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Authentic diner

BLM Apr 14, 2007 11:11 PM

I was in contact with someone several years ago, that to his knowledge that are no authentic diners left in Montreal(not looking for replica diners). Are they any authentic diners in Montreal?

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    celfie Apr 15, 2007 12:29 AM

    What image of diner are you refering to? Americana? I know many 'diners' - are you looking for a milkshake?

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    1. re: celfie
      BLM Apr 15, 2007 04:51 AM

      I guess American diner. Not really looking for a milkshake specifically(just wondering if there's a diner in existence).

      1. re: BLM
        roarlaura Apr 15, 2007 06:51 AM

        Well, I'M looking for a milkshake! Had a craving the other day and ended up at an older "diner" on the north-west corner of Mont Royal and Saint Denis (not Rapido, they don't serve milkshakes). Though the service and atmosphere were lovely, the milkshake was just ok, as were the fries. I imagine the other food is just as "blah."

        1. re: roarlaura
          BLM Apr 15, 2007 03:34 PM

          Not that you mention it, I would be interested to know who makes a great milkshake in Montreal.

        2. re: BLM
          celfie Apr 15, 2007 09:29 AM

          in my most humble opinion, mister steers is better than any american diner
          that is unless you're looking for a slice of meatloaf

      2. SnackHappy Apr 15, 2007 07:59 AM

        Are you looking to eat in a converted dining car or do you want greasy food?

        There are a lot of places for greasy food.

        I think the reason there are no authentic American diners in Montreal is the same reason there are no steamies and poutine in Omaha.

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          BLM Apr 15, 2007 03:32 PM

          Originally someone asked me(a person who covers food), if they were any authentic diners in Montreal(this person was doing a search). I mentioned I knew one to the person, but I was informed it was a replica, not authentic.

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            SnackHappy Apr 15, 2007 05:57 PM

            The location that holds the Pizzaiole on Saint-Denis was built in the US from an actual dining car and then imported. It might not have been here for a long time but it is authentic.

            As for American style diner food i.e. meatloaf and tuna melts and milkshakes, I guess we don't really have that here.

            1. re: SnackHappy
              BLM Apr 15, 2007 08:00 PM

              That's the establishment I brought up(when it was another establishment, before it became Pizzaiole), but I was told it's a replica.

              1. re: BLM
                SnackHappy Apr 15, 2007 08:36 PM

                God bless the Interweb...


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                  lagatta Apr 16, 2007 04:46 AM

                  That should never have been permitted at that corner in the Plateau, with Gilford at an angle and the little square on the other side at the start of rue de Bienville. It is a beautiful example of a diner, but it is an architectural aberration in that setting.

                  So close to Laurier métro, densification should have been privileged, with a building of several storeys: businesses, certainly including a restaurant or café, on the ground floor, offices or housing above.

                  I do hope that at some point the diner is moved - it is a lovely example of that form of recycling, but belongs in a less urban setting.

        2. mrbozo Apr 15, 2007 04:08 PM

          You might want give Cosmo's (aka the King of Grease as per a documentary that was aired on CBC) on Sherbrooke W a try. However, don't bring a date who'll blanch at the sight of a well-seasoned griddle being worked to the max and who doesn't appreciate the finer points of formica and naughahyde. Heart attack food at resuscitation prices.

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            mainsqueeze Apr 16, 2007 07:33 AM

            I was thinking about suggesting cosmo's but then thought it couldn't be considered "authentic"... but as long as we're mentioning these types of places, may I recommend Moe's on de Maisonneuve West (near fort, I think?).

            They do have good milkshakes there.

            1. re: mainsqueeze
              C70 Apr 16, 2007 07:42 AM

              umm.. read directly beneath your post.

              cosmos doesn't have enough of a varied menu to be considered a true diner. It's a breakfast joint.

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                mainsqueeze Apr 16, 2007 07:52 AM

                Yes, but you did not mention the delicious milkshakes. Yum!

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            C70 Apr 16, 2007 04:43 AM

            Moe's (casse croute du coin) at De Maisonneuve/Lambert Closse Is my favorite diner.

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              jptimbaud Apr 16, 2007 09:10 AM

              There's Chez Claudette: 351 av. Laurier E.

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                NJMtlTourist Apr 17, 2007 09:22 AM

                We ate at the Galaxie Diner a few years ago. I remember the food being very good and reasonable.
                Snackhappy posted a link up there but I'll post it again with the address:
                Le Galaxie Diner
                4801 Rue St. Denis
                Montreal, Quebec, Canada
                tel.: (514) 499-9711

                1. re: NJMtlTourist
                  BLM Apr 17, 2007 09:41 AM

                  If it wasn't made clear by SnackHappy, it's now a Pizzaiolle location. Doing a Montreal phone directory search, I see there's a Galaxie Diner on 6460 Beaubien East. Both Pizzaiolle & Galaxie Diner are owned by the same people.

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                chilipepper Apr 18, 2007 07:23 PM

                Am partial to Le Binerie on Mount Royal west of St. Denis.

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                  spankyhorowitz Apr 20, 2007 07:44 PM

                  I would call the now defunct Galaxie (now Pizzaiole) a 'diner'. Montreal does not have any 'diners'.
                  We have 'greasy spoons', which is what I would consider Cosmo's, Banquise, Chez Claudette and Moe's to be.
                  The menu is the same, but it looks different.

                  I would classify a 'diner' as usually built from a railcar or a streamline trailer, decorated with 1950s memorabilia and serving American food like burgers and shakes.

                  1. re: spankyhorowitz
                    SnackHappy Apr 20, 2007 10:21 PM

                    Well, that's pretty much what Galaxie was. Did you read the article I posted somewhere up there?


                    I agree about the greasy spoon thing, though. A diner is technically built from a dining car.

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