Quebec City and Montreal for a family on a budget
We, family with a teen, will be in Quebec City mid-August on Tuesday – Thursday and looking for a good restaurants for lunch and diner around Hotel Clarendon that are not too expensive.
Also, we will be spending Thursday - Saturday in Montreal. We will be staying at Le Nouvel Hotel and greatly appreciate same type of recommendations.
As for Montreal, your hotel is near the Guy/Concordia area and "Chinatown 2," which has many cheap restaurants but nothing that necessarily screams Montreal. I understand if eating Chinese isn't high on your list of Montreal experiences. Board (and personal!) favourites include Cuisine Schezwan on Guy and Sherbrooke, Le Maison du Nord on St-Mathieu, and Qing Hua Dumplings on Lincoln. I also really like the Turkish restaurant, Avesta, on Ste-Catherine, west of Guy. You can check out this thread:
To really enjoy the Montreal food scene, budget or otherwise, you'll have to leave your hotel's area and downtown all together. Head up St-Laurent for Schwartz's, turn onto Rachel for Romado's Portuguese Chicken (take it out and bring to Jeanne-Mance park for a picnic), continue down Rachel for poutine at La Banquise...
Take a look at this thread and the ones it links to:
Of course it all depends on what is "inexpensive" to you...