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Sep 5, 2007 03:55 PM

B's vs. Habs on Nov. 17th. Something other than Rue Crescent and Rue St. Laurent.


Are there any good festivals in Montreal around that time? Also, I've been to a few decent restaurants, but nothing to write home about. Gibby's Steak House was a big dissapointment. And the only poutine I had in town was La Belle Province which was SUPER NASTY! Where is the poutine mecca? Where is the smoked meat mecca (I went to Schwartz's which was great, but I'd like to try more)? I'd like to try some other local treats if you have some suggestions. And I'd like to get off the beaten path.


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  1. Your guide to Poutine in Montreal and elsewhere:

    1. I'm sure you'll get lots of replies on this, but here are a couple of pretty extensive threads you may want to check out if you haven't already:

      Quintessential Montreal

      The best place for smoked meat

      Montreal Locals - What do you consider the best small hole in the wall resto?

      edit: found a few more good threads:

      Authentic Poutine

      Out of the way favorites in Old Montreal/ Plateau?

      re: festivals - November isn't really peak festival time, but if your stay is long enough, you might want to check out the Flaveurs, Bières et Caprices, starting Nov. 29 - "Tasting of over 100 beers and 50 appetizers created with care to accent the different beer flavours." see: http://www.flaveursbieresetcaprices.c...

      There's lots of other stuff going on, including the image+nation film festival, and even the long-running downtown Santa Claus parade, taking place right on Nov. 17 -

      Lots more info at Mtl. Tourism:

      Have a great trip!

      5 Replies
      1. re: kpzoo

        Tremendous! I have been to Montreal many times, but the people I was with didn't have the desire to do the town right, so I always got stuck at Peel Pub, Winnie's, the casino, and the like.

        1. re: Guinness02122

          > so I always got stuck at Peel Pub, Winnie's, the casino, and the like.

          Oy - my sympathies on all counts!

          > And many, many thanks for the effort!

          My pleasure! If you can, report back on how your trip went!

        2. re: kpzoo

          And many, many thanks for the effort!

          1. re: Guinness02122

            Always happy to help a Beantown chower. So for poutine, I'd say either la Banquise or Ma'am Bolduc. These are the best places. Smoked MEat really is Schwatz' but I'm yet to try Deli Snowdon which is supposed to be really good too. If you're into burgers but the good different stuff, head to MeatMarket. I'd also recommend trying Au Pied de Cochon which is true Québécois cuisine but it's a little pricier. Noisy boisterous place where you can eat at the counter if you're alone but I'd suggest reserving.

            1. re: Campofiorin

              Thanks, Camp. I see a lot about these places. I also went to Ben's which I thought was decent. Based on what I'm reading, it's the bottom of the barrel.

        3. Brasserie Brunoise is good for a pre-game meal as it is right across the street from the Bell Center.

          3 Replies
          1. re: thelonious777

            I'd be wary because Brasserie Brunoise has received a lot of lukewarm (and even downright negative) reviews and commentary. Are there any recent reports that they've got their act together?

            1. re: Mr F

              If you want to stay there, do to Decca77 across the street from Brasserie Brunoise (where we are not reinventing the wheel, and often times doing it so, so) and Queue de Cheval (where you get your wallet raped).

              1. re: swissfoodie

                I have stayed at the Best Western right across the street from Hurley's. I went to Moe's several years ago, but that is the same as going to Chili's here. Pretty blah. I remember a good desert place on Avenue de Parc, but I can't think of the name.