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May 26, 2011 11:43 PM

recommendations for st. denis / st. catherine?

i am going to be in montreal next week for a few days and will be staying at hotel st. denis which is on rue st. denis, just below rue st. catherine.

can anyone recommend some good places to eat that has vegetarian options (doesn't have to be an exclusively veg place) that is not too far from there, preferably within walking distance? i am open to all types of cuisine, and all price ranges (except really high end).

also, we'll be looking for places nearby for breakfast everyday (not too pricey - under $10). any suggestions of nearby places? the hotel is right above these 2 places - are they any good for breakfast?

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  1. there's Chu Chai on St.Denis that is a thai vegetarian place. My non meat eating friends tell me it's one of the better veg places in the city.

    Chu Chai
    4088 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M5, CA

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    1. re: randa_h74

      I second Chu Chai - it's delicious. Not cheap, but if you go to the sister resto Chuch just next door, it's BYOB and a little cheaper.

      There's also Nil Bleu for good Ethiopian, lots of veg options.

      3706 Rue Saint-Denis
      Montreal, QC H2X 3L7
      (514) 285-4628

      Haven't been to Pacini or Kilo in years so I can't comment too much. I remember Pacini as mediocre Italian chain food. Can't think of any brekkie places in that area but hopefully someone else will chime in.

      Chu Chai
      4088 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M5, CA

      Nil Bleu Restaurant
      3706 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X3L7, CA

      1. re: kpzoo

        is chu chai's food better than chuch's, or is it the same food?

        1. re: helenhelen

          It's the same food, from what I understand, but perhaps someone can confirm or you can call them to ask.

    2. Go to La Paryse at rue Ontario, just west of Saint Denis, for 3-4 types of vegetarian burgers, fries, and milk shakes. Small space, no reservations, line ups at the door, and they are closed on Mondays. But worth going to, especially since you're right in the area.

      For a good breakfast, I suggest you trek a bit north or south. The Old Port has some more refined breakfast options, and L'Avenue on Mont Royal, east of St. Denis, has really awesome maple syrup pancakes.

      Veg lovers visiting the city must try Aux Vivres in the Mile End, at St. Laurent north of Mont Royal. They do a great brunch too. In my opinion, Aux Vivres blows all the Toronto vegetarian restos out of the water.

      Also see this thread:

      Aux Vivres
      4631 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R2, CA

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      1. re: looosia

        Totally agree that Aux Vivres is well worth the small trek! (take the 55 bus north up St-Laurent or hop on the orange line metro) Incredible vegan BLT beloved by many carnivores I know.

        Aux Vivres
        4631 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R2, CA

      2. Menthe and Couscous at 361 rue Emery is close by and has good vegetarian soups, salads and couscous.

        If you are here on a Sunday, I would recommend brunch at La Fabrique (3609 St Denis)
        Actually, have a look at their dinner menu too - there are a few vegetarian options. La Fabrique has a very open plan kitchen, right in the middle of the room - it's a fun place to try and relatively close by!

        La Fabrique
        306 Av 4E, Saint-Paul-De-Montminy, QC G0R3Y0, CA

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        1. re: unlaced

          commensal is nearby

          otherwise this whole area is not a good place to eat or linger

          1. re: wilmagrace

            ....and avoid pacini, I have eaten at the cote des neiges one a couple of times and disappointing; there is a grocery store in nearby Dupuis shopping centre on ste catherine and you could go to mamie clafoutis on st denis just above sherbrooke to get some croissants, or other pastries for a French style breakfast at reasonable cost. There is a terrific little teaplace a couple blocks from your hotel


            Pop and Laloux are within walking distance and lunch menu is less costly

            If you head west on ste catherine you will come to cafe du nouveau monde and then brasserie t and then just below that area is chinatown with lots of vegetarian options

            1. re: wilmagrace

              I was in the area today and noticed on park side of place dupuis there is a branch of the chain tutti frutti so that should be ok for breakfast if you want to dine in instead of getting some fruits, yogurts, croissants at the IGA grocery store in the same shopping centre

        2. Juliette et Chocolat is nearby...Great for coffee/dessert and even breakfast if you want to treat yourselves!

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          1. re: sharon86

            Not really a breakfast place since they open at 11 am.

          2. thank you, everyone, for your suggestions!