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Jul 3, 2006 03:34 AM

If you had only one lunch in Montreal...

I have never been to Montreal and I will have only few hours in the city at lunch time between planes. Could you recommend a place that has fantastic food, a wonderful atmosphere, is open for lunch, and will leave me in love with your fantastic city. Am I correct in thinking that a bistro would be appropriate for my one and only meal?

Tremendous thanks for your help!

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  1. For Lunch, I would go for the classics, Lemeac, L'Express, or maybe one of the portugese on St-Laurent ( Jano's, ... )

    1. I'd go to the Jean Talon Market and graze. Or I'd go to Jano's too. Or I'd have a late breakfast at L'Avenue or Beauty's.

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      1. re: Wanda

        I like the idea of going to Jean-Talon to graze. It might be logistically more feasible than most others, too. There's no need to rush your service or worry about lines or reservations, and the location is relatively convenient to Hwy. 40 (to and from the airport), vs. going through the heart of downtown or the Plateau and risking major traffic problems.

        Of course, this adventure does involve about $60-70 in taxis, no matter what the final choice...

      2. I second Lemeac. The Beauty's experience isn't what it used to be, nor is it particularly original to Montreal. Lemeac is solid through and through.

        1. L'express is good. La Chronique , one of Montreal's top five tables, has started serving lunch. That would be my first choice. Alternately, if it's in summer, I would definitely recommend some outdoor dining. There are a slew of very pretty patios on Bernard St. in Outremont. If I had time for just one, it might be La Moulerie (whose name is a sufficient description of what's on offer).

          1. Café Locale, on St-Viateur near Esplanade in the Plateau area, has a really yummy and interesting selection of meals. It's neither exotic nor run-of-the-mill.

            Actually, I recommend the whole Plateau/Outremont area for a great choice of places to eat.