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Bonjour/Hello - ok I'll be visiting MOntreal this weekend and will be staying in the Old City at Rue St Pierre and Rue St Jacques.

I will of course score some bagels at Fairmount Bagels, will hit Schwarzs for old times sake and perhaps Dunn's for some cheesecake.
I'm trying to remember the great places to drink, listen to live blues/jazz and this will be for Friday night and Saturday night.

Any recommendations are greatly appreciated.

merci! Thanks....

Nick

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  1. I recently had brunch at Chez Vallier, 425 McGill and it was wonderful; you could have your continental early at the hotel and have brunch/lunch at noon there.
    Walk along St. Paul to get to Mcgill from your hotel, shops, restaurants and galleries will entertain you.
    Dinners: " nothing fancy but solid" , I interpret this as being able to wear jeans in a high end place, I would say that L'Orignal, on St. Alexis would fit the bill.

    1. Breakfast at Olive & Gourmando is a must. 351 St-Paul West. They also have the best brownies in town...

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      1. re: eatkat

        My hubby and I took a quick road trip to Montreal from NJ over Labor Day weekend. Stopped at Olive et Gourmando for a quick breakfast before heading out to Drummondville for the Festival de la Poutine. Their 'poached egg on your face' sandwich was amazing - egg, prosciutto, cheese and a slice of roasted tomato on crispy pressed panini bread. A bit steep at $8.95 for one sandwich but totally worth it! The almond croissant (buttery, super moist on the inside) and chocolate brioche Valrhona (more chocolate than actual bread) weren't too shabby either!
        And it's a bit out of the way, but we also had a great Saturday brunch at McKiernan (next to Joe Beef) before we hit Atwater Market. Hubby had the johnny cakes (cornmeal pancakes) with eggs, baked beans and homemade sausage links (yummy, super comforting) and I had the Pojarsky croustillant - 2 fat spicy pork 'patties' topped with poached eggs served with white beans and wilted escarole grown from their garden (bitterness from the escarole complemented the richness of the egg and pork nicely - also a great deal for only $13, I could barely finish half of it!). We were there at 11am before the crowds and dined in their back patio.
        Have a great trip!