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5 Restaurants that Showcase Québec’s Traditional Food

Credit: La Bûche

Québec is a culinary treasure rich with history and flavour. Even though poutine is Québec’s most famous food, the success of Québécois cuisine stems from its heirloom recipes and regional specialties. Besides the authentic sugar shacks, here are staples of traditional French-Canadian cuisine in Québec City that stick to traditions, one local ingredient at a time.

1 Buffet de l’Antiquaire

Buffet de l’Antiquaire is a synonym to comfort food. This diner-style institution of the Old Port of Québec is made famous especially for its traditional Québécois dishes made from recipes typical of the lower St. Lawrence region of Québec. The food tastes straight out of my grandmother’s cookbook, especially the meatball stew (ragout de boulettes in French) flavoured with a traditional heart-warming blend of herbs and spices including cinnamon, mace, marjoram, sage and clove.

Buffet de l'Antiquaire
95, rue Saint-Paul 
Québec City, QC  G1K 3V8 

2 Aux Anciens Canadiens

Set inside Québec City’s oldest house dating back to 1675, Aux Anciens Canadiens is a trip in Québec’s culinary heritage. The menu highlights both traditional Québécois dishes and classic European culinary dishes like salmon koulibiac, beef Wellington, bison bourguignon as well as caribou from Québec’s Great North. 

Aux Anciens Canadiens
34, rue Saint-Louis 
Québec City, QC  G1R 4P3

3 Là Là

Named after an emblematic interjection of the people of the Saguenay-Lac-St-Jean region of Québec, Là Là restaurant showcases the customs of the families who lived in the area. Their most famous dish: the tourtière, a blend of both British and French culinary cultures. This hearty pie is cooked with pork, beef, poultry and game meat, served with a side of homemade fruit ketchup, marinated vegetables and cream salad.

Là Là
303, rue Saint-Paul
Québec City, QC  G1K 3W6

4 La Bûche

Located in the most tourist-friendly neighbourhood of Québec City, La Bûche showcases popular and revisited traditions of Québec’s food culture. Set in a nostalgic, sugar shack-themed restaurant, you can expect a vibrant atmosphere where you’ll enjoy hearty dishes filled with local specialities like a maple oozing pouding chômeur (poor man’s pudding) topped with bacon crisps. 

La Bûche
49, rue Saint-Louis 
Québec City, QC  G1R 3Z2 

5 Les Ancêtres

Les Ancêtres restaurant dives its customers deep into Île d’Orléans’ terroir with both foraged and wild foods. Their menu suggests traditional dishes and more modern cuisine local and seasonal products shine. Enjoy dinner on their terrace for a breathtaking view of the sunset on the Île d’Orleans Bridge and the Montmorency Falls.

Les Ancêtres
1101, chemin Royal 
Saint-Pierre-de-l'Île-d'Orléans, QC  G0A 4E0 

About Allison Van Rassel

Journalist, columnist and blogger, Allison is passionate about Québec City’s culinary culture. Curious and aware of the latest culinary trends, Allison makes the region’s foodie culture shine bright.

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