A few months back, I took a drive along the south shore of the Saint Lawrence river between Quebec City and Trois-Rivières. Once you’ve made it past the burbs, things get scenic. The town centre of Saint-Antoine-de-Tilly has a beautiful church, a charming creperie, and upscale shops. The next town, Saint-Croix, is not as quaint but it’s still nice. There’s still hope that this trip will be interesting. But it slowly turns to shit. Every subsequent town gets progressively uglier. By the time you’re in Saint-Pierre-les-Becquets, you can’t wait to get on the highway.
Casse-Croûte Le Relais Enr. looked as uninspiring as everything else in town, but it is often these uninspiring stops that have the best poutine. Moreover, the parking lot was full.
The scene on the inside was a bit more quaint: a half-dozen truckers sat on the stools facing the kitchen, a quartet of elderly locals were playing cards, and a lone waitress/cook/janitor ran the entire operation.
Fries: These fries were above average, but still a bit limp. 21/30
Gravy: You can choose between brown sauce and BBQ sauce. The brown sauce tastes like what you’d normally expect out of a can. It’s dependable yet unexciting. 32/50
Cheese: Aside from the six or so curds on top of this poutine, which tasted fine, there was nothing underneath. 7/20
Verdict: It gets a pass, but I’d pass on it.
Price: Average. The price was low, but the poutine was also ridiculously small.
Location: Casse-Croûte Le Relais Enr, 385 Rte Marie Victorin, Saint-Pierre-Les-Becquets, QC.