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Eccentric Montreal PART 2 - Seeking out the strange & unusual

Jacquelyn Jan 12, 2010 01:49 AM

Hi all! My boyfriend and I visited Montreal from NYC last year for Vday: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/591822 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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    C70 RE: Jacquelyn Jan 12, 2010 04:29 AM

    Cafe Santropol


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    1. re: C70
      Jacquelyn RE: C70 Jan 12, 2010 01:51 PM

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

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      bigfellow RE: Jacquelyn Jan 12, 2010 05:47 AM

      La banquise
      Mas Cuisine
      Joe Beef
      Villa Verdun (Peruvian)

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      1. re: bigfellow
        carswell RE: bigfellow Jan 12, 2010 06:28 AM

        You mean Villa Wellington in Verdun, bigfellow?

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          Jacquelyn RE: bigfellow Jan 12, 2010 01:58 PM

          LOVE Peruvian!! Tx guys

      2. hungryann RE: Jacquelyn Jan 12, 2010 06:26 AM

        Bouchees Gourmandes closed.

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          MartinSLR RE: Jacquelyn Jan 12, 2010 06:47 AM

          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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            NickMontreal RE: MartinSLR Jan 12, 2010 06:55 AM

            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.

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              afoodyear RE: NickMontreal Jan 12, 2010 10:55 AM

              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 :)

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                Jacquelyn RE: NickMontreal Jan 12, 2010 01:55 PM

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

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                  mak2k RE: Jacquelyn Jan 13, 2010 05:54 AM

                  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
                vanierstudent RE: MartinSLR Jan 12, 2010 06:58 AM

                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.

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                  Jacquelyn RE: MartinSLR Jan 12, 2010 01:54 PM

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

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                  mak2k RE: Jacquelyn Jan 12, 2010 08:46 AM

                  Manzo in lasalle makes a mean submarine, Sparrow for brunch

                  1. Jacquelyn RE: Jacquelyn Jan 12, 2010 02:03 PM

                    PS - We'll be renting a car for a few days while we're there so "outer burrough" dining experiences are also appreciated.

                    *TIP: if anyone needs to rent a car, there's an Enterprise on Saint-Jacques Ouest where we found rentals for $9/day!!

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                      Lowe Arthorbit RE: Jacquelyn Jan 12, 2010 04:11 PM

                      Millies in Stanstead? It is a bit out of town, but I'd combine it with lunch in Sherbrooke at Chewie Louis's for an eastern townships excursion.

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                        C70 RE: Jacquelyn Jan 13, 2010 03:57 AM

                        On one of your car days, combine a trip to Andalos bakery with a sandwich stop at Abu Elias. Their shish taouk chicken sandwich is to.die.for and I hear the lamb is great too.

                        15-20 minute drive from downtown.


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