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Matt H Jun 9, 2009 02:24 PM

Hey!,

There is a group of us meeting from Boston, Providence and Toronto in Montreal for the second weekend of the Jazz Festival. The group will be 10 people and we are all staying near the Bell Centre in Downtown Montreal.

As you may know with a group this size there is a wide range or tastes and budgets. So I wanted a couple recommendations of places to eat around the city that have well rounded, but interesting menus, are on the active and trendy side (everyone in the group is in the mid to late 20's age group) and moderately priced (Under $20-25 per entree) Since we are coming from Providence and Boston I would say we can skip Italian and Seafood. Also a recommendation for the best Poutine, Bagels and Smoked Meats would be great (I will also do a board search for that as well)

Finally any tips on cool bars with excellent cocktail craft would be appreciated.

I know that is quite broad, but with a large group that is about as specific as I can get. I appreciate you help.

  1. Matt H Jun 10, 2009 08:49 AM

    Thank you very much for the rec's:

    So as of now I am thinking:

    Shwartz
    LaBanquise
    Fairmount Bagel
    Bruinoise
    Au Pied de Cochon
    Romados

    Will make adjustments if needed.

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      moh Jun 10, 2009 09:12 AM

      Just to be clear, Fairmount Bagel and Romados aren't really places you go into with 10 people for a sit-down meal. More take-out places.

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        Matt H Jun 10, 2009 09:22 AM

        Understood, that would be for a quick lunch/Breakfast while we are exploring and taking in some Jazz.

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          moh Jun 10, 2009 09:42 AM

          Gotcha! I was just worried you'd show up at Romados and go What the....???

          Don't know if this would appeal to your group, but there is a great Ethiopian place downtown called Megdala, it is a fun place for groups, fair on the wallet and the food is superb.

          1. re: moh
            Matt H Jun 10, 2009 09:47 AM

            Ha! Appreciate the heads up nonetheless.

            Ethiopian is always good for a large group in my opinion, I will definitely run it by the group.

            Would you have any recommendations for bars with great cocktail craft? Most people in the group are really into classic and inventive cocktails.

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              moh Jun 10, 2009 09:51 AM

              Unfortunately, I am not much of a cocktail drinker, more of a wine geek... Can any of the other Montreal CHers jump in and help?

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                kpzoo Jun 10, 2009 10:01 AM

                There was a thread about creative cocktails fairly recently. Will try to find it.

                OK, check out:

                Boston Cocktail Nerd ISO Montreal Recs
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/562080

                Upscale bar/lounge in Montreal serving innovative cocktails, where people over 35 years of age won't feel out of place?
                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/618418

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                sweettoothMTL Jun 10, 2009 01:51 PM

                Was scrolling down this post, sure someone would give this rec, but didn't see it, so here it is: I'm not a huge cocktail fan myself, but I can still tell you that THE place of the moment in montral for cocktails is ''La Quincallerie'' (http://www.laquincaillerie.ca/). They do classic drinks, but definitely have plenty of inventive drinks. Young crowd, trendy, but not too much. It's near LaFontaine Park. Another upside, as you mentionned poutine, is that they are next door to ''La Banquise'', one of the contender for top poutine in Montreal. In fact, both La Quincallerie and La Banquise have a deal, and La Quincallerie lets you bring poutine from La Banquise into the bar, since they serve no food. Two birds with one stone :)

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                  Matt H Jun 10, 2009 01:54 PM

                  This one looks like a winner, thanks!

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              Campofiorin Jun 10, 2009 09:55 AM

              For the purpose of clarity too, you won't be taking in any jazz while visiting these places, they're rather far from the fest.

              1. re: Campofiorin
                Matt H Jun 10, 2009 10:03 AM

                Just to clarify as well, what is the Montreal definition of far? I have found it varies from city to city. Montreal is very similar to Boston as far as density is concerned, so for us here it over 20-25 mins.

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                  Shattered Jun 10, 2009 11:10 AM

                  Romados (Rachel St) is about 20 mins by foot up St-Laurent from Ste-Catherine, and it's up our main street, loads to see, so yeah, its not really a walk if you're used to hoofing it ala Beantown or NYC.

