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The best bar / pub grub

rictitious Dec 11, 2008 01:22 AM

Ok ... Living in the States all those years spoiled me. A few of the things I sorely miss (particularly alongside a pitcher of beer) are:

1. REAL nachos ... baked into a mountainous, glorious, crunchy, gooey mess of chips, cheeses, sour cream, jalapeno, chili, guacamole, salsa ... anyone who's had a great one knows what I'm talkin' about.

2. REAL chicken wings ... ever had them at Flanigan's or an Ale House in Florida? These aren't the sickly deep-fried ones tossed in louisiana hot sauce which are passable in Montreal. They are the heartier buffalo style, sometimes breaded, served with blue cheese, etc..

3. REAL onion rings. onion loaf could do... Let's lump this one together with potato skins and mozzarella sticks.

4. REAL hoagies, wurst, steak subs, pub burgers, chili, chowder, etc.

5. Fish munchies -- sticks, peel n' eat shrimp, etc.

Sometimes you wanna just stuff your face!!

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  1. mainsqueeze RE: rictitious Dec 11, 2008 05:44 AM

    1. I like the "Irish" nachos at McKibbin's. Says the menu, "large bowl of nacho chips smothered with diced tomatoes, sautéed mushrooms, spring onions, bacon, cheddar, sour cream and salsa."

    2. There was a recent thread about chicken wings. You'll find it if you do a quick search. I don't think it had many replies though. Chicken wings aren't a big deal in Montreal.

    3. I like the onion rings at Jimmy on Hochelaga. It's not a pub though. I know you can get Spud Skins at McKibbin's too but I haven't tried them so I can't recommend them

    4 & 5. Can't think of any recommendations for these items, sorry. .

    1. cherylmtl RE: rictitious Dec 11, 2008 09:29 PM

      For steak subs, try Momesso's on Upper Lachine Road (and I believe there's also one in the West Island). They're the only subs I'll eat.

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        kpzoo RE: cherylmtl Dec 12, 2008 04:28 AM

        The subs at Manzo's in Lasalle are excellent. Homemade dough. Still haven't been to Momesso's, though it's much closer to me - will have to try soon.

        BTW, OP - does hoagie = sub? And what qualifies as a "real" hoagie as opposed to an imposter? ;-)

        1. re: kpzoo
          carswell RE: kpzoo Dec 12, 2008 04:37 AM

          It's an Italian submarine-type sandwich, originally made in Philadelphia. The only place I've seen a real one in Montreal is at Capitol, where the butchers would pile mixed Italian cold cuts, provalone, lettuce, tomato and hot peppers on a crusty Italian baguette and dress it all with oil and vinegar. Fabulous, some of the best sandwiches I've ever had in the city. But I don't think they make them anymore. Can't believe you've never been to Momesso's. Ça vaut la peine, as they say in Villeray.

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            kpzoo RE: carswell Dec 12, 2008 05:07 AM

            Thanks for enlightening re: hoagie! Will def. try to get to Momesso over the holidays.

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              porker RE: kpzoo Dec 12, 2008 09:40 AM

              Haven't tried the steak subs @ Momesso's, but I get a craving 'bout once a month (and can vouch) for their sausage subs, extra hot 'sauce'. Its not a true sauce, but rather an Italian hot pepper-grind giardenia type thing. Delicious and dripping good.

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                kpzoo RE: porker Dec 12, 2008 12:48 PM

                Does anyone know if Momesso's has chicken subs or any non-beef/pork options?

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                  MartinSLR RE: kpzoo Dec 12, 2008 01:07 PM

                  Chiocken & vegetarien

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                    kpzoo RE: MartinSLR Dec 12, 2008 02:00 PM

                    Cool, thanks a bunch! Now I *must* get my butt down there.

                    EDIT - is this Momesso's related to the one in NDG on Upper Lachine? They only list locations in DDO & St-Lazare.

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                      porker RE: kpzoo Dec 12, 2008 03:32 PM


                      There was a thread awhile back about Momesso's and how they opened on the West Island.
                      I chalked it up to ignorance and decided to give it a try sometime, thinking it was simply a newer 'branch' of the NDG location (have yet to get there).

                      Now, with your observation, I took a closer look at the site, and you're right, they only mention DDO & St. L.
                      What the hey?

