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.
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:
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:
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.com/en/
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 - http://www.destinationcentreville.com/yellow/defile_en.html
Lots more info at Mtl. Tourism: http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/B2C/...
Have a great trip!
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.