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Upscale burgers?

la boulette on 2223 beaubien est.

artisinal bakeries outside montreal urban area?

Does anyone have any good bakery suggestions outside the urban megalopolis? We like autumn road trip country explorations and are always looking for good bakeries.

We like la petite boulangerie d'Elgin SW of Montreal.

In search of HONEY CRISP APPLES in downtown Montreal (including Atwater Market)

The quebec apple producers website has a weekly communiqué that has a calendar indicating when the different varieties are expected to be ready. Week of sept 25 is when Honeycrisps show up.

Apple fritters?

Le Fromentier bakery makes an apple loaf that is my apple go-to baked delight these days. That thing is seriously full of apples! Please note that they do not make it every day.

Quality Outside Dinner - within 1.5 hours of Montreal

The Gazette had a very positive review on Chez Noeser, a fine-dining restaurant in St-Jean-sur-Richelieu, south of Montreal.

Gaspé trip 2012

The magazine was available sporadically in the region, but the big tourism info places usually had it. We picked up a copy beforehand. It definitely helped in the trip planning department and made the trip a much better experience overall.

We did not have reservations, but also we were not there at the busiest time of the tourist season.

Enjoy the trip!

Gaspé trip 2012

um, you probably need to be aware that the Gaspé region of Quebec is really is the opposite of a "short trip" away. It is 6+ hours and 567 kilometres to Mont Joli where the Gaspé region "officially" starts (and after the bas st-laurent region ends at Rimouski) and 924 km to the town of Gaspé. Quebec is a really big place (like texas or alaska big for the american comparison) but the roads to get there are generally excellent.

Our "gaspé gourmande" trip was 11 days in all, two days along the south shore of the st-laurence river/estuary/gulf (which is the north coast of the Gaspé peninsula) to get to our destination in l'anse au griffon, seven days in the ocean area around the Gaspé peninsula's point (for us this was roughly Grand Vallée to Percé), and three days to come back via the baie de chaleur, Matepedia valley, and the Rimouski/Ste-Flavie/Grand Metis areas.

Good food was available in all areas (the Gaspé Gourmande magazine was an essential resource for this achievement).

Quebec rural fairs/food markets/food festivals/food tourism routes?

We're always looking for rural country fairs, food markets, festivals and foodie-tourism tours outside of Montreal.

In past years we have been to the cranberry festival in St-Louis-de-Blandford, the "Balade gourmande des Bois-Francs" terroir tour around/south of Victoriaville, and the weekly food market in Val David. We have followed a few of the regional tour routes (ex chemin des cantons, circuit des paysan, route des montagnes etc).

We are looking for some more of this (or any) type of rural food tourism in the beautiful Quebec countryside that you might have enjoyed or would recommend.

Gaspé trip 2012

We just toured the Gaspé peninsula and here are a few highlights of the trip

Quebec's Gaspe peninsula is huge (the complete loop of the peninsula starting/ending in Mont Joli is 1400 kilometres with around 100 villages and towns. Luckily there is a blue fork (forchette bleu) identification scheme to locate restaurants that feature locally-sourced seafood cuisine.

The "Gaspesie Gourmande" food-tourisme magazine was essential to getting the most of the trip.

Low budget delights generally are the casse-croute style fooderies offering shrimp and lobster rolls, called guidilles (guidilles aux Homard (lobster) or Crevettes (shrimp). We liked the ones in the harbours of Riviere au Renard (fishery capital of the gaspesie) and Chloridorme. La Presse newspaper had a Gaspé tourism guide in their travel section in early july and they liked the guidille au homard in Ste-Flavie.

The poissonnerie (fish store) in Riviere au Renard is amazing, and the "cup of shrimp" for $2.25 is one of the bargains of the whole trip. Forchette Blue seafood items were identified. Prices here were very good and the shrimp ultra fresh. And we didn't even have to peel a single shrimp ourselves. One product we found excellent for picnicing/travel food are packages of bite-sized pieces of smoked fish.

Lovers of Atkins seafood products at marché Jean Talon will enjoy the excellent prices at the hometown store of the company in the village of Mont St-Louis. There were several other poissonneries we didn't visit, and Mont-St-Louis has another big one that we didn't visit, having just stocked up at Atkins. .

