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Our Restaurants: Great Places for Lunch

Our Restaurants: Great Places for Lunch

For lunch with a business focus, lunch with friends, lunch with your sweetie pie or lunch to replace the one you forgot on the kitchen counter when you left for work, the choice in Val d’Or is endless and diverse. If you’re looking for comfort food, a healthy meal, or a quick bite, anywhere in town (east, west, downtown), you’ll find it. All palates and appetites welcome! Have a look at our five top picks for lunch in Val d’Or.

 

 

Le Conti, Continental Hotel

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Le Conti is the restaurant at the Continental Hotel. It’s popular with locals and hotel patrons alike. In addition to their regular menu, there’s a soup, salad and hot buffet as well as a weekly menu with three different options every day. Its home cooking and welcoming environment make you feel as though you’re at grandma’s house. (Providing your grandma is a great cook and as comforting as can be!)

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souvlaki-kebabs (to die for) or the bacon & liver dish

Habaneros Mexicain Grill

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The Habaneros Mexican Grill (Habaneros Grill Mexicain) is the perfect place to ease your environmental conscience (take-out is served in biodegradable containers), look after your body and take a quick trip to Latin America.  You’ll find typical South American fare, such as quesadillas and burritos, cooked in traditional style. Focus is on ingredients that are locally sourced, fresh and natural. To the delight of many, Habaneros Mexican Grill is on a roll at the moment and is opening up new restaurants by the minute. There’s a Habaneros Mexican Grill in downtown Val d’Or, and another in the western area of the city in the same building as the Van Houtte Café. There are also Habaneros restaurants in Amos, Rouyn-Noranda and Sherbrooke.

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you cannot go wrong—everything on the menu is excellent!

La Sandwicherie

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The friendly atmosphere in La Sandwicherie is what makes it so special. Mismatched chairs, cozy cushions in every possible colour, bright yellow walls that feel like constant sunshine and exhibitions that are always being refreshed.  The open-air kitchen makes for easy banter and conversation between patrons and owners. The laughter and high spirits are catching: it starts with a smile and then the cheeriness and camaraderie are so contagious that everyone becomes part of the conversation and, before you know it, customers are all kibitzing together like a bunch of old friends. Lunchtime there feels like a family reunion filled with great food and good times.

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When they ask you whether you want sauce on your sandwich, the answer is most definitely ‘yes!’. It’s made of herbs and spices and is a beautiful, original touch to whatever sandwich you’ve ordered.

Le Canon at Escale Hotel Suites

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Le Canon is the restaurant at the Escale Hotel Suites. The decor is elegantly minimalist: white plush walls, a waterfall and huge windows that let in lots of light. The environment is very calm and peaceful. It’s the ideal setting for a business lunch, a serious conversation or a quiet moment. The lunch menu is full of interesting, flavourful dishes. Your plate will be loaded with veggies and the mashed potatoes are divine!

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Give into temptation and try the Caprices de Brigitte pastry.

 

 

 

Les Becs sucrés-salés

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Folks who forgot to eat in the morning or whose favourite meal is breakfast will think they’ve died and gone to heaven here. Even at midday, delicious breakfasts are available, such as eggs Benedict, omelettes and French toast (try the cheese and fleur de sel caramel: doesn’t get any better!). Owner Régis Henlin is part of the Slow Food movement, which is evident in his menu. The Slow Food movement is focused on healthy, clean and ethically-produced food. To learn more about this international movement, click here. Les Becs Sucrés-Salés uses only top-quality, seasonal and locally- or regionally-sourced ingredients.  And the food tastes great!

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Les Becs Sucrés-Salés also has a delicatessen and sells ready-to-eat meals. On your way in or out of the restaurant, take some time to check it out: you’ll find an array of delicious, inspiring, surprising and mind-blowing things to eat.

 

Whatever lunch experience you are seeking, whoever your companions are, wherever you may be, there’s a perfect spot for you in Val d’Or. We shared our favourites with you – what are your picks?

