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Eater's 38 essential list for Montreal

marblebag Oct 3, 2013 10:00 AM

Eater Montreal is now public and they published their first "38 essential list".


How many have you been to? What is missing? What should not be on that list?

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    Maximilien RE: marblebag Oct 3, 2013 10:46 AM

    Lawrence, Bouillon Bilk are not there.

    (IMO) La Cabane Au Pied de Cochon should not be there.

    Maybe Pinxto should be in there ? maybe Kazu or Imadake or maybe Jun I (has sushi been out-of-fashion?)

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      Glaff RE: Maximilien Oct 3, 2013 11:12 AM

      Lawrence is in the list.

      Bottega is missing I think. And Barbounya is a bit new to be on that list, no? If Barbounya is there, than Impasto should be too.

      Anyway, lists...

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        Fintastic RE: Glaff Oct 3, 2013 12:16 PM

        True. Barbounya could maybe be traded for Su, given the former's newness.

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          Maximilien RE: Glaff Oct 3, 2013 02:22 PM

          Ah, yes, it is.


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        twinkie83 RE: marblebag Oct 3, 2013 11:12 AM

        wilensky shouldn't be on the list as well as schwartz's

        1. porker RE: marblebag Oct 3, 2013 11:13 AM

          Not that anything matters...but...
          I was happy to see Wilensky's.
          Perhaps Chalet BBQ shoulda been there and a real brasserie/tavern kinda place.
          Maybe the title shoulda been "...36 essential list for Montreal plus 2 others"

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            Fintastic RE: marblebag Oct 3, 2013 12:15 PM

            This is a list of recommended restaurants that one shouldn't miss, perhaps when visiting Montreal. I don't think it implies that these are Montreal's best restaurants. Of course it's almost cliche now, but it would be silly not to include Schwartz's and Wilensky's simply out of historical reverence.

            In general this is the best list I've seen. There are few misses (except maybe Kazu and something like Pintxo/Tapeo/Milos) and only Icehouse I would not have included (perhaps also St-Urbain, Pastaga, and Moishes but I haven't sampled them enough to decide).

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              marblebag RE: Fintastic Oct 3, 2013 12:36 PM

              I do look at the list for other cities before I visit. I am going to be in Eagan Minnesota soon and the list for the twin cities have been very helpful.

              Maybe we can have a sticky post for the Chowhound essential list :)

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              marblebag RE: marblebag Oct 3, 2013 12:43 PM

              There's now a Eater heatmap, the companion piece to the essential list. Some of the "missing spots" show up here which is weird.


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                twinkie83 RE: marblebag Oct 3, 2013 01:27 PM

                looks like the essential list is for the tourists where the heatmap is basically the places to have a good time. weird as hell

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                  Glaff RE: twinkie83 Oct 3, 2013 01:37 PM

                  You have a really weird notion of a tourists restaurant

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                  Fintastic RE: marblebag Oct 4, 2013 08:49 AM

                  Their heat maps are usually spot-on. The Toronto version has a restaurant on it that's barely a week old. Great for visiting a new city where you don't know what's currently worth visiting..

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                  causeimhungry RE: marblebag Oct 3, 2013 02:32 PM

                  Glad to see Dinette Triple Crown on the list. Reminded me that I haven't been in awhile. Last time I was there I had a fried chicken and gravy sandwich on a biscuit, it was heaven!

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                    picklebird RE: marblebag Oct 3, 2013 02:52 PM

                    Unfortunately, based on recent experiences, I think that Lemeac has fallen off and can no longer be recommended as a "don't miss" in Montreal, especially with so many other bistros/brasseries.

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                      causeimhungry RE: picklebird Oct 3, 2013 02:57 PM

                      I agree. Last time I went was for brunch and although it was good, it wasn't something I'd go out of my way for again.

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                        jonny8 RE: causeimhungry Oct 4, 2013 08:12 AM

                        Also agree with you two. Just went to Lemeac last weekend and I was not impressed, especially with their service. Don't think I would go again.

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