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Dec 10, 2012 09:05 AM

Montreal Centre-Ville early January with two younger kids, both good eaters - help!

We will be in Montreal in early January staying at the Fairmount Queen Elizabeth. I want to have a nice (earlier) dinner -- no chains, no fast food -- with my 4 and 6 year old. They are both good eaters, not terribly picky (yes, we are lucky!). I want a place with some fun atmosphere for them, but also something a little more elegant then a chain for me. Would love to be able to walk, but a taxi to Old Montreal isn't out of the question either. If it was just me and my husband I would try Joe Beef and Au Pied de Cochon, but not sure these are kid friendly. Any suggestions?

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  1. In January I would think it best to go to a cozy restaurant. May I suggest dominion square tavern, da Emma or l'orignal...lots of great options near your hotel.they are very different but all very charming. Da Emma is in a basement and very cozy with delicious Italian food with prices to match. The other two are more casual and livelier places with solid food.

    1. Joe Beef and Au Pied de Cochon while not as kid friendly as Chuck E Cheese's, definitely can handle (and be handled) by a 4 and 6 year-old. Especially if you get there early.

      At Au Pied de Cochon, what 4 year-old doesn't like poutine? And what four year-old's parent doesn't like the extra foie gras that the four year-old won't be able to finish?

      At Joe Beef, they make a variation on an Egg McMuffin that uses fried soft shell crabs instead of buns... Again, right up the alley of a six year-old, with enough left over for the other parent.

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      1. re: EaterBob

        They do offer poutine without foie gras at APDC if you don't want to pay for it, btw. That's what my kids order, along with a sausage or two. Near the hotel I'd probably go to Hakata Ramen and have their long skinny spring rolls, edamame and some ramen.

      2. Joe Beef and PDC might be tricky for kids.

        Here are some other suggestions:


        Deville Dinerbar: modern, trendy deli. Kids will love it! (see 1st pic, Hibachi Steak Sandwich)

        F Bar: Portuguese fare in a scaled-down version of Ferreira (THE Portuguese place in town)

        M:BRGR: trendy burger spot serving quality ingredients. (see 2nd pic, Kobe BWK Burger)

        Old Montreal:

        Beaver Hall, French brasserie run by Groupe Europea, i.e. they know what they're doing. They have nice banquettes for families of four.

        Bevo Bar+Pizzeria: trendy Pizzeria, nice atmosphere in the heart of Old Montreal's tourist area, but definitely not a tourist trap.

        Brit & Chips: fish n' chips joint

        Gibby's: historic, charming steakhouse.

        Osteria Venti: cozy Italian joint serving home-style Italian fare.

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        1. re: 514eats

          i've taken an 8 year old to APdC and sat at the bar, it went really well. She loved watching the food prep. I don't think the atmosphere at M:BRGR is kid friendly, nor Gibby's.
          Brit and Chips is a good one though.can't speak for Deville.

          1. re: stephlovestoeat

            Gibby's is not my cup of tea, but my regular-food-loving grandchildren (ages 5 to 13) beg us to take them to Gibby's when they visit "the big city" and they've always been welcomed there. Gibby's also has highchairs and booster seats.