The Places Where the RICARDO Team Head for a Gourmet Holiday Pitstop

It’s finally the summer holidays and time to hit the road for a new adventure. If scenic drives, hotels and campgrounds are part of the trip, then so are all the fun restaurants, canteens and gourmet landmarks. We’ve put together a list of the best places to stretch your legs and treat yourselves to a good meal while travelling around Quebec and parts of Canada, according to RICARDO Media employees.

Truckin’Roll, Charlottetown


“If you go through Charlottetown, in Prince Edward Island, there are a few food trucks near a park, including the Truckin’Roll rolled ice cream truck. It’s simply amazing! Everything is homemade: the lemonade, the ice cream sandwiches and, if time is on your side (there’s always a lineup), the rolled ice cream! Plus, the mint to be (our picture), the who tarted and the monkey junk are offered with or without dairy products.” — Danielle, Recipe Tester and Standardization


Church Street, Grafton Street, Charlottetown

Lobster Tales Cruise, Shediac Bay


“If you’re headed to New Brunswick, I suggest you try the Lobster Tales Cruise from Shediac Bay Cruises. The cruise includes a lobster meal where you’ll learn how lobsters are caught and how to shell them properly, the Acadian way. Your host is the friendly (and funny) owner. Very welcoming, entertaining and tasty! At the end of the journey, you get a splendid sunset as a bonus.” — Martine, Project Coordinator

Croisières Shediac Bay Cruises

60 Pointe-du-Chêne Wharf Road, Pointe-du-Chêne

Scoop Deck, Lobster Pound and Scales Restaurant, Maine


“Here are my top three addresses in Maine: Scoop Deck, an ice cream parlour with respectable cone formats; Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound, where they make the best lobster rolls in the area; and Scales Restaurant, for its amazing seafood offered in a magnificent environment by the water.” — David, Specialist digital products

Scoop Deck

6 Eldridge Road, Wells

Charlotte’s Legendary Lobster Pound

465 Seawall Road, Southwest Harbor

Scales Restaurant

Maine Wharf, 68 Commercial Street, Portland

Fenway Park, Boston


“You must put this address in Massachusetts on your list, regardless of whether you’re a baseball lover or not: Fenway Park in Boston. Going to a game at happy hour is interesting, the ambience is incredible. A little tip: take the subway, because there’s a ton of people and a lot of traffic! The hot dogs are really good (better than at other stadiums I’ve visited) and there’s even a gluten-free option. And what can I say about the pretzels… Wow! You have to go!” — Anouk, Senior Account Manager, Creative Solutions

Fenway Park

4 Jersey Street, Boston

La Chouape and La Maison du bleuet, Saint-Félicien


“During a trip to the Saguenay region, I loved my experience at La Chouape microbrewery in Saint-Félicien. It’s delicious and there’s a lot of Quebec and local products on the menu. In the same town, there’s also La Maison du bleuet, which puts the spotlight on Lac Saint-Jean’s wild blueberries. The soft blueberry ice cream is a true summertime dream. I highly recommend it.” — Clodine, Coordinator, Content Optimization

Brasserie La Chouape

1134 Sacré-Coeur Blvd., Saint-Félicien

La Maison du bleuet

557 Route 169, Saint-Félicien

Drake Devonshire Hotel, Wellington


“The Drake Devonshire Hotel in Wellington, Prince Edward County, Ontario, is a boutique hotel on the shore of Lake Ontario. If you want to experience the high life without paying the full price, have brunch or dinner at the hotel restaurant. Preferably on the terrace with a view on the lake; you’ll feel like you’re at the seaside.” — Marie-Pier, Senior Editor

Drake Devonshire

24 Wharf Street, Wellington

ScottCakes, Provincetown


“Here’s a tourist address that I discovered by complete fluke: the ScottCakes pastry shop in Provincetown, Massachusetts. They make only one kind of cupcake: vanilla-flavoured with pink icing. It won a bunch of competitions in the US. When you’re seeing life with pink-coloured glasses, this is the place to go. The shop’s decor is entirely in tones of pink. And the cupcakes are among the best I’ve ever had in my life.” — Marika, Social Media and Digital Content Spécialist


