Traveling to Montebello, Quebec? Here's where to get the best food and drink.
Jennifer Doré Dallas is a blogger, foodie and paparazzi who has traveled to 35+ countries. While traveling, she has a Ziploc bag addiction and hates umbrellas. Stuff she can’t leave behind? Her notebook and camera (ok, ok, her iPhone as well…). Her budget tip? Markets and grocery stores and staying away from guidebook restaurants. Follow her adventures at Moi, mes souliers, on Twitter at @moimessouliers or on her Facebook page at Moi, mes souliers.
Those who know me know I’m an absolute foodie and I love discovering new spots in my province in between my international wanderings. That’s how I got around to Montebello, a place that had often been recommended to me time after time that I had not yet set foot in.
Well-renowned because of its imposing Château Montebello, the city, or town I should say, is bustling and its popularity isn't slowing down! More and more local producers are opening shop to complement those who have been around for ages, for the great pleasure of my taste buds.
In this colourful building on the main road, passion for the trade exudes as the variety of cheeses lines the small shop. When I visited, they had just launched a new blue goat cheese that had yet to be named. I called it Yum! Let’s just say I didn't dislike any of the great creations on offer like the Rébellion 1837 or the more classical cheeses like Manchebello and Tête à Papineau. They were great, but my all-time favourite was the fresh and moist curd cheese (What? I am a Quebecer and poutine-lover after all)!
Économusée du chocolat ChocoMotive
Now you wonder how I ended up guest posting on this blog, right? Well let’s just say the two first stops on this list have a lot to do with it, as Vanessa and I bonded over cheese and chocolate talks… So I couldn't leave out the ChocoMotive chocolate economuseum! Biological and fair-trade are keywords of the operation and the great variety of original flavours are bound to keep foodies smiling. The Caramel fleur de sel is absolutely incredible, with the salt added afterwards and not mixed in directly with the caramel, which keeps it tastier and easier to be distinguished in the aftertaste.
If you’re visiting Montebello during the cold season (although it’s available all year), their rich hot chocolate, not too sweet, not too tangy, is just perfect to keep you warm!
Oh, and did I mention the shop is in Montebello's old train station?
Les Brasseurs de Montebello
I’m not much of a beer fan, I have to admit, but I’m a sucker for a great terrace to chit chat with friends and enjoy the people watching. Les Brasseurs de Montebello have all that: great beer, like the La Reine du Mont Vinoy honey lager and the Le Fantôme d’Ézilda lager, bits and bites and great staff. You want to taste more varieties of Quebec beers? They've got you covered with 20-some other microbrew beers on tap.
A few steps away for the brewery (like a match made in heaven, you think?) is Délice Champêtre, a fries and dogs joint that won’t give you much to write home about from the outside, but the menu… Oh the menu! If you like local produce and fresh cuts, you’re in for a treat. Tens of terroir options, all more original than then other, are offered at decent prices, especially when you see the portions and freshness of the ingredients. My favourite: the big juicy burgers with local cheese! Oh, and why not grab a poutine on the side? (See, I told you I was crazy about my p‘tine).
Feeling like you want to indulge in the evening? Head over to the world-famous Château Montebello and be seated in the grandiose wood-lined dining room for a night of Yums and Mmmms! An upscale menu in an incredible setting will set you back a few dollars, but the spending is well worth it, I can assure you. Combine that with a night in the world’s largest log cabin and you’re in for quite the treat!
No matter which of these foodie spots you chose, you’ll find that Montebello (and the rest of the province at that!) is perfect for a foodie weekend! For more info on the Outaouais region, have a read of 48 hours in Outaouais.
Bon appétit and have fun in Montebello!
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