Grits in Montreal?
Okay, I know this is the north and not the south and all. But surely there must be someplace in town willing to overcharge me for grits. Surely? I'd prefer to buy them and cook them myself but if someone serves them for breakfast, that would be good to know as well.
I don't think you'll find a place that serves grits in this city. You might find hominy in a Central/South American market.
Have never seen grits sold in a Montreal store. I always lug back a bag when I visit the States or get travelling friends to do so for me. You could try asking at Jean-Talon Market's La Dépense or Atwater Market's Les douceurs du marché. Or you could try your luck at ordering them online -- Anson Mills www.ansonmills.com is a top supplier of artisanal grits -- and I doubt you'd have trouble getting them past Customs (might be worthwhile asking before placing an order, however).
The late lamented Savannah used to serve pretty good grits. And I once had a bordering on the disgusting version -- undercooked, underflavoured, watery, studded with dried cranberries and topped with a greasy slice of seared foie gras -- at Toqué! of all places.
I've seen grits (not prepared, but in boxes for cooking at home) at Boucherie-carniceria Mundial, a Latinamerican grocery store close to Premiere Moisson. (If you go there, I do NOT recommond their pupusas or tamales, I think they use MSG in them...fwiw). The store is mentioned in this Hour review, at the bottom:
Hi - I'm pretty sure I've seen various types of (dried, bagged) grits for sale at numerous Indian grocery stores along Jean-Talon, on the strip between l'Acadie & Parc. Check out the big one called Jean-Talon Bazaar - 690 Jean-Talon St. West.
I'm guessing that there must be some Indian dishes that use this ingredient, though I haven't researched it.
I was thinking the Mesquite BBQ restaurant might have it, but checking their menu online now, I don't see grits anywhere on their menu(either as part of a dish or available separately). Maybe they have it on their breakfast menu(which I can't access on their site), as part of a dish.
I have never seen grits here before but if you are looking for some true soul food, i strongly suggest you hit Ange and Ricky up on Jarry 2 or 3 blocks east of St-Laurent.