With so much on offer it can be hard to know where to start your hunt for the best food in Montréal and Québec City. There’s the French influence, of course, as well as an Irish heritage, but also Greek, Portuguese and Italian roots. Québec’s best-known dish is the fiercely loved poutine, which is food at its most elemental: fries smothered in gravy and cheese curds. However, that’s only the beginning of the culinary spectrum – here’s a round up of the best food to be eaten at restaurants in Montréal and Québec.
Look up “comfort food” in the dictionary and you’ll see a photo of poutine (pronounced pooh-teen). The robust dish of fries topped with cheese curds was born in rural Québec, and you can sample it at diners, as a casse-crôute (snack) and at roadside eateries across the region. But, poutine has also had an upgrade from innovative local chefs, including Martin Picard, who famously added foie gras to poutine at his breakout restaurant Au Pied de Cochon in Montréal.
A king among pies, the tourtière is filled with meat – usually spiced ground pork, though also beef and game – and topped with a flaky crust that bakes to a golden-brown. This meat pie is traditionally served on Christmas eve, though many families feast on it throughout the holiday season, and beyond.