353 Commercial Street, Provincetown

La Fée gourmande, Kamouraska


“I ate a homemade Mont Blanc slush in the pretty town of Kamouraska, at La Fée gourmande chocolate shop. This slush contains passion fruit and soft serve vanilla ice cream. There’s nothing industrial about it and it’s really delicious. There’s also the Bufton, a bistro café at the Reford Gardens (Jardins de Métis) that charmed me at lunchtime and where I ate an asparagus and cucumber salad with lovage in a scenic setting.” — Étienne, Sr Chef and Recipe Development

La Fée gourmande

98 Morel Ave, Kamouraska

The Bufton

200 Route 132, Grand-Métis

La Buvette Thérèse and La Société secrète, Percé


“There are two places I especially like in the Gaspé Peninsula. First, La Buvette Thérèse is a friendly restaurant. It’s very good and the atmosphere is pleasant. I love sharing a variety of dishes so that I can taste many things. The sweetbreads are excellent, as well as the crudo of the moment and the fish & chips. I loved everything. Then, La Société secrète distillery is another nice discovery. The place is original (it’s located in an old church) and there’s a rooftop terrace where we can taste various products with a view of the river. My biggest favourite: homemade mango slush made with their sea buckthorn sloe gin.” — Béatrice, Product Manager

La Buvette Thérèse

162 Route 132, Percé

La Société secrète

1164 Route 132, Cap-d’Espoir (Percé)

Cantine Sainte-Flavie, Sainte-Flavie

«If you want to step out of your poutine comfort zone, I recommend the shrimp poutine here, which must contain at least a pound of shrimp! The super-generous lobster roll is also worth ordering—I get one when I visit every summer.» - Mireille, executive director

Cantine Sainte-Flavie                         

479, route de la Mer, Sainte-Flavie

Bleuetière Marland, Sainte-Marie de Beauce

«This blueberry farm in the Beauce is a beautiful place for a gourmet meal. In addition to berry picking, you can get Neapolitan pizzas cooked in a wood-fired oven, there’s an ice cream shop, and you can also have a glass of wine, beer, local cider or a cocktail.» - Mélissa, project manager, advertising sales

Bleuetière Marland

2230, route Saint-Louis, Sainte-Marie de Beauce

Casse-croûte Le connaisseur, Tadoussac

«If you go through Tadoussac (the detour is worth it!), stop and eat a poutine at the Casse-croûte Le connaisseur. This is really THE best poutine in Quebec. Order the “food truck” with sausages, bacon, onions and maple mayo. It’s so good!» - Anouk, senior account manager, creative solutions

Casse-croûte Le connaisseur 

452, rue du Bateau-Passeur, Tadoussac

La cuisine d’été - Resto-terrasse, Île d’Orléans

«If you’re passing through on a bike, or if you just happen to be near this corner of Île d'Orléans, don’t miss the poutine at this snack bar! Bonus? The view of the river is incredible.» - Marie-Eve B., financial analyst

La cuisine d’été

7327, chemin Royal, Saint-Laurent-de-l’Île-d’Orléans

Founders’ Hall & Market, Charlottetown

«This beautiful little market housed in a historic building has an excellent selection of local microbrewery beers, a small food court with original menus (like sushi burritos), tons of local products like potato fudge (which is super good!) and homemade doughnuts with playful decorations.» - Martine, project coordinator

Founders’ Hall & Market

6, rue Prince, Charlottetown

La Pointe-à-John and La P’tite Cochonne, Grandes-Bergeronnes

«On the way to your holiday destination, I recommend stopping at the Pointe-à-John heritage site on the river, for an aperitif, a game of Mölkky or a picnic. Nearby, you can get sweet treats or homemade pizza at the artisanal bakery La P’tite Cochonne, open for the summer season.» - Andrée-Ann, HR marketing advisor

