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Where to go, what to do . . . where to eat?!

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I'm taking a trip to the lovely Montreal soon, a place I haven't been since the ripe old age of SIXTEEN. This means, I'd appreciate recommendations for both bars where I can get socially lubricated and places to eat afterward. Also, suggestions for a few "classy" restaurants and activities wouldn't hurt either. I offer my thanks in advance.

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  1. Activities are not discussed here, as it is a food/restaurant related forum; perhaps if you are more specific with budget and likes, you could get suggestions for restaurants for your
    "classy" nights.

    Buvette à Simone on Park avenue serves food, as do many other places, so you could combine your social and eating in one spot.

    1. a good idea might be a guided tour that focuses on food to roll activity and eating into one.

      there's a bunch of recommendation threads, though i know it's a pain to have to read these long threads with often conflicting opinions so i'll throw in my two cents. as far as bars you can't go wrong with le cheval blanc and i hear that le saint bock is also great. since i don't know your preferences i would suggest having vietnamese, say pho tay ho or banh xeio minh, since there's a large vietnamese community here. and also a visit to montreal wouldn't be complete without a trip to au pied de cochon. it's not cheap but it doesn't need to be expensive, either. these are on-the-beaten-path places but they might be a good start.

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      1. re: Tiny Iota

        good call on saint bock

        1. re: Tiny Iota

          I really appreciate the mention of the Vietnamese food. I'm from San Jose, California and we have a mighty big Vietnamese community that I'm a part of and grew up in, so it'd be great to see what another hub looks like. Is there a specific area of Vietnamese food and/or culture?

          1. re: kgdoll

            There are several beloved Vietnamese restos along Cote-des-Neiges near Cote Ste. Catherine (note the difference in spelling from Ste. Catherine, downtown's main artery), and there's a long-time favorite nearby on Victoria corner St. Kevin.
            Here's a recent thread:
            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/722633

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