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rzapol Jul 24, 2010 05:26 PM

I will be visiting Montreal and Quebec City in early October. Food is definitely one of my main focuses. I generally like places that have slightly adventurous food, but are on the less pretentious side. To give examples I am most interested in Au Pied De Cochon in Montreal and also think Joe Beef looks interesting.

Anyway, I can't help, but be drawn to Aux Anciens Canadiens in Quebec City. I do enjoy a bit of kitsch on occasion and was interested in eating some sort of game. So it seems like it might fit the bill. It also reeks of tourist trap. So I am looking for some feedback as to whether I can actually get a decent meal there that might be in an amusingly cheesy setting or am I just setting myself up for awfulness.

Other tips for Montreal and especially Quebec City are also of interest. I keep seeing Panache and Laurie Raphael pop up, but they do look a little too frou frou (well LR does anyway, Panache looks like it might be interesting, but the name just sounds so much like a restaurant at a Doubletree).

Thanks,
Rob

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

Aux Anciens Canadiens
34 Rue Saint-Louis, Quebec, QC G1R3Z1, CA

  1. Brouillard Jul 25, 2010 08:41 PM

    Hi there; I had dinner at Aux Anciens Canadiens two years ago and loved it. I know it is not a popular choice among chowhounds, but I really enjoyed the good, old-fashioned Quebecoise specialties. I didn't find the setting to be cheesy at all; I thought it was charming! I am leaving for Quebec tomorrow morning; this time I will be having dinner at Le Patriarche, lunch at Le Saint Amour and snacking on poutine at Chez Ashton. Heading north of the city after two days; really looking forward to the Mouton Noir in Baie-St-Paul!

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    Mouton Noir
    43 Rue Sainte-Anne, Baie-Saint-Paul, QC G3Z0C8, CA

    Aux Anciens Canadiens
    34 Rue Saint-Louis, Quebec, QC G1R3Z1, CA

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

    1. t
      The Chemist Jul 26, 2010 06:15 AM

      I was in Quebec city last year for a conference and randomly walked into Aux Anciens Canadiens while trolling the streets for a place to have dinner. I have to say, the food was decent and well prepared. I had a surprisingly good tourtiere. My companions meals were equally good. I would hard pressed not to recommend it, especially if you you like a bit of kitsch. It certainly exceeded my expectations (I expected a place similar to what you might find in the most touristy areas of the Montreal Old Port... ie. kitsch with barely edible food at inflated prices).

      Check it out.

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      Aux Anciens Canadiens
      34 Rue Saint-Louis, Quebec, QC G1R3Z1, CA

      1. b
        Bwitch Jul 26, 2010 08:33 PM

        Rob, It's a number of years since I took my mother and my aunt to dine at Aux Anciens Canadiens - they loved it and it was probably their kind of food. They were both in their late eighties and it was exactly what they had grown up with - in Newfoundland. Thick soup, heavy entrees (better base for plowing in the afternoon). So, the food is heavy, as I remember it the service is pleasant (in English too) and the surroundings are typically 'aux anciens canadiens'. What more do you want?

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        Aux Anciens Canadiens
        34 Rue Saint-Louis, Quebec, QC G1R3Z1, CA

        1. jgg13 Jul 27, 2010 11:51 AM

          Just came back from a trip to quebec city, and while there we had lunch at AAC. I'll just say that we were completely glad that we did lunch (w/ the $19.99 special) and not dinner - if we paid dinner prices, it'd easily have been the biggest downer of the entire trip. That being said, we did enjoy it at the lunch price point ... although we didn't find it cheesy at all (neither in a good nor bad way).

          We had dinner at both pain beni & lapin saute and really enjoyed both of those.

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          1. re: jgg13
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            The Chemist Jul 28, 2010 07:13 AM

            Yeah, $20 is about right. Anything more and I would start to feel cheated, for what I had. I like the feel of the place but would prefer if the wait staff didn't wear costumes. I just kinda feel bad for them as I imagine that I would resent if if I were them.

            They really do have a solid tourtiere though. As good as I have had.

          2. s
            Shattered Jul 30, 2010 03:25 AM

            I won't convince you either. I was there a few years back for lunch, and it was only $20 for soup, a hearty, tasty tourtiere, dessert (can't recall, but probably sugar pie) and half-pint of beer. Good food, and excellent value for that part of town.

            1. eoj Sep 12, 2010 12:46 PM

              I ate at Aux Anciens Canadiens a couple years ago and would never recommend it. It wasn't as awful as I'm sure some of the surrounding drivel is, but it's still a tourist trap with overpriced, mediocre food. As someone who grew up eating game meats, it was totally forgettable and not particularly delicious. I found it matched a lot of the restos in Old Quebec in terms of seeming like it's stuck in the 1980s as far as the cooking goes. If you want to eat some game, go to Au Cinquieme Peche in Montreal ... they often have some game meat on the menu and it's always been fantastic.

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              Aux Anciens Canadiens
              34 Rue Saint-Louis, Quebec, QC G1R3Z1, CA

              Au Cinquieme Peche
              4475 St-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J 2K8, CA

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                lagatta Sep 13, 2010 03:22 AM

                True, au Cinquième Péché is very good, but not the most useful advice for somone visiting Québec City. Where would you suggest the OP go in that town for somewhat "traditional" food?

                1. re: lagatta
                  eoj Sep 13, 2010 08:17 AM

                  The OP said they were also visiting Montreal. I don't know Quebec City well enough to offer any further suggestions for there. L'Utopie was great when I visited, but I think it's closed.

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