Calgary Chower in MTL this coming weekend
Hey gang, a Calgary Chowhound here and a huge Habs fan, in town for the Habs/Sens game this weekend (hopefully MTL plays better than it has been lately, but can't play much worse methinks).
We are staying at the Loews Vogue Hotel, and have kind of planned out some of our dining already. We get in late on Friday night and are hoping to go La Banquise for some good poutine, then Saturday lunch we hope to hit up Schwartz's Deli for classic smoked meat. After the game, we have a 9pm reso at the famed Au Pied de Cochon, I can't wait for that one.
My question is this I suppose - is everyone on this board "on board" with our choices? And also, what are some good breakfast spots we can check out close to the Loews Vogue, I read about this Qing Hua dumpling place (we are both Chinese and big dumpling fans) but no idea where that is in relation to the hotel.
I suppose we could have breakfast at the hotel, but to round things out for Saturday and Sunday morning it'd be nice to have options. Also brunch/early lunch places, maybe in Old Montreal because we were thinking of checking that out on Saturday before the game starts?
Thanks very much in advance, and let me know if any of you are visiting Calgary and need tips.
Qing Hua is maybe a 10 minute walk from your hotel. 15 if you're slow. Just walk south to Ste-Catherine. Turn right and walk six blocks west to St-Marc. Turn left and walk one block south to Tupper. Qing Hua is on the south west corner, in a semi-basement. Definitely worth the short walk, in my opinion, but we are somewhat dumpling deprived in this city.
I can't think of any great breakfast options near your hotel (except Cocktail Hawaii), but in old montreal I recommend Le Cartet and Olive et Gourmando. If you do a quick search for brunch or breakfast on this board you'll find tons of discussions.
Lastly, there's a great thread on good eating in the Guy-Concordia area that could be useful to you. Let me see if I can find it for you. Here you go: