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Family dining advice in Quebec City for Winter Carnaval

steelbrews | Feb 1, 201105:02 AM

We're heading to Quebec City this weekend for the first time ever. Thanks to the great folks at Chowhound (and a tip o' the hat to TripAdvisor), we've got a pretty good meal plan laid out. Here are the basic parameters.

Who: Me (adventurous foodie, loves to try new places), my wife (open-minded, but doesn't like pretentious), my 13-year-old daughter (semi-open-minded, loves a good Croque Monsieur) and my 10-year-old son (prefers to stick to staple kid classics like chicken fingers and pizza, but enjoys a good plate of buffalo wings).
Where: Staying at the Hotel Manoir-Victoria, with NO car. We expect to do all travel on foot.

Here's what I have tentatively planned:

Friday dinner: Le Lapin Saute
Saturday breakfast: Le Petit Cochon Dingue
Saturday lunch: Le Pain Beni (could be Ashton if we wind up eating later or the family needs a break from the Carnavale)
Saturday dinner: Ashton (if we didn't eat there for lunch) or ???
Sunday breakfast: Au Petit Coin Breton
Sunday lunch: Paillard

I've gotten some weird advice from TripAdvisor folks, and frankly, I trust my fellow Chowhounds more when it comes to food. But it's enough to make me ask a few questions:

* I decided to go with Lapin Saute for dinner and Pain Beni for lunch based on their on-line menus, as Pain Beni appears to have a more kid-friendly lunch menu, while Lapin Saute appeared to have more kid-friendly options for dinner. But a couple of folks on TripAdvisor are saying it's exactly the opposite. Your thoughts, please?

* Several people on TripAdvisor explicitly recommended against Cochon Dingue for breakfast, mostly (it seems) based on location. Their on-line menu is really enticing, and it doesn't seem like it's that far from the hotel. Am I missing something?

* I know we need to make reservations for dinner Friday. Will we need to make lunch reservations for lunch at Pain Beni?

Thanks very much for your help!

Le Petit Cochon Dingue
24 Champlain, Quebec, QC G1K, CA

Au Petit Coin Breton
1029 Rue Saint-Jean, Quebec, QC G1R1R9, CA

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