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Lunch Downtown with picky guests

amelieducroix Apr 23, 2009 03:51 PM

I'm taking some family out for lunch but there are restrictions: It has to be relatively quick (Hour and a half absolute maximum). My brother in law is very picky and eats plain things (wont eat cheese, mushrooms, etc etc) but he eats a lot so the portions need to be decent. It needs to be in the downtown core (stanley, st laurent, st catherine, pins boundaries). Not picky about price, or formality. Casual is fine, or nicer, whatever. Any ideas?

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  1. anachemia RE: amelieducroix Apr 24, 2009 05:24 PM

    Nickels, on Ste Catherine near University?
    There's also the dreaded food courts...

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      idenon RE: amelieducroix Apr 24, 2009 05:45 PM

      In this case, I would go with the standard chains: the Keg, Baton Rouge... both places are really busy during the week though so reservations in advance are a must. You might also want to check out the menu at Decca77, I hear it is great.

      1. Alyson777 RE: amelieducroix Apr 24, 2009 05:55 PM

        L'avenue on Mount Royal has a pretty diverse menu. The portions are large and you can pretty much get just about anything. You can also take him to Beauties on Mount Royal which also has many options.The turnover is quite fast and friendly and the food is always good. Plus its one of those instituion restaurants in Mtl you cant go wrong with.
        I would deff suggest Beauties for lunch!!

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          cherylmtl RE: Alyson777 Apr 24, 2009 07:59 PM

          Neither of these is in the downtown core, which the OP specified. And service at L'Avenue can be painfully slow, let alone the wait for a table...

          One suggestion in the downtown area is M:Brgr. Another would be Bofinger. Either should fit your criteria.

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            kpzoo RE: Alyson777 Apr 24, 2009 08:01 PM

            Hmm. Mont-Royal is quite a bit north of the strict boundary the OP specified.

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              carswell RE: kpzoo Apr 24, 2009 08:15 PM

              And the resto's name is Beautys.

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            kwy_li RE: amelieducroix Apr 25, 2009 07:16 AM

            Would plain things include Chinatown? Kam Fung seems a pretty safe bet.

            1. mainsqueeze RE: amelieducroix Apr 25, 2009 10:27 AM

              Mister Steer might work.

              1. kpzoo RE: amelieducroix Apr 25, 2009 12:11 PM

                How about Dunn's? 1249 Metcalfe just below Ste-Catherine. Good clubs & other stuff. Big portions, nothing too exotic, never been there at lunchtime but it's a deli so I imagine you could be in & out fairly quickly.

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                  superbossmom RE: kpzoo Apr 26, 2009 04:12 AM

                  Dunn's does deliver your basics in a pretty decent way; I like their burgers.

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                    bigfellow RE: superbossmom Apr 26, 2009 07:21 AM

                    Heresy!! They use frozen, pre-formed patties...

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                      Shattered RE: bigfellow Apr 28, 2009 10:33 AM

                      Their smoked meat is also as dry and thinly sliced as if it came from the supermarket. I've had better at no-name diners like Fameux on St. Denis.

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