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Alas, No Space at Au Pied de Cochon....Now What?!

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Hi all,

My parents are visiting Montreal this weekend and had their hearts set on APDC, but of course i was unable to get a reservation. What now? The type of cuisine isn't SUPER important, i don't want to try and find a knockoff for the sake of it. The most important thing is that the food be exceptional and interesting. I want them to have an experience they wouldn't be used to.

I've considered Garde Manger, Le Local, Laloux and Juni, but I would love some input/suggestions!!!

Thanks

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

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  1. I've often heard that Joe Beef is the Anglo answer to Pied de Cochon... Maybe worth a try?

    Other Chowhound will have a better imput then me tough.

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

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    1. re: vanierstudent

      Right, thank you. I think I'm looking for something specifically un-Anglo because they are used to that kind of thing in Toronto.

      Appreciated though!

      1. re: kellyhay

        au cinquieme peche on st denis below mont royal is cute french bistro with good food and attentive service, they just relocated so probably you could get reservations

        1. re: wilmagrace

          Les Trois Petits Bouchons, Le P'tit Plateau and Le Filet - also three in the area - would also fit that bill.

          They're all pretty casual (with Le Filet definitely the most 'upscale' out of the three, but even then...), great food, and manifestly local experiences.

          -edit - maybe consider Kitchen Galerie as well.

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          Le P'tit Plateau
          330 Rue Marie-Anne E, Montreal, QC H2W1B1, CA

        2. re: kellyhay

          Anglo certainly does not mean toronto food. Just the atmosphere is not as smack-you-in-the-face Quebecois at Joe Beef as at APDC.

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

      2. Trois Petit Bouchons
        No contest.
        French "bistro" inspiration
        Get there - read the menu - Wonder what half of is or start to think "Well thats not unusual"
        a.If you are clueless as to what it contains - ask the wonderful people
        b. If you know what the dish is and you like it - order it you will be surprised that its not what you expected at all.

        Truely, the best food experience I have ever had the pleasure of tasting, and I've been to some bloody good places around the world.

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        1. re: riabibby

          That sounds great! You would recommend it over Comptoir?

          1. re: kellyhay

            Alas, I couldn't say as I haven't gotten round to Comptoir yet.
            Though I'm sure some wonderful people on here will answer it for you.

            1. re: kellyhay

              Le Comptoir is nice and fun with quirky wine list and a nice little menus of small plates.

              You will need a reservation if you want a table (10-ish places sitting down, the rest is on stools)

              3 Petits Bouchons is more a "proper" restaurant (app, mains, dessert) than Le Comptoir, both have nice wine lists.

              Also have a look at "Les 400 Coups"

          2. The SO and I really love Joe Beef and it will be similar to APdC. It has a chalk board menu, is small and funky. I wouldn't be concerned about the Anglo comment above. I think tha refers more to the location. Garde Manger would fit the bill, but getting a reservation for this weekend will be nearly impossible. I didn't like Le Local when we went, and wouldn't really recommend. Kitchen Gallery was excellent when we went. Very Montreal-type resto. Small, market driven place.

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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

            1. I mentioned this in another post recently, but will do so again. You can get APDC to go... can take it home or to the park, and you won't have to pay their escalating wine prices. Maybe this won't be a substitute, but you could always do one of the recommendations on one night then take out PDC another.

              Definitely reserve soon though! The holiday weekend means that everywhere will be busy, especially since a few restos will even be closed (i.e. Lawrence).

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              1. re: Fintastic

                Try DNA. Great ambiance, food is amazing! Go for their happy hour, all wine bottles 50% off. If you still have some wine left by the time your table is ready, they will even bring it over to the dining room.

              2. I wouldn't rule out Joe Beef - not sure what the "anglo" verison of APDC means but it's definitely worth a try. Also, I doubt you'd get reservations at Garde Manger this late in the game. It was hard getting reservations before Chuck's boom on the Food Network. Even more impossible now on such short notice.

                My vote goes to Joe Beef... or DNA.

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

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                1. re: randa_h74

                  thanks for all your input everyone!! wasn't able to get a res at a lot of places this late, but there was space at Le Local, Comptoir, Trois Petits Bourchons and Laloux.....so now I am trying to decide between all of these. Preferences?? Leaning toward Comptoir

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

                  1. re: kellyhay

                    If your parents had their hearts set on APDC, I don't think they'll be thrilled by Comptoir. And you can find the equivalent in Toronto anyways.
                    Joe Beef or Liverpool House (if you can get in to either), Chien Fumant, Laloux, Trois Petits Bouchons. And if you can get in to 5e Peche, do!

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

                2. Have you considered Pintxo? Spanish tapas style.

                  It's a nice restaurant and it's fun to go taste many things. They have a good wine list as well.

                  I loved their foie gras poelé, the stuffed fig and the grilled duck. mmmmmm

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                  1. re: SourberryLily

                    Ooooh sounds yummy. I've walked by that place. Think I'm going to do something a bit more French inspired, but definitely next time I'll check it out!!