Quebec in winter?
October 24, 2010 6:49 PM   Subscribe

Quebec City casual?

We'll be staying in the old city of Quebec. Can you recommend any places to eat that are not fine dining but enjoyable?

Just as important: how scary is the toboggan ride on Terrace Dufferin?
posted by Sissinghurst to Travel & Transportation around Quebec, QC (10 answers total) 5 users marked this as a favorite
Aux Anciens Canadiens... I really enjoyed the Tourtière de Lac St Jean made with wild game, and the atmosphere is très Québécois, very down to earth and enjoyable, in an old style stone cabin dating back to the days of Lower Canada.
posted by braemar at 7:07 PM on October 24, 2010

For very casual, I'd recommend Casse Crepe Breton on Rue Saint Jean in the old city. If you're there in winter, it's warm and filling.
posted by Anali at 7:15 PM on October 24, 2010

The toboggan ride is more fun than scary.

As for food, there's no need to over think it, just walk through the streets of Vieux-Québec and you'll be bound to find something you like or are interested in. I suggest anything along Grand-Allé/rue St-Louis, rue du Fort, rue St-Jean, rue Cook, rue sous-le-Fort, etc. Seriously, let your eyes be your judge.

BTW, if all you want is a poutine then in Quebec City the favourite chain is Chez Ashton, there's one on Grand-Allé near the Voltigeurs Building.
posted by furtive at 7:28 PM on October 24, 2010

And 2nding Crepe Breton for breakfast/brunch.
posted by furtive at 7:29 PM on October 24, 2010

Chez Temporel on rue Couillard and the Petit Coin Latin at 8½ rue Sainte-Ursule are both nice, unpretentious bistros with good basic food and good coffee.
posted by zadcat at 7:37 PM on October 24, 2010

And oh yes, how casual is casual? You really must consider poutine at Chez Ashton.
posted by zadcat at 7:58 PM on October 24, 2010

As a Quebec city resident, I hardly ever eat in the old city, a lot of the restaurants have touristy prices (expensive for what they offer). I suggest you walk just outside of the walls, either on St-Jean street or in "basse ville" (lower town) on St-Joseph.

On St-Jean : Billig restaurant (French -breton- crêpes) or Bonnet d'âne (burgers, sandwiches, pizza salads - menu in French)

If you want to stay in the old part, I tend to bring tourists that want to eat typical Quebec food at Buffet de l'antiquaire - stuff our mom used to make before we worried about fat or salt. I do not recommand it if you're vegetarian though. The Cochon dingue is also nice, although pricier.
posted by domi_p at 5:47 AM on October 25, 2010

And if you have any other question about the city or want to hang out with locals, memail me!
posted by domi_p at 5:50 AM on October 25, 2010

This is just based on one recent visit, but here are some thoughts:

We kind of disliked Casse Crepe Breton on Rue St-Jean. The bakery across the street, Paillard, we liked for a quick, casual breakfast, though I thought their desserts and macarons looked kind of icky.

We really liked le Pain Béni, near Chateau Frontenac. And also Aux Anciens Canadiens -- which is clearly targeted at tourists, but which was nonetheless quite good and not particularly expensive.

We also really liked L'Initial, but it's too find dining to meet your requirements. We didn't love Entrecote St-Jean, nor the fondue place we went to that was right next to Chateau Frontenac.
posted by jacquilynne at 5:50 AM on October 25, 2010

The toboggan is not at all scary. Not a thrill, just a cruise. Do it.
posted by LowellLarson at 6:46 AM on October 25, 2010

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