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Jan 12, 2010 01:49 AM

Eccentric Montreal PART 2 - Seeking out the strange & unusual

Hi all! My boyfriend and I visited Montreal from NYC last year for Vday: Now we're getting ready for round 2!

I've been compiling a list from the board rec's but If anyone has any MORE/NEWER tips on eccentric finds, dark cafes, quirky bars, strange & ecclectic menus or cozy hole in the walls, I would love it. We don't care too much for the overpriced chi chi. Nothing super loud or obnoxious.

Last year we went to:
le paris (very good!
)stash cafe (dying to come back for the duck)
chez cora (enjoyed several breakfasts here)
alpenhaus (nicest staff ever)
patati patata (def coming back)
le petit alep (Mmmmm)
milos (we had a gift certificate...there's one here in NYC too!)
chocobel (OMG!)
the bagel place (Meh)
foufounes electriques (very cool bar)
bar flye (really friendly bar)

Not too many hole in the walls but everything was wonderful and we can't wait to try more!

Here are a few places we were told to try:
Au pied de cochon
Sur Bleury
Bouchees Gourmandes
Aux Délices de d'île Maurice (aka Sylvester's)
Le Piton de la Fournaise
Le Fromentier
Fous Desserts
Les Saveurs du Plateau
Bouchonné comptoir à vin
Café Myriade
Bistro Bienville
Au Cinquième Péché
Les 3 Petits Bouchons
Le Jolifou
La Binerie Mont-Royal

Any opinions or off the beaten trek suggestions are appreciated. We're staying on Rue St Denis South this year (latin quarters I think?)

TX chow hounderzzz!!!

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    1. re: C70

      This place looks awesome! Def will be a lunch pick, tx!

    2. La banquise
      Mas Cuisine
      Joe Beef
      Villa Verdun (Peruvian)

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      1. re: bigfellow

        You mean Villa Wellington in Verdun, bigfellow?

      2. Bouchees Gourmandes closed.

        1. Dad's Bagels, Lasalle Drive-In, Pizza Nino, Europolonia, Baked Potato, Chez Clo, DeliBee's, Aux Délices, Les Jardins Sauvages, Jardin Tiki, Institute d'Hotelerie (2e étage), Andalos, Patati Patata, Nantua, Galo, Robin des Bois, Salon B, Smoked Meat Pete's, Le Valois, Wilensky's Light Lunch

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          1. re: MartinSLR

            Jacqueline, one place on your list that I would definitely second is Else's. Not a lot of people know about it but I just love that place. I find it so warm and inviting, and I really enjoy the quirky decor. Mismatched tables and chairs, walls covered with strange objects and curios. I think it's fantastic. I also love the beers that they carry. I normally go for either a pint of St Ambroise Abricot or a cider.

            1. re: NickMontreal

              You could easily combine a late lunch at Fuschia ($10 nets you a vegan table d'hote last I checked), pop over to Else's for a Scotch and snacks and then linger for a bit on St. Denis before heading to Pintxo for dinner :)

              1. re: NickMontreal

                Perfect! My boyfriend (a Nick as well!) is a very big beer fan. Tx so much :)

                1. re: Jacquelyn

                  if he's a beer fan you should check out the following places:

                  - Brutopia (microbreweries)
                  - Benelux (microbreweries)
                  - Hurley's (irish pub)
                  - Le Barouf (they have an outstanding amount of beer on tap)
                  - biere et compagnie (alot of import beers)

                  I have also read alot about le reservoir here, but i've never been myself though.

              2. re: MartinSLR

                Went to Jardin TIki a few month ago, I really hated it= /.

                Wilensky's and Schwartz's are a great pic for a "light" lunch.

                1. re: MartinSLR

                  We tried Patati Patata last time, soooo good! Jardin Tiki looks pretty amazing for kitsch factor alone. Tx for the great rec's.

                2. Manzo in lasalle makes a mean submarine, Sparrow for brunch