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Top BYOB or Table d'Hote at the moment

The Chemist May 15, 2013 03:55 AM

Hi all,

I've had to live away from Montreal for the past year but am bringing some friends back with me in July. I'd like to expose them to what I think Montreal does best: affordable neighborhood joints in the range of $30 entrees. I know that there are usually one or two places on top of this scene and I'd like to know which would be a safe bet now. I'm looking for the following characteristics:

Nothing too fancy, a focus on French/Quebec food, either BYOB or reasonably priced Table d'Hote (we want to stay in the range of about $70 per person after wine, tax and tip), takes reservations, consistent quality, accessible by metro. Bonus points for having larger portions as I am traveling with some... larger Americans used to eating a lot.

Failing a good recommendation, I'll probably just take them to APDC, but I'm kinda bored of it. Besides, chowhound has never let me down before!

Thanks in advance for your great recommendations!

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    Stax88 RE: The Chemist May 15, 2013 06:48 AM

    Quartier General would be my go to. Pretty affordable, great food, BYOB.

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      Fintastic RE: Stax88 May 15, 2013 09:50 AM

      Of course I second this. As much as I want to recommend a less well-known BYO, I think QG has the most interesting dishes. Beyond that, they are also considerably more affordable than most others in the same category. Even after ordering the priciest main a 4-course meal is still only $43+tax.

      Otherwise, I'd maybe consider Monsieur B or P'Tit Plateau, but there aren't many new options on the scene. You could try Smoking Vallee, but it certainly isn't my favourite based on any criteria.

    2. 514eats RE: The Chemist May 16, 2013 10:31 AM

      There's Le Smoking Vallee that opened a little over a year ago in Saint-Henri, the neighborhood that's currently the talk of the town. It's a BYOW and serves creative French-inspired cuisine.

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        The Chemist RE: 514eats May 19, 2013 09:24 AM

        Ooo, thanks.

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          chowchow49 RE: 514eats May 25, 2013 05:35 PM

          Sorry to say, but the food is not up to par .
          Way overpriced and really not worth it.

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            514eats RE: chowchow49 May 27, 2013 06:49 AM

            We never said it was a great place, we just suggested it as a newer place on the BYOW scene that made some noise when it first opened. We've only been once and had an average experience.

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            Stax88 RE: 514eats May 27, 2013 06:25 AM

            Just went to Smoking Vallee this past weekend. My second time there. Food was slightly above average, but not worth the premium in price. Service was average. For the money, I don't think it is worth it.

            However, there are few other options in the area and it is why they are doing so well. I really hope they iron out the service issues and it would be a much better bet.

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            rooibus RE: The Chemist Jun 5, 2013 02:37 PM

            Grenadine! But don't tell anyone. I am vegetarian and they always make me something interesting if there is not a veggie choice on the menu. BYOB, http://www.grenadine.ca/en/
            and close to Metro. Walking distance to St Denis St. Small resto so be sure to reserve.

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              lagatta RE: rooibus Jun 5, 2013 04:59 PM

              Dear little red bush or bus,

              That is very interesting - I have events at or near UQAM or Cégep de Vieux-Montréal, and am always looking for places with good vegetarian options. I'm not vegetarian, but try to limit meat and focus on vegetables, and have friends who are veg.

              I always try to suggest more veg options when restaurants ask for suggestions.

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