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Review: Resto Richard, home of the Interfromage

Resto Richard Ancienne-Lorette, on the fringes of Quebec City (and briefly part of it from 2002 to 2006), has a history dating back to the 1600s, but it is mostly known as the uninspiring suburb by the airport. When I asked a friend who lived there to tell me the most interesting thing about the place given its nearly 400 years of history, he didn’t mention its massive church.
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Review: Déso Burger

Déso Burger

THE QUEBEC CITY BRANCH HAS CLOSED BUT THERE ARE STILL DESO BURGER OUTLETS IN THE MONTÉRÉGIE

The founder of Déso Burger dreams of building an empire, but so far there are only two restaurants in his province-wide chain. This wannabe chain from Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville prides itself on flat burgers and curly fries. The Quebec City branch sits in the old YMCA building on Place d’Youville in a prime bit of real estate once occupied by Tribune Café (yet another uninspiring and generic coffee-and-panini café – no great loss to the city).
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Review: Patates Plus

Patates Plus, Val Belair

Although Val Belair has been part of Quebec City since 2002, the former “Ville de la nature” feels like the boonies. 23 km from downtown, it is the last bit of questionable civilization before hundreds of miles of vast hinterland. People get around in oversized pick-up trucks and park snowmobiles on the front porches of their pink vinyl bungalows (circa 1989). A few old farmhouses have not yet been swallowed by the ugly sprawl of boulevard Pie IX, the suburb’s main drag, but it shouldn’t take too long. Unsurprisingly, the parking lot is full and the bike racks are empty.

Patates Plus, Val Belair
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Review: Les Trois Garçons & Le Chic Shack

Les Trois Garçons
Take note: in 2012 the fancy burger bar with locally-sourced ingredients, slider trios, and overpriced shakes arrived in Quebec City. In fact, not one, but TWO of these places have popped up in the past few months.

Trends usually get here just as they’re beginning to die out elsewhere. Skinny jeans are the new cool thing, and pulled pork was nowhere to be seen until last year. The first cupcake shop opened in 2008, around the same time that bubble tea began raising local eyebrows. Ramen has also just made it into town this year (though the standards aren’t great). We’re still waiting on korean tacos, faux-speakeasies, and masala dosa to arrive – give it another 5 or 6 years.
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Review: Chez Gaston

Chez Gaston

Chez Gaston is everything you’d expect from a poky no-frills hole-in-the-wall casse-croute: a few tables, a makeshift counter, a ratty open kitchen, and the inescapable smell of grease. Word on the streets of Quebec City is that it’s good, so I gave it a shot.

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Review: La Poutinerie

Mad Dog Vachon
La Poutinerie is a relatively new place in Saint Sauveur, the most run-down part of Quebec City. It is located in the former premises of Quebec Hot Dog, a legendary purveyor of trashy food that featured WWF wrestler Mad Dog Vachon in their 1980s ads.

La Poutinerie
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Review: Café Cosmos

Cosmos Cafe

Why did I eat here? I think I was drunk. No, now I remember: some idiot raved about Cosmos’ special poutine with out-of-this-world three-pepper sauce and I believed him.
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