We had some nice meals at Café de l'Anse in L'Anse au Griffon (our home base for a week) (note: Anse means cove). The best seafood soup of the trip was here. We also did tea-room snacking in the nearby historic Maison Le Boutillier.

In town of Gaspé we ate at Café des Artistes for lunch and and Brise-Bise (famous for their shrimp poutine) for supper.

After Forillion we ate supper at the Auberge International in Cap a l'Os. (Cap=Cape).

Cafeteria cuisine in the 4 national (provincial and federal) provincial parks was ok, and local micro-brew beer is available in the provincial ones.

In Percé we had lunch at restaurant on Ile Bonaventure (part of the national park located here) and an expensive supper at gaspé classique La Maison du Pêcheur.

On the Baie de Chaleur we ate a terroir supper at Ferme paquet in St-Simeon, a farm that is expanding big on the terroir farm-food-in-season movement. They offer a food boutique, transformed products, and a fancy restaurant.

In Cap Chat we ate a nice sunset seafood supper at Le Valmont. This was our first night in the Gaspé and Le Valmont did a nice job of setting a good vibe for the vacation, and is a nice full-day's drive from Montreal.

Les Jardins de Metis (aka Reford Gardens) has a tea room and fancy resto in the original mansion, and a resto in the entrance complex. The garden competition part of the Jardins also has what I think is the worlds biggest picnic table as one of the garden competition entries. Because of time constraints, we only snacked here. This is an essential not-to-be-missed stop on your tour.

In Ste-Flavie we ate supper at the "unique" Centre d'Art Marcel Gagnon which has nice sunset views and will put a big pile of shrimp on any meal for an extra 3.50.

We happened across a agro-artist festival in Shigawake. This was unique with local food and produce (including yak!). The quebec government's official tourism guide for the gaspé (available in english and french) is a good source for many of these local festivals, but keeping your eyes peeled for road side attractions and not being constrained by rigid schedules is your ticket to enjoying these sometimes not widely publicized attractions.

We picnic'ed at a number of fine beaches using assorted fresh and smoked seafood available at the many poissonneries, and useful also was an excellent (and virtually encyclopaedic) guidebook to all the gaspé beaches and shores we picked up. Also, every village had multiple picnic tables, gazebos and parks for roadside/beachside/shoreside picnicing.

Overall we found the entire gaspé region very well-developed for food tourism to go along with the truly spectacular maritime / coastal scenery. This was a great trip, and we probably shouldn't have waited 40 years since our childhood visit before finally returning this summer. It seemed more popular with europeans than the montreal crowd, since we met large numbers of europeans vacationing here. It deserves to be on Montrealers radar - and despite the long drive to arrive in the gaspé region (which officially starts at Mont Joli) it is a great foodie tourism destination.

Where can I find a1 sauce?

I tried last year without success to get A1 in mtl. In the end it was my brother in toronto who got me a bunch of bottles. I really don't understand this lack of A1 in quebec thing.

terrasse in montreal with nice view and good food for next saturday

My favorite type of terrace: hillside terraces with a view to die for, are in short supply in Montreal. So in Montreal this means somewhere up the side of Mont Royal and that means Parc Mont Royal, which has three restaurants.

You can eat on the plaza or inside or outside of Mont Royal Chalet. The view overlooks downtown Montreal from above and it is (imho) the best view in Montreal. There is some sort of upgraded food inside, but I have not been in since this transition from snack bar food. This location is well suited for a picnic meal. Location: straight up from Peel street. This is not fine dining.

Also in Parc Mont Royal is the Beaver Lake (lac aux castors) chalet's fancier Le pavillon restaurant which has a terrace which overlooking the lake and green slope of the park - which is a good thing indeed. I haven't heard much about it lately though. Chow discusses it here:

My fantasy scenic view terrace is at Rutherford Park above McGill university Also the highest parking lot at St-Joseph's Oratory (with Montreal's best sunset views) would be a restaurant terrace extraordinaire. Both of these would be a great spot for a food truck or something similar to that souper-blanche organized outdoor supper event. (DIY or catered).

