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

Primitive001 Dec 10, 2012 09:05 AM

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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    Gloriaa RE: Primitive001 Dec 10, 2012 09:27 AM

    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.

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      EaterBob RE: Primitive001 Dec 10, 2012 01:16 PM

      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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        Plateaumaman RE: EaterBob Dec 10, 2012 01:47 PM

        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. 514eats RE: Primitive001 Dec 11, 2012 07:44 AM

        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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          stephlovestoeat RE: 514eats Dec 14, 2012 08:20 AM

          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.

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            Satene RE: stephlovestoeat Dec 17, 2012 07:29 AM

            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.

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