Tentative Montreal Eating Agenda - Sanity Check and Advice Please
Coming up from New York later this month and looking very much forward to dining in Montreal. Both my wife an I love great food and wine - we are very eager to get settled in Montreal for several days and engross ourselves into the local gastronomy. After reviewing multiple posts, have come up with the following tentative agenda and would like comments, suggestions and/or alternatives:
- Dinner – DNA
- Lunch – Club Chasse et Peche (Terrace)
- Dinner – Au Pied de Cochon
- Lunch – Les 400 Coups
- Pre-Dinner Drinks – 3 Petits Bouchons
- Dinner – Laloux
- Lunch – Jean Talon Market
- Dinner – Toque
Are we going too formal and not allowing for a more low-brow local experiences? If so, please provide some ideas. Also, most of the selection appears to be in Old Montreal, but we would love to find a small out of the way place which has some phenomenal food anywhere in the city - something that simply cannot be missed. Any advice would be welcome!
Holy shit! That looks like an amazing weekend.
My only criticism is that your Thursday packs in both of the piggiest restaurants (in both senses of the world)... Maybe swap Au Pied De Cochon with one of the somewhat lighter, more haute-cuisine options (DNA or Toque)?
I do think you might be a little super-saturated with all these big formal meals. The city's croissants [Paltoquet, de la Gascogne], bagels [St Viateur] and pastries [Rhubarbe, Kouign D'Amman, Mamie Clafoutis] are utterly world-class, and it's a pity to miss the simple pleasure of a park, in sun, with a bag of baked goods.
Given that you're from NYC, the other cheaper things the city does well - like Szechuan food - aren't necessarily can't-miss.
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I wouldn't change a thing. But if you're looking for lowbrow that won't interfere with your reservations, here are some suggestions.
Homemade Spruce Beer at Paul Patates. A drive down to Point Saint Charles is about 15 minutes (depending on traffic) and a soda in the afternoon isn't going to ruin your appetite.
Hamborghini at Dic Ann's on Pie IX. Do not go to any of the franchisees, they don't have anywhere the same atmosphere. A drive up to Dic Ann's will take about 30 minutes, and a Hamborghini is about the same size as a White Castle slider, but very different. Won't spoil the appetite, either. Dic Ann's has been around since the early 50's.
Breakfast at La Binerie Mont-Royal. Can't forget breakfast, the most important meal of the day... And the Binerie is the basis for just about everything on the menu at Au Pied de Cochon. All they serve is extremely traditional Quebecois food.
Fries at Pataterie Chez Philippe. A pitstop in the middle of the day for some fries, arguably the best fries in the city isn't going to take up much space, especially if you share... Chez Phil has been around since the early 60's.
A special at Wilensky's. Not really a large sandwich, but you won't find anything like it anywhere else in the world.
And if you can't only have drinks at 3 Petits Bouchons, because their liquor license won't allow it, (I do not know) order a cheese plate as nibbles.
I think this sounds like an amazing few days. Not all of these restaurant are as formal as one might expect (even if your list includes most of the true fine-dining establishments in the city). Laloux, 3PB and APDC are not what I'd call formal, though also not low-brow local either. The only thing I'd suggest is to avoid uncertainty about whether one can simply get drinks at 3PB by either calling, or getting your drinks next door to Laloux at their wine bar, Pop! If you don't plan on eating regardless then this might make more sense.
But I agree with others - don't miss St. Viateur bagels straight from the oven, and definitely give time for some bakeries. Perhaps these are good morning ideas.