Bizarre Foods Montreal

fyi, Opec is not a regulatory agency, it is a producer cartel. Much like any producer organization and not at all dissimilar to the many food producer organizations here in quebec, like for example the maple syrup production cartel.

Didn't they eventually find the cheese?

EnRoute Canada's Best New Restaurants 2011

montreal gazette's casual resto critic Sarah Musgrave was the only judge and I read that she basically ate her way across canada.

this is my definition of a dream job.

In search of HONEY CRISP APPLES in downtown Montreal (including Atwater Market)

the Frankin Centre part of the covey hill apple growing area is quite west of hemmingford, geographically speaking it is south of ormstown. Stevenson's (at erskin road & Rt 202) is not on the circuit du paysan 2010 map that I have - (2011 map available at a tourist kiosk inside the ormstown iga mall) but is on the Rt 202 in the Franklin-Rockburn apple orchard axis which is a big part of the circuit du paysan.

In search of HONEY CRISP APPLES in downtown Montreal (including Atwater Market)

If you like honeycrisp apples you might also like it's new offspring, the SweeTango apple, currently available at Stevensons orchard in the Franklin Centre apple growing area SW of Montreal (Covey hill). The orchard says this is the first year SweeTango is in Quebec and that they are the only place in Quebec to offer this apple. We ate some and were very impressed with this new on the scene apple. (worth noting: Stevensons also makes excellent fresh apple juice)

As for the original post question, the honeycrisp is supposed to ripen a couple of weeks after the SweeTango, so more Honeycrisp should be available shortly at all the farmers markets.

Special Montreal Foods???

we went to Daou last week with a vegetarian, many cold lebanese salads plus the vegetarian platter meant one very well-fed vegetarian left the restaurant.

top 10 food to eat in Québec (the province)...

yes, the popularity and usage as a cultural reference of poutine as the national dish bothers me plenty. I prefer the purist tradition of french fries the quebec way with vinegar and salt. Yum!

Jarred pasta sauces?

diabolissimo on mt royal has delish sauces for takeout that are my go-to, except I moved too far away for go to.

What do Montrealers put their maple syrup in after they open the can? [moved from Quebec]

I am wondering what sort of containers monrealers store their Maple Syrup in once they open the car? Do you just leave it in the can, or do you have any favorite containers to store or store-and-serve this sticky delight of he Maple Forest?

Aug 21, 2011
Lowe Arthorbit in General Topics

Food events (2010)

Here are my suggestions for an eastern townships/centre de quebec rural and village agrotourism road trip.

There is a cranberry "festival" at the centre de la canneberge / cranberry centre during the harvest in late september to mid october Cheap cranberries, and guided tours of cranberry harvesting. There are plenty if cheese places in the general region too.

The festival de laine de Ulverton (Ulverton wool festival) has a bit of food element if you want some lamb.

There is an Inverness Beef Festival. This one I have not yet gotten to.

Last stop is the Danville migrating bird festival. Here is where we take all the food we bought to eat beside the lake at sunset watching 100s to 1000s of geese land and take off. I am not sure if the local restaurants have geese on the menu.

Your suggestions for a week in the Charlevoix?

Hi, thanks for your detailed suggestions and experiences. My impressions are bit less detailed, but we ate well every day and every night.

Baie St-Paul:
Mouton Noire: SourberryLily forgot to mention the excellent riverside terrace. We arrived 6ish and got a waterside table. Had the prize winning meat pie and the filet steak. Spouse loved the gazpacho. Enjoyed the casual ambiance.
La Main Blanche - wow. This bakery is highly wonderful. I wish it was in Montreal. I had a bit of a tartelette festival.

La Malbaie/Pointe aux Pic
Le Truchon: Good food but the inside was a bit too Outremont crowd for my taste.
Manoir Richelieu's terrace lunch: A happy sunny place for the most expensive burger of the trip
Café Chez Nous - took care of two suppers with no complaints. Saw a couple of Quebec vedettes eating here.
Pain d'Exclamation: this bakery took care of our get food for the road needs very, very well.
Pizza de Poste: basic pizza, no pretensions

