Le Chic Shack
Le Chic Shack
15 Rue du Fort
Quebec City, QC G1R 3Z8
Le Chic Shack was the first stop on our trip to Quebec City. The restaurant is located a stone’s throw away from the Fairmont Chateau Frontenac in Old Quebec and usually is filled to the brim with clientele. We arrived at 4:30pm in the afternoon, and there was still a small lineup! The other occasions we have passed by, the lineups were much longer.
This place is famous for their poutine, but we also decided to get a burger to accompany the famous Quebecois dish. I ordered the Chic Burger (standard burger with ground beef, local cheddar, pickles, lettuce, tomato, smoked maple bacon, and Chic sauce). Also got a small Classic poutine, because it is Quebec after all.
The burger was fantastic. The ground beef itself was OK, but the various toppings and the bread really made it stand out. The brioche bun that they source from a local artisanal borderon was amazing. It was flaky on the outside, but warm and soft on the inside. It was almost like a croissant with a bit more depth. The toppings together really made the burger fantastic as the ingredients were fresh and the bacon was delightful.
The poutine is very popular here so it was a no brainer to order. The first thing I noticed is the sheer amount of cheese curds that were contained in the poutine. They were also so damn squeaky! Now I know what people mean by that. The gravy was light and thin, while the roasted potatoes (yes, roasted potatoes INSTEAD of french fries), were fried nicely. Great poutine overall.
We also ordered the pear and mango sodas. They make their sodas in house and they were delightful. Not overly sweet and just a bit bubbly. They use real fruit pulp so it was nice.
The restaurant is rather large and much bigger than it seems from the outside. They have a nice patio attached to it as well and window seats that make it perfect for people watching (and for jealous passer-bys staring at your food). This was actually one of my favorite places at Quebec City and would warrant multiple visits. Glad it wasn’t that big a tourist trap.
Ambience: A- | Service: B+ | Price: B+ | Food: B+