I spent a few days in Quebec City, and here's what I sampled. I rate the food on a scale of 1-5, which is pseudo-logarithmic: 1 = bad, 2 = poor, 3 = OK, 4 = good, 4.5 = very good, and then it asymptotically approaches 5.0, which is a life-ending experience.
Chateau Frontenac bar (old town): Cheese plate = 4.
If you arrive in town late at night and just need a snack, one option is the Cheese plate ($20) at the bar in the Chateau Frontenac. The bar is open until 10 PM.
Le Petit Cochon Dingue (old town): Bruschetta = 4.5.
A great quick snack. It's in the cold display case, but they heat it up for you.
Le Café Du Clocher Penché (outside the walls): Salmon appetizer = 4.6, flank steak = 3, white chocolate mousse dessert = 4.5.
We always seek out a very out-of-the-way restaurant to sample "what the locals eat." This place was inexpensive, but also rather down-scale as far as the food was concerned. I think it is a bad idea to go on Monday: they are short-staffed, and I think the menu is "abbreviated."
Canard Huppé (Ile D'Orleans): salmon appetizer = 4, Duck Confit = 4.9, chocolate hazelnut dessert = 4.7.
The duck confit was exceptional, with a super-rich, deeply complex favor, with crispy skin. The chef claims that he marinates the duck in crème cassis. This method sounds prohibitively expensive, but I'm not sure what else would explain the rich flavor and deep-red color of the meat.
Pub St-Alexander (old town): Cherry flavored Belgium beer on tap = 4.7.
Choco musée Erico (outside the walls): Their chocolates are good, but I was most impressed with their gelato:
- triple chocolate gelato (dark chocolate gelato with white and milk chocolate chunks) = 4.7
- sesame chocolate gelato = 4.6
- chocolate w/cafe au lait gelato = 4.8
Le Café du Monde: chevre/leek tartin appetizer = 4.7, escargot w/cream sauce appetizer = 4.8, lamb knuckle = 4, duck confit = 4. Crème caramel dessert = 4.5, tart tartin = 3.
We recommend sticking to the appetizers.
Other Ile D'Orleans:
- Boulangerie G.H. Blouin on Ile D'Orleans in Ste-Famille, next to the crêperie, has great wheat bread.
- We sampled a number of wines and ice ciders, most of which were horrible. The best ice cider we could find was Verger Joe Giguère, but it does not measure up to the top three (Neige, Pomme de Glace, Domaine Pinnacle).
- For cassis liquor, we recommend Cassis de L'Isle Ensorceleuse Monna et filles in St-Pierre