Greetings all interested Chowhounds...
I have posted before about Quebec City and know there are not that many responses garnered from local foodies (an issue discussed on other posts I know), so I thought I would give a brief report about our 2 nights in Quebec City last week (Nov 12/13).
First stop- L'Echaude in lower town. I am biased here, as this is my favorite bistro and one I try to visit whenever in town. And there is one reason- french style steak frites. To me, this is not a charbroiled sirloin or tenderloin (both of which ARE on the menu BTW), but a french style onglet or hanger steak- or something close, pan fried with butter and shallots served with homemade fries. Mmmmmm and L'Echaude delivers just that. Incidentally- I was tipped off last year- this cut of meat is NOT on the English menu! You have to ask. It is actually the least expensive steak dish there and heavenly! My companions had a lovely black cod in snail stew and a scallop salad. A nice California Cab (The Show) rounded things off nicely. Excellent service and warm atmosphere- love it!
Night 2 we thought we would leave the confines of the old town, and go not -so- upscale. We ended up on St Jean street, about 10 minute walk from the walls of vieux Quebec at a little neighborhood bistro called Le Hobbit. And boy, what a find. Wonderful atmosphere (Bordering the gay village- or at least the closest there seemed to be to such a place) and the clientele appeared far more local than tourists. Still, the waiter was incredibly welcoming and gracious in his menu translations. The prices were very reasonable (dinner for 2 with several drinks came in at 100$), and the food was superb. Probably the best french onion soup ever, and a wonderful sweet bread and artichoke salad to start. This was followed by an amazing duck confit- with the most delicious and decadent potato gratin. Simple- no overpowering flavours that did not belong- just perfectly prepared duck and potatoes. Mmmm. Also sampled were the Elk skirt which was surprisingly mild and flavorful anda wonderful duck stuffed pasta. I will definitely be back and would encourage anyone in the area to drop by for a meal. Far better value and quality than other places we have visited in the past in the more touristy areas.
And to close off the night, we even saw a Zombie walk on the way home- freaky!