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Visiting Quebec City Mid-April - Must visits please

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albatruffles Mar 15, 2012 01:58 PM

Dinner
L'Affaire est Ketchup
Le Patriarche
L’Initiale
Moine echanson
(in that order and I need to take one out)

Lunch
L'Echaudé
Bistro B
Le Pain Beni
Bistrot Le Clocher Penche
(in that order and I need to take one out)

Snack
Aux Anciens Canadiens (I'd like to see one touristy place)
Le Billig or Casse-Crêpe Breton for crepes?
Chez Ashton

Bakery
Le Paingruel
Le Croquembouche Boulangerie & Patisserie
Paillard

Are there must visits that I missed? Specialty dishes? Places you would take off the agenda?

Also, where do I get maple soft serve?

Thanks in advance for your help

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    albatruffles May 4, 2012 05:25 PM

    Reporting back from Quebec City. This is how we ranked the restaurants we tried if it helps anybody on a future trip:

    1. L'Affaire Est Ketchup
    Easily the best restaurant we visited in Quebec City. I've attached photos.

    2. Le Moine echanson
    Very good food and a couple dishes we still crave, foie gras creme brulee and the boudin noir salad. Didn't care for the wines too much.

    3. Le Billig
    Great crepes and a solid bet for a tourist. Recommend the La Béarn, La Pontivienne and La Salidou. Also right across the street from JA Moisan

    4. Bistro B
    Bistro B and L'Echaude were both good and would recommend to visitors. Menu changes daily. I think Bistro B was a little more forward moving cuisine. Extremely packed during lunch.

    5. L'Echaude

    6. Aux Anciens Canadians
    I wanted to do the touristy thing and paid for it. Out of all of our trips, this is by far the worst food we have ever had. Absolute trash. Frozen food reheated and bland meats. Avoid at all costs. Should have known better.

    I put all my pics on Yelp if anybody uses that.

     
     
     
     
     
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      OliverB Mar 15, 2012 05:22 PM

      If you've got to drop one dinner, lose L'Initiale.

      I've never been to L'Affaire est Ketchup but someone on this forum likes it a lot and has been raving on it.

      I really like Panache in l'Auberge Saint-Antoine, though it's similar food-wise to Le Patriarche.

      For lunch, lose Bistro B.

      Personally, I'd add Le Lapin Sauté in place of Le Clocher Penche. Both are good choices though. You can add this for brunch as well.

      Le Hobbit serves good breakfast.

      For crepes, stick with Billig.

      Once you're doing Paillard and Le Pain Gruel, you can coninue up the street to Pâtisserie Au Palet D'or, Epicerie J.A, Moison, and Choco-Musee Érico.

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        albatruffles Mar 15, 2012 08:24 PM

        Why drop L'Initiale?

        Why drop Bistro B and add Pananche when Francois Blais left Panche for Bistro B?

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          OliverB Mar 16, 2012 02:44 AM

          I don't who Francois Blais is, and I never suggested dropping Bistro B for Panache specifically. I simply said that I've always enjoyed Panache, but think that you're making the right decision to try Patriarche and that the type of food served is very similar. You also asked which of the above you should dismiss and I think that L'Initiale (imo) is not as interesting as some of the other choices. I would absolutely keep Le Patriarche because it's one of my favorite QC restaurants, and I've only been to Le Moine Echanson for wine and appetizers (not a meal) but thought it was very good. I can't comment on Ketchup. Bistro B doesn't seem like a destination restaurant, and a place I'd sooner consider for lunch.

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