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Dec 19, 2008 11:31 AM

Restaurants between Toronto and Quebec City

For our vacation next July, my husband and I will be flying into Toronto to start the trip and out of Quebec City at the end. We are debating whether to drive or fly from Toronto to Quebec. I wouldn't mind the 8-9 hour drive if there are interesting or scenic restaurants along the way that would allow us to break up the drive. Any suggestions would be appreciated.

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  1. Hi marilaine,

    Quebec City is located 3 hours east of Montreal. I'd recommend you drive from Toronto to Quebec City and spend some time in Montreal, as well. It's a beautiful city, with a charm that's not quite as rustic as that of Quebec City, but wonderful nonetheless. And there are quite a number of fabulous restaurants, as well as Montreal food specialties, such as smoked meat and wood-oven-baked bagels that are very different from U.S. bagels (I assume you're coming from the U.S.?)

    The 5-hour drive from Toronto to Montreal is quite boring, but there are some nice towns and counties to stop in along the way, including Picton and Bloomfield in Prince Edward County and Kingston, which is a very pretty city.

    I could go on and on, as could others on this board. But, yes, there is good food to be had en route from Toronto to Montreal.

    1. Not sure how much time you have, but here's another suggestion. You can take the train from Toronto to Kingston or even to Ottawa. Book premier class and you'll get a lovely meal and wine etc. It is really lovely way to get through the Ontario part of the trip (not there's anything wrong with Ontario, but the 401 from TO to the Quebec border is really long and boring). If you have more time and want to wander a bit more, I'd take the train all the way to Ottawa which is a great city to visit with some interesting museums etc. From there you can drive to Le Chateau Montebello (Fairmont). It is a very historical and unique log hotel, which has been host to many famous people and world leaders. We didn't stay there when we went through, but I will again next time we go back that way. From there you can go through the Laurentians and then down to Montreal. Great food is to be had all along the way. I agree with Tatai that you really should spend some time in Montreal - especially the old part of the city - before you go on to Quebec City. The last time I was in Quebec City, the best meal we found was outside the touristy area. Sorry I can't remember the name, I suggest you post on the Quebec board for specifics...and bon voyage.
      (for train info go to )

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      1. re: dinin and dishin

        While I agree that the trip along Highway 401 from Toronto to Quebec is boring, if you make stops along the way in interesting towns and cities -- and there are a number of them -- and take some side roads while travelling east, it can be a delightful trip.

        As for the food on Via Rail, I booked first class fare from Toronto to Montreal a couple of years ago, mainly out of curiosity about the food. I can't remember everything we ate, although I do recall a lobster ravioli dish. It was not what I'd call a memorable dining experience, and certainly not worth taking the train for. Although I do try to promote train travel for environmental reasons, in this case, I don't think it's what marilaine is looking for.

      2. Hi everyone, Just a brief reminder to please keep the focus on the good restaurants that can be found along the route. If they're in a scenic location, so much the better! Thanks very much!

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        1. re: The Chowhound Team

          There is a wonderful restaurant called "LES FOUGERES" in Chelsea..which is a bit of a smallish drive from Ottawa..if you are going through Ottawa that is..really worth the small detour honestly...I believe this is the website...

          1. re: pearlD

            The menu at Les Fougeres sounds wonderful. This was exactly what I was hoping for, so thanks very much for the information. The restaurant's website actually is:


            1. re: marilaine

              marilaine, if you do end up spending time in Montreal, be sure to make a reservation at Au Pied de Cochon. It's a one-of-a-kind restaurant that features lots of very flavourful -- and cholesterol-laden -- Quebecois food. A memorable experience! My favourite dishes there are Plogue a Champlain and Duck in a Can, but they're famous for their frites with foie gras and their pigs' feet. http://www.restaurantaupieddecochon.c...

        2. Get a copy of "Anne Hardy's Where to Eat in Canada". The new book for 2009-2010 will be out in June 2009.
          It's my bible for travelling by car in Canada.