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Quick tips for Plateau delivery or local pickup.

I just moved to the Plateau (western side of Parc LaFontaine) and have been living on restaurant food for over a week (waiting for all kitchen items and food to be unpacked). Does anyone have a suggestion for delivery or pickup (must be close, no more than 5-10 min walk) in this area that *isn't* greasy pizza/burgers/fries type fare? I love that stuff but my body is crying out for something substantial in a healthy way. Any sandwich delivery places - proper sandwiches, not Subway style?

Thanks!

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  1. Not sure how west you are but there's Mamie Clafoutis on St. Denis. It a bakery with los of yummy things, including sandwiches.

    Also, you can go to a place like Formagerie Hamel and stock up on cheeses and charcutieries and makes yourself a gourmet sandwich. I think there's one on Mont Royal if memory serves me...

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    1. re: randa_h74

      Excellent, this is exactly the info I wanted. I caved and ordered Mexican last night (through A La Carte Express, I don't recall the name), but will try to hit up the fromagerie today. I'm now within walking distance to so many places that get mentioned on here all the time (Clafoutis etc.) - exciting! Thanks again, Randa. :)

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      A La Carte Express
      4700 Rue Saint-Ambroise, Montreal, QC H4C2C7, CA

      1. re: montrealeater

        Is Tampopo too far for you? This is my standard favourite and much healthier. The Pad Thai, the soupes repas, and the seaweed salads are all reasonably priced. For pick-up or take-out:

        http://www.tampopo-resto.com/

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        Tampopo
        4449 Rue Mentana, Montreal, QC H2J 3B4, CA

        1. re: deborahm

          Thank you Deborahm, that's the kind of food I was looking for. I even have a thing for seaweed salads. Any specific recs? I'll order from here within the week. :)

          1. re: montrealeater

            Hi again- I should warn you that I tend to be boring with take-out and order the same things everytime! I like the vegetarian dumplings (raviolis chinois vegetariens). I also like ordering the soupe repas, which is a meal in itself, really (either the soba aux legumes, or the Chinese won ton with shrimp or chicken). Or, the Pad Thai or Gado Gado. Plus the seaweed salads. Of course, there are other good things on the menu--those are just my old faithfuls. Oh-and the Tampopo salad is really good too (no seaweed---bean noodles instead with a tasty, tart, vinaigrette). Plus no MSG in anything. I find service very quick. If I think of other places I'll write in again.

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            Tampopo
            4449 Rue Mentana, Montreal, QC H2J 3B4, CA

            1. re: deborahm

              We also love Tampopo in my house, especially because my wife is very intolerant to MSG. But the food is fresh and I wanted to add that they deliver.

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              Tampopo
              4449 Rue Mentana, Montreal, QC H2J 3B4, CA

          2. re: deborahm

            Been craving pad thai so we ordered from Tampopo tonight and I'm sorry to say I think it was the worst pad thai I've ever had. The noodles were soggy and didn't taste like much other than salt. The shrimp were small and not deveined (which is not the end of the world, but didn't help). Somehow there was no colour to it at all! Just a big pile of salty, mushy white noodles. The fact that we had it delivered may not have helped the texture, but I can't imagine that the flavour would have been any better if we'd eaten it at the restaurant. Their laksa was tempting me too, but now I'm afraid to try anything else from there.

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            Tampopo
            4449 Rue Mentana, Montreal, QC H2J 3B4, CA

            1. re: stak

              I did order from them earlier in the summer and had the same dish and experience (right down to the non-deveined shrimp, which...GROSS). The whole thing had kind of congealed in the container and was flavourless. I put it partly down to being delivered. I liked their seaweed salad a lot and there was a dumpling dish I enjoyed but the pad thai and the spring rolls were horrible.

              1. re: montrealeater

                No one whose opinion I trust has ever said anything good to me about Tampopo. I thought the general consensus was that the place was best avoided.

