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foodlovergeneral Jan 28, 2012 01:18 PM

Who would like to weigh in on inexpensive but nice eats in MOntreal. I have one here that I like that I will present here. But love to hear more.

POTATA POTATI: This has very interesting and a very inexpensive menu. Burgers were size of sliders but at $2 a pop, very reasonable. Well cooked on a grill with nice condiments and sauces that they have developed. Presentation and service were great both times I was there. $2.75 for a hot dog, was so-so. Roast beef dish was excellent with a home made sauce that was rich and pretty good. They made it with a pork reduction, wine and chicken stock, but I don't think they made the pork reduction themselves. They thickened it with corn starch and not it's own natural thickening agent; what do you want for $5. Poutine was great. Long line at times to get into this tiny place with only 3 tables and two counters. But worth it. Cheerful place too.

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    Maximilien Jan 28, 2012 01:32 PM


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      Daiya Jan 28, 2012 01:38 PM

      How about Patati Patata

      Patati Patata
      4177 St-Laurent Blvd., Montreal, QC , CA

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        mangoannie Jan 28, 2012 02:17 PM

        Its a favourite montreal haunt and they also do takeout which is good to know when no space, they used to have a borscht soup which seemed to be a favourite takeout. Have also gone for breakfasts which are cheap. Have vegetarian options, and I have had the fish when wanted alternative to hamburger, small fillet of fish for a small price! Its amazing how they prepare everything in such a small place, but they do go down trapdoor ladder to get supplies!

        foodlovergeneral, you did get the name right but you translated it to English-- the name of resto is a play on words for patate, this is the only way I can recall the name ! We discovered it simply by the odd paintjob, got us curious as to what is inside.

        the coming up cheap deals to note will be the lunch specials for 12.95$ during Montreal Highlight festival, I have taken advantage of these in past and really enjoyed discovering restaurants that I had not yet visited


        there are some more expensive lunches on offer as well, still good deals for the calibre of resto

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          BarackHObama Jan 28, 2012 02:27 PM

          their club sandwich substitutes chicken salad for breast and the bacon is crisp - a total midday meal winner.

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            cherylmtl Jan 28, 2012 03:20 PM

            AFAIK they still have the borscht - it's my favourite item on the menu (aside from the fries...)

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              maj54us Jan 28, 2012 06:17 PM

              "et patati et patata" is a french expression ssimilar to "goes on and on and on" or blablabla. I remember in seifeld they had yadi yadi yada

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              porker Feb 1, 2012 01:57 PM

              *YOU* say Patati, flg says POTATA....

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                serenatremblay Feb 8, 2012 08:31 PM

                yeah pretty place to snack too. just a little small

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                mangoannie Jan 28, 2012 02:50 PM

                for another cheap eat I like TA on parc and sometimes I skip the pot pie and just have their soup which warms you up on a wintery day. Only downside is not an easy place to find parking and now worse with all the mess of construction blocking off whole area

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                  Daiya Jan 28, 2012 03:37 PM

                  Tourtiere Australienne , Ta-pies
                  Delicious and hearty!

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                    finefoodie55 Feb 1, 2012 06:47 AM

                    Love the Butter Chicken Pie

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                      foodlovergeneral Feb 1, 2012 02:26 PM

                      Great place; I went to TA today. It was excellent. The filling in the butter chicken pie was fabulous. The australian meringue and cream pastry was great. My wife loved the chicken and bacon pie. Rum ball was very good. This is a keeper.

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                        Shattered Feb 3, 2012 07:57 AM

                        Butter Chicken is always gone by the time I go! Yeah, TA is amazing. I always eat way too much when I go.

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