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Jan 29, 2007 09:46 AM

Recs near Bell Centre

I would appreciate any input relating to restaurants within walking distance of the Bell Centre. Anything goes accept super highend/pretentious spots. Thanks !

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  1. rephrase "except super highend/pretentious". Thanks

    1. There should be no contest here:

      Finally opening on Feb 2nd, the 2nd location of Brunoise, right next to the Bell Centre.

      Go Habs Go!

      1. There's very cute, unpretentious, small, affordable little all-homemade Italian place on the West side of Peel, between Rene-Levesque and Ste-Catherine. I'm sorry I can't remember the name but it's definitely worth checking out!

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        1. re: kpzoo

          Apologies! It's actually on Stanley (one block over) and it's called Cafe Presto - here's a review from a couple of years back:

          1. re: kpzoo

            Are those prices for real ? I haven't seen anything like that since the 1970's !

            1. re: TonyO

              Yep - that review is a couple of years old, but the prices are still ridiculously low. :-)

        2. I second Café Presto. Great Italian food, excellent prices. Just know that it's cash only. If you tip them well, they ring this bell. It's a riot!

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          1. re: NJMtlTourist

            They always ring the bell.
            I love those guys, but the last time I went, we were given a bread basket with used containers of butter and half-eaten bread. This was last May, so things may have gotten better.

            1. re: rillettes

              So we tried Cafe Presto last night prior to the Heaven and Hell (aka Black Sabbath) show. This is quite an interesting place as there were no menus and no prices listed except for a few salads and deserts on a chalkboard. We had a half carafe of decent house red, two quite small and simple green salads served with a basket of bread, and penne with sausage in a spicy marinara sauce, and a can of Coke. The bill which was given verbally, was "$17.50 each" (two of us). A good deal for decent food in a convenient location. We left an $8.00 tip which was more than all previous patrons had left that evening (gotta love us overtipping Yankees). While walking to the Bell Centre, we noticed a Steakhouse that hass a dry aging room that is viewable from the street. Does anyone know of this restaurant ( I think it was one street over from Stanley but I can not remember the name).

              1. re: TonyO

                It's called La Queue de Cheval and it's where you go if you have money to burn on overpriced meat and wine.