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Oct 12, 2013 06:43 PM

Quebecois style buffets?

What are some buffets in Montreal that serve Quebecois food? (Preferably reasonably priced)

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  1. There aren't buffets serving that kind of food in Montreal, but you can go to La Binerie, it's a reasonably priced quebecois diner.

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    1. re: Shattered

      Chenoys had a Sunday brunch and the food was quite good with pastas and roast meats , breakfast sausages , bacon and eggs and things like that. Perhaps call and see if they still do it.

    2. About as Quebecois as you're going to get: Casa Corfu, 3177 Masson. Very reasonably priced, bordering on cheap.

      Pavillon 67 in the Casino also will have Quebecois food. But is not cheap.

      And if you are so inclined, there are numerous strip clubs that will also have all-you-can-eat buffets.

      1. Technically not Montreal but Buffet Vichy has

        Main Dishes

        • Turkey
        • Roast Beef
        • Roast Pork
        • Smoked Meat
        • Ham
        • Chicken
        • Chicken Wings
        • London Steak
        • Chicken and
        Porc Souvlaki
        • Spare Ribs
        • Pork Chops
        • Chicken Parmesan

        • Garlic Shrimp
        • Breaded Shrimp
        • Frog Legs
        • Calamari
        • Scalops
        • Mussels
        • Salmon Steak
        • Filet de Sole
        • Smelts

        • Tortellini
        • Cannelloni
        • Fettuccini

        • Garlic
        • Pepperoni
        • All Dressed
        • Vegetarian

        Lotsa Quebecois eat Turkey, Roast Beef, etc

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        1. re: porker

          You're right, I don't know how I spaced. But the Quebecois quotient at the Saint Hubert location will be even higher than at Casa Corfu.

          1. re: porker

            I don't think that is a particularly useful answer for someone looking for Québécois food. But I don't know of any such buffets.

            Vichy has the most generic possible "food". I was taken to eat there once... at an east-end location that no longer exists, either in Saint-Léonard or south of there in nouveau-Rosemont or Mercier.

            Ville Lasalle has been a borough of Mtl for quite a few years now.

            1. re: lagatta

              You are correct on all points.

              I wasn't trying to be particularly useful - I thought my post was silly (EaterBob seemed to get it), but I guess it might not be so evident.

              The OP is not simply looking for Quebecois food, but for Quebecois BUFFET, to which Shattered plainly said "There aren't buffets serving that kind of food in Montreal...".

              With that said, we're not sure what's more important: Quebecois food or buffet style.

              Taking a cue from "Quebecois", I'd assume Asian buffets are out.
              What's left in the buffet category?
              Not much.

              So jzh, my jig is up, I can't help very much.

                1. re: porker

                  It's informative nevertheless to know that such an option does not exist. I guess I should really phrase my question as: is there a place near Montreal where I can sample Quebecois cuisine affordably? The emphasis is on Quebecois since I've had plenty of Chinese, Indian and generic buffets.

                  1. re: jzh87

                    Au Petit Poucet in Val David is a reasonably priced Quebecois specialty restaurant. it's about an hour north of Montreal. Very good food. You can get a special plate for around 22.00. I don't think it is open for supper, but is open until 4 pm for lunches and breakfasts earlier.

                    1. re: williej

                      Petit Poucet is what i was going to say, though it's not in Montreal and you would need a car to get to it.

                    2. re: jzh87

                      Ahhh, now we're getting somewhere!
                      It's still a bit tricky as "Quebecois" food isn't necessarily a well defined cuisine (IMO). Sure theres traditional Quebec fare, theres home cooking, and theres specific plates that come to mind, but not many places cover all bases.
                      But you may get a coupla replies...

                      I like Shattered's suggestion of La Binerie.

                      I never tried (nor do I know the prices), but I walked by a funky pate chinois place called Mache on St. Denis across and up a bit from Theater St. Denis. Looks interesting.

                      Oftentimes neighbourhood brasseries offer up some good fare at good prices. This changes alot, so maybe others can chime in.
                      For pig knuckles I like Capri on St. Patrick

                      1. re: porker

                        I like La Binerie too for traditional fare.

                        I went to Mâche and I kinda liked it! Only "pâté chinois" place I know of!

                        Le Capri also has huge "pattes de cochon", a good smoked meat sandwich (I guess they source their smoke meat at Quebec Smoke Meat not far from there) and a good beef dip sandwich. It also has that rare "brasserie" vibe that used to be traditionnal (although they did some recent alterations).

                        1. re: CaptCrunch

                          Stepping into treacherous off-topic territory...
                          I complained on a coupla threads now on how Capri is stepping up with stylish décor. My theory is that new business flowed in on the heals of Bourdain's visit and subsequent show, prompting the owners to keep up with the joneses...
                          That traditional "brasserie" vibe (or perhaps "tavern") is sadly disappearing more and more in MTL.
                          I feel its starting to make a full circle where brand new places are trying to achieve a faux traditional brasserie vibe.
                          Too bad to see the truly old fashioned places go the way of the dodo.

                          1. re: porker

                            You're showing your age... I remember the Tramway, The Maidenhead, Henri Richard's, The Royal, Toe Blake's and many more. While it is sad when places change or close, it is all part of the cycle.

                            And if you want old-school taverne ambiance while dining, you should try the Inspecteur Epingle with Au Pied de Cochon take out.

                            Brasserie Cherier seems to have handled their renovations with alright results and the food is awesome.

                            1. re: EaterBob

                              Ahhh the Bali Hai-Maidenhead-Carbinier crawl (I'm not too sure of the Carb's spelling downstairs) and tax-free $3.24 meals...

