It's easy to find this Upper Town restaurant—it's set in a historic, red-roofed house that looks as if it was moved from the Québec countryside into the heart of the city. As it happens, it was the other way around: After the house was built in 1676, the city grew up around it. The interior is as cozy as the exterior is inviting. The menu focuses on solid, and excellent, traditional dishes, many featuring game: bison stew, red deer filet and grilled stag, bison and wapiti tenderloins. And for dessert, try the maple syrup crème brûlée.
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Housed in the oldest residential building (dating to 1675) in Québec City, Aux Anciens Canadiens is a restaurant that appeals to both locals and visitors. Traditional specialties like tourtière (a baked meat pie) might include wildlife of Le Grand Nord—caribou, anyone? (Oui, monsieur, it's delicious!) I had eaten here years ago as a single student; I was able to return a few years ago with my wife for the 400th anniversary of the founding of Québec City: Vive la bonne cuisine!