Tourist with a big appetite in need of help!
Chowhounders in Montreal...I need your help!! My husband and I are visiting Montreal in May and are wanting to take in the BEST local food you have to offer. Can you please give me your suggestions (in all price ranges...we love dives just as much as fine dining!)?? Feel free to recommend great ethnic markets and bakeries, too. Thank you!
I'm not a local, but I'll tell you that my visits to Schwartz's for Montreal smoked meat sandwiches (very casual deli), to Au Pied de Cochon for very decadent renditions of traditional cuisines (fine dining, though, still a bit homey), and to Marché Jean-Talon, (including the adjoining Boulangerie Première Moisson,) were the culinary highlights of my trip to Montreal. I regret not having a Montreal-style bagel while I was there, but simply ran out of time.
Here's a link to my post (including photos) about my visit to APdC (it's buried rather deep in the thread...)
And, here's a link to my post, with photos, about my visit to the Marché Jean-Talon and Schwartz's
At Schwartz's: next time, instead of just ordering a sandwich, I'd share a "large plate" with my dining companion and assemble my own sandwiches and remember to buy smoked meat spice on my way out! Also, there's a soda pop everyone recommends you order with your smoked meat sandwiches at Schwartz's, but I can't remember what it's called. Maybe one of the locals will chime in on that point.
APdC website: http://www.restaurantaupieddecochon.ca/
Also, the Big Dog (Chowhound co-founder Jim Leff) spent several days of the Chow Tour in Montreal and devoted several reports (#58-62) to Montreal, referring to it as the Chowhound promised land. Lots of great photos and commentary. Here's a link to #58 report:
By the way, for those of you who haven't been following along with the Chow Tour, it's been terrific to read, even when he's talking about regions of North America you aren't planning on visiting. You really start to get a sense of Jim's approach to discovery and "chowconnaisance."
re: The Dairy Queen
"At Schwartz's: next time, instead of just ordering a sandwich, I'd share a "large plate" with my dining companion and assemble my own sandwiches and remember to buy smoked meat spice on my way out! Also, there's a soda pop everyone recommends you order with your smoked meat sandwiches at Schwartz's, but I can't remember what it's called. Maybe one of the locals will chime in on that point."
Dairy Queen, you're talking about Black Cherry Soda made by Cott's(not Cherry Coke, as many people in the media & Montrealers mistakening call it).
Be sure to try Poutine. Fries, fresh cheese curds and gravy. You can get it at:
La Banquise, 994 Rue Rachel Est (open 24/7)
Maamm Bolduc, 4351 Avenue de Lorimer (lot's of other good stuff too: cretons, feve au lard...)
and many other fine establishments. Check out www.montrealpoutine.com/reviews.html for detailed reviews of the best places for poutine.
The site ...an endless banquet has, IMO, the most comprehensive list of great mid-range restaurants and inexpensive "joints".
For a great ethnic dive try Boustan on either Crescent or de la Montagne downtown for great middle eastern food.