Poutine is a classically Québecois dish of french fries, gravy and cheese curds. Nope, its not the healthiest dish. Claimed to have been invited just outside of Québec City (the exact place varies), poutine is extremely popular in Québec. So popular that everyone has a favorite, and the Québecois will staunchly defend their favorite poutine. Do not get into an argument over which poutine is best. You will certainly lose. One thing, however, that is generally agreed (at least in Québec City): Québec City poutine > Montréal poutine.
L’Affaire est Ketchup. The sentence is Québecois slang for “cool.” It is also the name of a a very popular restaurant in Québec City. Despite being so well-known, l’Affaire est Ketchup was a last minute additional to my Québec dining itinerary. I had read about it, but it seemed a little passé, over rated, past its prime, the like. I changed my mind on a whim on the day I left, after I saw it on Anthony Bourdain’s show while waiting for my flight. I decided then that I should at least try to make a reservation. I mean if its good enough for Anthony, its good enough for me. Very lucky for me, it was off-season and the restaurant had one 6:00 reservation for two people, but we had to be out by 7:45. Done.
When researching restaurants for U.S. Thanksgiving dinner in Québec City, I came across iX pour Bistro on a few foodie blogs. It seemed to get good reviews on ratings sites (TripAdvisor, Yelp, etc.) and the posted pictures looked pretty good. So, I decided that this was the place for Thanksgiving dinner! This was a FANTASTIC choice! The food was outstanding and the service impeccable. I would not travel back to Québec without eating here, and you shouldn’t either!
As you probably know, I LOVE a food tour! So in Québec, I insisted that we take one! Based on my research, there are two primarily companies: Quebec City Tours (the one we chose!) and Tours Voir Quebec. After being so disappointed with my Tours Voir Quebec walking tour of Vieux Quebec, I very happy that we went with Quebec City Food Tours.
Quebec City Food Tours offers one food tour centered around the trendy neighborhood of St. Roch (pronounced Rock). The tour is more than simply a food tour; it is part food tour and part walking tour of St. Roch. I thoroughly enjoyed it and our guide Emily was very passionate about the food and the St. Roch neighborhood.