La P’tite cochonne                                 

482, rue de la Mer, Grandes-Bergeronnes (located next to Pointe-à-John)

Chez Mag, Île d’Orléans

«I strongly suggest a detour to the Chez Mag canteen. The view is splendid and the lobster roll is crazy good! Even their classic hot dog is delicious.» - Isabelle M., project manager, advertising sales

Chez Mag

2460, chemin Royal, Sainte-Famille 

Lambo’s Deli, Toronto

«If you’re in Toronto, a stop at Lambo’s Deli is a must! It doesn’t look like much from the outside, but this small grocery store makes great sandwiches. When you’re  walking a lot in this city, it’s perfect for a takeout lunch.» - Gaëlle M., project manager, digital content

Lambo’s Deli

176 Bellwoods Avenue, Toronto

Pâtisserie Hélène des îles, Magdalen Islands

«This is THE pastry shop in the Magdalen Islands. Absolutely everything is local, gourmet and seasonal. You need to taste their life-affirming freshly baked brioche buns, hot from the oven, and for pizza fans, the seafood pizza at Pizza d’la Pointe right next door is amazing.» - Mireille, executive director

Pâtisserie Hélène des îles

90, route 199, Havre-aux-Maisons

Pump House Brew Pub, Moncton

«If you’re passing through downtown Moncton, New Brunswick, stop at this pub. The pizza is very good and they make their beers themselves. I’m not a beer fan, but their “crafty radler,” a blend of malt and hops with a grapefruit and tangerine soda, is so good! Since this beer is not sold in Quebec, I even made the trip to Ontario last spring to get it at an LCBO store!» - Danielle, standardization chef

Pump House Brew Pub

5 Orange Lane, Moncton

La Knowlton Co., Knowlton

«For a little getaway not too far from the greater Montreal area, we love the microbrewery La Knowlton Co., in the Eastern Townships. There is a spectacular  terrace, their excellent beers are brewed on site and, as a bonus, delicious pizza. The kids love it!» - Marie-Pier B., financial controller

La Knowlton Co. 

576, chemin Knowlton, Lac-Brome

Domaine de l’Oie Toquée, Saint-Agapit

«For an intimate dinner with your partner or friends, the Domaine de l’Oie Toquée is worth a visit. From starter to dessert, everything is delicious. Located a stone’s throw from the bike path of the Lotbinière Linear Park, this is a true country restaurant discovery.» - Lucie, senior payroll technician

Domaine de l’Oie Toquée

234, route 116 Est, Saint-Agapit

Poissonnerie Les Escoumins

«At this fish shop you can order cooked meals, eat on site or buy freshly caught products. My children devoured their plates and the fresh air and views are superb.» - Marjolaine, customer service advisor

Poissonnerie Les Escoumins

152, rue Saint-Marcellin Ouest, Les Escoumins

The restaurants of Brockville

«For a weekend not too far from Montreal, opt for Brockville, Ontario. This lovely little town on the banks of the St. Lawrence has beautiful architecture, and also the first train tunnel in Canada, which can be crossed on foot, complete with special sound and lighting effects! To eat, enjoy a scone and English tea at Cosies and have dinner at the 1000 Islands Brewery (which makes excellent, pretty cocktails!).» - Geneviève, art director


45 King Street West, Brockville

1000 Islands Brewing Company

65 King Street West, Brockville

La Ferme - Brasserie rurale, Shefford

«Not only is the beer good, but the scenery is breathtaking—there’s no seating inside, everything happens on the terrace, surrounded by the mountains of the Eastern Townships. Also in the area is the very cool and contemporary Bolt Café, located in Knowlton.» - Marie-Pier G., Senior Editor

La Ferme - Brasserie rurale

101, chemin Meunier, Shefford

Marie 4 poches, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts

«This excellent bakery and pastry shop in Sainte-Anne-des-Monts is a must in Haute-Gaspésie.» - Brigitte

Marie 4 poches         

111, boulevard Sainte-Anne Ouest, Sainte-Anne-des-Monts