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Steak frites in Montreal

hapgood8 Jul 15, 2012 06:00 PM

I am going to visit Montreal in early August and I have high hopes to fulfill my steak frites craving. I have heard L'Express isn't particularly impressive to locals. What are some solid recommendations for (non-pricey) steak frites, preferably with hanger cuts?

Thanks in advance!

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  1. SnackHappy Jul 15, 2012 06:12 PM

    I haven't been to Leméac in a while , but their steak frites is quite good and the cut is hanger steak.

    It's also available on their $27 after 10pm menu.


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      Maximilien Jul 15, 2012 06:42 PM

      I like l'Express's steak-frites; it just works;

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        Plateaumaman Jul 15, 2012 09:22 PM

        I agree. I'm local and L'Express is just fine. I've heard Steak Frites St-Paul is nice too. Considering that's their name, it should be good.

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          hapgood8 Jul 16, 2012 07:08 PM

          Thanks for your two cents. How far advance should I make a reservation at L'Express?

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            Maximilien Jul 17, 2012 03:06 AM

            I'd call soon.

            it's not very difficult to get a table, but you never know, especially if you want to eat at around 8pm-ish in the evening, or at lunch hour (12:30-ish).

            I you are single or two, you could sit at the bar, and watch Mr. Masson at work.

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              hapgood8 Jul 17, 2012 11:22 AM


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        catroast Jul 16, 2012 04:36 AM

        i had a really nice sirloin steak frites at the Decca77 brasserie not long ago...it's more of a 5 a 7 type setting but it's well priced at $24.

        and say what you will but mechant boeuf in old montreal has a good hanger steak frites for $21 --- they also have very good 5 a 7 drink specials.

        The Lemeac steak frites is exceptionally good though

        1. cherylmtl Jul 16, 2012 10:43 AM

          Brasserie T! has a very decent steak frites, for around $21. IIRC, Tuck Shop had a decent one too.

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          1. re: cherylmtl
            SnackHappy Jul 16, 2012 02:26 PM

            FYI, the cut at Brasserie T! is bavette (sirloin flap) and not flank steak as the English menu states.

          2. TheSnowpea Jul 16, 2012 02:15 PM

            There is L'Entrecôte St-Jean on Peel... they serve only that: steak frites with a green peppercorn sauce, along with with a walnut laden green salad and profiteroles for dessert.

            I mean, it's okay, I suppose... but it's not my cup of tea. Some folks must like it however, because there are always people in there for lunch.

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              catroast Jul 16, 2012 02:22 PM

              the bastards also charge like $35 bucks for a tiny steak

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                TheSnowpea Jul 16, 2012 02:23 PM

                It's been so long since I have been (I think it was 25$ at the time for lunch? Went once with a colleague who was leaving the office for greener pastures and who wanted to go there... Nevah again!)

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                  Shattered Jul 16, 2012 08:14 PM

                  Then why on earth would you mention it?

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              hapgood8 Jul 17, 2012 11:23 AM

              Thank you everyone!

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                mattlane Jul 20, 2012 04:12 PM

                Not steak-frites in the bavette/onglet sense, but if I've had a really good rib and amazing fries at Le Mas des Oliviers. More expesive than you'd pay for a $4 cut of meat, but really no comparison.

                Extremely old-school french, with a reasonable wine list. The place is dated, but service good and friendly.

                Just a thought.

                And BTW, if I wanted traditional onglet or bavette, I'd stick with l'express, Lemeac as suggested, or even Holder on McGill college.

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                1. re: mattlane
                  Fritzy Jul 20, 2012 10:37 PM

                  I will second both Mas des Oliviers and Lemeac's steak frites!

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