one week in the Plateau ...
So, I'm staying in the Plateau for a week in August, and am ready to do some eating! I've only been to Montreal once, and did not do a very good job planning my meals, so this time I'm coming prepared. I've begun reading the boards and keeping a list, but would love some feedback on the list and advice about both the neighborhood and any other neighborhoods worth exploring.
The list so far:
Au Pied de Cochon
A visit to Jean Talon Market, especially on the weekend, should be on your list. Easily accessible from the Plateau by metro, bus or car. And since you'll be in the hood, schedule some time for the many food boutiques and cafés along Laurier East between St-Hubert and Papineau.
As for your resto list, bistros and BYOs, arguably the city's best deals, seem conspicuous in their absence. Personally, I'd choose Jun I over Petit Treehouse. Gastronomically, Moishe's won't provide you with anything you wouldn't get at a good steakhouse in any other major city in North America. Frite Alors!, yes, but head to either the Laurier East or Park Ave. outlets; my last two visits to the Rachel Street store have been disasters.
I just returned yesterday from Montreal. We stayed at a wonderful B&B on the Plateau, and we ate at Au Pied de Cochon and yes, it was everything we were hoping and then some. Mr. Oddcouple is a chef and we got to sit right in front of the kitchen so he could see everything. We ended up with 4 of the foie gras dishes, and I think my fave was the foie gras poutine! Mr. ordered the Pied de Cochon stuffed w foie gras- we took a picture of it, since it was so huge!
La Banquise is 24 hr poutine- it is up Rachel in the direction opposite from Frites Alors. It is right across from the police station. Delicious! And try a merguez hot dog "all dressed"...
Let's see... we always stop at Biere et Compagnie for a beer (pick from about 100) and moules (about 30 different ways)- always delicious- on St. Denis and Marie Anne (I think)...
Sunday we tried Ouzeri, which is Greek food up on St. Denis and Gifford I think. Everything was soooooo good. Don't bother ordering the grilled veggies that they will try to sell to you- there is plenty with the main course!