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Mar 16, 2014 09:20 AM

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?

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  1. Any types of food in particular? What area of Montreal will you be staying in?

    1. 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
      Portuguese chicken
      Let me know f I am on the right track

      1. 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.


        1. Some places we enjoyed on our short visit, no fancy meals.
          Au Petit Extra, a nice neighborhood restaurant
          L'express, surprisingly good
          Olive et Gourmando, for coffee, pastries, sandwiches
          Le Chartet, a pleasant breakfast spot

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          1. re: curiousgeo

            Define mid price point. Laloux and Lameac were recommended as mid-range here. Though it was excellent, I found it quite expensive ($100 for two with wine). So it all depends what you determine as mid, low and high prices!

          2. 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.

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            1. re: Fintastic

              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.

              1. re: CaptCrunch

                Good list but I think the 0-15 category needs some work. I dont think that Quing Hua, Ganadara or Wilenskys are noteworthy for tourists... however I do think the Portugese chicken places that were not mentioned are.

                1. re: kpaxonite

                  Wilenskys is special and unique enough to be a good place for tourists to go to.

                  1. re: williej

                    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.

                  2. re: kpaxonite

                    I see this quite often; mention Wilensky's and someone says "its not for tourists".
                    I understand where this is coming from, but I feel with a bit of explanation, it should at least pique a true hound's curiousity. I'd love to visit the Wilensky's of other cities.