            2. re: Frenchie

              No offense taken. I've lived in QC for summers for 38 years and haven't found them tacky yet. Apart from the occasional accordian playing in Parmesan (the wandering musicians are standard Italian kitsch in a lot of restaurants), the food hasn't disappointed me, esp. the desserts (especially the cassata). I'm not sure I'd recommend Cafe' du Clocher Penche to a casual tourist. The rock music/bachata music and under-25 crowd might be offputting to some. Largo is indeed a cute little (pricey)boutique jazz bar/art gallery--I'd recommend it for drinks before or after dinner, not for a meal, if you like jazz. The Saint Armour has also not let me down, by the way, cwmcm54. Le48 has decent burgers and wraps. If you're in the mood for something more stick-to-your-ribs than croissants, I'd recommend Le Cochon Dingue in the petit champlain quarter. Worth the walk. Or, ride the rather rickety but fun Funicular.

            3. Is Guido still open?

              I went to Quebec City last year at the name of the place had changed much to my chagrin. I did not try the new place.

              If I am erring, let me know ASAP so I can go back!, It was such a treat. Classy without being flashy, absolutely fantastic food, and very resonable prices (From 29$ for a 5 course meal!)