Memorial Day Weekend in Montreal. Help with itinerary.
I am traveling to Montreal for the long weekend. Last year I had the pleasure of visiting over Labor Day and having been looking forward to this visit ever since. We will be traveling with another couple that has not experienced Montreal. Some of the highlights from last time were: goat cheese salad, short rib, and pain perdue @ lemeac and a few hours at Baldwin Barmacie, tasting menu w/ wine pairing @ Toque!, a pit stop at Fairmount Bagel, weekday lunch special @ Estiatorio Milos, and Saturday lunch @ Jean-Talon Market.
I have a few decisions to make for the group and would appreciate your suggestions. Price is not much of an issue, one person in the group is a pescatarian so APDC is out.
Lemeac, Cafe Ferreira, Le Local
Jean-Talon Market - Lunch nearby / Perhaps Le Petit Alep, Le Petite Marche or Byblos
Toque or Le Club Chasse et Pesche
I believe Lemeac and Le Local are open on Sunday night for dinner - Whichever one we don't go to on Friday or Deca 77.
Nothing too heavy as we have a long haul back home. Estiatorio Milos?
On Saturday night we are looking to go out after dinner. Looking for a lively place, good drinks or wine, a bit trendy, not full of college age kids. Some of the suggestions I have come across are: L'assommoir, Plan B, Edgar Hypertaverne, Buvette Chez Simone / Bouchonne, BU and Pullman.
I'll drop Petite Marche. I remember somebody writing about feeling like a calf in a big farm while eating there, and I concur. The food is not bad, but neither special enough to visit on a trip. Also mind you that both Petite Marche and Byblos are a bit far from the Jean Talon. Once you are done with the not so pretty overpass/ factory ghost town area, it is a nice walk though.
APDC's not out for pescatarians. The summer seafood season should be in full swing by late May.
Thanks for the advice on Petite Marche and the distance to Byblos. Will stay with Le Petit Alep. APDC is open on Sunday and I hope to check it out. After looking at a few more reviews, Le local looks like a good choice on Friday, Le Club Chasset et Pesche on Saturday, and Lemeac on Sunday if not APDC
If sitting down and chatting is part of the after dinner bar plans, I'd avoid Edgar Hypertaverne. It feels like a dance club Thurs-Sat, minus room to dance. There's loads of other great bars on Mont-Royal, but I'll be damned if I can remember their names, and I've no idea how to look that up. There's an especially good one just a block east of the metro, same side of the street.
Good to know. I checked out the Edgar Hypertaverne website and its not what we were looking for. Pullman Wine Bar seems like a good option after dinner at CC&P. They even have the same interior design co.
Thanks for all your help. Have decided on the itinerary with the exception of Sunday brunch.
Friday Night - Lemeac & Baldwin Barmacy
Saturday Lunch - Le Petit Alep
Saturday Dinner - CC&P and Pullman
Sunday Brunch - Garcon?
Sunday Dinner - Le Locale
Monday Lunch- Milos
Joe Beef looks really good. I live in the suburbs where nothing is walkable distance. The ability to walk from Lemeac to Baldwin and having dinner at a French bistro will set the stage nicely for the wknd. We will try many different cuisines throughout the trip and are really looking forward to appreciating the French-Quebecois-Montreal culinary influence.
Barmacy is likely to be packed to the gills on a friday night, unless you get there early (say 10PM or so). Dieu du ciel, just 1-2 blocks down, may be a better option for a quieter sit-down, though the crowd is pretty young. If either don't work, take a left on St-Laurent and walk up, there are a couple of options up the next few blocks (don't know the names, but you'll see them), including Bouchonne on the corner of St-Laurent and Fairmount. Otherwise, if you're willing to drive a few minutes, Le Lab on Rachel has some lovely cocktails and friendly staff.