Quebec City: Le Cochon Dingue

(Catch up on previous road trip recaps.)

What do you order on a 95 degree evening from a restaurant with no air conditioning? Steaming seafood pot pie and messy maple ribs, of course.

Okay, perhaps it wasn’t the smartest (or most photogenic) choice, but it was the most delicious meal of our entire trip.

Not one, not two, but three Quebec City locals suggested Le Cochon Dingue for our only dinner in the city, and it lived up to its recommendations.

“The Crazy Pig” opened in the Petit Champlain district in 1979. The menu is full of comfort foods with a bit of French flair: pear, cranberry, and brie in a puff pastry; tartine duck confit and cheddar cheese on country bread; chocolate cake with Chantilly. Canadian influence is also evident in its maple vinaigrette and maple ice cream.

My pot pie included lobster, crab, shrimp, scallop, and salmon from the Magdalen Islands near Nova Scotia. There was not a single bite that I didn’t taste the fresh, tender seafood in cream sauce. (Though I could have done without the side of fries.) I countered the hot dish with a cold biere rousse.

And Nick’s maple house-smoked ribs were incredible. (They would have won our vote in the BBQ festival.) We splurged and ordered the full rack, and between the two of us, we cleaned every bone. To drink, he had a pale ale from Alexander Keith’s.

We were literally sweating by the time we took our last bites and set off in search of a public fountain in which to bathe.

I kid, I kid. We actually returned to our hotel to shower and freshen up and then headed back to the Lower Town to see the Château Frontenac at night. What a beauty she is.

Next up: From Quebec City to Montreal

5 thoughts on “Quebec City: Le Cochon Dingue

  1. Le Cochon Dingue – one crazy pigg and then some — a true local delight!!

    Did you try la Tarte au véritable sucre à la crème avec crème douce vanillée – a veritable Québecois treat!! Can’t wait to revisit my northern French neighbors.

    For the best view of the grand St. Lawrence River – do take a drink at Le Château Frontenac’s St-Laurent Bar!! An historic bar and a circular room with a view….. extraordinaire!!!

    1. Well, I definitely should have talked to you, Ted, before visiting Quebec City! Sounds like you know about all of the hot spots. I suppose we’ll just have to return some day — with a full list of your recommendations!

      1. Hi Emily, The best guide for restos for la belle ville de Québec is Danielle Stanton’s Guide Gourmand – Les bons restaurants de Québec [les éditions de l’homme] – it’s time I fetch a newer edition. It’s in French, but I can help you navigate its culinary ways. Québec City and Montréal – two great, world-class North American cities!! Paris chez nous with a North American accent vs. Paris’ very very French accent, mais oui bien sûr!!

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