Take your pick: adrenaline packed or slow and contemplative?
There are restaurants that offer something extra, whether it’s a particularly welcoming atmosphere, an incredible view or specially attentive service. Here is a selection of restaurants in the Townships, part of those where you’re sure to have a great time.
By Marie-Claude Masse
To discover this unique Townships beer garden concept, you’ll have to hurry to the outdoor restaurant just beside the 11-Comté microbrewery in Cookshire-Eaton, because they close in early autumn! A delicious menu concocted with vegetables grown by the chef Jardinier déchaîné and products from the neighbouring farms are just waiting for you savour. For a cozy and relaxed atmosphere (they even offer you blankets to keep warm in the evening), don’t wait any longer to visit Cuisinier déchaîné.
225, Pope Rd., Cookshire-Eaton, 873 825-7090—reservation recommended
To taste local flavours inside a breathtaking architectural environment, this is what the Ferme Au pied levé in Magog offers you. The evening menu includes ingredients that come mostly from the farm itself, and promises an unforgettable experience. Set side by side, you’ll discover, among others, guinea fowl meat pie, beet salad with duck, mustard veal shank… And there’s even more good news because you can bring your own wine!
1107, Fitch-Bay Rd., Magog, 819 843-6143—reservations are required
Spending an evening in both a restaurant AND a cultural performance hall is what you’ll discover when you stop at Beat & Betterave in Frelighsburg. This friendly restaurant proposes a savoury local cuisine (in fact, extremely local since the owners pick their vegetables in their garden!), also serves as a performance venue, and not just any performances. This autumn, among others, you’ll enjoy seeing Damien Robitaille, Ingrid St-Pierre and the Breastfeeders.
41 Main St., Frelighsburg, 579 440-8600
You wish to go out for supper with your family, but you can’t find a friendly restaurant where your children are kindly received? L'Attelier Archibald, in Granby, keeps its promises and will welcome your family with their unique and delicious children’s menu. So long! sad fries and frozen chicken nuggets and say hello! to chicken orzo in a rosé sauce, braised pulled pork and small steaks and fries!
150 Saint-Jacques St., Granby, 450 991-3336.
You’re not afraid of surprises and immersive experiences? Well, then, head out on Friday and Saturday evenings to the Manoir aux Mystères, in Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley, for a dinner show where colourful and funny characters are at your service all evening long. Imagine the Addams Family recycled as waiters, and voilà! This is what you can expect here! delicious fondue served in a strange decor as a bonus!
30, la Grand-Rue, Sainte-Catherine-de-Hatley, 819 868-6647 — Reservations are required
Are you sad to see that summer is ending? Stop by Guacamole y tequila in Sherbrooke, a super restaurant where the food and the decor will transport you out of this world and submerge you back into the summer warmth! Typical and savoury fare served by an attentive team, festive cocktails and a totally Mexican ambiance; Plus, every fourth Saturday of the month, starting at 5:00 p.m. all this and the presence of mariachis!
2340, King Ouest, Sherbrooke, 819 823-8181—reservation are recommended for mariachi evenings
We strongly recommend you try the Bistro Kapzak evening menu “A Polish Gastronomical Experience” in Granby. You can trust chef Jason Kacprzak who will concoct a breathtaking 8-course, Polish-inspired menu for you. The smiling and courteous staff will describe the delicious dishes you’ll remember for a long time.
108, Principale, Granby, 579 365-3008
You’ll eat very well at the Pilsen of North Hatley, and the views overlooking the river and grandiose lake Massawippi will truly enhance to your experience. The decor of this historical building, the small town, easygoing ambiance, and the many gourmet options on the menu (marlin steak, blood sausage, flank beef steak, mussels…) will transform your evening into a memorable moment as you forget that summer has ended!
55 Main Street, North Hatley, 819 842-2971
Would you like to spend your cocktail hour in a relaxed environment, inside a friendly ambiance and surrounded by a natural setting? Well, head out to Mount Orford and the Burger Pub! Soups, pasta, mussels, flank beef steak, fish, fries and, of course, decadent burgers are waiting for you here, along with a long list of beers and wines, gins, vodkas and Scotch. Are you more of a coffee person? Here, you’ll find quite a selection, with or without alcohol.
4940, Chemin du Parc, Orford, 819 847-4936