Where to get a turkey in Montreal
We're from NY and our son's in his first year at McGill, so we though we'd head up to Montreal and do American Thanksgiving dinner with him this year (on the Saturday, since he'll have classes Thurs & Fri). We've rented a house with fully equipped kitchen, right near the Atwater market, which is also close to his dorm. I can shop for the food when I get there but I'd like to make sure we have the turkey secured. I can send my son out scouting if I know where to send him. Would prefer fresh but could do frozen if we have to. I know there are several butchers in the market as well as a couple of large supermarkets in the neighborhood. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated.
There are probably numerous viable options, but I tend towards one of two when I feel the need to sate my fowl desires. I'm not sure, however, if either will have birds for American thanksgiving...
For sheer novelty, Schwartz's sells birds smoked in a manner similar to their famous smoked meat. It’s not really a substitute for a freshly cooked turkey at the table, and it tends to be a bit on the dry side, but it’s a unique option with a distinctly Montreal feel.
3895 Saint-Laurent Boulevard
Tel.: (514) 842-4813
Fax: (514) 842-0800
I go to a little German grocery store near where I live that is very serious about its butcher shop, and I’ve always been impressed by the Turkeys they sell. In truth, I think I get them at Christmas, but you could check, the might have them for American Thanksgiving. I always reserve one in advance. I think you’ll be well cared for there, and you’ll probably enjoy the store itself, as it has a wide variety of excellent foodstuffs
Boucherie Atlantique Ltee
5060 chemin de la cote-des-Neiges
Montréal, QC H3V 1G6
erich weiss's reccos are spot on though I'd be surprised if you couldn't score a fresh turkey at least as good as Atlantique's at the Atwater market. On the other hand, Atlantique sells a wide assortment of delicious sides -- many of them Germanic like spätzle and cucumber salad -- that might tip the balance in favour of a visit. Three Atwater butchers I've had good experiences with are Boucherie des Tours (514 931-4406), A. Bélanger et fils (514 935-2439) and, probably best (and definitely priciest) of all, the organic Les fermes St-Vincent (514 937-4269). All three are located on the second floor. And, yes, since it's not a holiday up here, you'd be smart to order your turkey ahead of time.
The public markets have a website: www.marchespublics-mtl.com
For the English version, click on Welcome and then on Atwater market.
I bought an organic turkey from Les Fermes St-Vincent at the Atwater market one year. It was pretty expensive but worth it. It really was the best Thanksgiving turkey I've ever had.