Planning a food-crawl trip to Montreal and Quebec city ( picking venues for these two places are the relatively EASY part! )
Now comes the hard part!
QUESTION: For a lunch break en-route between Toronto and Montreal, is there a ‘foodie-worthy’ eating destination around Prince Edward County and Kingston area one would recommend?! Anything except Asian, Ha! ![
If you want a ‘more leisurely’ lunch, consider Drake Devonshire (but a bit of a detour, near Sandbanks).
I haven’t been there (yet) but the Executive chef is Amanda Ray (formerly of O &B) - and IMO she was always the best chef in their roster. Her time (sous-chef ) at Canoe was the most impessive it’s ever been - quality plummeted when she moved to Biff’s Bistro (as Head Chef) - that became one of my favourites until a flood closed it down.
She’s resurfaced at Drake - just haven’t made it yet.
I assume that Tanière³ is on your list for Quebec!
We were in Quebec City in the fall of 2019. In addition to Taniere, I recommend Chez Boulay for their “boreal” cuisine - lots of foraged ingredients. We were also impressed by the Quebec wines we tried. La Buche is fun if you want to go for comfort food Quebec-style. Le Chic Shack is also great for the poutine 2.0 (braised beef with aged cheddar was great) and the house-made fruit sodas. And the cocktails are lovely at Bar 1608 at the Chateau Frontenac.
Just a quick update!
Lucky enough to secure a table at ’ Joe Beef ', evening of arrival at Montreal. Therefore, decided to save room and grab a quick gourmet pizza lunch at ’ Wooden Heads wood-fire gourmet pizza ’ at Kingston.
FYI, other reservations made included: Taniere3, Chez Jules and Chez Boulay in Quebec city; Monarque and Jun1 in Montreal. Still debating whether to spend 4+ hours at Ottawa’s Atelier and trying to tackle a 44 courses tasting menu?!
@THECHARLES I’m not sure if you have gone on your road trip yet but as a follow up to Atelier in Ottawa - I haven’t been yet but I have heard nothing but good things about their tasting menu.
If you will be making a stop over I can recommend Play Food and Wine in the Byward Market. I think they rotate their menu periodically but if you can ever get their pork belly I would highly recommend it. https://playfood.ca/
WOW!! Thank you so much for the info.,!!
We are heading out late September to see the fall colours.
Also, after managed to secure a spot at Taniere in Quebec City to try out their 17+ course dinner, we thought the 40 course at Atelier could be a little ’ double dipping ’ in tasting menu experience?!
You ’ Indian ’ recommendation sounded intriguing!