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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Embrace Winter in Cantons-de-l’Est


2. Where to Eat

Dine on Auguste's high-quality bistro cuisine made with fresh regional products.  

BYOB at the farmhouse restaurant Aux Jardin Champêtre (open on weekends only during the winter) near Magog. Opt for the daily prix-fixe menu ($55), which offers a selection of dishes featuring turkey and chicken from the on-site farm, as well as local rabbit, trout, and vegetables. The setting matches the menu: old-fashioned milk pails and plank walls painted robin’s-egg blue.

Make your way to Sherbrooke, the region’s largest town, for Québécois cuisine served with a twist at Auguste. Yes, there’s poutine ($3) on the menu, but it’s made inverse (inside-out): cheese swaddled in mashed potato and then deep fried. Be sure to try meaty delights like black pudding served with a tangle of red cabbage ($16) and bloody filet mignon with aged-cheddar croquettes ($40).

Expand your culinary horizons at Café Massawippi, in North Hatley, where deer tartar is one of the dishes served as part of a multi-course table d'hôte ($50 to $60) that changes daily. The humble interior—specials scrawled on a blackboard, gauzy white curtains—belies the daring country cuisine prepared here, which includes surprising yet exquisite pairings like duck foie gras with tahini Rice Krispie squares.

Published on Jan 20, 2011 as a web exclusive.

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