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The Five-Point Weekend Escape Plan

Be a Glutton in Québec City


2. Where to Eat

The dining bar at Laurie Raphaël.  

Get a panoramic view of the St. Lawrence River from your table at the Relais & Chateaux restaurant Panache, once a nineteenth-century maritime warehouse. The farm-to-table philosophy is so prominent that the chef doesn't allow a freezer in the kitchen.

Have a classic bistro experience—chalkboard menus, clinking glasses, and all—at Café du Clocher Penche (203 rue St-Joseph est; 418-640-0597). The pommes frites go well with any of the 200-plus wines on the list, many of them organic.

Québec's premiere star chef Daniel Vézina has a TV show, three cookbooks, and a line of gourmet products. Dress up for a meal at his posh Laurie Raphaël, but don't deny yourself the maple-syrup cotton candy.

Published on Jul 2, 2009 as a web exclusive.

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