                      So I google 'sergio momesso restaurants' and get more info from wikipedia of all places...
                      This is what they say
                      "Momesso's family owns a very popular restaurant in Montreal's Notre-Dame-de-Grâce district and Sergio has opened his own restaurant, Caffe Momesso. (www.momesso.com)"

                      By this, I'm assuming the Momesso 'family' (not necessarily Sergio himself) opened the original in NDG, and Sergio opened the west Island restaurant by himself.
                      A mirror review says the restaurants are very different.

                      The NDG resto is very basic, almost tavern-like, and seems like the place to watch a game.
                      From the web site (not experience), the West Island Momesso Caffe looks a bit more upscale and the menu is larger.

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                        kpzoo RE: porker Dec 12, 2008 05:04 PM

                        Thanks for all the detective work - interesting!

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                          carswell RE: porker Dec 12, 2008 09:53 PM

                          «From the web site (not experience), the West Island Momesso Caffe looks a bit more upscale and the menu is larger.»

                          Yet the Momesso Café menu doesn't include something I could swear I've seen and eaten at Momesso's in NDG: a meatball sub. It's been several years, though.

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                            C70 RE: porker Dec 13, 2008 05:16 AM

                            the upper lachine location is run by sergio's brother, Paul.

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                      BLM RE: porker Jan 3, 2009 08:08 AM

                      You can get one of Momesso's Supreme subs(which is steak & Italian sausage in one sub). Best of both things. That's what I usually order(a 14" Supreme sub). BTW, I go to their NDG location. I went to their DDO location when they first opened to try their subs, but I was little disappointed with the sub I ate.

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              rictitious RE: rictitious Dec 23, 2008 03:34 AM

              Ok ... went to a holiday 5 a 7 at Istori Bar www.istori-bar.com on Ste-Catherines corner Alexander.

              Not bad nachos! It's actually a pool hall, large, with a pretty casual atmosphere and extensive bar menu. Pizza was passable, sandwiches pretty good, chicken wings as good as any other, and lots of other stuff. I guess it could be a nice change from a pub.

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                mike2000z28 RE: rictitious Jan 2, 2009 05:33 PM

                Good luck finding any of that. Lived in Philly for 25 yearrs. That stuff just isn't popular up here. Also youll find many things taste exactly the same because everyone seems to use the same suppliers.

                I make my own cheesesteaks since you won't find anything remotely decent and its cheaper and much better tasting to make it yourself. Chicken wings your Out of luck, they are tiny here for some reason and aren't plumpy at all.

                Youll have to stick to poutine and smoked meat, thats what montreal does pretty much.

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                  C70 RE: mike2000z28 Jan 3, 2009 10:18 AM

                  once again, I must remind you all that the Olde Orchard Pub wings are HUGE. I had an order of nine I think ? on December 1st at the downtown location, and they were like small drumsticks. They're billed on the menu as capon wings and they are excellent.

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                    Kebab RE: C70 Jan 4, 2009 06:05 PM

                    I second that. The fact that they use capon instead of chicken make the wing bigger, tender and really moist. Definitely a must.

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                  montrealbelle RE: rictitious Jan 3, 2009 02:52 PM

                  I had really amazing Fish and Chips at Benedicts (of all places). They even had malt vinegar for the fries. The fish was light and the batter was crisp, as it should be. Fries were to die for.

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                    safral RE: rictitious Jan 5, 2009 08:56 AM

                    i love montreal, but it's a horrible city for nachos, (or any other type of mexican food for that matter). you just won't find it here, unfortunately.

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                    1. re: safral
                      sksoze RE: safral Jan 5, 2009 10:15 AM

                      I had spent some time running around the downtown area looking for nacho's with jalapeño's to no avail.

                      At the time it seemed odd to me that I couldn't get them anywhere.

                      I've finally resorted to making my own. The next step is probably walking around with hot peppers in my pockets so I can stop anywhere that serves them, and do them the way I like them to be done.


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                      22angie22 RE: rictitious Jan 27, 2009 04:08 PM

                      i love the "godfather nachos" at Cine Express (1926 Rue Sainte-catherine O)
                      they're available with chicken or beef and have peppers, olives and tons of melted cheese with sour cream and salsa on the side :D

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