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Dec 1, 2009 09:28 AM

Need help with Mont Tremblant

First trip to Canada! We are going to MT the week between Xmas and New years. We have 5 adults, 1 picky 6 year old and a car. Budget is not a consideration, but prefer a place where we can get the picky little guy something. We will eat in 3 nights, and are planning on doing grocery/wine shopping in St. Sauveur. With that in mind, I am looking for:

Best places to eat dinner in area (anything within a 20 minute drive of ski village)
Best Fondue (within 20 minute drive of ski village)
Best places to eat lunch (close enough to get back on the mountain for skiing after)
Best places to try Poutine and Beavertail
Any other local delicacies that can't be missed.
Please let me know also if you think I should reserve ahead.

I have the following on my list of possibilities:

Lunch: Coco Pazzo, Fat Mardi's, Creperie Catherine
Dinner: L'Escalope, C'est La Vie, Le Vieux Four

Any help is appreciated. I am so excited to be going to Canada!

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  1. HI!
    I been there lately and truly, the place baffles me.
    There is only one place I remember for beavertails and that is within the village itself.
    I do not see Mont Tremblant eateries as foodie type, but fun and ok,, mostly catering to tourist, which is not a bad thing at all, just what it is.
    I am not a poutine person either. Why this post really caught my eyes is because, since you might be trying any those places, I really hope you give us a report for next time we go!

    1. Although it's pricey, I recommend "Le Savoie" (at the ski village) for raclette. They do fondue also, but real raclette is much more uncommon, and they do it really well.

      Instead of stopping in St Sauveur, I would suggest stopping at the Atwater market on your way up. It's a Montreal foodie destination, and is literally 200 yards off the highway. (Assuming you're driving up from NY or New England.)

      Terrines et Pates sells prepared food. Excellent provencale-style fish soup, homemade duck confit, duck and goose rillettes and more. Hit the cheese shop - "fromagerie du Marche Atwater" for a wide selection of Quebec raw-milk cheese, and the bakery. Also excellent butcher shops.

      Montrealers will all be critical of the food options at the mountain. Rightly so when compared with options in Montreal, but when you compare with typical ski area fare, I'd have to say that it's better than most.

      Still, being a Montrealer, "Le Savoie" is the only place I eat at the mountain.

      1. If you plug Tremblant into the Search This Board box at the top of the page, you'll get plenty of ideas from the last 12 months. You can then change the search criteria to a longer time frame if you like.

        1. I agree that the restaurants in the village itself seem to be catered to tourists. Actually the whole village seems a bit forced to me, but it is still beautiful. Sorry I can't be of better help for restos, but I do remember there is a decent grocery store in St. Jovite, which is a lot closer than St. Sauveur in case you have to do some shopping while you're actually in Tremblant. It's right on the main street in that town, can't miss it.

          Metro Marché Chevrefils Mont-Tremblant

          1011 rue St-Jovite
          Mont-Tremblant, Québec
          J8E 3J9
          (819) 425-3381

          2 Replies
          1. re: berbatov

            Dinners in the village are ok-we like coco pazzo as does our 6 yr old.
            sEB is a short drive
            Also a drive, down In Saint Sauver you can check out Gibby's

            Have fun!

            1. re: montreal traveller

              I second sEb in St. Jovite. If they have their tapas menu, go for it. Their other stuff is just as good, though. Reservations are recommended.

              Chez Bernard in St. Sauveur is a great place to pick up prepared foods, bread, and chocolate. They also have a number of pricey special-import wines. You can also eat on the premises. It is right across the street from Gibby;s.

              The SAQ (Booze Quebec store) in St. Sauveur has a good selection of stuff.

              The S. Bourassa store in St. Sauveur has a huge selection of cheeses.

              I ate at La Grappe a Vin in Tremblant once, a few years ago, and quite enjoyed it, but it was not as outstanding as sEb.

          2. Hi Kbear

            Tremblant village is for the most part a tourist trap. I would suggest old tremblant maybe le petit cache its charming and so sincere. Its run by a husband and wife team that love what they do. Simple food done well thats what I always look for and why I go back there again and again.

            But on that note does anyone know of any new good restaurants in the past year?? Im going friday and have no dinner plans yet...