Best Steak Frites in Montreal
I will be in Montreal for two nights for a business trip staying at the Sheraton Downtown. Are there any good places to have Steak Frites near my hotel. I appreciate it.
Do you want the best steak frites or do you want something near your hotel?
If you're willing to pay through the nose and/or are on an expense account, you might find one place that comes close to satisfying both criteria, though they'd probably, er, bridle at being thought of as a steak-frites joint: La Queue de Cheval www.queuedecheval.com
Also downtown is L'Entrecôte Saint-Jean (2022 Peel, 514 281-6492). Some love it though it's been panned frequently on food boards, including by me.
Classic steak frites will be found at any number of bistros. Brasserie Holder's is first rate (and a friend recently gave the fries a glowing review) and the locale is not that far from downtown. Otherwise, set your sights on the Plateau (L'Express at 3927 Saint-Denis, 514 845-5333, Le Continental www.lecontinental.ca or Au Pied de Cochon www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca if you don't mind your beef being venison and the cut being flank) or Outremont (Leméac www.restaurantlemeac.com ). In an informal poll on that other food board, my nominee, Leméac's hanger steak and fries, was the all-around favourite, though the last time I ordered it I was disappointed with the meat. Here's hoping I caught them on an off night.
While not exactly in walking distance from your hotel, Joe Beef makes a mean hangar steak. The Taverne on the Square also does a superb steak. I would also second Carswells' recommendation of Pied du Cochon, L'Express, and Lemeac.
Two other places, both within walking distance where I have had good steaks downtown were Le Grand Cafe and Restaurant Julien both on rue Union, the former was with green pepper sauce, the latter a classic steak frites. Mas des Oliviers (rue Bishop) also makes good steaks although I don't recall ever seeing any frites there; they don't always put all the steak options on the printed menu, so ask if you go.