We're planning a trip to Quebec City in August, and I'm going to make reservations this time. (We visited 7 years ago with no reservations, and we had a hell of a time finding places for dinner.) I'd like some suggestions -- 2-3 lunches and 2 dinners (we can make breakfast where we're staying.) We have one member of our party who has some dietary restrictions; she's vegetarian/pescatarian (fin fish only), and she's avoiding gluten, though she doesn't have celiac disease. Also, corn (maize) and soy disagree with her system, which drives us crazy when we start looking for gluten free stuff. What's the availability of gluten-free stuff in the supermarkets.
Our criteria are these:
*Local or classic French cuisine (or places with other cuisines that are truly unique).
*Price range "$$" or less (say $20 main course tops, but suggestions for splurges or higher end places with less expensive lunch menus are welcome. And, of course, fantastic bargains would interest us as well.)
*Tourist casual for dress (we're not bringing coats and ties and fancy frocks for a vacation that, outside of out Quebec trip will be in a backwoods cabin.) I'm thinking khakis/slacks and collared sport shirt.
We'll be coming up through Vermont, entering Canada at Stanstead, passing through the Magog and Sherbrooke vicinity around lunchtime. Any suggestions for good lunch on the road in those areas is appreciated. I've heard that Sherbrooke is on the edge of the "poutine heartland," so maybe that's the time to sample that local dish.
Any recommendations for wine/cheese/cider producers on the road between Stanstead and Quebec, and our return trip to the States via the Beauce would appreciated. Also, any cheese shops in Quebec where we can get unpasteurized soft cheeses (e.g., Epoisses or similar Canadian varieties) that are not sold in the USA. And any other unique food/drink stuffs that we should be looking for.
Thanks in advance. We'll report back on our experiences.