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williej Sep 2, 2009 07:33 AM

I went to El Meson on the Lachine waterfront for lunch the other day. Although the preferred back garden wasn't recommended due to wasp problems, the inside was pleasant and the food was excellent and the portions large (and for a good price). I also enjoyed the tamarind pop (they also have pineapple and Mango versions). Anyone know where one might buy tamarind pop in a store? (This one was bottled in El Paso, Texas).

Anyone have other Lachine waterfront or otherwise recommendations? (I also like Shangri-La just a block off the water for its unique Nepali-Italian food choices as well as the homey atmosphere like the owner's kids doing their homework).

  1. Haggisboy Sep 2, 2009 04:37 PM

    About 12 years ago Bardeco, located on Rue Notre Dame in Lachine around 1st Avenue, was voted best Pizzera in Montreal by The Gazette. Years have passed and who knows what's changed there. An old stalwart in Lachine has always been Toto's Pizzeria, located at 1380 Notre Dame. Had pizza there when I was kid and it's been perpetually tasty and greasy. While you're at it, when in Lachine why don't you check out Mommy's Fish and Chips, virtually across the street from the old Lachine General Hospital, on Notre Dame.

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      cookiequeen2 Sep 2, 2009 04:57 PM

      Growing up in Lachine, I second Haggisboy's comments concerning Toto's. It was the place for pizza and it is still good. Talking to my great-aunt who still lives in Lachine this past week, she informed me that Mommy's had been sold and that the quality of the fish and chips was not the same.

      1. re: cookiequeen2
        moh Sep 2, 2009 06:59 PM

        Dang. I had been eyeing Mommy's Fish and Chips. Has anyone been recently, and can anyone comment on the quality?

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          ScoobySnacks20 Sep 3, 2009 09:44 AM

          Mommy's is still the same as its been for the last 5 years. Still very good simple fare. Great to take out and eat by the seaway.

          There is another Mommies (sic) in Verdun. They are unrelated today (Can't tell you if they ever were). For better or worse don't confuse one for the other (see Arahova too...)

          1. re: ScoobySnacks20
            Haggisboy Sep 3, 2009 04:53 PM

            I think at one point the two were connected, but remember a long time ago hearing that something happened and the two Mommy's went their separate ways. Wouldn't surprise me given the mercurial nature of the Scots. Though I've been meaning to revisit the Lachine location, I was wondering if they still carried fare like Irn Bru?

            1. re: Haggisboy
              kpzoo Sep 3, 2009 05:02 PM

              > I was wondering if they still carried fare like Irn Bru?

              Don't know, but if you're looking for Irn Bru, they had it at Hogg Hardware in Westmount last time I was there picking up some Bag Balm. Eclectic merchandise, that place has!

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      moh Sep 2, 2009 08:12 AM

      When you say tamarind pop, do you mean tamarind soda pop? As in a beverage in a can? I have seen tamarind beverages at various latin american grocery stores, and recently saw several brands at Marche Hawai.

      Re: Lachine, I have had reasonably good experiences at Restaurant Andrea, red sauce Italian place on the water there. I really like their spaghetti carbonara, very good calamari, not a half bad wine list. It isn't mind-blowing, but I have had good enough experiences each time I've been that I don't hesitate to return when my Lachine friends want to go for Italian.

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      1. re: moh
        williej Sep 2, 2009 11:22 AM

        Americans call our 'pop' soda, so yes. The particular one they had at El Meson was in a bottle.

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          kpzoo Sep 2, 2009 01:45 PM

          > Americans call our 'pop' soda, so yes.

          Not to sidetrack the thread, but it's a *lot* more complicated than that. Different areas of both Canada and the US use different terms for carbonated drinks. I've lived in Quebec my whole life and I've never, ever called it "pop." ;-)


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            C70 Sep 2, 2009 01:58 PM

            "pop" is a very ontario thing.

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              mainsqueeze Sep 2, 2009 02:47 PM

              Not just Ontario. I grew up on the praries and everyone called it pop.

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                kpzoo Sep 2, 2009 02:53 PM


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                  C70 Sep 2, 2009 03:37 PM

                  Interesting- I never knew anyone who said 'pop' growing up here. It's always been soft drink to me, though I picked up 'pop' in TO.

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              Andria Sep 2, 2009 07:46 PM

              I used to call it "pop" as a child here in Quebec. On St.Jean, where the Arahova now is, used to be "The Pop Shoppe". I think they still exist in Canada... outside Quebec.

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