La Gare Restaurant (near Mont Tremblant)
If you are in the Mont Tremblant area and are in the mood for a delicious food adventure, drive north around 20 kilometers on Route 117 to Labelle to check out La Gare Restaurant (and hotel, incidentally). It has been open around 3 months or so now, and the owner and staff were very welcoming. They have an ample list of beers, as well as a full bar, and the menu is best described as upscale gastropub. My friend stumbled onto it while on a snowmobiling trip, which explains why the owner was so surprised to see two New Yorkers show up there a week later.
We sampled a bit of everything from the menu, but some of the highlights include the Caesar salad, the pizzas (we tried one with chicken, goat cheese, pine nuts, and pesto), a barbeque ribs dish made from a sweet house-rub, whose meat fell right off the bone, and finally, the "Gourmet" burger that was made with grilled onions. I assume it helped that we put ourselves in the owner's hands, and naturally she steered us towards her favorite dishes.
I'd also be remiss in not raving about the fries, made in duck fat. They are delicious beyond belief, and although its not on the dinner menu, you should ask if they can make a poutine out of it. I thought of this after scarfing down all the fries. Also, note that most of the entrees come with fries, so you may end up with fry overload. Or leftovers. Either way.
I'd encourage you to explore this charming restaurant; as much as I love the Tremblant village, this is a welcome change of scenery from the more predictable mountainside dining options.
La Gare Restaurant
180 Rue du Dépôt, QC J0T 1H0, CA