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Great Food at Reasonable prices in Montreal/Quebec City

holaola Feb 2, 2011 12:51 PM

This is our first visit and we are looking forward to the fabulous food I've been reading about on Chowhound!

We are staying in Old Montreal 3 days and Quebec City for 4 without a car. Walking or short taxi rides are ideal. We are not necessarily looking for fine dining with exorbitant prices-- just small restaurants or bistros where we can eat for under $60 for 2 persons(not including wine).

We'd like to find some warm soup, bread and cheeses for lunch. Our favorite ethnic meals would be Vietnamese and Lebanese. Mauritian food sounds intriguing and would love to try it! The market sounds great too and would like to browse and eat along the way. I'm not sure if it's the season, but moules et pommes frites are a must! BYOB is not a problem either.

Oh, and we may ski at Mt Ste Anne as well -- is there good food on the mountain where we can warm up as well?

Thanks for any suggestions!

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    foodinspace RE: holaola Feb 3, 2011 05:01 AM

    For discussions of Lebanese/Syrian/North African you can check out these previous threads:


    I haven't had any standout Vietnamese here but perhaps others can recommend something.

    There is this recent thread too, where the OP wanted mains at less than $15. The thread really just points to other similar threads. Doubling that price, as you imply, will open up many other choices.


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      holaola RE: foodinspace Feb 3, 2011 07:35 AM

      Thanks! I'll check these out!

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      lagatta RE: holaola Feb 3, 2011 07:46 AM

      We also have an excellent public transport system, in particular the métro lines (subway/underground). You can get three-day tourist passes for a very reasonable cost, and in many cases it will take you less time to get to your destination that way than by car/taxi.

      Food in space, one Vietnamese place I'd find worth the trip is Pho Tay Ho, at the corner of St-Denis and Beaubien. Holaola, from Old Mtl, take the métro (orange line) directly from Place d'Armes or Champ-de-Mars, depending on where you are staying, to Beaubien métro. Pho Tay Ho is a very short walk east of there - get out on Beaubien and walk past the huge greystone church (St-Édouard) to St-Denis. Pho Tay Ho is on the southwest corner.

      Not destination dining, but there are also several Vietnamese soup places in old Chinatown, a very short walk up St-Laurent or St-Urbain from Old Montreal. I haven't been to any recently so hopefully someone else will recommend the best one - most are on St-Laurent between Viger and René-Lévesque. Those are good for a light lunch, especially if you are planning on or recovering from a heavier dinner.

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        holaola RE: lagatta Feb 3, 2011 03:00 PM

        We are staying near the Basilica so I'll see where we can catch the Orange line from there. Thank you so much for the metro suggestion!

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          lagatta RE: holaola Feb 3, 2011 04:51 PM

          Place d'Armes métro is very close by. Notre-Dame Basilica is just opposite Place d'Armes (the square) and the métro station is just down a slight hill, travelling northwards. Easy to find on any paper or internet map, and a short stroll even in cold weather.

      2. nochainsplease RE: holaola Feb 3, 2011 03:35 PM

        If you're walking around Old Montreal and want to get a delicious but pricey sandwich and soup, and see where the local go on their lunch break, go to Olive & Gourmando (351 St. Paul West). It gets VERY busy at lunchtime though and I think they are closed on Mondays. Another cute place (and a little less pricey) for lunch in OM is Cafe Luna (469 St. Francois-Xavier). The proprietress is super sweet.

        For dinner, I very highly recommend Cafe Griffintown (1378 Notre-Dame West). They have a fun menu, a very pleasant ambiance, and it's within your price range. It's a short metro or cab ride away. Go early on a Friday evening and hear some blues along with your meal.

        Finally, my favourite pho spot in Chinatown is Pho Bang New York (1001 St. Laurent) but I haven't strayed much from there.

        Enjoy Montreal!

        Pho Bang New York
        1001 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2Z1J4, CA

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          foodinspace RE: nochainsplease Feb 3, 2011 09:30 PM

          The food at Griffintown is pretty good...but the music is GREAT...Friday night is Barath and his Rhythm Four...outstanding blues...however sometimes they're busy and another band plays, which is quite a disappointment. I'd call and check first. (I think they come on around 6 or 7 and play three sets).

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            holaola RE: foodinspace Feb 4, 2011 03:31 AM

            Griffintown sounds perfect! Some great jazz is on my list of things to do and combining it with dinner would be ideal. Unfortunately, we do not arrive until Sunday and will be in Quebec City for the second half of the week. Is there good music from Sunday to Tuesday or should I look for another place?

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            holaola RE: nochainsplease Feb 4, 2011 03:37 AM

            I've read about Olive & Gourmando and was thinking of trying it out....now we definitely will! I'll look into Cafe Luna as well. Have also read about Brasserie T -- any thoughts?
            I think we have lots of great choices now for Montreal, any suggestions for Quebec City. I think it's going to be quite cold next week so will be looking for something warm and cozy!

            Cafe Luna
            9181 Boul Maurice-Duplessis, Montreal, QC H1E6M3, CA

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              foodinspace RE: holaola Feb 4, 2011 05:37 AM

              Despite being home to the Jazz Fest, Montréal is actually pretty poor when it comes to finding jazz on a regular basis. Dieze Onze, Upstairs, and House of Jazz are the three jazz + dinner clubs. I haven't eaten at any of them so I can't comment on the food. Dieze Onze is the smallest and most laid-back...well, I actually haven't been to Upstairs so I could be wrong. On Sunday nights, Dieze Onze hosts the Kalmunity Vibe Collective, which is sort of a loose, improv-style groove/funk/jazz night...really good! You can easily google these jazz clubs to find their calenders. You can also check out www.montrealmirror.com for all arts and entertainment listings.

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                holaola RE: foodinspace Feb 4, 2011 01:51 PM

                Dieze Onze looks great for Sunday and there is some Latin jazz on Monday night which we would really enjoy as well. I see Olive & Gourmando is near there....is this more of a lunch place? Maybe a warm cozy bistro nearby for dinner before music?

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                  unlaced RE: holaola Feb 4, 2011 01:57 PM

                  Yes, O+G is only open during the day. They are open Tues to Sat, 8am-6pm, according to their website

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