 

8 Reasons to Tour Val-d’Or and Abitibi-Témiscamingue on a Motorcycle

8 Reasons to Tour Val-d’Or and Abitibi-Témiscamingue on a Motorcycle

Motorcycle touring options in Abitibi-Témiscamingue are endless. The potential for adventure and discovery is too! If you are a motorcyclist, Val-d’Or has so much to offer: customized, personal service, attractions, restaurants to satisfy all your taste buds and hotels that will make you feel right at home. So much to see and do! Here are eight reasons to tour Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Val-d’Or on a motorcycle.

To discover La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve

La Vérendrye Wildlife Reserve alone is worth the trip to Abitibi-Témiscamingue: it is amazing to behold. Let yourself fall under the spell of its magnificent landscapes, covered in white pine, spruce, fir and a few deciduous trees, thousands of lakes and rivers, floating islands and majestic rock cliffs. Crossing the bridge over the Ottawa River is one of my all-time favourite sections. Still to this day, I find it breathtaking every time! There are lots of rest stops along the way, to take a little break or soak your feet in the water.

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Many rest stops are located on the shore of a lake or a river.

A free cleaning kit to get your ride nice and shiny

Available at our tourism information office, this kit contains everything you need to clean up your bike and restore that shine it deserves. Just ask for your free kit at our reception desk where our tourism advisors will be happy to help you out. You can buff up your motorcycle in the specially designated area in our parking lot. Mosquitoes and dust will soon be nothing but a bad memory!

Hotel specials to make your stay with us more pleasant

A number of hotels offer special packages for motorcyclists travelling in our area. The Escale Hôtel Suites, Quality Inn & Suites and Hôtel Continental Downtown all offer breakfast along with a variety of other options: dinner special (table d’hôte), gas card, visit to a local attraction or massage. To see all packages available, click here.

Warmth and simplicity

People in Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Val-d’Or are known for their warmth and simplicity. They’ll greet you with a smile and treat you like royalty! In Val-d’Or, you’re sure to meet jovial, friendly and refreshingly straightforward locals who’ll leave you with lovely memories of your time here.

Lively downtown and lots of restaurants with outdoor patios

There’s nothing better after a day of riding than a cold beer on a sunny patio, soaking in the sights, sounds and smells of summer. Downtown Val-d’Or is a happening place, with lots of restaurants with patios to add the perfect finishing touch to your day on the motorbike. Le Prospecteur microbrewery, for example, offers a wide selection of craft beers and a roof patio with an uninterrupted view of downtown. You can taste the best poutine in town at Chez Ti-Pit Snack-bar for your lunch break. Or let yourself be transported to Asia by the typically Thai fare at the Ô Thaï restaurant. Only to name a few!

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The Bar bistro l’Entracte patio is another great option. This pub offers a great view on the historic site of Bourlmaque Mining Village.

Free downtown parking sticker

We provide a free downtown parking sticker for our visitors to make it easier for you to enjoy some carefree downtime on our patios. It allows you to park your motorcycle anywhere downtown at a parking meter or in parking lots with a pay station. Anyone residing outside the regional county municipality of Vallée-de-l’Or is entitled to the parking sticker. It’s available free-of-charge at our tourism information office at 1070 3rd Avenue East at the eastern entrance to the city, which is the one you use to access Val-d’Or if you’re coming from Montreal. The Rouyn-Noranda tourism information office provides the same service to anyone who lives outside Abitibi-Témiscamingue.

Rolling on gold

Who can say that they’ve ridden on gold? Well, anyone who’s taken Highway 117 from Val-d’Or to Rouyn-Noranda! Indeed, the road runs along the Cadillac Fault, which contains abundant deposits of gold. To learn more about this gold-rich fault line, go to: https://tourismevaldor.com/cours-de-geologie-101-rouler-sur-lor/

There’s a lot to discover about the mining industry while touring our area by motorcycle. You might begin at Cité de l’Or where you can morph into a miner for a few hours and travel 300 feet underground to explore the workings of an old gold mine. Then, you could visit Canadian Malartic, the largest operating open-pit gold mine in Canada, and experience an earthquake at the Abitibi-Témiscamingue mining museum (Musée minéralogique de l’Abitibi-Témiscamingue).

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To visit the underground galleries of La Cité de l’Or, you have to dress yourself up like a miner.

You will be amazed by the gigantic equipment used at the Canadian Malartic Mine.

