Ok, this is not exactly high cuisine but I hear so much misinformation about our "national dish". Yes poutine was invented in Quebec City and it is a combination of French fries, gravy and cheese curds. It may sound fattening and it is but most people will find it ..well tasty.
To get the real poutine experience, there is only one place you should go and it is Ashton. There are restaurants all over the city so do not go for the imitation. Only Ashton makes the real poutine: after all,Mr Ashton invented it. So go ahead and try it. You might be surprised and like it.
Favorite Dish: The poutine. Don't go for the regular size. It is way too much. Go for the mini or even the baby size.
Growing up in Quebec, everybody has their own favorite local restaurant that supposedly serves the best poutine, a dish that is unique to the province - it's a mix of french fries, gravy and cheese, and it is delicious! Growing up in the Gaspe area I of course had my favorite restaurant for poutine and was highly suspicious of Ashton's popularity when I first moved to Quebec City. Well, just one little poutine and I too became an Ashton lover!
The first Ashton restaurant opened up as a small fast-food joint back in 1969. Ashton Leblond, the owner, cooked up a delicious home recipe for the poutine gravy and word quickly spread around. Thirty some years later, there are now over 20 Ashton restaurants in the city, so make sure to stop by one and see what all the fuss is about!
Oh and at Ashton's, the colder it gets, the less you pay! If you happen to be in Quebec City in January, you'll automatically get 10% off for a poutine. If temperatures drop to -15°C, you'll get 15% off, at -22°C you'll get 22% off, and so on. The best deal I've ever gotten was 30% off, I'll let you figure out how cold it was that day ;o)
Favorite Dish: My own favorite dish is called Galvaude. It's french fries with chicken, green peas and gravy - basically a hot chicken without the nasty soggy bread. Awesome with ketchup!
I have been asked very often where is the best poutine in Quebec City... It is of course a matter of personnal taste but I'd say Ashton is a pretty safe bet. Chez Ashton is a chain of fast food restaurant you can find all around Quebec City, there is one on the corner of Saint-Jean street and Cote du Palais in the Old City.
Favorite Dish: Poutine. But what is poutine? There are a lot of variations on the theme but the original one is fries, gravy sauce and cheese. You can also find hamburgers, sandwiches and hot dogs there.
I read about Chez Ashton on another VT member's page, he said that the locals pointed him to this place as THE place to try poutine in Quebec City and as we were hungry and wanted a snack we decided to have our first poutine experience here. Chez Ashton is a chain, we saw ate at two locations in Quebec City, one on Cote du Palais near rue St. Jean and the other on Grande Allee amidst a busy dining area.
Favorite Dish: There are only a few options for poutine here, unlike the place we tried in Montreal that had a whole menu page devoted to it. Poutine, for those of you who are uninitiated, consists of french fries covered in gravy and topped with cheese curds. Here you can get regular poutine, Dulton (add some hamburger), Saucisses (hot dog), Dulton Saucisses (hamburger and hot dog) and Galvaude (add peas, glad they had pictures or I could have ordered that-blech!)
If poutine isn't your thing, they also have hot dogs, hamburgers and roast beef sandwiches.
For French Fast Food many people will tell you to try the famous Poutine.
I asked around for the best local place to try the poutine and I was pointed toward Chez Ashton and I wasn't disappointed.
The large cheese curds and frites where great :-). So if you are going to try a poutine in Quebec here is an option!
The typical fast food in Quebec is 'poutine' It's
french fries with gravy and pieces of cheese. Ashton is the restaurant to find
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Favorite Dish: Poutine or Hot beef sandwich
There are 30 Ashton fast food restaurants, all within the walls of Quebec City! When you come to Quebec, you need to eat Poutine and here is where you'll arguably find the BEST one in the province! Then again..any poutine outside Quebec just isn't poutine..kinda like Champagne outside of champagne in france.. ;)
Also you will eat burgers here that will put McDonalds to shame! When you order a burger, expect it to be the size of what you see on the board! No surprises here! Just good, home-made fast food!!
Don't forget to also try Galvaude (poutine + chicken) or a Dulton (Poutine + ground beef. You can also add sausages!)
Favorite Dish: Their FAMOUS POUTINE! Or the Double-Double sandwich!