On our way to our hotel in the Old City, we passed through rue Cartier. Since we were too early to check into our hotel, we decided to park and walk around. We stopped at Cafe Krieghoff for a quick bite.
Since this was our very first experience in Quebec, besides our conversation with the guard at the border, we were a little awkward. Cafe Krieghoff was packed and everyone was speaking French. It was Sunday and we'd found no place to change money, so we immediately asked the hostess if we could use American money before we sat down. She shrugged and said okay, but we could tell she wasn't too enthusiastic about it. Once we were handed menus, we realized we would be spending enough to use our credit card, so using American money no longer became an issue.
At first I started kicking myself for not buying a phrase book, but our waitress spoke to us in English as soon as she realized we didn't understand her. The busboy seemed to have a harder time with English, but he was happy to help us when we needed something.
I had a cup of coffee and my husband had a cup of hot chocolate. I liked my coffee a lot. It was really the best cup of coffee I had the entire trip. Strong, but not bitter. After a few sips we ordered a couple of bags of whole beans as gifts (which we haven't given away yet, so we don't know if it's any good). My husband absolutely loved his hot chocolate. He had 3 more cups of hot chocolate in different places throughout our trip and felt his cup at Krieghoff was the best. It wasn't sweet, but had a nice chocolate flavor. He says it was a perfect cup of hot chocolate.
He had an apple crepe, which we both liked. I had eggs, hash browns and toast. The eggs were fine. I didn't finish the potatoes since they had no flavor and were cold. The toast, a buttered baguette, was just okay. In retrospect, I wish I'd had a crepe and a second cup of coffee.
Our bill totaled $62 with tip, 2 pounds of whole bean coffee, a crepe, eggs, 1 coffee and 1 hot chocolate. We didn't think that was too much money, but we have to pay Manhattan prices when we go out to brunch, so keep that in mind.
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