Kid friendly foodie place in Montreal?
In Montreal for an academic conference next week. This may be a tall order, but we're looking for a good restaurant that can also accommodate children (we're talking a 1, 2, and 5 year old). Something indicative of Montreal cuisine is preferred (we're from LA/NY/DC).
We're staying in the Sheraton Le Centre Sheraton Montreal Hotel,1201 Boulevard Rene-Levesque West, so anything within walking distance or a short cab ride is a plus.
Many thanks in advance!
Hiya, welcome to Mtl!
First thing that comes to mind is Au Pied de Cochon. Though I've never been (not a big meat eater and this place is a bastion of pork and foie gras!) it's unique to the city and I'm pretty sure other folks have said it's quite kid-friendly. Be sure to make reservations as it's very popular:
Here are some threads to check out:
Kids friendly restaurant - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/512168
Kid friendly in '08 - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/475866
Great resto in Old Montreal with a 2 year-old? - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/455189
Ethnic, kid-friendly, drive-able Sunday lunch - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/490324
Eating in/near Old Montreal with a toddler - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/402256
Where to eat with a 5 and 7 year old? - http://www.chowhound.com/topics/423520
Montreal is a relatively small city so most of these suggestions are easily accessible from downtown (where your hotel is) by metro or taxi. Good luck and enjoy your stay!
Pied de cochon is a good idea.
But it's sometimes difficult to make reservations.
I also strongly recommend Cuisine et dépendance or Cocagne.
The key, I find, is to go early. It always feels more comfortable when you get there and the place is kind of empty. No one is stressed yet...
There is also Pizzeria Bottega in Little Italy, where the foodie authentic napolitan pizza is amazing. But it's not typical Quebec food...
Brasserie Brunoise (www.brunoise.ca) is a short walk across the parking lot, and is very accommodating for children. The owners have preschoolers too, and they allow plate sharing between kids. In addition to duck confit and steak frites, they also serve mac&cheese and ham&cheese sandwiches (croque-monsieur).