Recs for pastries, casual dinner, Montreal downtown and Westmount
I'll be in Montreal for a conference. Since I'll be alone and won't have much time, I don't want to travel too far around town.
Can you recommend a place for lunch or snacks near Greene Ave in Westmount?
Near Drummond and Ste. Catherine, can you recommend bakeries or cafes with good pastry for breakfast? Cafes or other casual places with outdoor seating for dinner?
Here's the hard one: Is there anywhere near either place where I can get poutine without the gravy or with vegetarian gravy?
Thank you very much.
Bakeries/cafes downtown near Drummond&St.Catherine: Au Pain Dore, 1415 Peel Stree, they open at 7 a.m. Great: coffee (cafe au lait, etc. in a bowl if you wish), croissants (all butter), oh yes, you can ask for homemade jams with your croissant (or whatever)(included in price): apricot sweetened with maple syrup for example. Very good.
Or Premiere Moisson in Central Station (train station), 895 la Gauchetiere West, opens at 6 a.m. Great: croissants (all butter), great breads. Up until 10:30 they can grill a baguette or half baguette (reg. or whole wheat) for you, then buttered, then topped with your choice of homemade jams/peanut butter/cheese (Brie or cheddar). Or they can grill a croissant topped with jam-delicious! (only regular filtered coffee available.)
For casual outdoor dinner, I'd go to Prince Arthur just east of St. Laurent, lots of Greek restaurants etc. I've gone alone, it's fine.
Lunch (am sure there's a place or two on Greene but it's all kind of terra incognita to me):
- Taqueria La Nacion (1850 Ste-Catherine W., 514 931-2956)
- Bangkok (1616 Ste-Catherine W., 2nd floor of the Faubourg Ste-Catherine, 514 935-2178)
If you're a vegetarian & wish to stay downtown for dinner, you may want to check out:
Le Commensal, 1204 McGill College Avenue, corner St.Catherine, 2nd floor. (You won't find veggie poutine there, that's certain, but other offerings are quite good). Cafeteria style, very informal. Big windows for a nice view of downtown streets. This is definitely a place you'll feel comfortable in alone! Wine is available, great desserts too!
Greene Ave. is my old stomping ground.
If you're on a budget for lunch, Westmount Square has a decent food court now, plus a grocery store that stocks nice veg and some prepared stuff.
Bistro on the Avenue does good fish, and has some good salads and pastas for the veggiehead.
There's also Nick's if you want a diner-style breakfast.. and an Au Pain Dore down near St. Catherine St. for snacks.
Patisserie de Gascogne is not too far from Greene Ave., on the main Westmount strip near Victoria.