Quebec City’s central Old Town is a must-see, but it’s worth venturing beyond the walls to sample some of the city’s most noteworthy cuisine. Here are five places to try.
Calling itself a “lab vivant,” or “living lab,” this restaurant/arts venue in trendy Saint-Roch serves up well-executed farm-to-table dishes—think housemade sausages with braised cabbage or a grilled cheese made with nearby Laiterie Charlevoix’s mozzarella, Le 1608 and cheddar cheeses—in a friendly, relaxed space.
Named after a French ship that explored the Pacific in the 1930s, this brewpub offers a pub-style menu (with plenty of vegetarian options) alongside its range of beers, from the classic (Kraken, an IPA) to more creative offerings that use local ingredients like blueberries and maple syrup.
This cozy restaurant (think brick walls, wooden furniture) specializes in offbeat naturalist wines imported from Europe, alongside a frequently changing seasonal menu with dishes like bison tartare with elderberries and root vegetable chips, or a chevre puff with a salad of spinach, pine nuts and a parsley dressing.
Focused on the local, this Saint-Roch bistro offers brunch, lunch and dinner options to suit multiple palates: vegetarians might start their day with a plate of veggie paté, ricotta and pistachio with curry yogurt and endive salad, while their omnivore companions can choose between barbecue pulled pork, duck confit or a classic eggs Benedict.
While it may have gained wider renown thanks to attention from Anthony Bourdain, this unpretentious hole in the wall has long earned rave reviews from diners due to what appears on their plates: seared scallops from les Îles de la Madeleine with a celeriac purée, perhaps, or quail with foraged mushrooms.