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Mar 13, 2010 04:23 AM

First anniversary road-trip: Montreal, Quebec City, Portland, ME, and Boston

Moderators: I hope it's alright that I post this topic in both the Quebec and New England boards as it equally applies to both. If you feel differently feel free to remove one of the two.

Alright so it looks like we've come up with a basic outline for our first anniversary foodie road-trip in late-August 2010. The focal points of this trip will be Montreal and Quebec City but I'll lay it out in more detail and see what you guys think. Here we go:

Friday Night: Leave Abingdon, MD and hopefully make it to Albany, NY.
Food options: Tony Luke's in Philadelphia for dinner.

Saturday: Finish the drive up to Montreal.
Food options: Suggestions welcome.

Sunday: All day in Montreal.
Food options: Juliette et Chocolat. Jean-Talon Market. Suggestions welcome.

Monday: Breakfast in Montreal then drive to Quebec City.
Food options: Suggestions welcome.

Tuesday: All day in Quebec City.
Food options: Suggestions welcome.

**This is when the trip could go two different ways, I will separate our two options with a slash.

Wednesday: 2nd day in Quebec City / Breakfast in Quebec City then drive to Portland, ME.
Food options: Suggestions welcome.

Thursday: Breakfast in Quebec City then drive to Portland, ME. / All day in Portland, ME.
Food options: Lobster Shack at Two Lights. Suggestions welcome.

Friday: Breakfast in Portland, ME then drive to Boston, MA.
Food options: Clam Box in Ipswich, MA. J.T. Farnham's in Essex, MA. Suggestions welcome.

Saturday: Breakfast in Boston, MA then drive home to Abingdon, MD.
Food options: Breakfast at Mike & Patty's in Boston. Lunch at Still River Cafe in Eastford, CT. Lunch at Trackside Brick Oven Pizza in Wallingford, CT. Dinner at White Manna in Hackensack, NJ.

There are a few certainties we've already decided upon. We would like a decent dinner in all four cities including one very nice dinner which will be our anniversary dinner and the best possible lobster dinner along our projected route of travel. Also, Mike & Patty's and White Manna are definite stops as well as a stop for fried whole-belly clams (not sure where yet, suggestions welcome here! I think Clam Box is in the lead).

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  1. Folks, please keep replies on this board to suggestions for the Quebec side of the border. Advice on the New England portion may be added to sixteenbitcon's post on the New England board, here: Thanks!

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      1. If you're going to the Jean-Talon Market, I would recommend stopping at Hamel's cheese shop around lunch time, which is situated in one of the permanent shops surrounding the central market area. They have a tiny cafe-bistro that has an great little cheese plate.

        My recommendations for Montreal are:
        Laloux or l'Express, La Paryse, l'Epicerie, St-Viateur Bagels, Olives et Gourmando, Taj

        -stay away from Toque!, which is just expensive with poorly seasoned food

        1. Montreal: Don't miss Au Petit Extra - but they do not speak much English.

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          1. re: StevensAve

            I'm having a lot of trouble in Montreal. I just made reservations for our first dinner at APDC and but I'm having trouble deciding on a restaurant for our second dinner. It's between Kitchen Galerie, L'Epress, and Garde-Manger. I'm thinking Kitchen Galerie since we were planning on touring the Jean-Talon Market anyway and Garde-Manger as we might need a lighter option after eating at APDC the day before. L'Express just looks really good. I've read both positive and negative reviews for all three. Any recent firsthand experiences/reviews would be very helpful!

            I've got Bistrot La Fabrique pencilled in for Sunday brunch as it's right around the corner from our hotel. Other snacks/options are Schwartz's although I was displeased to find that you have to dine in for a sandwich, Fairmount for bagels, Point G for macarons... I seriously doubt we'll be able to hit all of these places, but it doesn't hurt to have options!

            Jean-Talon Market
            7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA

            L'Express Restaurant
            3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

            La Fabrique
            306 Av 4E, Saint-Paul-De-Montminy, QC G0R3Y0, CA

            Kitchen Galerie
            60 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, QC H2R1S5, CA

            1. re: sixteenbiticon

              What do you mean "I was displeased to find that you have to dine in for a sandwich" at Schwartz's? You can do take-out, no problem.

              1. re: kpzoo

                Well, all of the reviews and pictures of sandwiches show people dining in and the take-out menu on their website lists only bulk items, so I just assumed. Please, by all means, correct me if I'm wrong.

                1. re: sixteenbiticon

                  OK, consider yourself corrected. ;-)

              2. re: sixteenbiticon

                I would stop by L'Express for breakfast, lunch, or a very late night snack; it's a landmark, but I'm not sure there's much to make it distinctively Montreal. We really enjoyed our dinner at Joe Beef the last time we were there, so much that we went and ate one of their sister restaurants, which was also quite good. The prices were surprisingly expensive, but everything we had was first-rate. Anyway, just another possibility to consider.

                Joe Beef
                2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

                L'Express Restaurant
                3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

            2. One of the finest dining pleasures in my life was in Quebec City at Le Saint Amour. We had dinner one night, went out the next night to a different restaurant and disliked it so bad we got up paid our bill and returned to Le Saint Amour for the 2nd time in two nights. Give it a try. Beautiful restaurant with outstanding food and service. Good luck.

              Le Saint Amour @ 48 rue Ste-Ursule, Qu├ębec, QC G1R 4E2, Canada 418 - 694 - 0667.


              We have been to QC twice and both times we had lunch at a great French Cafe directly N of Chateau Frontenac. The front of the restaurant faces the green space N of the hotel. I think it was Cotes A Cotes Resto-Grill but I remember it being on corner directly N of the hotel. It was a small restaurant with outside seating on the corner of Rue Sainte Anne and Rue De Fort. Also a great restaurant is Laurie Raphael down below the Frontenac in Old Town which is a beautiful place to shop and visit. It's directly below the Frontenac.

              Go N of the hotel to the Farmers Market on the waterfront near the old port just to walk around and visit. It's really a beautiful place. Good luck.

              Le Saint Amour
              48 Rue Sainte Ursule Vieux, Quebec, QC G1R, CA