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First time in Montreal - where to eat?

keri2mac Nov 9, 2011 03:13 PM

I will be in Montreal in a few days for just a few days - where are memorable places for fine dining, lunch, breakfast, drinks? Thanks

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    unlaced RE: keri2mac Nov 9, 2011 03:32 PM

    Here are some threads about first trips to Montreal.


    (this one includes links to further threads!


    Perhaps if you had more specific questions - what type of food you like, price range, area that you'll be staying - we could give more specific recommendations.

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      keri2mac RE: unlaced Nov 12, 2011 12:58 AM

      thank you! I am looking for french, mostly, just cause we will be in toronto - we are from LA.

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      maj54us RE: keri2mac Nov 9, 2011 06:39 PM

      We always go with newcomers to Mtl with a smoked meat sandwich at schwartz or main ( i prefer main less salty to my taste buds)

      You want to eat home style quebecois cuisine go to "au pied du cochon".

      All cultures are practically represented in Montreal. If you want to compare with anything from your city. Tell us what's the best for you and we will try to guide you. enjoy your stay.

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        EaterBob RE: maj54us Nov 10, 2011 10:10 AM

        maj54us I'd love to know what home you came from, if you think that Au Pied du Cochon is "homestyle." Or even better can I get an invitation the next time your mom is cooking?

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          maj54us RE: EaterBob Nov 10, 2011 10:18 AM

          okay some dishes are based on quebecois cuisine with a $$$$ price tag. They have some classic of the quebecois cuisine. Where do you suggest to go for a "ragout de patte de cochon" dish?

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            EaterBob RE: maj54us Nov 10, 2011 06:14 PM

            Binerie Mont Royal, Le Capri, Maison de Roti (for take home and reheat). Sadly Chez Clo closed last year, otherwise that would be on my list as well. However, none of them would ever be considered "fine dining" which is what keri2mac is looking for.

            I was just teasing (hopefully gently) on your choice of words, apologies if I offended.

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              maj54us RE: EaterBob Nov 11, 2011 08:45 AM

              @EaterBob: you're right on the choice of words, should have been formated as "FDHS" and please no I wasn't offended at all.

              Binerie Mont-Royal should also be a landmark of Montreal in reviews. I never had lunch there but they have a few quebecois classic on the menu I remember. Must try them out someday.

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                wano RE: maj54us Nov 13, 2011 07:20 AM

                Le Club Chasse et Peche in Old Montreal (awesome)

                Le Filet - seafood

                Holders, a gastropub (atmosphere is casual but still bit pricey)

                Lawrence - for English brunch (casual)

                Les Infidelles (not fine dining, but great for dinner any how)

                Milos - greek
                Anything Shawarma for lunch

                Garde Manger - not fine dining but great food

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        tah1234 RE: keri2mac Nov 13, 2011 01:17 PM

        I have never been disappointed at Le Petit Plateau and it offers the added charm of being a BYOB so you can enjoy a fantastic bottle of wine with dinner at a fraction of the cost. Not sure it qualifies as "fine dining" but its great dining.

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          mangoannie RE: tah1234 Nov 13, 2011 08:07 PM

          If you are in old montreal you could have brunch on weekends in l'arrivage on 3rd floor of archeology museum. The advantage is you can spend some time afterwards walking around the historic area, visiting the museum/ art galleries. Their brunch starts at 11:30, it is easy to get to, the special jumbo breakfast is very good and the view is of the old port (maybe ask for table near the window)


          My children went recently to cinquieme peche with outoftowners and enjoyed their meals, service, ambiance. Its French and not far from downtown but check hours of opening..


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