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8 Go-To Restaurants for Cheap Eats in Quebec City

Everything from poutine to Portuguese chicken

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Quebec’s capital city has its share of fine dining haunts, from old school favourites like Le Continental to celebrated newer arrivals like Kraken Cru (and that’s to say nothing of the oft-overpriced tourist traps in the Old City). But here are eight restaurants that do hearty meals from poutine to Portuguese chicken without breaking the bank.

Looking for all-round dining tips in Quebec City? There’s another guide for that over here.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. La Fabrique Du Smoked Meat

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727 Rue Raoul-Jobin, Ville de Québec
QC G1N 3H8, Canada
(418) 527-9797
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This tiny family-run business of Saint-Sauveur serves one mean smoked meat sandwich — and it feels like a vintage hall of fame museum with its walls decorated with signed photographs of famous hockey players. It’s also renowned for homemade onion rings and maple syrup pie.

2. Tora-Ya Ramen

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75 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Ville de Québec
QC G1K 3A6, Canada
(418) 780-1903
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Authentic Japanese ramen filled with only the real good stuff. The restaurant is decorated in the style of a traditional izakaya, and does rich broths with bold flavours, alongside tsumami (Japanese snacks) and organic sake. There’s always a line, and it’s always worth the wait.

3. William J. Walter

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165 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Ville de Québec
QC G1K 3A8, Canada
(581) 981-2020
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In Saint-Roch, the William J. Walter mini-chain serves an ideal German hungry man’s lunch: European-style hotdogs with house-made Royale Sauerkraut. Add to that a wide variety of sausages, including vegan and gluten-free options, stuffed olives and dried sausages. Local, biodynamic wine and craft beer are also available. There’s another William J. Walter further afield in Beauport, too.

4. MacFly Bar Arcade

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422 Rue Caron, Ville de Québec
QC G1K 5W7, Canada
(418) 528-7000
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Sometimes, all you need is home-style comfort food. And retro gaming haven MacFly is good for it, with husky grilled cheese sandwiches, beer, cocktails and popcorn, accompanied by vintage arcade games and pinball machines. For a hit of nostalgia, indulge in a traditional Québécois snack, creton toast topped with yellow “baseball” mustard.

5. Chez Gaston

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332 Rue Dorchester, Ville de Québec
QC G1K 6A2, Canada
(418) 523-0677
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How could poutine not make this list? Delicious, steaming hot fries smothered in hot gravy and “quick-quick” cheese curds. Although many locals ignore Chez Gaston, this greasy spoon effortlessly lures in knowledgeable eaters looking for the best poutine experience in Quebec City.

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Chez Gaston

6. Le Bureau de Poste

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296 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Ville de Québec
QC G1K 3B1, Canada
(418) 914-6161
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With a five dollar all-day menu every day, including healthy vegetarian options, Le Bureau de Poste is a hub of coolness that draws a younger crowd looking for a good time, both on and off the plate. Tuck into pulled pork, burgers, soup, and mac and cheese with a perfect ‘90s punk soundtrack — but expect waiting lines in the evening.

7. Le Poulet Portugais

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203 Rue Saint-Jean, Ville de Québec
QC G1R 1N8, Canada
(418) 204-3300
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A BYOB with tons of flavour: dive into charcoal cooked Portuguese chicken, slathered with extra homemade piri-piri sauce, and a side of fries or rice. Juicy, soft and tasty, it’s an ideal place for group celebrations or family outings.

8. Frida Comptoir Mexicain

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1032 Avenue Cartier, Ville de Québec
QC G1R 2S4, Canada
(418) 914-6564
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Frida is a small, brightly painted taco joint in Montcalm serving flavourful street-style soft-shell tacos and homemade tortas. Love abounds in every bite of the shared carnitas, the classic al pastor, vegetarian hibiscus flower or homemade tortas with a side of frijoles charros and guacamole.

1. La Fabrique Du Smoked Meat

727 Rue Raoul-Jobin, Ville de Québec, QC G1N 3H8, Canada

This tiny family-run business of Saint-Sauveur serves one mean smoked meat sandwich — and it feels like a vintage hall of fame museum with its walls decorated with signed photographs of famous hockey players. It’s also renowned for homemade onion rings and maple syrup pie.

727 Rue Raoul-Jobin, Ville de Québec
QC G1N 3H8, Canada

2. Tora-Ya Ramen

75 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Ville de Québec, QC G1K 3A6, Canada

Authentic Japanese ramen filled with only the real good stuff. The restaurant is decorated in the style of a traditional izakaya, and does rich broths with bold flavours, alongside tsumami (Japanese snacks) and organic sake. There’s always a line, and it’s always worth the wait.

75 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Ville de Québec
QC G1K 3A6, Canada

3. William J. Walter

165 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Ville de Québec, QC G1K 3A8, Canada

In Saint-Roch, the William J. Walter mini-chain serves an ideal German hungry man’s lunch: European-style hotdogs with house-made Royale Sauerkraut. Add to that a wide variety of sausages, including vegan and gluten-free options, stuffed olives and dried sausages. Local, biodynamic wine and craft beer are also available. There’s another William J. Walter further afield in Beauport, too.

165 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Ville de Québec
QC G1K 3A8, Canada

4. MacFly Bar Arcade

422 Rue Caron, Ville de Québec, QC G1K 5W7, Canada

Sometimes, all you need is home-style comfort food. And retro gaming haven MacFly is good for it, with husky grilled cheese sandwiches, beer, cocktails and popcorn, accompanied by vintage arcade games and pinball machines. For a hit of nostalgia, indulge in a traditional Québécois snack, creton toast topped with yellow “baseball” mustard.

422 Rue Caron, Ville de Québec
QC G1K 5W7, Canada

5. Chez Gaston

332 Rue Dorchester, Ville de Québec, QC G1K 6A2, Canada
Poutine
Chez Gaston

How could poutine not make this list? Delicious, steaming hot fries smothered in hot gravy and “quick-quick” cheese curds. Although many locals ignore Chez Gaston, this greasy spoon effortlessly lures in knowledgeable eaters looking for the best poutine experience in Quebec City.

332 Rue Dorchester, Ville de Québec
QC G1K 6A2, Canada

6. Le Bureau de Poste

296 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Ville de Québec, QC G1K 3B1, Canada

With a five dollar all-day menu every day, including healthy vegetarian options, Le Bureau de Poste is a hub of coolness that draws a younger crowd looking for a good time, both on and off the plate. Tuck into pulled pork, burgers, soup, and mac and cheese with a perfect ‘90s punk soundtrack — but expect waiting lines in the evening.

296 Rue Saint-Joseph Est, Ville de Québec
QC G1K 3B1, Canada

7. Le Poulet Portugais

203 Rue Saint-Jean, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 1N8, Canada

A BYOB with tons of flavour: dive into charcoal cooked Portuguese chicken, slathered with extra homemade piri-piri sauce, and a side of fries or rice. Juicy, soft and tasty, it’s an ideal place for group celebrations or family outings.

203 Rue Saint-Jean, Ville de Québec
QC G1R 1N8, Canada

8. Frida Comptoir Mexicain

1032 Avenue Cartier, Ville de Québec, QC G1R 2S4, Canada

Frida is a small, brightly painted taco joint in Montcalm serving flavourful street-style soft-shell tacos and homemade tortas. Love abounds in every bite of the shared carnitas, the classic al pastor, vegetarian hibiscus flower or homemade tortas with a side of frijoles charros and guacamole.

1032 Avenue Cartier, Ville de Québec
QC G1R 2S4, Canada

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