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3 Day late July Montreal stay need multiple rec's HELP!

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Upcoming 3 day first time visit for a few hungry off-duty Italian chefs passing through town.

Staying in the Jean-Talon market area but have wheels and willing to travel for goodness.
Friday night all I can find so far is Cafe Dante, unless anyone has a viable alternative, but it must be Italian, fresh, good and have a bit of a "wow" factor.

Saturday night we are open to anything, at any price, as long as it rocks. Vietnamese, French, Lithuanian (!) you tell us.

If it's Sunday, it must be Brunch in old Montreal, but where? Can canadian hounds lead a few Italian foodaholics to tables laden with yum?

BTW, best espresso around Jean Talon Market is?????

Grazie mille!

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  1. sat: DNA in the old port is probably the most unique restaurant in montreal

    sun: your post is a bit unclear but Da Emma in the old port is amazing (but not for brunch)

    1. Da Emma or Graziella for Italian. Agree with kpaxonite about DNA - another chefs' favourite is Joe Beef. And of course, Au Pied de Cochon - you won't find anything like it anywhere else!
      Best espresso is IMHO at Cafe Myriade - downtown, not near Jean Talon market, but well worth the trip.

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

      1. Summertime is outdoor dining time in Montreal. Try Club Chasse et Peche in Old Montreal / Old Port area. Great outdoor space for daytime meals. Very good menu, nice wine list. Great setting in an old building for dinners too. Montreal's French bistros are great - everyone has their favourite, but I would recommend Lemeac given their outdoor patio space, big windows that open and excellent food.

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        1. re: panpam

          I agree summer time is outdoor time for us Montrealers, but I believe Club Chass et Peche lunchtime outdoor dining is only Monday-Friday.

          I'm very curious to hear if you find any Italian restaurants that wow you in Montreal. But yes, Da Emma and Graziella are top ones, and both located in Old Montreal. Not sure which would be the best in Little Italy, there are some good ones (Via Dante is good), but don't expect great.

          For brunch in old Montreal, Le Cartet (McGill street) is very good, but unfortunately mostly indoors.

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          Le Cartet
          106 Rue McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y, CA

          1. re: sweettoothMTL

            I walked by Le Cartet last Sunday and they had a terrasse out on the sidewalk.

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            Le Cartet
            106 Rue McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y, CA

            1. re: kpzoo

              Good to know, I wasn't sure if they opened it for the week-end brunch or only during week lunch. Unfortunately, that terrasse is streetside, on a street with more cars than pedestrians, and not on the sunny side of the street, so I'm just saying it's one of the few cases of nicer inside. But it's nice that the OP can decide when they get there, I've eaten outside at lunch there, it's not bad at all.