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Casse-croutes, my guilty pleasure

Kat Jun 20, 2007 09:44 AM

Does Ma'am Bolduc qualify? It is on my list to try next week. If not, where are there some good ones in/near MOntreal? I heard of a place called Paul Patates in Pointe Claire with spicy spruce beer (like root beer with a kick?). I have no idea where Point Claire is, but I'll find it. Outside of the spruce beer, is the food good?

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  1. carswell RE: Kat Jun 20, 2007 09:52 AM

    Paul Patates isn't in Pointe Claire, a West Island suburb on the far side of the airport, but in Pointe St-Charles, a working class neighbourhood south-southwest of downtown.

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      Kat RE: carswell Jun 21, 2007 04:41 AM

      Whoops, thanks for the info.

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        RomanW RE: Kat Jun 21, 2007 12:27 PM

        Thanks for the Paul Patates mention. I was just by the old Chez Bertrand location and had wondered if, in their absence, there was anybody else serving homemade spruce beer. Is there any other place besides Paul Patates (perhaps off the island)?

        I remember a fish & chips place near the Verdun Auditorium that made their own some years back. Does anyone remember any other defunct restos that brewed their own?

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          Mr F RE: RomanW Jun 21, 2007 02:02 PM

          I believe Marco spruce beer is an artisanal product, though I'm open to being corrected if it's actually industrial.

          Haven't had one in a while, but the last few times it seemed less sweet than the Marco I remember from childhood. (They are different companies.)

          http://www.breuvagesmarco.com - includes list of retailers.

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      lagatta RE: Kat Jun 20, 2007 09:59 AM

      Ma'am Bolduc was certainly a casse-croûte 25 years ago, but it has gone slightly upscale; there are more meal and snack choices including vegetarian ones, it serves wine, beer and real coffee and has a pleasant terrasse - not overly yuppified by any extent, just more reflective of what Québécois people eat nowadays.

      I've passed by several authentic-looking old casse-crouûtes in Pointe St-Charles and St-Henri, in southwestern Montreal.

      Pointe-Claire is a suburb west of the city, on Montréal island, near the Trudeau (formerly Dorval) airport. You can get there by car, bus or commuter train. It is also a pleasant (but longish) bicycle ride there.

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        Soufi RE: lagatta Jun 20, 2007 11:14 AM

        Ma'am Bolduc has gone a little upscale, true, but you can eat a real good poutine or great breakfast on the weekends. There's Les Belles-Soeurs a couple of blocks east on Marianne: great burgers. Also L'Anecdote, on Rachel corner st-Hubert, or La Paryse, Ontario a few steps west of st-Denis: great burgers and fries, but with a young urban atmosphere. For something more authentic, you might want to try Mont-Royal Hot-dog on Mont-Royal corner of Boyer, or Le Fameux, at Mt-Rl and Saint-Denis. Montréal Pool Room, on St-Laurent, was an institution for many years, known for its hot-dogs, but I find it has changed not for the better in the recent years. My dad used to Chez Bertrand for hot-dog ans spruce beer, on Notre-Dame not far from Guy, I'm not sure, but I don't know if it's still there.

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          BLM RE: Soufi Jun 20, 2007 06:14 PM

          Emile Bertrand restaurant closed down for good last summer. That's why their spruce beer is now exclusively at Paul Patates.

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            lagatta RE: Soufi Jun 21, 2007 07:32 AM

            Well, from my standpoint the slight upscale move - towards more digestible food and a rather more pleasant atmosphere - is not a negative thing, far from it. Ma'am has not become overpriced or snobbish.

        2. SnackHappy RE: Kat Jun 20, 2007 12:04 PM

          One of my favourite places is Lesage on Henri-Bourassa near the bus terminal. They have the best poutine italienne in town. Unfortunately, the last time I went by there, the facade had been redone, the Lesage sign was down and there was a "closed" sign in the window. I couldn't really check it out because I had to catch a bus.

          Does anyone here know what's going on with that place?

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            tombombadillo RE: SnackHappy Jun 21, 2007 06:08 AM

            What are casse-croutes?

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              carswell RE: tombombadillo Jun 21, 2007 06:14 AM

              Snack bars.

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            swissfoodie RE: Kat Jun 21, 2007 12:41 PM

            Another really good one is Patati-Patata on St-Laurent Blvd, corner of Rachel. Those fries and the perfect little burgers, lovingly made...

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              montrealbelle RE: Kat Jun 29, 2007 04:38 AM

              Chez Claudette on Laurier, corner St. Denis.

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                toto RE: Kat Jul 3, 2007 10:54 AM

                I just went to "Le casseau du quai" in Saint-Sulpice , east of Montreal , passed Repentigny ( about 30 minutes by the 40Higway) We go there only for the Italian poutine: the lady makes a wonderfull meat spagetti sauce ( most place uses "canned"sauce)

                Once you have ordered , you go in the backyard and sit at a table by the St-Laurent , looking at the Boucherville Islands. Next door is an ice cream place that carries Bilboquet ice cream, that you can eat while viviting the locals who fish on the "quai" in front of the village church !

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