                1. re: SnackHappy

                  I guess I'm not an opinion to be trusted. I do pick-up and the food is always hot. Haven't had the veiny shrimp in Pad Thai (I always order the soupe repas) but for the price and fast pick-up service, I'll keep going back.

                  1. re: deborahm

                    DeborahM, I do think picking up could make a big difference. Having food delivered really isn't ideal. I appreciated and used all of you tips in this thread so please don't feel as if somehow your opinion is now suspect because of one differing opinion!

                    1. re: deborahm

                      I'm sorry you took that personally, deborahm. I was talking about people I know IRL and those I have been reading online for long time who's likes and dislikes I am familiar with. There are very few people who's advice I would follow blindly.

                      1. re: SnackHappy

                        Absolutely no offense taken! But on another note I tried Su Shian Yuang the other day:
                        http://hour.ca/2011/05/05/roll-up-the...
                        Probably written about elsewhere here on CH eons ago--anyway, the point is that their takeout menu is so long it seems to have no end: no MSG and organic tofu and close to Saint-Denis on Rachel.

                        1. re: deborahm

                          Ah, the review mentions the hot and sour soup, so I have to try that - always on the lookout for good hot and sour soup. Will also try the black pepper sauce noodles and the dumplings and report back - thanks for the link, another place I had no idea existed. I walk down Rachel all the time, but Im one of those people who kinda doesn't notice their surroundings. Ha. :)

                          1. re: montrealeater

                            The hot and sour soup is nice, much like the one at Chuch. The black pepper noodles are not my favourite. Standouts for us are the sweet potatoes fries (not handy for takeout though, I'm guessing?) and the tofu and basil dish. If you are walking along Rachel you can also pick up from Miga, nice Korean food, and Le Petit Fourneau has very good baguette sandwiches, as well as Maison de Pates Fraiches, who have a great Italian steambar for lasagna and pastas. A bit further up St-Denis you can go to Wok 'n' Roll for some pho or tom yum soup. For takeout we also like the little tourtieres at Co'pain d'Abord, and again they have good sandwiches too. There are a couple of sushi places around too, my favourite being I Love Sushi on St-Denis as their prices are good and the quality is consistent and, while not devastating like Sushi Volant used to be, acceptable.

        2. Patisserie 3M at Garnier/Mont Royal has the best sandwiches around, hands down. They range from healthier options (pain bagnat thon, roast veggies on pain au lait) to greasy paninis with braised beef, fried chicken, etc. Excellent salads and pre-made dinner options, too. There's also frango, a portugese chicken place with great sandwiches (around launadiere).

          You may also consider Maitre gourmet on Laurier—lots of pre-made french dinner dishes. Lapin presse, just down the street, has some pretty decadent grilled cheese and very fine coffee, depending on the barista.

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          1. re: kevinfinlayson

            Kevin, thanks for mentioning 3M as I've never heard of it before and will have to try it out soon.

            For montrealeater: I just thought of another bakery around the corner from Tampopo, called Monsieur Pinchot (Pain Chaud) on de Brébeuf and Marie-Anne streets. It also has quiches and pizzas that I believe they can warm up on the spot. Small, nice local place that is also a favourite when going further east in the Plateau. Not sure when it closes but I think quite early evenings. And another place that I like for grilled cheese sandwiches is L'emporte piece on Saint-Dénis north of Montreal. I believe that take-out French cuisine is their speciality (http://www.lemportepiece.com/blog/) . I'm not sure of take-out pre-packaged food prices, and my visits there have been to order a grilled cheese made with old chedder and apples from the café menu and stay for awhile--delicious, simple, and fun.

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            Tampopo
            4449 Rue Mentana, Montreal, QC H2J 3B4, CA

            1. re: kevinfinlayson

              Report on the sammies at 3M - not good. Worst I've had so far during my sandwich quest. The 'paninis' weren't actually paninis - it was some kind of yellow hued bread in the shape of a panini and it was doughy, crumbly and tasteless. The ham appeared to be sweaty deli ham. The lettuce was wilted. The baguette (we got 3 sandwiches - 2 yellow paninis and 1 baguette) was chewy and greasy.

