Montreal Dining Experience...with young kids?
Will be staying one night at the Embassy Suites at 208 St. Antoine Ouest; any suggestions for a dinner that is truly Montreal but can handle a nursing/crying baby and a 3-year old? Tourist traps not desirable.
Merci in advance!
A 5 min walk from the hotel on Notre-dame there`s a Pizzedelic. They are a chain restaurant, but it`s “fancy” pizza. Thin crust, goat cheese, arugula, etc. It`s cheap, good and family friendly. Otherwise, in the opposite direction towards Chinatown, there is the Rubis Rouge (1008 Clark) where they serve a quick and excellent Dim Sum.
While not within walking distance, Au Pied de Cochon is truly Montreal and adept at handling young children. The secret there and elsewhere is to dine early.
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I'd avoid Pizzédelic, cardboard thin crust and likely to be a tourist trap in Old Montreal. For something more Montreal, I'D say Le Resident would work quite nicely. Look it up on the booard, many mentions about it.
This past December, we went with our 3 year old, 2 month old and another family with a 3 year old as well to Holder in Old Montreal. We also stayed at the Embassy Suites, and Holder is about a 15 minute walk from the hotel (with the 2 kids). They were great, and the 3 year olds shared a plate of green beans and buttered pasta, while the grownups enjoyed steak frites and yummy french onion soup.
We went out last night with our 2 year old for dinner and decided to check out Holder. What a treat! They were also great with my son: Got him so crayons, a booster seat and knew to remove all cutlery around him! He loved the salmon and fries we ordered. He also tasted my husbands lobster ravioli and really seemed to enjoy it. I would go back with him in a hearbeat. It's not always easy finding a place that accomodates rather than simply tolerates young children. In fact, while we were there another table nearby was dining with what seemed like a 1 1/2 yr old. Must be standard fare there. Great!