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Montreal for 8 days over New Years - Best Quality/Value ratio & Holiday eats

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Hi all,

Two of us will be visiting Montreal for 8 days from Dec 26 to Jan 3. I have a couple questions that I'd appreciate some suggestions for. We're going to be spending a lot of time eating great food (the key goal of this trip, along with some R&R of course!) and based on all the reviews and recommendations and trying to get a wide variety in, we've narrow it down to some not-to-be-missed: Le Club Chasse et Pêche, Au Pied de Cochon, Joe Beef, Leméac, Via Dante, Le Jolifou, Olive & Gourmando, Raza, Montée de Lait, Au Petit Extra, Reservoir (for brunch), Byblos (for brunch), takeout Schwartz’s, Jean-Talon market and Au Pain Dore on the way home.

However, since we're also on a budget and will in Montreal during a holiday season, my questions are -

1) What are best 'deals' in terms of value to price ratio to be had in Montreal? I guess I'm asking for a really good food experience, but where there might be a better value to be had if we eat after 10 pm (like at Lemeac) or between 5-7 or restaurants that have really good value table d'hotes, lunch deals, etc. We don't mind working our schedule around that if it means we can sample as much of the restaurants as we can and still afford the gas to drive home!

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2) Which are the restaurants (along the lines of the above or similar) that will be open for dining on Boxing Day, New Year's Eve and New Year's Day? Any ideas?

Comments on the list above are also welcome. Thanks so much in advance!

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