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caitlink Dec 8, 2012 07:06 PM

My daughters love to eat. Considering these choices for xmas.

Cafe Boulud for weekday lunch - read they do a 2 or 3 course lunch meal
The Main and Schwartz for smoked meat taste off
We are going to try Romados and Coco Rico for a chicken taste off
Pizza Napoletana

What are best places for croissants and pastries?
What is best place for fancy hotel sunday buffet brunch?

And are the farmer's markets open on weekdays or weekends in winter? Thx in advance.

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    Maximilien Dec 10, 2012 06:39 AM

    (Is the teen in the lower or upper teen age ?)

    Would it be really fun for a teen to go to Boulud ? just wondering.

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      caitlink Dec 12, 2012 10:01 AM

      One in upper and one in lower teen. And both loved the special attention and service they got at Bouchon, Lupa, Emeril's, Peter Luger, Robuchon, Scarpetta and others. So no worries there.

      Contrary to others, I find that we get comp'ed free food when we bring our kids :-) Free truffle fries at Bouchon. free dessert or extra scoops of gelato.

      Still wondering if Boulud is worth it since I read reviews where diners were still hungry after 2 or 3 course meal.

      APDC is too rich for my parents' palate.
      And based on what I read here, I also need to do more homework since some resturants will be closed around xmas and new years.

      Thanks everyone.

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      westaust Dec 9, 2012 05:48 PM

      Sunday brunch is also available at the Fairmount Reine Elizabeth and is usually good

      1. Bacchus101 Dec 9, 2012 07:37 AM

        Some great suggestions here.

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          caitlink Dec 9, 2012 09:33 AM

          Thanks everyone for the great recommendations. We thought about going to APDC but not sure if the menu is right for us. Did not know about the other croissant places mentioned so we will definitely go there.
          Another place we love is Fairmount (?) bagels. We liked it better than the other one.
          We try to do fancy sunday buffet brunches on vacation. Don't think it's available at the Ritz in Montreal. We did try the Delta one - I think it's the one on the revolving level.
          thank you!

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            Cbtd10 Dec 9, 2012 09:51 AM

            The Ritz Carlton actually does offer a Christmas brunch buffet inside the Oval Room. Maison Boulud offers a brunch as well, though it's a la carte. Same for January 1st.

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          carfreeinla Dec 9, 2012 06:30 AM

          I am doing the same trip in January. Instead I chose more "typical" Montreal fare and places that we don't visit in summer when the weather is warm. Romados is on the list as is Atwater- will save JTM for summer. We have Au Pied de Cochon, l'express ( we arrive on a late flight), Brasserie Cherrier ( IMHO the best burgers in Montreal) and Kitchenette.

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            EaterBob Dec 9, 2012 06:09 AM

            Romados and Coco Rico do two very different types of chicken. Charcoal grilled and rotisserie. Better to replace Coc Rico with Piri Piri (415 Mont-Royal E).

            I second Gloriaa's suggestion of Kouign Amann which is at 322 Mont-Royal E. You also might want to try Patisserie Rhubarbe, 5091 de Lanaudière and/or Mamie Clafoutis, 3660 St Denis.

            Fancy Hotel Sunday Brunch can be had at Le Tour de Ville which is in the Delta Centre-Ville, 777 University or if you want something similar, but cheaper and not in a hotel the Vieux Port Steakhouse, 39 St–Paul E also does a Sunday Buffet Brunch.

            And yes, the Markets (Jean Talon, Atwater and Maisonneuve, are open weekdays and weekends in the winter, but they won't have any farmers there for obvious reasons.

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              causeimhungry Dec 9, 2012 06:14 AM

              Coco Rico is my number one go to chicken place. If anything, I'd change up Romados for Piri Piri.

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                catroast Dec 9, 2012 06:39 AM

                i would dump all other chicken choices and drag my butt straight to chalet bbq - it is a little out of the way but not really and by far the best chicken place in montreal and certainly one of the best in the country. romados is not that great anymore and coco rico has never been good. at the same time, you can go to snowdon deli for smoked meat. i know that there is a lot of love for the main's smoked meat here - i'll admit when it's good it is great - but my last 3 visits have been god awful. snowdon deli is much more consistent than the main. order the old fashioned smoked meat. still go to schwartz's.

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                FrenchSoda Dec 10, 2012 12:15 PM

                +1 on The Kouign-Amann. If you or your daughters like pastry, this is absolutely not to be missed! It is (IMHO) more difficult to make than croissants and this is one of the few places from here to Toronto with an excellent one.

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                Gloriaa Dec 9, 2012 05:30 AM

                I would try olive and gourmando for great croissants and delicious sweets. The palmiers are my favorite. It also serves a hot breakfast sandwich. It's a fun and busy cafe. On the more beautiful and refined side there is Olivier Potier. Both are worth a visit. But please try a kouing aman at their namesake store. They are the sweetest most decadent croissants ever. My teenage daughters favorite restaurant is marche 27, they specialize in tartare. They have the best sweet potato fries ever!

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                  kpzoo Dec 9, 2012 06:10 AM

                  > I would try olive and gourmando for great croissants and delicious sweets.

                  O&G is great, but you mentioned coming over Xmas, so just be aware that they're closing Dec. 23 & Jan. 7.

                  > And are the farmer's markets open on weekdays or weekends in winter?

                  Yes. The two big farmer's markets, Jean-Talon & Atwater, are open year-round, and though the local produce dwindles, there are other things to explore. At JTM check out Marché des Saveurs and at Atwater Douceurs du Marché. JTM is much bigger so I'd suggest you go there.
                  http://www.marchespublics-mtl.com/
                  http://www.lemarchedessaveurs.com/

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                    SnackHappy Dec 9, 2012 06:59 AM

                    JTM closes on 25th and 26th december and 1st and 2nd january, so that's something to keep in mind. I don't know the schedule for Atwater. BTW, they are not farmers markets, but public markets. A lot of the sellers there are not farmers and even the farmers sell products not produced on their farms.

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                    causeimhungry Dec 9, 2012 06:10 AM

                    Olivier Potier is a great idea for some nice pastries. (closed Mondays)
                    Don't forget Pizza Napoletana is a BYOB.

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