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Montreal May 2011 Visit...(need recommendations)

New York City foodie here and visiting Montreal in May 2011. Can you please give me a few of the "must-visit" restaurants for a foodie. Looking for delicious food in a fun and unpretentious setting that will give me a good sense of the Montreal dining scene. Some places I've been reading about are:

APDC
Garde Manger
Joe Beef
Le Local
Le Clube Chasse et Peche
DNA

Thanks!

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

Le Local
740 rue William, Montréal, QC H3C 1P1, CA

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  1. All good, but the first 4 are quite similar (IMO, and other will disagree) in style and cooking spirit and they are all very Montreal, but "Le Local" is the least good of the lot.

    Le Club is more high-end cuisine and more "formal".
    DNA is more funky.

    Other good suggestions :
    Le Comptoir
    Le Filet (little sister of Le Club).
    3 Petits Bouchons
    Le Chien Fumant
    5eme peché.

    Max.

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

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      1. le Clube Chasse et Peche is the best of your choices.
        Anton

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        1. re: antonfercher

          +1 on CCeP and their new place,Le Filet,looks very interesting. You might have a hard time getting reservations at Garde Manger now that Chuck is an Iron Chef champion.

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          1. We just got back from Montreal yesterday and we visited PDC and Garde Manger (both we had to reserve months in advance) but if you can get in, I would recommend both. PDC is definitly not something you want to do every few weeks, once a year is enough but they serve some interesting food (we had squid ink poutine, fois gras poutine, duck in a can, trotters and the duck carpaccio). We sat at the bar which again I highly recommend if you want to see whats going on in the kitchen. The service was excellent.
            Garde Manger was amazing, and amazingly loud. I'm not one for the club scene but it was a great atmosphere and they rocked some good tunes. Food was pretty good, more seafood based so lighter than PDC. Great service and a line up out the door for seats, so make sure to reserve. It's not a place where you can hold a conversation, but if you just want to chill, sit at the bar and just enjoy. We had the cajun crab, lamb, lobster poutine and the brownie. We did find the prices a bit much, but we would return for the atmosphere.