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Oct 1, 2006 04:03 PM

Running out of restaurants (that I know of)

My parents are coming to visit me in 3 weeks. I'm a student so I never eat out unless they come here, in which case, I take advantage of the opportunity, and take them to the best restaurants I can think of. I need 3 dinners and 2 lunches, at some new places. We have been to:
Au Pied du Cochon
O Thym
Les Chevres
Au Petit Extra
Le Club Chasse et Peche
Les Herritiers
Les Infideles
Les Caprices de Nicolas
Le Mas Des Oliviers
Tsirco (It's no longer there I believe)
Les Pyrenees
Les Remparts
Coo Rouge
Au 917
Beurre Noisette

that's all I can think of off the top of my head. I don't want to go to a steak house, as we are from Alberta, and they get great steak back home.

I was thinking maybe Aix Cuisine du Terroir and Anise for two dinners. What do you think? Any other suggestions? What is XO like? Cassis? Area?

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  1. Area is very recommended although I haven't been there. It's french fusion food.

    on St-Laurent
    Ail Y'ail Y'ail

    1. By all accounts Anise is a great choice. Looking forward to trying it soon.

      Other ideas:

      Joe Beef is great in my limited experience, though there have been some dissenting reports. Plan on about $100/person.

      Le Bleu Raisin is solid by all accounts (three visits for me, loved it all three times). $50-60/person + whatever wine you bring.

      À l'Os is also a solid BYO, though maybe a little close to steakhouse for your needs. $60+/person + your wine.

      Café Via Dante might be an interesting Italian option. Haven't been in a while, but I've heard the quality's still high despite some changes in format. Similar vein to Lucca, but not quite as upscale...except the sometimes-insane wine markups. About $60/person (if you're careful with the wine).

      Niu Kee is delightful Szechuan. $20-25/person if you're an incorrigible glutton.

      Garde Manger has been getting raves lately, haven't tried it yet. No idea of price, but I'd expect APdC/Joe Beef range, maybe a little lower.

      1. some other suggestions

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        1. Agree that Anise is a great choice.

          La Montee de Lait
          Au Cinquieme Peche
          Le Margaux
          Le Jolifou
          Bouchon de Liege

          I heartily second Joe Beef. Read my review:

          1. We just got back from Montreal. Garde Manger is fun and very loud after about 9 pm (cranked up bad music from the 80's). The shellfish platters looked amazing. We did have some very fresh and delicious oysters and a steak frites plate. On our second night there we sat at the bar and ate very good garlic shrimp and a salad. Make reservations especially on the weekend.

            We also ate at Lemeac. This is in Outremont and a classic bistro. We thought the food was good not great.(We're from the SF Bay Area so do have a rather spoiled view). It would be a good parent restaurant.