Two days in Montreal
My husband and I are traveling to Montreal for the first time in April. We are not planning on having a "fancy" meal and would instead like to go to places where people are doing interesting food at a mid-price point. Does anyone have any suggestions?
Smoked meat sandwiches at Schwartz
Delicious variety of middle eastern snacks at trip de bouffe then cross street for a delicious Kouing Aman
I had some delicious tacos at Joverse in old montreal, the restaurant is a little bit more of a bar but could see going there for a couple of tacos then moving on.
Poutine for lunch at Bouillon Bilk
Poutine at La Banquise
Let me know f I am on the right track
What is "interesting" food?
Where are you coming from ? what are your expectations?
Are you interested or not in certain food ethnicity? are you interested in a good wine list or in beer ?
(google for location and opening hours)
Le Petit Alep (syrian-ish food) is fun with a _great_ wine list (and close to Jean-Talon market for other food activities)
Icehouse or Dinette Triple Crown for "soul" food and/or taco and other stuff like that.
BarBounya for turkish-ish "tapas" and other small plates.
Hotel Herman for small plates of Quebecois with french cuisine. (IMO, probably the best resto in town these days)
Dieu du Ciel! for craft beers.
L'Express or Lemeac for french brasserie/bistro food.
Le P'tit Plateau (BYOB) for classic french food.
I also encourage you to post a more specific price range. We aren't trying to be difficult, it's just that most restaurants in Montreal falling above the greasy-spoon/sandwich shop/family restaurant segment might be considered mid-range, depending on your benchmark. Some of the most interesting food these days seems to be coming out of small-plates/winebar restaurants, including Hotel Herman, Comptoir Charcuterie et Vins, Vin Papillon, and perhaps even Serpent (if their prices still remain where they were at opening). If the per-calorie price is a bit high at these options, I always recommend Quartier General (BYOW) for the budget-conscious.
Just to give an indication of possible application of price definition, here are my personnal categories with examples for each (I never count wine in the price):
0-15$pp: Greasy spoons, good for quick a quick bite, lunch, some iconic restaurants in that category: Mains (smoked meat), Schwatz (smoked meat), Banquise (poutine), Wilensky's (Bologna sandwich), Ganadara (inexpensive korean food), La Maison du Nord (dumplings), Qing Hua (soup dumplings)
15-30$pp: My workhorse restaurants for dinner, meeting friends, no special occasions just going out. Restaurants in that category: Kazu (japanese izakaya), Imadake (japanese izakaya, less expensive than Kazu but less good) Aux Vivres (vegetarian/vegan), Triple Crown Dinette (american south diner), Cartet (brunch), Le Gros Jambon (diner), Cuisine Szechuan (Szechuan),
30-60$pp: You go there for a special occasion, to treat yourself, for a birthday. Restaurant in that category: Pied de Cochon (traditional quebecois revisited), Lawrence (upscale bistro), Bouillon Bilk (upscale bistro), Lemeac (french bistro), Pastaga (south of france), Brasserie T (Bistro), L'express (french bistro).
60$+pp: When you want to splurge and pay a bit more for a very good experience. Joe Beef (upscale bistro), Liverpool House (upscale bistro, Joe Beef's sister restaurant), Maison Bouloud (upscale restaurant), Club Chasse et Pêche (upscale restaurant), Toqué (upscale restaurant) 400 coups (upscale bistro), Le Filet (fish and seafood), Europea (tasting menu, french, multiple service)
Just so you know, this is not an extensive list. Also, I must remind you that I don't count wine or alcohol as it can spike your bill significantly no matter where you go.
Its vintage, its not expensive, they serve in-house soda and a classic sandwich. Its a Montreal institution. I actively search for such places when I travel out of the country (I loved Eisenberg's sandwich shop in New York for exemple).
Its not for everyone, sure, but nothing is. We make proposals but its alway's the tourist's decision to make at the end.
I apologize for not being more specific--first time I have posted anything on here.
My husband and I are very adventurous when it comes to food and really enjoy eating at places that are "off the beaten path"--so the decor doesn't really matter to us as long as the food is good. For "mid-price," I am thinking that we would be spending $30-50 per person to eat there (not including alcohol).
For examples of places we've loved in other locations:
Xoco and Longman & Eagle--Chicago
Two Boroughs Larder and Xiao Bao Biscuit--Charleston, SC
Yarbbird and Harry's Pizzeria--Miami
Curate and the Admiral--Asheville, NC
City House and Bolton's Hot Chicken--Nashville, TN
My husband is quite the craft beer snob, so we definitely try to eat at places where he can get beer that is local to the region.
Thank you for all the suggestions so far!
No problem! We only ask the question to make better recommendations!
If your husband likes craft beer, he is in luck. Montreal has a great craft beer scene.
The one I recommend above all is Brasserie Dieu du Ciel. They are an extremely well known microbrewery that serve 16 different beers on tap. There is food but its not that great so I recommend eating before. Luckily, its located in the plateau so its not that hard to get good food . It gets very crowded (its a hotspot in a hip neighborhood) and a loud (the room echoes people's conversation weirdly so its a bit of a white noise kind of loud) so try to visit off hours.
I also like La Brasserie du Cheval Blanc. They have less selection than Trois Brasseurs but they do nice home brewed beer.
Other brewpubs of note are L'Amère à boire and Le Bénélux (I don't like them as much but its my own preference. They are similar to Cheval Blanc and I think Dieu du Ciel is in a class of its own):
If you want a change of pace and change brewpubs to specialised beer pub with an extremely wide beer selection I recommend vices & versa and le Saint-Bock.
Want to bring back to the hotel or home some of Quebec's microbrewery products? They are pretty widespread but they are specific places that have better beer selection than others. Le dépanneur Peluso is probably has the best selection of Quebec microbrewery in Montreal (it doesn't look like it from the outside... I know! Just enter! Its a reference to craft beer snob: they have almost everything!). Other than that, La fromagerie du Marché Atwater is also a nice place to get a wide selection of local beer (just not as large as Peluso):