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Sep 1, 2010 04:01 AM

Dinner w/ tired kids near St. Sulpice, Old Montreal

We'll be arriving in Montreal late afternoon after a long-ish drive, staying at the St. Sulpice, and need a few tips on local restaurants we could amble over to with some very tired kids, who are well behaved, but not the most adventuresome eaters. We'll happily go further afield later in the week (I've received some recommendations I need to map out), and I will likely post other questions later, but for now I just want to avoid ending up at an overpriced tourist trap just because we're exhausted and hungry (been there, done that one too many times this week already).

So fresh, tasty, well-prepared, not too fancy -- just something we'll be pleased to have eaten on our first night in Montreal. I realize that's not terribly specific, but this first night it's going to be more about location than any particular cuisine. The adults will eat anything; kids better off with simpler fare: breaded chicken/fish, pizza, pasta, simple grilled meats/sausages.

Thanks in advance.

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  1. One thought: Holder, on 407 McGill. Short walk down St Paul to McGill and then north a block. bustling place but not too overwhelming, and menu includes fish and chips, calamari, mussels, salmon, salads, steak, veal, pastas, soups. For the most part, accessible food.

    Holder Restaurant Bar
    407 Rue McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y2G3, CA

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    1. re: toddmundt

      Holder's a good restaurant but it's quite expensive. Then again, almost all Old Montreal restaurants are. You could check out the menu online.

      One thing you HAVE to do is grab some cupcakes from Les Glaceurs, right on Saint-Sulpice street, steps away from your hotel. Grab them before lunch i think they close early. Bring them to your hotel room later to eat :)

      I recommend Boris Bistro which has pasta, lamb, duck and other meats.:

      Olive et Gourmando is open Tuesday - Saturday until 6pm. They have soups and sandwiches.

      Olive et Gourmando
      351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

      Boris Bistro
      465 Rue McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y2H1, CA

        1. re: SourberryLily

          Another vote for Holder.
          Definitely skip Boris Bistro - the terrace is lovely, but the food is really ordinary (to be polite), and no cheaper than Holder.
          Holder will do half-portions for kids if you ask, and they have a decent enough menu selection for both parents and kids to pick from.
          Unfortunately, most of the places in Old Montreal are indeed tourist traps - while there are some gems, you have to know which ones they are...

          Boris Bistro
          465 Rue McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y2H1, CA

          1. re: cherylmtl

            Holder was a very good call. Not cheap for sure, but the best food we've had this trip so far. The offered the kids plain pasta, or half portions of steak-frites (and I suspect we could have done the same with the fish and chips). Kids went for the pasta, and we got to have a truly delicious meal (gazpacho and mussels for me, a goat cheese appy and steak tartare for the husband).

            We ended up there after checking out Boris Bistro, which specifically turned us away saying they didn't have anything for kids. After looking at the prices for Holder, it didn't seem much worse, and they did offer options when we asked about kids. (This was our second night, by the way. First night we just went with a place the hotel recommended, whose name escapes me -- it was fine, no big deal either way.)

            And then we went to Glaceurs, which was terrific. Most of us had ice cream, but my daughter's eyes were just alight when she saw the cupcakes, which are both delicious and pretty. One odd thing about Glaceurs is that their posted closing time and their actual closing time are not necessarily the same thing. The sign on the door says they close at 6pm, but when we were there to check it out at 5:30, they assured us they'd be open until 9:00. We got there at 8:00pm, but that turned out to be just in the nick of time, because they were clearly closing up ... so I think they sort of play closing with the street traffic.

            Thanks again.

            Boris Bistro
            465 Rue McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y2H1, CA

            1. re: asm_ny

              "which specifically turned us away saying they didn't have anything for kids"

              Wow you're kidding?! How rude! Well that sort of lowers my esteem for them.

              1. re: SourberryLily

                funny... we have been going there with our daughter since she has been one-month old... she is now 14-month old, and loves their duck-fat fries and being on the terrace looking at all the birds, but they do ask they we leave before 7h30/8h00 something about liquor laws, which doesn't really make sense but we don't argue with since 7h30 is late enough for us!

                1. re: Claudine_d

                  We were told our children couldn't sit on the terrasse at St-Sulpice on St-Denis after 8pm, also because of a liquor law.

      1. You can easily amble along to Chinatown from there and have good inexpensive food in an ambiance that welcomes kids. We like to go to Restaurant Beijing or Mon Nan and our kids really enjoy making their own soup at Little Sheep Hot Pot. They also like Vietnamese Pho at, for example, Restaurant Pho Bang NY but if you search Chinatown on this board you'll find many other good recommendations.

        We don't eat out in Old Montreal very often but I imagine there must be some adequate pizza or pasta around there too.

        Restaurant Beijing
        92 De La Gauchetiere, Montreal, QC H2X2W1, CA

        Little Sheep
        50 Rue De La Gauchetiere W, Montreal, QC H2Z1C1, CA

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        1. re: Plateaumaman

          there's a Pizzedelic on Notre Dame, just a bit east of St Sulpice street, turn left coming out of the hotel, go up to next street, turn right; if you want a more varied menu, ask to see your hotel menu, the courtyard is quite nice and I've had good meals there.
          I recently went to BBque at 32 St Paul, if they like ribs and fries, it's a trendier
          place but still casual.

          You could stroll over to Ben and Jerry's for ice cream later, it's on Place Jacques Cartier, turn right coming out of your hotel, then left on st paul, walk one block past St Laurent; it's touristy but lively and distracting and not too far from your hotel.

          Giorgio's is a chain restaurant with pizza and pasta, corner of St Laurent and St Paul,
          I'm recommending these places for adequate nourishment with tired kids, not gastronomical but not terrible either, we go there with our 5 year old grandson sometimes when we want relatively fast service, in a sit down place.

          1. re: superbossmom

            boris bistro has an inner courtyard so more space for children to unwind

            giorgio is located near main square (jacques cartier) and has outer terrace, inside courtyard but maybe of more interest a takeout menu, there are picnic tables across street on riverfront

            you are right many places are tourist traps often overpriced with disappointing meals so really not much there for family meals. There are a couple of submarine branches on inner court of Jacques cartier square and also one a few blocks away east of square.

            But the jardin nelson on the main square might be a good choice as they have a pleasant inner courtyard (go through to back not patio on front) and salads, crepes pizzas that appeal to families. You can ask for a table where the children have some space. I have enjoyed their crepes and salads but you can check out the menu here to get an idea of choices. I dont recall the prices but did not find it expensive and it has a nice ambience.

            avoid posted menus, one of the worst meals (how do you do spaghetti wrong+ salad bar of canned products!) I had was at usine de spaghetti/spaghetti factory near the main square, not the first time I tried one of the many tourist traps where you waste your money

            1. re: wilmagrace

              Thank you. We went to Georgio for lunch, because it was conveniently located next to our next destination, which was the science museum. Very limited menu (a few pizzas, a few pastas, caesar salad, garlic bread), but what we had was good and hit the spot. With kids, the wandering around checking out menus on the street doesn't work so well, and proximity is everything.

        2. I've had really good pizza at Pizzaiolle, in Old Montreal.

          600, rue Marguerite-d'Youville - near McGill St. - map:

 (French only but click Menu to get some idea of prices)

          They've got salads, pastas, wood-fired pizzas.