Montreal in August
we will be heading to Montreal in two weeks and i am trying to plan ahead. A few years ago when I went Chow Hound sent me to wonderfull places APDC, pixnto and the soup dumpling place in a little basement yum!
This time i am taking two 18 year olds, who love good food(no torist trap , chain places) ... my daughter wants french food (somplace with lots of good small plates to share maybe?), African, savory crepes, and maybe somplace exciting and original . Staying at the Montagne.....plan on using public transport and walking!! thank YOU
For "french" and "small" plates, go to "Le Comptoire Charcuterie" or "Le Filet" where they have mostly smaller plates.
For Crepes : don't know, but if you are in town on a Sunday and you like eletronic music, you can go to the "Piknic Electronik" they do have crepes (limited savory or sweet).
For exciting, I'm not certain what is exciting ... specify...
Cool vibe for 18 year olds is Patati Patata...good for burgers, poutine, great fish burgers. Usually a line-up, however. Also for burgers is Le Paryse...worth going if you are in the neighbourhood (Ontario and St-Denis). Also fun is to grab some chicken at Romado's and then picnic at Jeanne-Mance park...lots of people hanging out, picnicking, playing frisbee...a great summer vibe. There are some previous threads on "unique", "funky", "eccentric", "hole-in-the-wall", "local favourite" restaurants that might be worth searching for.
Heard good things about the creperie at Marché Jean-Talon. But if you've ever been to Montreal you probably already went ? Saw a few good reviews of La Bulle au carré too.
For cool and original place... I'd say Olive et Gourmando is a must. Definately one of the "coolest" place in town (always super crowded) and it's amazingly good. Open for breakfast or lunch. In the same category, I really like Cluny in the Old Montreal again. It's a cafeteria-like place (but high-end) in the Fonderie Darling Art Center. It's only open for lunch and it's filled with locals working nearby.
Maybe Tri Express in the Plateau would be a great place too. Definitely not your average sushi/asian place in terms of decor. Also it's in a nice neighborhood. You can have the best desserts in town at Pâtisserie Rhubarbe after that. If you daughter likes french pastries that's the place to go. There's also Le Fromentier, a good bakery on the way.
Other "exciting" places on top of my head : La salle à manger, Quartier Général (BYOW), Le Garde Manger... maybe Réservoir ? If you kids drink... cause they can here ;) It's a brasserie but also a tapas place.
For french : Leméac, Laloux, L'Express, and tons of others...
257 Rue Prince, Montreal, QC H3C2N4, CA
Olive et Gourmando
351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA
1650 Av Laurier E, Montreal, QC H2J1J2, CA