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Dec 11, 2008 01:22 AM

The best bar / pub grub

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. 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. 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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      1. re: cherylmtl

        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

          It's an Italian submarine-type sandwich, originally made in Philadelphia.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.

          1. re: carswell

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

            1. re: kpzoo

              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.

              1. re: porker

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

                  1. re: MartinSLR

                    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.

                    1. re: kpzoo


                      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. ("

                      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.

                      1. re: porker

                        Thanks for all the detective work - interesting!

                        1. re: porker

                          «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.

                          1. re: porker

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

                    2. re: porker

                      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.

            2. Ok ... went to a holiday 5 a 7 at Istori Bar 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.

              1. 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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                1. re: mike2000z28

                  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.

                  1. re: C70

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

                2. 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.