Chowhound worthy stops on 401 (Toronto to Montreal)
Just wanted to see out there if there are any good stops on the drive between Toronto and Montreal. I shudder at the thought of stopping at another Wendy's / Tim Horton's / Yogen Fruz. So far, I've found some good options down the QEW to Niagara but I've yet to hear of stops on this route.
Situated behind the Dairy Queen on Highway 20 in Ile Perrot, is Smoke Meat Pete.
Real Montreal smoked meat, the smokehouse variety, some Jewish delicacies like latkes and chopped liver. If Cott Back Cherry pop is your favorite, and you haven't seen it for years, if you crave fabulous home made fries, and absolutely the best molasses-sauced pork ribs on any planet, make it your last stop into the city, or your first stop out. And bring a brisket and a side of ribs back for me.
Also...if not there is a great Fish and Chip shop in Brockville at 40 water st. west -Don's fish and chips ... they do a very good job and are very busy - take out only ... but there is a lovely park not far away where you can have your lunch and watch the lakers sail by on the river. They also sell Vernor's soda if you are a fan....
Belleville is a good halfway point on that trip
Take Hwy 62 exit SOUTH and you will see a variety of restaurants just off the highway
including Mexicali Rosa's (first lights turn left) and Linguine's at 257 North Front St (few blocks south on the left side) which has excellent Italian
Division St. in Kingston. Exit 617 on Hwy 401. We stop there every time we make the trip to MTL from TO. There's a Denny's at the Days Inn hotel, a Wendys, McD, Arbys and more. . .2 minutes from the 401. There gas stations too. It's everything you need.
If you plan on making a few stops, the Big Apple near Colborne is a nice diversion . . .and yes they make tons of pies. Restaurant plus small zoo. Great for kids.
There are also quite a few rest stops along the way that include Tim's, Wendys, McD. In my experience, there's than I find going to Niagara.
Give me a shout if you want more info.