I think I mentioned already that we never had a bad meal while we were in Quebec. It's a good thing we were doing a lot of walking! There were a couple of days, however, that we were in the car for hours at a time. So we hit up the gas stations when we needed a little snack to keep us awake. I loved the regional flavor of the chips! They were actually pretty good!
Cheese puffs sound so much classier when they are called "Batonnets au fromage", don't they?
Our first night in Quebec City, I thought we might try Aux Anciens Canadiens, a restaurant in what is supposedly the oldest house in Quebec City (pictured in this post). It serves traditional Quebecois food: locally sourced game like elk, bison, and pheasant, dishes with maple products, etc. As we left our B&B and tried to orient ourselves, the host came out and asked if he could direct us somewhere. I showed him the name of the restaurant, and he pointed in the direction of the restaurant, and offered an alternate suggestion: La Buche (translates to "the bush"), a restaurant only a few months old. He told us that it serves similar food, plus things you might find at a sugar shack in the winter when the syrup is harvested. That sounded perfect. We checked out the menu at Aux Anciens Canadiens, and in addition to the line of people waiting to be seated, the food was spendy. We walked down the street to find La Buche and found the prices to be half of the other restaurant, and no line. La Buche it was!
It was decorated like a cabin in the woods, and all the staff wore flannels. It was pretty cool. We sat adjacent to the kitchen and could see the action.
When we first got to the table, there was a free appetizer of pork rinds with a maple sauce drizzled over the top and a plate of different pickle with bread. There were beets, a spiced peach pickle, and gherkins in mustard pickles. As an appetizer, we got a plate with a half pheasant, braised pork flank, and baked beans cooked with maple sugar. So. Good.
For dinner, we ordered dishes that we intended to share. I ordered Quebec Shepherd's Pie (it had creamed corn and beef that was cooked in something heavenly)...
And Adam ordered Tourtiere, a French Canadian meat pie. It was cooked with potatoes, pork, and I think some kind of game.
And this. Oh. My. It was called Poor Man's Pudding, and it was heavenly. Adam, who usually only eats desserts with chocolate and/or peanut butter, had no problem saying this is the best dessert he's ever had. It was maple, of course, with a cream sauce over the top. This ended up being our fanciest (translate: most expensive) meal in Quebec, but it was so worth it!
This next restaurant we came across when we checked out Basse-Ville our first night, well after our big dinner at La Buche. But before we left Quebec City, we decided to have lunch, and Adam suggested we head back to this place, Le Lapin Saute. It is pretty much adorable outside, decorated with rabbits all over.
The inside was equally cute.
Lapin is French for rabbit, and many of the dishes on the menu had just that. Adam ordered rabbit poutine. It was reeeealy good.
I got a brunch-y thing with roasted potatoes, toasted baguette with fresh strawberry preserves, and what amounted to a rabbit hash. It was delicious.
Passing through the old city for the last time, we came across a candy/coffee/ice cream shop and had to stop to get one treat that I didn't think we would be able to get in the middle of summer: maple taffy. The maple syrup there is so good, and poured over snow, it makes a really fun treat!
We also had tasty food on our drive in the Bas-Saint-Laurent area. We stopped at Boulangerie Sibuet in St-Jean-Port-Joli (figured we couldn't go wrong with a bakery), a little place we saw on the side of the road. I had an egg and cheese croissant sandwich and Adam got a smoked meat sandwich. Anticipating we'd want a treat for the road, we also picked up some chocolate croissants. Heavenly!
And last, but not least, we ate dinner in Rimouski at Le Crepe Chignon for (what else?) crepes! Didn't take any pictures here, but they must be mentioned because they were excellent! I had one with ham, spinach, apples, and blue cheese. Adam got one with mushrooms and Swiss and other deliciousness.
Thus concludes our culinary adventures. The food was a mix of French and traditional food we would have in the US, but with a distinct regional flare all its own. It was fun to check all these foods off of the list of "Things I Want to Eat"!