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!
If you're planning to drive down from Tremblant to St. Sauveur just for groceries, you can save half an hour each way stopping in Ste. Agathe. Right off highway 15, at exit 86, are Metro (big chain grocery store), Provigo (also big chain), S. Bourassa (small chain, as mentioned by SousChef) and an SAQ (liquor/wine store.) I can't speak about the Metro in St Jovite (which will be a lot closer to you,) but I *love* the Metro in Ste Agathe. I wish we had grocery stores like that in Toronto, where I live.
If you do feel like driving, L'Eau A La Bouche in Ste Adele (just north of St Sauveur) is a really lovely restaurant. I've only been there once, and we had their "Discovery Menu." Intimate setting and delicious food. It definitely falls into your "budget is not a consideration" category, though.
Another favorite of ours is Au Petit Poucet in Val David. We always go there for breakfast on our way home, and that might work for you as well. They smoke their own meats (mainly pork) and make their own jams, and have a delicious brunch menu. If you go, I highly recommend you try something that comes with creton (loosely translated as "potted pork", sort of a chunky pate, also very Quebecois.) They're very kid-friendly, crayons and the whole bit. They also have a counter where they sell their meats to go.
As for other local delicacies, I recommend you try tortiere, a Quebecois spiced meat pie. Even if you just pick one up at Metro and toss it in the oven to heat it up. Much more traditional than a Beavertail, which isn't really a food that Canadians eat, but rather food that tourists visiting Canada eat.
Hope this helps, and have a wonderful trip!
Val David is on the way to Mont Tremblant, and still a good drive away from it, but there are some places to consider for your evenings, or on your way up.
Les Zèbres (never been, it's always closed when I'm in town - still wish to try it out) www.restaurantleszebres.com
Au Vieux Foyer (we often stay there, where hot breakfast and 3 course supper are included); their brunch is very popular too www.aubergeduvieuxfoyer.com
Au Creux du Vent (been there once, it was pretty good even if pacing was too hasty for our taste) http://www.lecreuxduvent.com/
There's also La Farandole, a pleasant pastry-bakerie-café in Sainte-Adèle where we like to stop for a nice sandwich and coffee and pick up a couple of treats, including some locally made jams, etc. Good for lunch on the way there or back (not good for returning to the slopes, obvy)
Le Vieux Four is a great pizza and pasta place. (The one in St-Sauveur is excellent). Been to the one in Tremblant once before, and for the most part it was quite comparable. L'Escalope is quite good as well. I would reserve at both to avoid waiting (especially L'Escalope).
For the real deal when it comes to poutine, a must go is: 100% Boeuf (right off the 117, west side around St-Faustin, 15 minutes out of Tremblant).
As everyone else said, most restos at the mountain are geared for tourists (prices are elevated for what you get). There's a restaurant called La Forge on the mountain which has a great Onion soup in a bread bowl. It's a little weak on the cheese but the broth and bread bowl are great. Perfect for lunch on the mountain (gets quite busy though, so try to go just before or after lunch). Also taffy on the snow (tire-sur -la -neige) is pretty good (and fun for your kid) (near the base of the "cabriolet").
All that I know of for Beaver Tails is the main place on the mountain (it's pretty good though, one in St-Sauveur as well). Bourrassa is very good for cheeses (they have one in St-Sauveur and in Ste-Agathe) and the SAQ is where you go for wine in the area (anywhere in Quebec for that matter..) - there's one in Tremblant if I'm not mistaken. Also, try to pick up some Montreal bagels somewhere on your way up.
If you're around St-Sauveur for dinner there is a fantastic place for chicken and ribs. Best ribs I've ever eaten in my life!!! It is called Le RIO, 352 rue Principale (5 minutes off highway).
There you go... With that your set for a delicious week in my books.
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...
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
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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.
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.
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!