Can we/should we improve on these plans?
So a group of 10 guys from nyc/sfo are coming to Montreal next month for a bachelor party/ food tour. We are staying down in Old Town and have the following planned:
Thursday night: APDC food coma
Friday:shwartz's after we wake up, Holder for dinner(near the hotel for rendezvousing) and then bachelor festivities. Poutine late night
Saturday:shwartz's after we wake up then a late reservation at the Globe. Poutine late night.
Sunday day: got nothing so maybe Schwartz's?
I would appreciate any type of recommendations for poutine places either in/near old town or near where we are starting out the night.
Also, while I won't admit to straying from schwartz's, if I were to get an abundance of the same recommendations I won't tell if you won't.
We also need a good sports bar near schwartz's or old town that we can watch American college football Saturday afternoon.
Finally, besides the angioplasty and lipitor brunch, how about a good Sunday brunch/lunch before we hit the airport?
Thank you in advance
I agree about Globe - pretty mediocre food, but probably a good scene for a bachelor party. A better choice, in Old Montreal (please don't say "Old Town"!) is L'Orignal, which has great regional food, fun atmosphere, and is usually a great place to stick around for drinks and merriment. It's close to Garde Manger (mentioned in above post) but they have more space and could easily do a group of 10. If you don't make it there for dinner, go for a late-night poutine (the late menu starts at 11pm and ends when the restaurant closes, usually around 3). It's a bit pricier than the fast food joints on St-Laurent but you will not be disappointed.
A great spot for brunch on Sunday would be Cafe Griffintown. If anyone in the group hasn't done sufficient damage to their arteries by that point, they could try the breakfast burger, homemade with half beef, quarter duck, and quarter lamb, and topped with cheddar and onions. The rest of the menu is great, the atmosphere is relaxed and unpretentious, and they know how to make caesars (the Canadian, and dare I say better, version of a bloody mary, made with clamato, and the perfect hangover antidote).
I would have to warn against Holder - the food is really not that great.
Thank you so far for your responses. I understand the head scratching for the Globe but please know it is the mix purely for the fun/crowd/atmosphere part of the equation. I have been there before for a bachelor party dinner and it was perfect (more drinking and more head turning than eating). And I guess late night the table turns into bottle service. In that same vein we had looked into Cavatelli, Newtown and Rosalie...we went with what we knew.
As far as the number of people, it will probably be a lot less for breakfasts or lunches as people are pretty much free to do what they want. Me, I want Montreal's smoked meat. Or good Pizza.
The BIG issue : 10 persons.
comments on your (and others suggestions)
APdC : I hope you have a reservation (and be certain to re-confirm at least twice just because you will be 10)
schwartz ... is small; you won't go in all at once, especially if there's a lineup.
Garde Manger : AFAIK, does not take large group.
Patati-Patata : good and fun again, very small, (no reservation)
Globe : have not heard from that in a long while, and never related to food.
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Reservoir does a great brunch. La Banquise is my favourite for poutine and has the advantage of being open 24 hrs. I don't recall ever hearing of a great poutine in Old Montreal ... it's too touristy down there.
I think Schwartz's really only needs to be done once unless you're particularly obsessed with it and this is your only chance for the foreseeable future. You might try bagels for another classic Montreal breakfast or for greasy hangover breakfast some of my friends like Cosmo's on Sherbrooke W. (inconvenient to get to without a car), but I've never eaten there myself. For more convenient, but super yummy omelettes, crepes, good coffee, try the tiny Chez Jose (you might have some trouble fitting 10 people in all at once though, since it probably only seats about 20 total).
I hesitate to suggest Au Petit Marche as a huge breakfast joint that should be able to easily accommodate 10 people. We liked it for many years, but had such horrendously mean/rude service the last time that we swore never to return. However, this may have been a blip with just a really horrible and incompetent pair of servers.
I love it but you only need to go to schwartz's once.
Consider Patati Patata (best poutine in town) and Romados for same price hangover food...and within a 4 min walk.
I dont know why you want to go to Globe...it isnt all that great. Might as well eat somewhere good then spend 5 bucks on a cab to get to st laurent.
If champs doesn't work try peel pub.
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