Greetings, Canadian 'Hounds!
My husband, nine year old son, and I will be heading from NYC to your lovely city from Holy Thursday through Easter Monday. We will be staying at the Fairmont and are extremely excited about a long weekend of exploring the city and eating at what, after a bit of research on these very boards, seem to be some excellent bistros, bakeries, and restaurants.
We are thinking of renting a car for one day and checking out a Sugar Shack (even if the food is not spectacular, we think it would be an interesting experience). My son is on a mission to find the best poutine
(he loved it in Montreal a few years ago!) and deli meats.
We are interested most in experiences that are uniquely Quebecois or Canadian. Something we don't encounter in NYC where we eat ethnic foods- everything from Uzbekistani to Vietnamese- all the time. We are not particularly interested in very formal places, although at least one of our meals will probably be at a "fine" dining establishment. We would much prefer warm, cozy bistros.
I am told that most people will be happy to speak English with us. I speak fluent in Italian and Spanish, and even know a bit of Mandarin and Korean, but my French is awful. REALLY awful. I am hoping this will not be a problem. We are polite and friendly and hope this will earn us hospitality points ;)
We are mostly interested in lunches, dinners, and snacks as we were able to get the Fairmont's buffet breakfast worked into our room rate.
Merci in advance,
Places that are on on radar after a bit of research are:
APDC or sucrerie Gallant, in Rigaud
Le Cafe de Clocher Penche
Bistro du Cap
Le Billig for crepes
Le Concorde on the top floor of the Lowes Hotel, just outside of the old city for cockails
Au Palet d'Or for pastries
Ashton for Poutine
panache or le patriacrhe ....too formal? Favor seems to be with Patriarche
Le Pain Beni
Aux Anciens Canadiens Tourist Trap?
L'Affaire Est Ketchup
Cafe Le Hobbit.
Cafe Le St Malo (cassoulet)
Fabrique du smoked meat in Levis
chocolate dipped ice cream at Les Chocolats Favoris
cookies at Choco Erico
old port market
JA Moisan and Farmers' Market
Cochon Dingue for duck poutine