                              Inspecteur Epingle/APDC takeout: the existence of a woman's room puts the vibe on slight kilter - hehe.

                              1. re: porker

                                You made me go look up some stuff. In 1976 there were only 36 Tavernes and 60 Brasseries in Montreal according to Lovell's.

                                It shouldn't be too difficult to see how many are still around.

                            2. re: porker

                              There is also a new owner so it could also be the typical "I'll spruce things up" reflex of new ownership.

                              I remember going to a place called "La Taverne Laperrière" on Mont-Royal when I was young. There would be a picture hanged in the door named "May 8 1945" with a bunch of guys in suits celebrating and the layout in the bar was still the same than in the picture. They served cheap draft beer and kept their bucks in freezers (the proper way :P). It was pretty empty save for a few marxist-leninists who wanted to convince you of the validity of their cause.

                              Well... eventually they renovated everything and it became just another Edgar Hypertaverne imitation.

                              I bought a book a while ago named "Montreal Confidential" written by a known columnist in the 50s called Al Palmer. Its a contemporary tourist guide to what was then a very different city. I'd like to do a walking tour of the city covering the old haunts one day. I'm really sad a lot of those bars and clubs closed down. Few people even know of them. Its like reading about a ghost town.

                              On the last days of El Morroco:

                              "The Last days of El were the dampest on record. On its final night, a rather sad farewell party was held with champagne flowing like the St.Lawrence. The party grew damper and sadder as dawn went into bat for dusk, At nine o'clock in the morning, while demolition crews were at work tearing down the building, the celebrants were still celebrating, sadly and damply.

                              Rocky Goldberg, who handled the backstage bar, and Hickey, who operated the spotlight for the shows, refused to leave the place until convinced a new El would soon re-open on a different site.

                              Although it operated for the brief span of five years, it has yet to be replaced as the spot where "everybody goes" If you get too nostalgic reading these lines. drop in The Continental at St Urbain and St.Kits [Sainte-Catherine]. The beloved mahogany bar, upon which leaned all and sundry, is now in operation there" (Montreal Confidential, Al Palmer, 1950)

                              I'm not a baby boomer, I was born in 1978. I hear a lot about the golden days of the "Révolution Tranquille" and "Expo 67" but there is something that was done to that seedy, urban 1940-1950 Montreal by the Drapeau/Pax Plante team that I find very sad.(!!)

                              1. re: CaptCrunch

                                If you enjoy that sort of thing you might also get a kick out of the following:
                       From 1938
                       From 1872
                       From 1925
                       From 1920

                                And if you search through Google News' archives you can read Mr. Palmer's columns in their original context.

                        2. re: jzh87

                          I guess the problem with "Quebecois" cuisine is that the current standard is currently evolving at a breakneck pace.

                          In the 80's, at our house (we were very very middle class) the cheeses we had were mainly mozzarella, cheddar, swiss, parmesan with "fancy" cheese being a french brie or camembert.

                          Now the same middle class family enjoy one-upping each other with locally sourced farmer's cheese for the cheese course and swear that it was always that way (it wasn't but I let them have their delusions). (I credit Daniel Pinard for that, although he's not in vogue anymore)­.

                          The same thing goes for the restaurants and the current cultural mix. With culture leaders still going strong and a lot of different cultural influences still being introduced the Quebecois food is still being defined and will probably be for the years to come. And that is without taking into account torchbearers like Hugues Dufour or Mehdi Brunet-Benkritly who are introducing a new picture of what "Quebec food" could be in foreign countries. Foreigners used to Picard-ish influences could bring us to define ourselves differently also.

                          Then again, an european friend of mine once told me that he was initially very surprised how comfortable we were in mixing different cuisines from different places in a given meal (sushi for starters, shish taouk for mains and a tarte au sucre for desert might be an example). I never thought of that that way.

                          That being said, there is a traditional "terroir" of Quebec cuisine. The one we serve at new year's eve. Not a lot of restaurant serve it however because most families has their version of it and do it once a year. La Binerie Mont-Royal is probably your best bet as it is very affordable and traditional.

                          1. re: CaptCrunch

                            It's not just a Quebec thing. Middle class people everywhere in North America (well maybe not the midwest, but I don't know anyone there) are getting snootier about where they get their food. As for mixing different cultures' cuisines, that's a natural byproduct of diversity; if anything, it's a concept most of Quebec is still deeply uncomfortable with, and not just in the kitchen. (I just love typical navel-gaze Quebec comments like this, hahaha.)

                            1. re: Shattered

                              I am sorry but I can only comment on being brought up here. I have travelled but can only attest to what I have seen change for myself.

                              I was under the impression that I was asked to comment on Quebecois food so I am a bit bemused by the fact that I seem to be navel gazing (how typically Quebecois of me!).

                              And, for the record, no I do not believe we are uncomfortable with diversity. I could try to guess where you are coming from but then we would start an argument not based on food and I don't see how it would be productive anyways.

                              1. re: CaptCrunch

                                Yeah, sorry. I came back to edit my comment but too late, it was kinda douchey.

                        3. re: porker

                          I think the closest you're going to get to quebecoise food buffet style would be at the sugar shacks, but that's generally only in the spring.

                            1. re: SnackHappy

                              I saw that spooky santa claus guy on a Bourdain episode.

                      2. re: porker

                        The only time my wife and I entered a Vichy we walked through and exited, both of us confirming that they seemed to be serving dogfood.

                        1. re: meagain

                          Its the culinary equivalent of jogging pants for the non curious.

                          Your "technically" getting roast beef and "technically" getting pizza in an all you can eat buffet, and the perception of value is high.

                          So, if you don't care to try new things, you think "going out" in inherently expensive and enjoy value over taste its probably your place of reference.