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May 8, 2007 05:00 AM

Quebec City - would like to be immersed in Quebecois cuisine

Could someone suggest medium priced restos in Quebec City for a first time visitor. I'd like to be immersed in Quebecois cuisine for this visit. Will be staying on Ste. Ursule and would like suggestions within walking or short taxi rides distance. Merci beaucoup!

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  1. Mistral Gagnant (Rue St. Paul) is a solid, family-run restaurant. highly recommended.

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    1. re: steve h.

      The Web site says Mistral Gagnant is a Provencal restaurant.

      My recommendation is somewhat touristy, but fun and I've enjoyed the food:

      1. re: gido

        aux anciens canadiens is touristy. food is mediocre at best. on a more positive note, the room(s) are inviting and staff very pleasant. best to go at off-hours with modest expectations.

        re: mistral gagnant. wonderful, home-cooked food in a welcoming environment. casually walk a block or so east and catch a game of petanque after your meal. enjoy some of the local craft beers while making bets with some of your new friends.

        1. re: steve h.

          you are right but fundymermaid want to be "immersed in Quebecois cuisine", Mistral gagnant is Provencal cuisine

          1. re: vabou

            quebecios cuisine is an expression open to interpretation.

            my take is that it begins outside the walls: the disney-like quality on the peak is disturbing to me. where are the bakeries, the coffee shops, the wine bars, the infrastructure necessary to sustain locals rather than tourists?

            i suggest mistral gagnant because it is a family-run restaurant of high quality. mom, dad and daughter are there to support their modest culinary statement. this says, "quebecois" to me. provencal-inspired food? sure. quebecois? absolutely.

            i still suggest walking a few blocks east to the petanque court. enjoy the craft beers, make a few bets and have a bit of fun.

      2. re: steve h.

        Hi, I've never posted before but have often perused, and wanted to thank you for recommending Mistral Gagnant. I was in Quebec City with my husband and sister in early July. It was my sister's first time in that city, and our experience at MG was so wonderfully French and hospitable and lovely, it charmed her socks off, and ours. We'll definitely be back. The service was attentive but relaxed. The food was simple but delicious and obviously prepared with care.

      3. You might want to look at this thread.

        There I recommend Le café du clocher penché, where few tourists but many locals eat. It's really great. It's within walking distance from where you're staying (maybe 25 minutes), but definitely not more than a short cab ride. It is in the lower town, outside of the walls (in St-Roch). I strongly suggest that you eat most of your meals outside of the old town. Rue St Jean is a must; many good choices along there.

        If you're looking for "real" Quebecois food (tourtiere and all that good stuff), then gido's suggestion for aux anciens canadiens might be a good place to start. It is in the old town (five minute walk from you), and it is touristy, but it's a nice introduction to the cuisine and the food is good.

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        1. re: littlegreenpea

          For sure, Le café du clocher penché is excellent. Try it also for week-end brunch (with reservation). But it's more a french bistro style, not a "quebecois cuisine".

          Aux anciens canadiens fit the description of what you want, but this place is a tourist one, with goods and bads reviews (make a search on this board).

          Maybe you can also try "poutine" a "fast-food signature dish" in Quebec!

          I agree with littlegreenpea that now the bests restos are outside the old town, in St-Roch. Except, i think that Le patriarche (medium-high resto) could be interesting for you : specialities are the wilds games.

          Also, on St-Jean street there is Moisan an L'épicerie eurpéenne, two little grocery store that worth a visit and a very good gelato shop call Tutto Gelato. This say, for restaurant avoid this street, there is a lot of tourists traps.

          Enjoy your trip!

        2. People will find me terrible, but for an authentic, greasy spoon québecois lunch (not dinner, because it would be a little sad), try Le Buffet des Antiquaires, on St-Paul.

          1. Thank you all for the recommendations. The best poutine I've ever had was an in Acadian restaurant in West Pubnico, Nova Scotia on the wharf called Denny's cafe. It was LOBSTER poutine. Instead of gravy, there was Newburg sauce poured over the lobster, French fries and cheese...

            By Quebecois cuisine I meant St. Lawrence seafood specialties, maple, maple, maple and maybe a rabbit or two.

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            1. re: fundymermaid

              Hi fundymermaid, is Denny's still in existence?

              1. re: Harp00n

                Hi Harp00n, I'd suggest you ask this on the "Canada" board (where the Atlantic Canada posts are) since this was a reference to a resto in Nova Scotia, not Quebec.


                1. re: kpzoo

                  Lol, I appreciate your concern kpzoo but fundymermaid and I are both Boston Hounds with N.S. connections. Short of allowing direct communication between Hounds you have to pick your spots, so to speak. But again, I do appreciate your concern. :-))

                2. re: Harp00n

                  Yes, it is! It's on the wharf in West Pubnico, NS