We went to Charlevoix recently and found that it was a beautiful place to spend some time. We also had the chance to enjoy some great food.
The tourist office has put together what they call the Flavour Trail. It lists the location and the specialties of many of the local producers and fine dining establishments in the Charlevoix region. We really enjoyed the semi-soft cheese, Migneron, from Maurice Dufour. It was interesting to see the cheese making in action at the little Économusee. The cheese curds that we had while in Charlevoix tasted very good and showed their freshness and by the squeaking sound they made as they were eaten. They are something everyone visiting Quebec should try. Better yet consider having poutine (cheese curds & gravy on fries) at least once. The flavour trail is a great place to get supplies before visiting one of the Quebec Parc Nationals.
Of the meals we ate in Charlevoix the two were liked the best were at the Saint Pub and the Mouton Noir. The Mouton Noir offers French cuisine. Most of the items on the menu were local produce. We had the 4-course table dhôte which we enjoyed. The Saint Pub is a microbrewery that also has a restaurant and attached patio. The menu offers traditional café/pub foods (steak frites, chicken, ribs etc). The chicken is mildly spiced but tastes good, but do note that it is half the chicken--much too big!
On the way over we stopped in Rivière-du-Loup. We ate dinner at a resto-pub called L'Estaminet. They had a plentiful menu of beers that you cant usually find in larger cities. The food offered was stuff that accompanies beer wellmussels, sausages, panini, pizzas etc. I had the sausages including the beer based Estaminetthey were pretty good. We thought that smoked salmon panini was really good.
Le circuit de la Route des Saveurs
Restaurant Le Saint Pub
2, rue Racine
Restaurant Le Mouton Noir
43, rue Sainte-Anne
Tél : (418) 240-3030
299, rue Lafontaine,