The artistic fountain route

If you’re one of those people who thinks that motorbike trips are made for riding and not for visiting tourist attractions along the way (my dad and my sister are like that, too!), I have a cultural activity to suggest, which you can enjoy with getting off your bike. In the Amos-Harricana region, there are 10 artistic fountains in 10 different municipalities. These fountains are a delightful excuse to stop for just a minute and take a little breather. The fountains are beautiful and each one is unique. And this itinerary will take you through some magnificent countryside, a changing landscape of farms and forests, striking in its immensity. The fountain route is described in the Amos-Harricana tourist guide available in all the visitor information centres in the area. You can also have a peek by clicking here or click here to see it on Google Maps or download the free app from Balado Discovery for Android or BaladoDiscovery for iPhone/iPad.

Abitibi-Témiscamingue and Val-d’Or are wonderful destinations for motorcyclists: our roads, beautiful scenery, personalized services, restaurants, outdoor patios, activities and hotels are all part of the magic you’ll find here. There’s no doubt in my mind that you will have an amazing, memorable time!

From Innovate to Classic

From Innovate to Classic

Dear Readers: This month we’re reviewing four pizza restaurants in Val-d’Or. Keep reading to expand your gastronomic horizons and find out where you can get the best pizzas in town. We used a scale of 1 to 4, with 4 being best, to assess 10 criteria. So, without further delay, let’s look at our four reviews (done at the expense of our waistlines!).

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Price | $15.00

Conveniently located in downtown Val-d’Or, Microbrasserie Le Prospecteur serves up original pizzas, such as vegetable and goat cheese, or BBQ featuring smoked chicken from Boucanerie Fins Délices and a house BBQ sauce made with beer. Yum! We tried the Polonaise, with kielbassa, loads of toppings, just the right amount of sauce and an excellent aged cheese. Numerous craft beers are brewed on site to pair with the different pizzas. Prices are very affordable, the atmosphere is authentic and the lunchtime “pizza of the day” will satisfy your appetite without breaking your budget. A great place to eat for lunch or dinner!

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Price | $19.50

The pizza looked appetizing and the aroma alone made us hungry. The crust was crispy with nicely-done edges, lots of toppings and melted cheese. The portions were perfect, just enough to keep us from feeling stuffed to the gills. And it was tasty! The restaurant’s reputation for service did not disappoint – our server was friendly and attentive. The menu boasts close to 20 pizzas, including the house specialty, Bella (with smoked meat), the Hawaiian, and the Seafood, so there is something for everyone and enough variety to keep you coming back. The pizza has excellent texture with just the right amount of toppings.

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Price | $17.67

The crust was perfectly cooked, including the edge, the toppings were attractive and the vegetables crunchy. There was plenty of the tomato-based sauce, with slightly salty cheese. And the intoxicating aroma wafted through the room. The slices are thick and the portions generous. There are close to 15 pizzas on the menu to choose from, including the Four Seasons for meat lovers, with bacon, olives, ground beef and ham. This family restaurant has a nice atmosphere, where good portions, good prices and good taste rule the day. If you are a diehard fan of classic pizza, this is the place for you!

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Price | $16.75

Hip pizzeria L’Avantage is also downtown, and as soon as we smelled that pizza aroma we were hungry. Abitibi-Témiscamingue’s only wood-fired pizza is cooked to perfection, with a delicious crust, just the right amount of toppings, a silky and delicately spiced tomato sauce and succulent melted cheese, all adding up to one exquisite dish. The restaurant’s original pizza creations, including The Pesto and The Mexican, are sure-fire crowd-pleasers. The American, our favourite, melts in your mouth. L’Avantage offers excellent pizza at an excellent price, and according to our review process, deserves the title Best Pizza in Town. You simply must give it a try. The top-notch food and service, combined with the warm and welcoming atmosphere add up to an unforgettable gastronomic experience. You can hear yourself talk and the flavours are distinctly down home.

Make your taste buds happy and put these four restaurants on your list. Sample their fresh ingredients, innovative dishes, and pleasant surroundings, and rediscover the classics, with a touch of contemporary style! You’ll love the delicious pizza, the great prices and the service at these warm and welcoming restaurants!

 

Translated by Anne Laflèche