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Best Montreal neighborhood for chowhounding?

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A question for those who like to go off the beaten path.

Which neighborhood do you prefer to go to for chowhounding? I mean, the areas you like to explore slowly, wandering aimlessly about just for the fun of discovering new stuff?

Is it Côte-des-Neiges, with its endless choice of Asian, Russian and African cuisines?

Or maybe Park Extension, where you can find terrific eats for very cheap (mostly Greek, Indian and Turkish)?

I have a weakness for Villeray. The «culinary spectrum» there is amazing: Vietnamese around Jean-Talon-St-Denis, North African on Bélanger and Jean-Talon East, and South American everywhere in the area. It seems that every time I go explore the neighborhood, I find new places.

So where do you like to go roam?

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  1. I am being perfectly serious here---my favorite Montreal neighborhood for Chowhounding is the underground. Go at lunchtime but early, maybe around 11:30 when the hundreds of little eating places have just put everything out fresh but the hordes of office workers haven't shown up yet. Virtually all of the food court restaurants are run by ethnic immigrants so you will fined a wide variety of food, some surprisingly good quality, and rock-bottom prices. What more does a Chowhounder want? (Note for those unfamiliar with Montreal: imagine about ten suburban shopping malls fastened together with food courts and pretty hotel lobbies and you've got Montreal's "underground city". If you walk along surface streets you won't see all that much downtown because the underground is where the action is. I read somewhere that if it were laid out in a straight line it would be thirty miles long---and it's loaded with good things to eat.)

    1. I am being perfectly serious here---my favorite Montreal neighborhood for Chowhounding is the underground. Go at lunchtime but early, maybe around 11:30 when the hundreds of little eating places have just put everything out fresh but the hordes of office workers haven't shown up yet. Virtually all of the food court restaurants are run by ethnic immigrants so you will fined a wide variety of food, some surprisingly good quality, and rock-bottom prices. What more does a Chowhounder want? (Note for those unfamiliar with Montreal: imagine about ten suburban shopping malls fastened together with food courts and pretty hotel lobbies and you've got Montreal's "underground city". If you walk along surface streets you won't see all that much downtown because the underground is where the action is. I read somewhere that if it were laid out in a straight line it would be thirty miles long---and it's loaded with good things to eat.)

      1. Interesting question, quincy.

        I think I'd have to come down in favour of Côte-des-Neiges, especially if you throw in Snowdon. Restaurants: Portuguese, French, Chinese, Indian, Vietnamese, Lebanese, Algerian, Italian, Caribbean, Jewish, Korean, Russian, Japanese, Spanish/Mexican. Food stores: German, French, Vietnamese, Chinese, the amazing Kim Phat (pan-Asian on Goyer near Plaza CDN), Halal, Kosher, West Indian, African. And I'm sure I'm fogetting some in each category. But then again I know CDN better than, say, Villeray or western NDG or some of the more remote neighbourhoods. So much food, so little time...