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Jul 16, 2013 04:21 PM

Montreal this Sat-Tues - Cheap Food/Good Coffee - with 3.5 month old!

Hi all,

Coming from Toronto, will be with wife and small 3.5 month old (hopefully sleeping while we eat).
Looking for cheap, rather casual (takeout or suitable for the young one) - for any breakfast / lunch / dinner / snack / coffee break suggestions.

WIll be staying in the Plateau area. But will have car so I can drive, or take transit - not an issue at all.

Open to anything that is either 1) very good 2) very "Montreal" and/or 3) something difficult to find in Toronto.

On a side note - if there is anything special in the Mexican and also Central American cuisine, I'm open to suggestions.


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  1. st. viateur bagel cafe on mont-royal is very kid-friendly, and you can enjoy fresh montreal bagels with an array of spreads, or in sandwich form.

    euro-style fries with great dips at any frite alors location is good for baby-bringing too.

    I'm sure the coffee geeks will chime in on the best plateau pull.

    when I lived in toronto I really missed good souvlaki.. I know it's there but ours is better... so a family-friendly greek dinner might be nice. I'd recommend Nostos on l'Acadie- about a 15-minute drive from the plateau.

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    1. re: C70

      I like this Nostos idea.. I will definitely try to fit this one in!

      St Viateur - I've been, unless it was Fairmont (cant remember) :), I guess I should go back....!

      Any any brkfst recommendations?

      There is supposed to be an abudance of mid-east (lebanese etc) food as well in MTL, correct?

    2. Romados.. great Portuguese chicken [best in mtl and under 10 bucks], call in advance and you can skip the (long) lines (its almost all take-out)- they just reopened after a fire shut them in January.

      For take out Empanadas consider La Chilenita, they have three locations in the plateau - cheap and delicious. The one on Napoléon is probably the best for takeout but all of them do it

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      1. re: kpaxonite

        How does Romados compare with anything in Toronto (if you know)?

        1. re: stevedominic

          Most would argue that it's the best Portuguese chicken around. I don't know of any place in Toronto that gets hour long lines for any sort of chicken but I haven't looked in a few years.

          1. re: stevedominic

            All I know is that my friends and family from Toronto make a deliberate trip to Romados whenever they're in town!

          2. re: kpaxonite

            I'm pretty sure there's only one location of La Chilenita now, the one on Napoleon. Sabor Latina on St. Laurent is also a great stop for a variety of empanadas, tacos, and pupusas. You can also pick up groceries there (like tortillas and marinated pork) for making your own tacos at home.

            Other good place in the 'hood that would be easy with a baby include Miga, Su Shian Yuang, L'Anecdote, and Saint Sushi Bar.

            We like Maria Bonita for Mexican, in Mile End.

            1. re: Plateaumaman

              There's a La Chilenita location opening on Roy - saw a sign in the window for it a few weeks ago.

              1. re: Plateaumaman

                Plateaumaman, I believe the La Chilenita location on Duluth (just west of St-Laurent) is still open. Think the one on Napoleon and the one on Roy are one and the same (believe it is on Napoleon).

                1. re: lagatta

                  No, there is another one opening on Roy, too, I've also seen the signs. It's not open yet. It's weird that it's so close to the Napoleon one, but there you have it.

                  Also, there is not one on Duluth; I believe you mean the one on Marie-Anne at Clark.

                  I don't understand why the Napoleon and Marie-Anne locations don't share a website or other listings. Were they ever affiliated or is it the kind of name that anyone can claim? (like Thali on St-Marc and Thali on Ontario)

                  1. re: Shattered

                    Is it possible that the one on Napoleon will be closing?

            2. La Caretta for pupusas and other Salvadoran yumminess. Very casual and inexpensive.


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              1. re: kpzoo

                Los Planes is another really good option for Salvarodan. Just don't be put off by the decor.


                Don't know though if Salvadoran restaurants is really something "special" from someone coming from Toronto.

                1. re: Glaff

                  Actaully Pupusas is one of my "go to" foods here, there is a few good joints. It may not be top of my list, but it's good to throw in my back pocket in case I do get a craving while there. thanks for the suggestion.

                2. re: kpzoo

                  Mmmmm pupusas. Thanks for reminding me, I haven't had my fill in a while.

                3. The Main deli on St-Laurent is very Montreal, little kid friendly, and very casual. Smoked meat, poutine, steaks, burgers, liver, lox, latkes, etc.

                  1. The only recommendation that I have for Mexican is El Meson in Lachine (on Saint Joseph, along the canal). It's fantastic food and very baby friendly. We live in the area and we've brought our now 9 month old (!!) there at least once a month since he was born.

                    However, it is far from the Plateau (about a 30 minute drive, without traffic). Great little restaurant and the Lachine Canal area is VERY Montreal so I would be remiss if I didn't at least mention it. :)

                    Have fun travellinig with the little one. Travelling with an infant is actually easier than you'd think, especially at 3.5 months!

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                    1. re: lawyergirl77

                      El Meson is very average and definitely not worth the drive from the Plateau.

                      Try Itacate for Mexican (closer to your base too) or the pupusa places mentioned in this thread.

                      +1 for Nostos too for the gyro pitas and grilled chicken.

                      1. re: JerkPork

                        Yes, Itacate is really good. Same neighborhood as most of our pupuserias.

                        1. re: Glaff

                          Itacate isn't exactly cheap though

                        2. re: JerkPork

                          I like El Meson for its location. Feels like you are at the seaside. Food is average but location makes up for that.

                          1. re: williej

                            Yes, I don't mind the distance, as we can "sightsee" on the way...perhaps we can stop by on the way out of the city when going westward....