The best places for barbecue, grill and burger enthusiasts

Does the smell of meat sizzling on the grill make your mouth water? If you're crazy about burgers, spare ribs, skewers, fresh fish and barbecued chicken, you'll love the following restaurants, where it feels like summer all year long!

Bistro Hortus

1190, rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1S6

Far from the usual tourist traps of Old-Quebec, and still on the very touristy rue Saint-Jean, this friendly bistro elevates the art of the rotisserie to the rank of gastronomy. Organic Charlevoix chicken is ​​slow roasted and cold-smoked – its crispy skin alone is worth the visit.

Barbacoa BBQ

Just in front of the traverse Québec-Lévis, on the south shore of rue Saint-Laurent, Barbacoa is a delight for lovers of spare ribs and smoked meats, prepared Memphis-style. Jason Savage, the owner, has travelled around the United States in search of the best barbecue techniques, and you can taste it!

Le Mezzé

95, ch Sainte-Foy, Québec, QC G1R 1S9

If you prefer European-style grilled specialties, you will be charmed by Le Mezzé, an authentic Greek restaurant located in the Old Port, on rue Saint-Paul. The atmosphere here is always welcoming; the fish, meats, and shellfish are served fresh; and the wine is good!

Le Chic Shack

15, rue du Fort, Québec, QC G1R 3W9

Inspired by the best of American street food from Austin, New York and San Francisco, the Chic Shack team concocts delicious burgers made with local ingredients and served on artisanal bakery bread. Rumour has it they have the best veggie burger in town.

Poulet Portugais

203, rue Saint-Jean, Québec, QC G1R 1N8

Zori and Stoyan Napoleonov are known for grilling some of the tastiest chicken in town thanks to their experience acquired during four years in Portugal. Adventurous? Try the grilled octopus or the Bulgarian kyufté (kiufte), and bring your own wine.

La Bête Bar Steakhouse

170-2875, boul Laurier, Québec, QC G1V 2M2

At La Bête on boulevard Laurier – designed with a style that is half gothic, half boudoir – the prime and AAA Angus steaks are dry aged from 35 to 65 days. Meat lovers will find a hearty selection of satisfying meat dishes here and are welcome to make a few purchases at La Bête's butcher shop to relive the experience at home.

Restaurant Le Charbon Steakhouse

104-450, rue de la Gare-du-Palais, Québec, QC G1K 3X2

A good steak – doesn't that sound exciting? The steak at Le Charbon Steakhouse needs no introduction. On rue de la Gare du Palais, you can enjoy rib steak that has been aged for 45 days, to the delight of carnivores. You can also visit its adjacent butcher shop (as well as at the Lebourgneuf location) to bring a cut of meat home. 

Becoming a parent is often synonymous with "brunching often." When you have kids, it’s just that much easier to go out for lunch than for a three-hour dinner! Here are are a few places where the brats are welcome, without skimping on quality or ambiance for mum and dad.
Coffee fanatics will tell you: to test the talent of a barista (or "master of the coffee machine"), nothing beats an espresso. So, prepare your small cups, because the following establishments will give you quite a caffeine boost!
From April 12 to 24, gourmets and foodies of all kinds will flock to Quebec restaurants as part of the sixth edition of food festival Québec Exquis! 2016. For the occasion, 20 chefs are paired with 20 food producers to offer lunch menus ($20) and dinner menus ($40 or $50), balanced with Beaujolais wines. Here are the duos.
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