              Did I do something wrong? Catch them on a bad day? Their baked goodies were tasty, especially their sugared brioche.

              I have now eaten many sandwiches recommended on this thread and from others - the quest is ongiong but the clear winner so far is Olive et Gourmando for their Cubain and their portobello/cheese. Tasty as hell and the panini is done properly.

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              Olive et Gourmando
              351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

            2. Thanks so much to both of you, this really is the kind of info I was specifically looking for. Might do Tampopo tonight and try the bakeries this weekend. I have a thing for sandwiches so I'm looking forward to 3m. Thanks again you guys, for taking the time to give details! :)

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              Tampopo
              4449 Rue Mentana, Montreal, QC H2J 3B4, CA

              1. Diabolissimo on Mont-Royal/Bréboeuf is my favorite fresh pasta place. But until everything's ready in your kitchen to cook pastas, they also have a prepared food for takeout. Website is not updated, but they posted this week's menu on Facebook :

                Gaspacho
                Coussinet au confit d oignons à la cerise et chèvre
                Salade de 5 pommes de terre aux fines herbes
                Légumes grillés à la toscane
                Rosace de poissons et capeletti de zucchinis
                Poulet Cacciatore et son riz
                Cannelloni ricotta, épinards et pleurotes
                Lasagne d éffiloché de boeuf au vin rouge
                Panna cotta aux fruits rouges

                But really, you're surrounded by tons of good food in this neighborhood.

                Another bakery you may want to try is Les Co'pains d'Abord. One on Mont-Royal/Bordeaux and another one on Rachel/St-Denis. My favorite in the ones mentioned here.

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                Diabolissimo
                1256 Av Du Mont-Royal E, Montreal, QC H2J1Y3, CA

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                1. re: Glaff

                  Montreal Eater, I know you are looking for sandwiches but I also wanted to mention Tri Express for sushi and seaweed salads (which look good if you check the menu). Haven't been there yet but the owner just did a spot on A La di Stasio cooking show that was really interesting and fun and profiles his place which does takeout: http://www.triexpressrestaurant.com/

                  Also, Cafe Rico on Rachel on the opposite side of Parc La fontaine: http://www.caferico.qc.ca/en/petit-rico
                  I can't remember if I've had a sandwich there or not (I've had their soups, which are really good) but I think they have panini style--all local produce, etc. and some of the best and least expensive cafe lattes, etc., in the city with organic coffee. Worth checking out.

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                  Tri Express
                  1650 Av Laurier E, Montreal, QC H2J1J2, CA

                  1. re: deborahm

                    Thank you thank you DeborahM, I will try Tri Express, as I am on a constant search for decent sushi. I tried Tampopo and was happy with it - the seaweed salad was yummy as were the dumplings (I forget the name, they were listed as an app on the menu). Thanks for rec'ing them!

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                    Tampopo
                    4449 Rue De Mentana, Montreal, QC H2J3B4, CA

                    Tri Express
                    1650 Av Laurier E, Montreal, QC H2J1J2, CA

                  2. re: Glaff

                    Glaff, THANK YOU for the Diabolissimo rec - we picked up some sauces (chicken and olives as well as veal meatball) and they were delicious. So, so good. Like, good enough that part of me is considering pretending they're my own next time I am trying to impress people. Heh.

                    We're definitely going to be going back there, and probably regularly - this is great stuff, but with the convenience of fast food. Also had an insanely good, very oily (in a good way) artichoke pesto.

                    Not cheap, of course, but 100% worth it, imo. This was *exactly* what I was looking for. Quest complete. :)

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                    Diabolissimo
                    1256 Av Du Mont-Royal E, Montreal, QC H2J1Y3, CA

                    1. re: montrealeater

                      You've got to try La maison des pâtes fraîches. Translation the house of fresh pasta. It is on Rachelle corner of St-André and they got loads of good (awesome things) reasonably priced.