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May 3, 2007 01:41 PM

Best food for the price with funky/cool atmosphere in Montreal?

Would be grateful for your suggestions!!

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  1. If by "funky/cool" you mean "trendy/hip" I'd recommend meat market. It's not too spendy, the burgers are delicious, and there are lots of pretty people there who own expensive sunglasses.

    If by "funk/cool" you mean "hippie/vegan/boho/tinsel-toes" I'd suggest Spirit Lounge. People either love it or despise it, but I think everyone should just try it at least once. Especially since Patrice (one of the owners) is such a nice guy. The food can be alright.

    I'll try to think of more.

    1. Tampopo in the Plateau might fit those requirements. Can you describe what you consider funky/cool ?

      1. What about "Le Garde Manger" ?

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        1. re: Maximilien

          Garde Manger is NOT good value for money. I had thoroughly disappointing food there (including the worst lamb chops I have ever had anywhere), with service to match. My review is somewhere on this site. Great atmosphere, though.

        2. I think BU on st laurent would fit the bill-cool but no attitude and great food

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          1. re: montreal traveller

            I love BU but it hardly qualifies as inexpensive, which may be what the original poster is looking for ("money is a bit tight" she says in another post). Until she provides details about what "funky/cool" and "best food for the price" mean (it could be argued that Joe Beef meets both criteria), the query is all but unanswerable.

            1. re: carswell

              The poster did mention inexpensive and Joe Beef is certainly not what would qualify with their minimum $12 entrees and $30+++ mains.

              1. re: swissfoodie

                "The poster did mention inexpensive"


                1. re: carswell

                  let's go to the extreme.

                  "Les Vivres"

                  I'm half joking !! it's cool and funky in its own way, I love the place.

                  1. re: Maximilien

                    I wouldn't say Aux Vivres as the best food for the price. I find everything there to a bit on the pricey side (for what your getting, at least). Also, the service can be a bit trying at times.

                    1. re: SnackHappy

                      How about Anubis? (Corner St-Dominique et Mont-Royal). Haven't been there for a while so I don't know how the food is currently.

                      It annoys me that Aux vivres doesn't serve wine or allow us to bring it - seems a bit moralising. A place of that price level is for me an "evening out" not a place I'd drop in for lunch.

                      1. re: SnackHappy

                        I'll be the person to say that he loathes Aux Vivres. The food it trash for what you pay and the service is beyond tolerable.

                        1. re: The Chemist

                          I wouldn't call the food trash. The sandwiches and desserts are very good. Some other menu items can be downright awful, though.

                    2. re: carswell

                      ("money is a bit tight" she says in another post) - just using the same assumptions you are...

              2. I really loved L'Assommoir on Bernard, corner St. Urbain! It might be on the pricey side, but they have great drinks (~$9, try the ginger martini) and tasty eats, perfect for sharing. They serve ample ceviches/tartares (we had the spicy salmon with mango) as well as caveman style meats on a hunk of butcher's block. They have daily specials... check it out! The plantain chips with chipotle salsa are addictive!