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Taking 2 teenagers to visit McGill -- suggestions for eats

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I'm doing a college road trip with my daughter and her friend. We're staying two nights while visiting McGill and Concordia. I'm pretty certain we're staying near Chinatown. Any suggestions? I'm saving $$ for college, so nothing fancy. Asian is great, or a creperie. I know Montreal a little, so please (not that you would) don't suggest St. Hubert.

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  1. When are you going? If the weather gets a bit nicer, you can have picnics on Mont-Royal, or other nearby parks!

    Search the board for Chinatown - there are lots of reasonably priced places.

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    1. re: lagatta

      Leaving a week from tomorrow (April 20). That's spring break for the girls. If I were staying more than two days, I'd love to picnic. But we're on a pretty tight schedule, so I think we're going to need quick sustenance in restaurants. thanks!

    2. for a quick and filling lunch that may be new to them, try Boustan on Crescent. great Lebanese sannies! big with the University crowd.

      1. Tapioca The is located close to Concordia, very good Szechuan food (horrid pink walls, but the food is worth it...), Lola Rossa for vegetarian on Milton right by McGill, there's also an Access Asie (I think that's the name) on Sherbrooke just across from McGill for really decent, filling asian soups. There are plenty of places, as mentioned, in Chinatown (my favourite is Keung Kee) if you're staying near there. Juliette et Chocolat, on St. Denis near de Maisonneuve, has really good and reasonable crepes, both sweet and savoury. Bardeco pizza, also near Concordia, is decent.

        1. A lot of students (myself included) eat at Tay Do. It's a cheep bring your own win place on Duluth two blocks west of St. Denis, and the food is amazing. A few blocks closer to St. Laurent is a place called Fushcia I have never been personally, but I have heard good things and I know that in its short time being open it has had a lot of students through its doors. You can check there website for the daily menu.
          A breakfast place frequented by students is on Milton at Ste. Famille.

          1. Looking at your past posts, I think you might be from where I grew up in Western Mass! I fondly remember my college road trip with my dad and visiting Montreal for the first time.

            I think you might like to visit Cafe Santropal, 3990 rue Saint-Urbain. Cute place and I loved it when I was a student. Sandwiches and smoothies.

            Pho Bang New York is good for Vietnamese, especially the soup, 1001 St Laurent.

            Walking along Duluth between St Laurent and St Denis, you'll find a ton of restaurants, and the area is very cute.

            If you're staying in Chinatown, it is an easy walk to the Old Port, where people swear by Olive et Gourmando, 351 rue Saint-Paul Ouest. I've never been but if you search the board you will find plenty on this place.

            1. Little Sheep in Chinatown (corner La Gauchetiére and Clark) for DIY Mongolian hotpots in a cool setting. No reservations and very popular so go early, especially on Friday or Saturday.

              Magdala Restaurant Lounge (1222 Bishop near Concordia's downtown campus, 514 866-7667) for Ethiopian.

              1. Amelio's for pizza, on Milton and St. Famille, right across the street from the breakfast place (Place Milton) that MickFlanagan is talking about. For Chinese food, I usually hit Beijing, on Gauchetiere, very near St. Urbain.

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                1. re: riboflavinjoe

                  I second Amelio's as it's a McGill favourite and will help give the girls a sense of McGill life.

                2. Anyone with opinions with the Chinese food at Kam Ho restaurant(1448 MacKay)? It got heavy praise on the Midnight Poutine blog today.

                  1. There's a lot of great cheap food in Montreal. This is not all near Chinatown, but Montreal isn't huge and it's fairly accessible with public transportation or by walking.

                    -Soupesoup on Duluth a few blocks east of St. Laurent or on St. Viateur a few blocks east of Parc for simple soups and sandwiches
                    -Santropol on St. Urbain at Duluth for huge, earthy sandwiches and great smoothies
                    -Patisserie Harmonie on Gauchetiere in Chinatown for really tasty chinese buns and pastries
                    -Maison Indian Curry on Jean Talon just east of Acadie for really cheap thalis (combo platters) and awesome chana samosas
                    -Jardin du Cari on St. Viateur near St. Laurent for delicious Guyanese rotis
                    -La Banquise on Rachel near Parc LaFontaine for world class poutine
                    -Patati Patata at St. Laurent and Rachel for awesome little burgers and fries
                    -Bilboquet on Bernard near Outremont for really yummy gelato and ice cream
                    -Cocoa Locale on Parc and Villeneuve for delicious cupcakes and other little treats
                    -Bangkok in the Faubourg on Ste. Catherine near Guy for awesome thai food
                    -St. Viateur Bagels at Parc and St. Viateur for delicious fresh Montreal bagels

                    I'd definitely suggest any/all of these places for cheap tasty food AND nice neighbourhoods to walk around in.

                    1. Thank you all. I will report back when we return. I don't really want to eat on campus, but eating where students hang out would be a really great experience, I'm sure.