Other roadside food emporiums:
Ferme des basques - in St-Urbain, bought a few duck liver treats and watched the ducks after driving the alpine Parc des Grands Jardins highway and Route des Montagnes..
Laiterie de Charlevoix: a couple of cheeses, but had some cheese fatigue here.
Le Migneron cheese place near Laierie de Charlevoix: excellent chese sampling place and seeing the aging room was mouth watering. Plus they make good cheeses.
Since I am addicted to les saveurs oubliée's confit d'oignon, I bought a few jars here and there.
Boulangerie in St-Joseph-de-la-rive - some basic cinnamon rolls to eat at gazebo beside church
Cafeteria in the AMAZING Parc des Hautes Gorges de la riviere Malbaie has "locavore" ingredients (somewhat symbolic, but local nonetheless) and local beers with scenery to die for.
La Malbaie IGA has decent cheese section, i.e. one cooler with non-industrial quebec cheeses
Available in a few places was some local smoked salmon from Fumoir Saint-Antoine

We tried to have picnic lunches with local ingredients and this worked out well from both the food side and the scenic location side.

All in all a successful trip.

Your suggestions for a week in the Charlevoix?

The charlevoix as a food concept is pretty well known, but I am looking for suggestions for specific foodie destinations in the charlevoix, i.e. anywhere between baie-st-paul and tadoussac.

We'll be based at La Malbaie but will do scenic day trips. Delightful and delicious places to stop for eating or or otherwise buying regional food specialities are essential to good scenic vacation travel.

Thanks so much and have a great summer everybody.

outdoor luch

Parc nature de l'Ile de la visitation on north shore of montreal island has a resto terrace in a unique location stream-side beside the ruins of some old water-powered mills (old like 1726 – 1960). Bistro des Moulins on rue du pont (possibly dupont).

There are many fine parks along Montreal's shoreline on all parts of Montreal island if picnicking or eating takeout in scenic locations is your request.


There are many country fairs and food festivals and food-related driving tours in the vast countryside outside Montreal. This comes under the heading of agrotourisme. You should try for at least one such adventure.

my local IGA shrank the fruit/veg section to add pork products

I was shocked to discover my local IGA had shrunk its already tiny fruit&vegetable section, and put bacon and fried pork rind things in the cleared space.

Shocked, and very, very disappointed. I know I don't live in a rich part of town, but this is really special. And not in a good way.

Where's the best burger in Montreal

Restaurant Gregoire in Mercier. Service is good and the food is just what a good greasy spoon / patate stand (although it's a bigger operation than these) should do well. And they take pride in doing well. Note that the location is slightly off the island. They have just moved and expanded from their long-time Ste-Martine address.

Restaurant Gregoire
258 St A, Sainte-Martine, QC J0S, CA

The Best Baklava in Montreal?

patisserie villeray on villeray makes only baklava as far as I can tell. I have enjoyed more than my share of their products.

ISO Dunn's type Cheesecake

whatever you do don't go to Roackberry and order a cheesecake, it's just whipped cream cheese and is a good representation of why I dislike just about everything on the Rockaberrry menu, sounds good, looks good on the menu, but is in reality just terrible. I do not understand the popularity of this place, except in comparison to Costco desserts, which I have had the terrible misfortune of being served at a dessert party. Ugh.

Tarterie Rockaberry
2880 St Charles, Kirkland, QC H9H3B6, CA

Who delivers to the mile-end?

my go to for mile-end take out is caribe delite on Parc between st-joseph & Villeneuve (roti & jerk chicken)
there are many, many other options and we can usually muster the energy to go out to one of the 300 restaurants within walking distance. We regret deeply that india beau village closed it's close-to-mile-end location.

Three great restaurants in Montreal and three in Quebec City

I had never heard of L'Entrepont, but I read this comment and went there on wednesday night for a birthday. SO had carré agneau (rack of lamb) and I had bavette de bison, choosing the 5 service (degustation) option and we had a really nice meal. For a expensive resto in the middle of a noncommercial street on a wednesday night, we wer surprised and happy to find that 18 of the 28 seats (8/10 tables) were occupied, not bad for a january wednesday night. SO thought this had been a very successful birthday.

Two nights later I had bison again at Alex H in NDG.

Both these restos are byob/apportez votre vin, which we love.

Alex H Restaurant
5862 Rue Sherbrooke W, Montreal, QC H4A1X5, CA