                  Montreal's far & away Canada's best walking city anyhow.

                  And no worries moh, I wouldn't rec Romados without making it clear it's take-out. There is a nice park to sit in and eat right at the corner of St-L & Rachel, too.

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                    Matt H Jun 10, 2009 01:56 PM

                    Thanks Shattered and Campofiorin for the explanation. As noted in Boston we walk everywhere so this will be no problem at all for the majority of the group.

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                    Campofiorin Jun 10, 2009 11:16 AM

                    Fairmount is about 30 mins walk or so. Romados is closer at aroud 15-20 mins. By far I meant, no in the immediate vicinity, meaning you won't be bathing in jazz if you venture there. Hope this is clearer.

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                      emerilcantcook Jun 10, 2009 11:21 AM

                      You can also walk and eat while walking to Romados. There is a lot of little shops on your way if you take St Laurent, including the Schwartz, which is on your list. Although Romados over Schwartz might be an overkill :)

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            Campofiorin Jun 10, 2009 06:43 AM

            Right next to your hotel is Decca77 where there's a 3-course prix fixe special and the food is really good. Smoked Meat, one word: Schwartz. Poutine: La Banquise like somebody else said. Le Pied de Cochon is a classic of Montreal but you should reserve right now.

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              Wursthof Jun 9, 2009 05:10 PM

              Brasserie Brunoise across the street from the Bell Center. Well prepared food, very reasonable prices and a fun environment.

              I also recommend Salle a Manger for a larger group. If you call ahead(and you should) they can probably arrange a whole cooked suckling or larger pig.

              Whatever you do don't go near Queue de Cheval

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                Shattered Jun 9, 2009 08:06 PM

                2nd Brunoise the rec, and QdC non-rec.

                http://www.brunoise.ca/brasserie/index.html

                For smoked meat, it's all about Schwartz's on St-Laurent. Nothing else, especially not downtown.

                http://www.schwartzsdeli.com/

                Poutine: La Banquise on Rachel East at Parc Lafontaine (out of the way, but worth it; it's the place Bourdain went as mentioned by Rhody Dave; besides the park is beautiful). Or Montreal Pool Room on St-Laurent below Sainte-Catherine.

                http://www.restolabanquise.com/index.php?page=poutines&langue=an

                And a take-out rec: Romados on Rachel east just a couple blocks off st-Laurent. Amazing wood-grilled Portugese chicken: a quarter chicken & pile of the best fries in town, for only $6 or 7. Great lunch option, and St-Laurent (aka 'The Main') is definitely worth a walk up.

                (pic I found online to give you an idea of the deliciousness
                )http://www.flickr.com/photos/tamyemma...

                Enjoy your trip, man!

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                Rhody Dave Jun 9, 2009 03:09 PM

                Smoked meat sandwichs!!! You must get some of those. Poutine is good too and there's some place that sells only varieties of it, according to Anthony Bourdain on "No Reservations".

                From personal experience, there's a great Portugese restaurant - Ferrara's, I think? - in the midtown area. They have hundreds of ports by the glass, great food, and a really cool, chic atmosphere. No matter what, you're going to be in Montreal which has tons of great places to eat. Canada is fantastic and you really have to try hard to get a bad meal. Enjoy!

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                  Shattered Jun 9, 2009 07:54 PM

                  Ferreira, on Peel street. Very good, though the op said he didn't want seafood, and Portugese-style seafood is this place's specialty.

                  http://www.ferreiracafe.com/EN/

                  p.s. Fyi, we say downtown here. I've never heard 'midtown' used in a Canadian city. You could say the heart of downtown.

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                    Rhody Dave Jun 17, 2009 04:36 PM

                    Ferreira - that's the place! Thanks Shattered.

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                    carswell Jun 9, 2009 07:58 PM

                    Ferreira's a great place but probably too pricey to qualify as moderate. Mains (the OP's entrees) are in the $25-40 range. www.ferreiracafe.com/EN/pdf/menu.pdf

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