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Apr 14, 2007 11:11 PM

Authentic diner

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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  1. 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

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

      1. re: BLM

        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

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

        2. re: BLM

          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. 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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        1. re: SnackHappy

          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.

          1. re: BLM

            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

              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: SnackHappy

                  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. 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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          1. re: mrbozo

            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

              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.

              1. re: C70

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

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

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

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              1. re: jptimbaud

                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

                  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.