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16 Places Where the RICARDO Team Head for a Gourmet Holiday Pitstop

It’s finally the summer holidays and time to hit the road for a new adventure. If scenic drives, hotels and campgrounds are part of the trip, then so are all the fun restaurants, canteens and gourmet landmarks. We’ve put together a list of the best places to stretch your legs and treat yourselves to a good meal while travelling around Quebec and parts of Canada, according to RICARDO Media employees.

1. Cantine Sainte-Flavie, Sainte-Flavie

If you want to step out of your poutine comfort zone, I recommend the shrimp poutine here, which must contain at least a pound of shrimp! The super-generous lobster roll is also worth ordering—I get one when I visit every summer.

Cantine Sainte-Flavie                                    

479, route de la Mer, Sainte-Flavie

- Mireille, executive director

2. Bleuetière Marland, Sainte-Marie de Beauce

This blueberry farm in the Beauce is a beautiful place for a gourmet meal. In addition to berry picking, you can get Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, there’s an ice cream shop, and you can also have a glass of wine, beer, local cider or a cocktail.

Bleuetière Marland                                                                                         

2230, route Saint-Louis, Sainte-Marie de Beauce

- Mélissa, project manager, advertising sales

3. Casse-croûte Le connaisseur, Tadoussac

If you go through Tadoussac (the detour is worth it!), stop and eat a poutine at the Casse-croûte Le connaisseur. This is really THE best poutine in Quebec. Order the “food truck” with sausages, bacon, onions and maple mayo. It’s so good!

Casse-croûte Le connaisseur                                                                    

452, rue du Bateau-Passeur, Tadoussac

- Anouk, senior account manager, creative solutions

4. La cuisine d’été - Resto-terrasse, Île d’Orléans

If you’re passing through on a bike, or if you just happen to be near this corner of Île d'Orléans, don’t miss the poutine at this snack bar! Bonus? The view of the river is incredible.

La cuisine d’été                                                                                         

7327, chemin Royal, Saint-Laurent-de-l’Île-d’Orléans

- Marie-Eve B., financial analyst

5. Founders’ Hall & Market, Charlottetown

This beautiful little market housed in a historic building has an excellent selection of local microbrewery beers, a small food court with original menus (like sushi burritos), tons of local products like potato fudge (which is super good!) and homemade doughnuts with playful decorations.

Founders’ Hall & Market                                                                                

6, rue Prince, Charlottetown

- Martine, project coordinator

6. La Pointe-à-John and La P’tite Cochonne, Grandes-Bergeronnes

On the way to your holiday destination, I recommend stopping at the Pointe-à-John heritage site on the river, for an aperitif, a game of Mölkky or a picnic. Nearby, you can get sweet treats or homemade pizza at the artisanal bakery La P’tite Cochonne, open for the summer season.

La P’tite cochonne                                               

482, rue de la Mer, Grandes-Bergeronnes (located next to Pointe-à-John)

- Andrée-Ann, HR marketing advisor

7. Chez Mag, Île d’Orléans

I strongly suggest a detour to the Chez Mag canteen. The view is splendid and the lobster roll is crazy good! Even their classic hot dog is delicious.

Chez Mag                                                                                                   

2460, chemin Royal, Sainte-Famille 

- Isabelle M., project manager, advertising sales

8. Lambo’s Deli, Toronto

If you’re in Toronto, a stop at Lambo’s Deli is a must! It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but this small grocery store makes great sandwiches. When you’re  walking a lot in this city, it’s perfect for a takeout lunch.

Lambo’s Deli                                                                                                 

176 Bellwoods Avenue, Toronto

- Gaëlle M., project manager, digital content

9. Pâtisserie Hélène des îles, Magdalen Islands

This is THE pastry shop in the Magdalen Islands. Absolutely everything is local, gourmet and seasonal. You need to taste their life-affirming freshly baked brioche buns, hot from the oven, and for pizza fans, the seafood pizza at Pizza d’la Pointe right next door is amazing.

Pâtisserie Hélène des îles                                                                             

90, route 199, Havre-aux-Maisons

- Mireille, executive director

10. Pump House Brew Pub, Moncton

If you’re passing through downtown Moncton, New Brunswick, stop at this pub. The pizza is very good and they make their beers themselves. I’m not a beer fan, but their “crafty radler,” a blend of malt and hops with a grapefruit and tangerine soda, is so good! Since this beer is not sold in Quebec, I even made the trip to Ontario last spring to get it at an LCBO store!

Pump House Brew Pub                                                                                 

5 Orange Lane, Moncton

- Danielle, standardization chef

11. La Knowlton Co., Knowlton

For a little getaway not too far from the greater Montreal area, we love the microbrewery La Knowlton Co., in the Eastern Townships. There is a spectacular  terrace, their excellent beers are brewed on site and, as a bonus, delicious pizza. The kids love it!

La Knowlton Co.                                                                                             

576, chemin Knowlton, Lac-Brome

- Marie-Pier B., financial controller

12. Domaine de l’Oie Toquée, Saint-Agapit

For an intimate dinner with your partner or friends, the Domaine de l’Oie Toquée is worth a visit. From starter to dessert, everything is delicious. Located a stone’s throw from the bike path of the Lotbinière Linear Park, this is a true country restaurant discovery.

Domaine de l’Oie Toquée                                                                               

234, route 116 Est, Saint-Agapit

- Lucie, senior payroll technician

13. Poissonnerie Les Escoumins

At this fish shop you can order cooked meals, eat on site or buy freshly caught products. My children devoured their plates and the fresh air and views are superb.

Poissonnerie Les Escoumins                                                                     

152, rue Saint-Marcellin Ouest, Les Escoumins 

- Marjolaine, customer service advisor

14. The restaurants of Brockville

For a weekend not too far from Montreal, opt for Brockville, Ontario. This lovely little town on the banks of the St. Lawrence has beautiful architecture, and also the first train tunnel in Canada, which can be crossed on foot, complete with special sound and lighting effects! To eat, enjoy a scone and English tea at Cosies and have dinner at the 1000 Islands Brewery (which makes excellent, pretty cocktails!).

Cosies                                                                                                             

45 King Street West, Brockville

1000 Islands Brewing Company                                                                 

65 King Street West, Brockville

- Geneviève, art director

15. La Ferme - Brasserie rurale, Shefford

Not only is the beer good, but the scenery is breathtaking—there’s no seating inside, everything happens on the terrace, surrounded by the mountains of the Eastern Townships. Also in the area is the very cool and contemporary Bolt Café, located in Knowlton.

La Ferme - Brasserie rurale                                                                         

101, chemin Meunier, Shefford

- Marie-Pier G., editor

16. Marie 4 poches, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

This excellent bakery and pastry shop in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts is a must in Haute-Gaspésie.

Marie 4 poches                                                                                             

111, boulevard Sainte-Anne Ouest, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

- Brigitte