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A week of Montreal dining for two hungry brothers?

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My brother and I are heading up to Montreal in February to, well, pretty much hang out and eat for about a week. We're both married guys in our 30s—he lives in Minneapolis, I'm in Brooklyn—and don't get to see each other much outside of holidays. Anyway, we're trying to assemble a list of places to eat that represents the best of what Montreal has to offer. So, naturally, we're turning to you Chowhounds.

What we're looking for is a balance of fancy and lowbrow — filthy but delicious poutine, and some crazy haute treatment of, I don't know, elk?—but one that's very Montreal. Basically, whatever amazing dishes and ingredients we can't get in New York and the Twin Cities.

Thoughts?

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  1. I think you guys will have a great time up here. I would imagine that skimming this board would give you a lot of ideas. I think if you're really looking for something unusual, I'd give Au Cinquieme Peche a try. They often have seal on the menu (in April in Tartare form), and even if it isn't offered when you go, the food is amazing on its own. Its a small menu, but they always have one great vegetarian option and one pretty unusual dish. Seal isn't for everyone, but you can bet there aren't a lot of other places that you could get it (and well prepared at that!).

    For poutine you're probably best off with Banquise, Chez Claudette, or (I'll be shot for this) the Belle Province at St. Laurent and Prince Authur.

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    Belle Province
    20 Rue Brunet, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC J3G4S6, CA

    Au Cinquieme Peche
    4475 St-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J 2K8, CA

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    1. re: Fintastic

      Yeah, those will do if you're drunk (don't get me wrong, I go to 2 out of 3 often when I have a late-night craving, and Banquise is an hour walk round-trip). But...

      The best poutines are at Lafleur (the non-chain one) on Wellington @Regina in Verdun (about equidistant between Lasalle and L'Eglise metro stops - 'metro' being Quebecois for subway), and Paul Patates on Charlevoix @Coleraine in Point St-Charles (metro Charlevoix). You'll also get a slice of Montreal's traditional working-class 'hoods if get sick of being surrounded by hipsters and tourists in the Plateau and downtown.

      Schwartz is an absolute must. Getting your smoked meat medium or fatty is the only way to go. Yeah, I know I just talked about avoiding tourists, but its justly famous and packed with locals every night too (who know it's open til midnight or later every night, so there's no need to stand in line next to a lean-ordering shnook wearing a Leafs hat).

      p.s. At least the guy from Minny won't freeze to death. Enjoy Montreal!

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      Paul Patate
      2606 Rue De Coleraine, Montreal, QC H3K1S7, CA

    2. Read the board - you will find plenty of suggestions. For crazy treatments of game meats - Au Pied de Cochon...but many restaurants have game on the menu in some form or another, especially in the winter months - Au Cinquieme Peche, as mentioned below, La Salle a Manger, and Le Chien Fumant are three that come to mind.

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      Au Cinquieme Peche
      4475 St-Denis, Montreal, QC H2J 2K8, CA

      Le Chien Fumant
      4710 Rue de Lanaudière, Montreal, QC H2J 3P7, CA

      1. DNA for something fancy, Joe Beef for laid back great food, Olive and Gourmando for Lunch (imo a must and a good reason to hang in the old port. Saturday or Sunday brunches at griffintown cafe dining. Dont forget to be a true brooklynite and get some bagels and claim they arent as good as NYC. Chien Fumant (open for brunch as well) and Schwartz are both a +1. For amazing grease make the trip to Cosmos... creations and mish-mash will cure whatever problems occurred from the night before will be cured
        Also check your dates... the highlights festival brings chefs from abroad to town.

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        Joe Beef
        2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

        1. keep hearing great things about the St. Urbain, at St. Urbain and Fleury...anyone know if Lafleur's still does amazing things to potatoes, aging them until they're sweet, and slicing them just right for those ridiculously good fries of yore?

          1. Oh, man, this is exciting! Thanks for all these recommendations so far, although it's going to be tricky to sort out which we absolutely have to do in what is really a limited amount of time.

            Also, and this will probably annoy the moderators, but my brother and I are also looking to do a two-day trip outside Montreal in search of cheese, cider and snowshoeing. I'll post on the appropriate board, but if you've got recommendations, I'd love to hear them, too.

            1. if you are here during the end of feb I highly suggest you check out the high lights festival. Some pricey stuff, some moderate stuff, but its all pretty good.

              http://www.montrealenlumiere.com/vole...