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May 4, 2006 11:02 AM

Specialty restaurants/eateries across Canada - Suggestions please

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I am tossing around the idea of writing a series of articles for a magazine about specialty food places, but since the mag is national, I cannot focus solely on those I know of (I'm in Ottawa - the Prime example here is The Scone Witch).

If anyone knows of quirky specialty places that specialize in one kind of food, anywhere in Canada, please let me know. I'm particularly interested in places that aren't well known, and any kind of food is welcome.


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  1. I'm sure you'll find tons of ideas if you just scroll down and do some research on this board. I am constantly amazed at the wealth of information. Good luck with your article!

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    1. re: errant


      Peter's Drive Thru

    2. I don't know if fries qualify as "specialty", but the french-fry truck run by Claude Simard at the top of the "big hill" in Tadoussac, Quebec is legendary. Best fries I've ever tasted, hands down.

      Plus the owner is a real character. Calls all the locals "tremblay" (more often than not, he's right, it is a small town), and everyone else "l'anglais".

      Claude's truck has been mentioned in a few newspaper articles over the years. If I remember where, I will re-post.

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      1. re: Sam

        Here you have Bud the Spud's.
        French fries from PEI.
        Parked by the library on Spring Garden like forever.
        But in winter they go to Florida.

      2. St Johns NFLD - Try Leo's or Chess's Fish & Chips both have great food & history.

        1. 786 restaurant - Second floor above Super Marché Jean-Talon on Jean-Talon Blvd. in Montreal. Halal Pakistani with great flatbreads, a bizarre décor more fitting for Red Lobster than Karachi (what's with the fishnets??!!?), no appetizers but a great choice of vegetarian dishes as well as halal meat dishes. Courteous service, no liquor license, try the mustard greens, butter chicken and naans with dal. Enough for two. English, Arabic, Urdu, some French spoken by wait staff.

          By the way, it's all hot, even if you ask for mild, unless that's what they mean by mild.

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          1. re: ursabear

            If you stop at Marche Jean-Talon, you won't be hungry for dinner. This is a DON'T MISS for any Chowhounder in Montreal. It is the best open air market in North America!

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