Lesser known Montreal institutions
I'm relatively new here (well, 3 years this month) and am mostly only familiar with Montreal institutions in the plateau, downtown and old port. We're in the process of a move and stopped by Ikea this weekend to check out some new furnishings, and on the way back, since we were at the cote vertu metro, I had a hunch that Decarie Hot Dog was nearby... so I walked a bit up the street and there it was, so we checked it out. It got me thinking that this was the only place I know that isn't in a certain downtown core that I've really heard that much about.
So my question is, what other Montreal restaurants, that are still open, would be considered "institutions" in the areas less or untouched by tourism? Everyone knows of the bagels and the smoked meat and the star chefs, but what else is out there that's stood the test of time?
Lived in NDG for 10 years, still head back regularly for a dose of the following:
La Louisianne - http://www.lalouisiane.ca/
- don't miss the hushpuppies, and my staple dish is the Chicken Panné
If you are in a boozy mood the Bayou Brew is a nice stiff Bourbon Sangria
Taverne on Monkland
while I hate the crowd here, the music is awesome and these 2 dishis I cannot live without:
Best salmon tartar in town
Warm spinach salad - indescribably yummy!
Here's a list off the top of my head. I wouldn't say that all of these places serve great food, but they could certainly be considered institutions.
Chien Chaud Victoire
Gibeau Orange Julep
DiMenna certainly is an institution in the east end of Montreal. I have been going there with, or without, my parents for 35 years...yikes! Their pizza is still the best in town for me.
I would say L'Eveque on Laurier also. I go there at least once a year and am rarely disappointed. I have not been to Laurier BBQ in ages. We used to go there with my family when I was younger because my grandmother was a fan of the place. I still remember their lemon pie! We stopped going because we thought it was expensive for BBQ chicken.