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Quebec city & Montreal with teens

ilanklein Jul 31, 2013 08:54 AM

We are driving to Quebec city with the kids (16 year old twins) this Sunday. Will stay for 4 nights and 2 nights at Montreal.
Any suggestions for cool local lunch and dinner on the budget?
We are foodies from NYC and we would like to try local or French inspired pastries, coffee shops, local beer ...

Thank you.

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    emeats RE: ilanklein Jul 31, 2013 09:03 AM

    Schwartz's deli in Montreal of course! I'm biased, but I'd pick it over pastrami any day.

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      mikjomom44 RE: ilanklein Jul 31, 2013 10:02 AM

      In Montreal - La Banquise is fun for it's many varieties of poutine, which is not something you will find in anywhere else.

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        Maximilien RE: ilanklein Jul 31, 2013 10:32 AM

        What kind of "on budget" are we talking about ?

        For Montreal...

        Always check for summer/sunday closure ...

        For pastries, I suggest going to Patisserie Rhubarbe.

        You could walk down to Mont-Royal to "La Salle à Manger", or gilford st. for "Le Chien Fumant" or "Le Quartier Général"; or to St-Denis St. for 5eme Peché, L'Express, 3 petits bouchons, ...

        Have fun.

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          ilanklein RE: Maximilien Jul 31, 2013 11:57 AM

          Thank you for your input. Traveling and feeding 4 hungry adult for a week can be costly but we also want to enjoy. Trying to keep lunch at up $10 a person and dinner at $15 - $20.

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            Maximilien RE: ilanklein Jul 31, 2013 12:49 PM

            Scratch all my selections... probably too expensive; except Patisserie Rhubarbe.

            You could try "La Famille" (gilford st. ) for lunch.

            Chicken from Romados; pick up a whole chicken and bring it to a nearby park. ( will fill up the familiy nicely).

            Get some bagels and smoked salmon and cream cheese from Fairmont or St-Viateur bagels and some "Viennoiseries" from Guillaume Bakery.

            For beers, have a look at "Dieu du Ciel"; even if it is a bar (??) you probably be able to sit outside on the terrasse with the kids.

            You can go up to the Marché Jean-Talon and grab some veggies, fruits , charcuterie/paté/cheese and some beers (from Marché des Saveurs) and make a piknic out of that.

            For (french) macarons, try either "Point G" or "La Maison Du Macaron"

            Have fun.

        2. pinehurst RE: ilanklein Jul 31, 2013 12:14 PM

          Maybe Le Billig...it's tiny but I think your teens will like the crepes. Paillard is good for keeping in budget. (These are both QC). Le Cochon Dingue in the Petit Champlain (also QC) is part of a chain, but good.

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            ilanklein RE: pinehurst Jul 31, 2013 12:30 PM

            Great. Thank you so much.

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              lisaonthecape RE: pinehurst Aug 1, 2013 03:09 PM

              My teen-aged sons loved the crepes at Le Billing, so much that it's on our short list for a return visit to QC later this month.

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              kpaxonite RE: ilanklein Jul 31, 2013 01:10 PM

              This article is about the best beer stores in Montreal http://www.nightlife.ca/sorties/les-m...

              If you go to Romados which you definitely should https://www.facebook.com/pages/Romado... the one called 'Au Coin Duluth' is fairly close by. Banquise is a good idea for poutine. if you dont want to go to the market and feeling like making sandwiches near 'Au coin Duluth' there is a great store next to Schwartz's (a good/cheap place it its own right for smoked meat sandwiches) called Vieille Europe that has a lot of imported cheeses and meats. For great coffee go to Myriade if you are near the fine art museum (otherwise it isn't a very beautiful place).

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                williej RE: kpaxonite Jul 31, 2013 03:52 PM

                Just a slight correction so our visitors don't get confused. La Vielle Europe is not right next to Schwartz. It is down the street (towards the river) a little bit.

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                Plateaumaman RE: ilanklein Jul 31, 2013 09:36 PM

                In Montreal, Kouign Aman is fabulous for croissants, pain au chocolat, tarte tatin and their kouign aman. The bakery Co'pain d'Abord has a lot of good small pies and quiches that are handy for an inexpensive lunch, also nice sandwiches. Bagels from St-Viateur are great and I'd probaby head to the Main for smoked meat just because the menu is more varied than at Schwartz and there isn't the same crazy line-up. L'Express and Chez Levecque are good classic French bistros, and it is probably worth heading to Au Pied de Cochon for some foie gras poutine as the portions are hearty, although that would be the foodie splurge of the trip compared to the others mentioned here. Jean-Talon market is a fun excursion and I hear the market at the Old Port in Quebec City is really great too, although I haven't had a chance to go yet. Have fun!

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                  Plateaumaman RE: Plateaumaman Aug 1, 2013 07:12 AM

                  Forgot to mention, it might also be fun to try some of the new food trucks in the city while you are here: http://www.streetfoodmtl.com/

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                  ilanklein RE: ilanklein Aug 1, 2013 07:43 AM


                  Thank you for all the great recommendations, I'm hungry already. I will send an update per my return.

                  I feel that I'm totally covered for Montreal. Will be happy for any additional ideas for Quebec City.

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                    lawyergirl77 RE: ilanklein Aug 1, 2013 11:10 AM

                    There's a poutine/Quebec-style (for lack of a better description) chain in and around Quebec City called "Chez Ashton".

                    There have been heated debates among my friends as to whether the poutine is better at La Banquise or at Ashton. That might be worth a trip for your twins!

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