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Apr 28, 2008 08:00 PM

Carlos and Pepes

As an ex-Montrealer coming back to town for a few days, I am interested in taking my SO for a few meals that I used to enjoy eating back in the day. One of the places I used to frequent was Carlos and Pepes on Sherbrooke for Happy Hour...I LOVED the supercheese nachos. Are they as good as they used to be? Any other suggestions as places to revisit that are still around?

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  1. I don't know what you mean by good or how long ago you went to Carlos and Pepe's. It still has cheap beer, but it's average greasy tex mex. If you make a list of places you've visited, we can definitely let you know if they're still around or worth visiting. If not, there's a wealth of information on this board that you can find just by searching "best (insert food style here!)"

    1. probably the worse restaurant in Montreal.

      1. Fond memories of a happy hour with friends anywhere, even in a bad restaurant, can be priceless ; stopping by for nachos and a drink can bring you no harm.
        Casa de Mateo in old Montreal is where I go when I want mexican food.

        How long have you been away from Mtl ? what other places did you use to frequent ?

        I'm old enough to remember the Kon Tiki, that was the first "good" restaurant I went to, when husband and I were dating. We have a souvenir photo of the evening, they had a photographer who would snap you and sell you the photo after.

        I hope you enjoy your trip down memory lane !!!!!!!

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        1. re: superbossmom

          If you want true mexican of better quality at a fraction of the price of Casa de Mateo, try le Petit coin du Mexique on Jean-Talon just west of Iberville. Really tasty and affordable made my Mexicans. Tastes the same as when I'm in Mexico.

          1. re: Campofiorin

            Campofiorin, is that a byow now? I haven't tried it yet, and as you know I don't live far from there (near JTM).

            1. re: lagatta

              I don't think so, I was just there a couple of weeks ago and they serve a range of Mexican beer.

                1. re: Campofiorin

                  So, just to be clear, both the original and the new one across the street serve alcohol? I was there a while back and the new one didn't, but I think they had just opened, so maybe hadn't sorted out the liquor license yet...

                  1. re: Keramel

                    The original has closed - only the newer one across the street (south side) remains open. They do serve alcohol, there were at least 3 types of Mexican beer to choose from.

          2. The Carlos & Pepes on Sherbrooke in Westmount is no longer there. The Peel outlet is still around, though. Have not eaten there in eons, but my hub occasionally goes there for cheap beer. Food is mediocre but edible, from what he says. A lot has probably changed since you've been here! As others have said, tell us a bit more about how long it's been, what else you used to like, etc.

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            1. re: kpzoo

              I moved away twelve years ago and have been back for visits but always eat at the houses of friends and family so it's been a while since I checked out the restaurant scene...
              Places that I loved...Arahova and Marvin's for Greek, Cafe Santropole, Mikado, Schwartz's, Shed Cafe.... I guess it's obvious that I was in my early twenties when I left!!!

              1. re: zengirl18

                I remember Carlos & Pepes before it moved to Peel. It was in a basement on some nearby street. It was the first Mexican place I'd ever been to, and, at 18, I thought it was great. I've only been to the Peel location a few times and haven't been in over ten years, but the last time I went I was very disappointed with the food and the service and from what people have been saying, I don't think it has changed much.

                If you're just looking for cheap drinks and a plate of nachos, I guess it's no worse than any other dive.

                1. re: SnackHappy

                  It sounds like the memories are better than the place is....perhaps it would be best to try one of the suggestions above. ;-) Thanks!!

            2. In terms of junky but fun and absolutely non-authentic Mexican cuisine (it is not authentically Tex-Mex, New Mexican-Mex or Califorian Mex either), I'd tend to prefer Zaziummm to Carlos' and Pepe's. Zaziummm is not remotely authentic or gastronomic, but students of mine took me there once and I admit I enjoyed it, in terms of a raucous, silly place. And I didn't find the shamelessly inauthentic food as nasty as Carlos' and Pepe's (where I was also taken, many years ago). I was taken to the one on Laurier - I checked, it still exists, the one on Parc near the mountain also seems to still be open.

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              1. re: lagatta

                I've got a softspot for Zaziummm, too. The food isn't as good as it was years ago, but it's still decent and the drinks are pretty good. The one on Parc has a terrasse, but unfortunately it's on Parc.

                1. re: lagatta

                  I'll second that. Zazoomium, as we call it in this house, is like a guilty pleasure. The food is not "authentic" Mexican by a longshot, but damn, it's good. The Taqueria up on St. Laurent and Marie-Anne is also a good fun spot.

                  We used to go to Carlos and Pepe's in Westmount years ago for the half priced happy hour drinks, but the food was positively horrendous. The guacamole reminded one of the treasures to be found in a vegan baby's diaper.

                  ...or was the one in Westmount Marcos and Pepe's? I used to get them mixed up all the time.

                  1. re: bomobob

                    yep, Marcos is correct. I drank a fair amount there too. mmmmMarty the waiter mmmm :)