Looking for a restaurant that is not too far out of the way, but you can't stand being surrounded by crowds of tourists anymore? The Cafe Au Bonnet d'Ane might just be the place for you. This restaurant has been a favorite with locals for many years now - they've even had to open a second one in the Sainte-Foy area! It is located in the non-touristic part of St-Jean Street, and the menu offers quite a selection of pub fares and more refined dishes at a reasonable price. As a result, people come here to enjoy a nice dinner, to have a drink with friends, or simply to grab a cup of coffee in a casual atmosphere. There's a nice sunny patio for warm summer days and the restaurant itself is reminiscent of an old country school.
Favorite Dish: I like to start with the artichoke hearts with honey, followed by the Don Juan croutons (chicken with a white wine sauce served on a baguette au gratin, yum!)
We went for a walk on rue St. Jean, well past the city walls and we saw this restaurant with *gasp* no guidebook recommendations for it, no VT tip to rely on. But it looked like a fairly busy place and the food looked pretty good, I could get my steak frites and David could have pizza with the added bonus of non tourist prices.
We waited an awfully long time between our appetizer and entrees, when we finally asked our server said our ordered fell off the order rack (is there a name for those things?), apologized profusely and offered us free dessert or another drink. We weren't in a hurry so we really weren't upset by the delay but we had been there long enough and declined the offer.
Favorite Dish: We ordered a fondue Parmesean as an appetizer, instead of fondue where you dunk bread into it, instead we got deep fried parmesean. Good but not what we expected.
My steak was good, I ordered the steak medium rare in a peppercorn sauce and the frites weren't the crunchy ones you sometimes get but french fries with a nice dijonnaise sauce for dipping.
David's pizza was also good.