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Sep 1, 2009 07:42 PM

Montreal Calling!

I'll make this quick and easy for the professional-foodies...

Coming from Toronto for the long weekend to enjoy beautiful MTL with family.

Please kindly recommend:

1) Poutine places (obvious, I know - but where is the cant miss place?)
2) Breakfast - hot spots, cool spots....my taste buds await!
3) Seafood spot for dinner - too many red lobsters around, where is the good stuff
4) I have a sweet tooth -- great bakery and cafe to enjoy all the nice things MTL has to offer

Thanks kindly for the read and the guidance!


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  1. Where will you be staying ?? there are so many places to recommend, that would help.

    If you do a search on breakfast, include also the word brunch, you'll get more results.

    Sweet tooth, I know all about that !! if you do a search, try one also with cupcake, pastry and bakery, results will abound.

    5 Replies
    1. re: superbossmom

      Staying at the omni....

      What are the best bakeries to visit? I already have the st.viauter(sp?) bagel place on my list!

      1. re: sunshine08

        I'm sure someone will chime in with links, but if you do a search of this board, you will find plenty of threads with recommendations on exactly what you're looking for.

      2. re: superbossmom

        Sweet: for something a little unusual in that area, check out Nocochi, at 2156 Mackay, corner of Sherbrooke. I like their tiny Persian style cookies and fruit pastes. They serve lunch, but that I've never tried. And they have macarons, if you like 'em.

        1. re: TheSnowpea

          The lunches at Nocochi are nice, although not exceptional. I like the soups I've tried there, and their salads aren't bad either. I'm not a fan or their macarons, but I love their yummy little cookies (those are called nocochi, aren't they?)

          1. re: cherylmtl

            Yeah, the lunches never seemed terribly exciting, so I skipped trying them.

            From my understanding, nocochi (or nokhodchi) is indeed one kind of those tiny cookies, make of chickpea flour and laced with cardamom, usually cut as a four leaf clover.

            I like buying their big boxes of assorted cookies -- they make for great, unusual gifts.

      3. quickies before other posts links to posts that already answers all of the above)

        1- Poutine : La Banquise or "Patati Patata"
        2- (breakfast or brunch? anyway, brunch it is) Sparrow, Reservoir, Byblos
        3- Seafood : Ferreira, Milos (for the post 10pm special) and ApDC (they have good daily seafood/fish specials)
        4- Sweets : Patisserie Gascogne, Première Moisson...

        1. I have found that I just love this place on Van Horne called Mamie Clafouti. IMO they make the best pastries and breads. It's worth making your way to it.

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          1. re: mtlmaven

            "Patati Patata" I love this quaint closet of a place but wouldnt recommend it for families too small and even for two there is a wait. Patisserie Gascogne http://www.degascogne.com/index_en.html and Premiere Moissan (several branches) are on same street Laurier a few blocks apart. There is also a restaurant nearby where you could have brunch
            http://www.restaurantlemeac.com/en-CA... 1045 Laurier West, it is popular with families and in between these two pastry shops and they have a terrace on side which is pleasant in summer and gives more space for children, very close to downtown just off of Parc avenue. There are also others in same vicinity serving brunch. After brunch you could buy a few bagels and drive up the Mountain to Beaver Lake for a little walk something Montreal families enjoy on the weekend.

            Milos is cheaper at lunchtime and I think would be easy dining for a family.