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Merry Christmas everyone! This is very last minute but I could use some help for an upcoming trip to Montreal with myself and my significant other. This is our first visit to the city and most of the trip will center around food and beverage. I am in the industry as I own a protein centric food truck in the states. We will be staying the the Plateau Mont Royal area arriving thursday afternoon and staying till tuesday morning. That being said this is what we are kinda looking for in no particular order:

- Brunch spot with a great scene
- breakfast spot, greasy spoon
- something is the vein of joe beef, as we won't be able to get into joe beef
- fine dinning, for dinner, prefer if it was very french in technique
- ethnic spots- chinese, thai, indian or any others that should be hit up.
- the main vs schwartz's
- hate the term but " gastro pub" good bar with good food, can be dive-ish
- full fledge dive for locals
- romantic pre dinner drink spot
- names of some of the "hot spots" for dinner
- bar with live music
- sushi?
- bistro, brass all things french for lunch
- night clubs or bars where theres some good people watching
- best market in case we cook
- beer bar

I think that covers most of what we are looking for. Price point $-$$$$, open to everything. If there are any other " must go to's" please feel free to include them. We are both very adventurous eaters and have no problem bouncing from place to place all afternoon sampling everything a place has to offer.

Thank you for your help. Merry Christmas!

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  1. - Brunch spot with a great scene
    Maison Publique / Le Chien Fumant / Nouveau Palais
    - breakfast spot, greasy spoon
    Rex Pizza
    - something is the vein of joe beef, as we won't be able to get into joe beef
    Liverpool House
    - fine dinning, for dinner, prefer if it was very french in technique
    Club Chasse et Pêche
    - ethnic spots- chinese, thai, indian or any others that should be hit up.
    Le Coin du Mexique / Halal 786 / Kazu / Pho Lien
    - the main vs schwartz's
    Smoke Meat Pete's
    - hate the term but " gastro pub" good bar with good food, can be dive-ish
    Le Reservoir / Brasserie Cherrier / Le Capri
    - full fledge dive for locals
    Barfly
    - romantic pre dinner drink spot
    Furco / Helm
    - names of some of the "hot spots" for dinner
    - bar with live music
    Barfly / Taverne Inspecteur Epingle
    - sushi?
    No
    - bistro, brass all things french for lunch
    L'Express
    - night clubs or bars where theres some good people watching
    Sparrow
    - best market in case we cook
    Jean Talon
    - beer bar
    Dieu du Ciel / Vices et Versa

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    1. re: EaterBob

      Great recommendations Eaterbob! (Lol re: sushi? -No. Maybe Park could fit that bill? http://www.facebook.com/ParkResto
      )Before I would have said Schwartz over The Main but now, it could go either way and The Main has a better menu. I would also add Lawrence to the brunch choices.

    2. Greasy Spoon: Cosmos on Sherbrooke street West. Not sure it is open over the holidays though.

      1. Try also BYOB places it's a classic in montreal: Monsieur B, Le quartier general, les heritiers and le smoking vallee!

        1. In addition (or repeat) to others :

          all relatively close to the "plateau" :

          - Something is the vein of joe beef: La Salle à Manger.
          - Fine Dining : La Chronique.
          - Gastro-Pub: Maison Publique.
          - Hot Spots: Hotel Herman, Maison Publique, Le Comptoir Charcuterie et Vin, Le Filet...
          - Bar with live music: Dieze Onze (st-denis st)
          - Market : Marché Jean Talon.
          - Beer Bar: Dieu du Ciel.
          - Sushi : Jun-I, Park (but further away).
          - night clubs : Salon Daome( "underground"--ish but quite popular, not cheezy)

          "have no problem bouncing from place to place all afternoon sampling everything a place has to offer"

          Most of the restaurants might not be open all afternoon ...

          For bread, viennoiseries, and patisseries, ...
          Kouing Aman, Rhubarbe, Ar-homa, St-Viateur or Fairmont Bagels ...

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          1. re: Maximilien

            beer4, really good responses above, and Max is correct that many restos may be closed for all or part of this week.

            My two cents (avoiding duplication with recs made above) are as follows:

            - Brunch spot with a great scene: (i) Restaurant Holder in Old Montreal but only on weekends (also good for dinner), or (ii) L'express listed above for "all things French" also has a good brunch menu and scene.

            - breakfast spot, greasy spoon: L'Avenue on ave. Mont-Royal - not a real greasy spoon but I always found the breakfasts good with greasy potatoes - this is on the Plateau

            - something is the vein of joe beef, as we won't be able to get into joe beef: Au Pied de Cochon, L'Orignal, Garde-Manger

            - fine dinning, for dinner, prefer if it was very french in technique: Toqué, Leméac, Le Quartier Général (BYOW), Milos (the latter is fine Greek dining so not French)

            - ethnic spots- chinese, thai, indian or any others that should be hit up.: Milos (see above)

            - the main vs schwartz's: Scwartz's - irrespective of the great taste or quality debate, The Main is simply too depressing and not representative of Montreal.

            - hate the term but " gastro pub" good bar with good food, can be dive-ish: (i) Burgundy Lion has a hip and mid- to late twentysomething crowd and passable English-style pub food. (ii) L'Assomoir on either Bernard Avenue (not so far from Plateau) or in Old Montreal. (iii) Furco

            - names of some of the "hot spots" for dinner
            - bar with live music - Auberge Le St-Gabriel has good food, cool decor and good bar called Velvet in the basement

            That's all I got.

            Hope you made into Montreal today with the arrival of our first serious snowstorm of the winter.

            1. re: manaloman

              Unless things have changed recently, l'Express does not do brunch. They do breakfast, lunch and dinner and you can't order breakfast during lunch service.

          2. I forgot,

            La "Buvette Chez Simone" is a very cool place on Parc ave.

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            1. re: Maximilien

              Thank you all for the thoughtful responses, we are en route to Montreal now, having got a late start due to weather. One last question, where could one watch some American football on a Sunday?

              1. re: beer4brkfest

                Champs on St-Laurent blvd; you can go have a smoked meat sandwich @ Schwartz's before the game.

                1. re: beer4brkfest

                  "having got a late start due to weather"

                  Kind of an understatement.....its going to be hell getting into the city and settling in.