We've Got 3 Days in Quebec City...What do YOU recommend?
Please help two honeymooning Chowhounds from Toronto who have no idea where to go in Quebec City!
We're staying on Rue Saint-Pierre, but we'll have our car and are willing to drive for good food!
We like all kinds of food, especially Indian and Asian. We're also on the look out for the best Coq Au Vin in the city! We'd love a great breakfast spot as well!
If you want something really special, we had our honeymoon dinner at Panache (Panache Auberge Saint-Antoine, 10, rue Saint-Antoine, Québec, 418-692-1022, aubergestantoine.com) but it's not cheap. A fun one in the Lower City is called Pied de cochon - I seem to end up there every time I'm in Quebec. Another AMAZING experience is Restaurant L’Utopie (226 1/2, rue Saint-Joseph E., Québec, 418-523-7878) - everything is in the form of a famous work of architecture. It sounds corny but it is incredible - the food is absolutely delicious, fresh and unusual, the fact that they arrange it on the plate in beautiful ways is almost incidental, but surprising since they don't sacrifice taste for the 'kitcsh' element. Often voted best restaurant in Quebec.
If you are going to be in Montreal, you have to go and have some traditional montreal smoked meat sandwiches!
I highly recommend Schwartz's: 3895 Saint-Laurent Boulevard.
Just down the street from Schwartz's is an amazing creperie too!
Schwartz's has been around for years and it NEVER disappoints!!
For breakfast, please got to Chez Temporel for what I believe are WORLD'S BEST croissants. They make them fresh all day. That and a cafe creme make for my favorite meal in QC.
Kudos for the Chez Temporel on Couillard St. suggestion. If you're looking for regular folks, nothing fancy eats I would recommend Le Buffet de l'Antiquaire, in the Antique district on St-Paul St, which intersects with St-Pierre. In front of a restaurant furnishing store called chez Renaud. Great noon-hour soup to dessert menus, everything made from scratch including the fries. I like the fondue parmesan, a fried cheese concoction as an appetizer, with a club sandwich/ home fries and a Raftman beer.
Also Chez Diana on St-John street outside the walls, in the gay district. Owned by a tolerant Greek family, this restaurant is at least 50 yrs old. Great pizza, try the feta cheese/garlic/thyme or sample their Greek potatoes, actually a Saratoga-style homemade potato chip.
Pub Alexandre on St-John St inside the walls serves a great fried Brie with a variety of microbrasserie beers.
Also the Bagel Traditional on Maguire St. in Sillery, just up the hill from Côte de l'église. Fresh-made bagels, great Quebec-style long espressos, nice décor, good music and friendly service. Just at the top of the hill, the church parking lot offers a spectacular view of the St-Lawrence, Cap Diamant and the South Shore. Great place to sit with a take-out feast from Buffet du Passant, which is just a few yards away. More of a summer thing, can be quite breezy, yet worth trying.
Ursabear, I totally second everything you said!!!! It's weird, and it's probably because I dont live in Quebec City anymore, but I just forgot about all the places you mentionned, although they are great! I'm a fan of Buffet des antiquaires (greasy spoon...but SO good), Pub St-Alexandre (great choices of beer and scotch) as well as Bagel Traditionnel (good lunch place).
The breakfast buffet at the Chateau Frontenac was an experience. The syrup for the excellent crepes and waffles was pure maple. Also maple butter and sugar is available for other breakfast treats. Top notch ingredients for the chef made omelets, great breads and croissant, fresh friut such as figs and other exotics and superb coffee. We've had great luck with this breakfast and the unbelievable Sunday brunch at the Chateau.