Best Montréal, QC Restaurants

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    10. Beauty's

    Tops on the list of favourite dishes to order at Beauty's (owner's nickname) include:the fresh-squeezed orange juice, the mish-mash omelet made with hotdogs and sausage, The Special - a large, toasted sesame seed...

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    9. Chez Schwartz Charcuterie

    Celine Dion has purchased Schwartz's but vows to keep it the same. Let us hope so. The grubby hole in the wall fixture on St. Laurent (The Main) offers only one real choice: the perfectly smoked meat brisket sandwich...

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    8. L'Express

    Parlez-vous Francais? You will have a better time at this hip French Bistro if you do. Young, upwardly mobile Francophones flock to L'Express to see and be seen and to eat the best steak tartare et pomme frites on...

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    7. Rumi Grill

    Rumi Grill Restaurant Montreal can best be described as a cross between a grill house and a tearoom. For over a decade Rumi Grill has been serving lamb, beef, chicken and seafood in either half kilo or whole kilo...

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    5. Milos

    At Milos, traditional Greek architecture meets raw industrial space that produces a casual taverna atmosphere. The understated elegance appeals to sophisticated diners thanks to the formal white tablecloths and...

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    4. Au Pied de Cochon

    This popular spot for Québecoise cuisine caters to serious carnivores, especially pork lovers, for which the restaurant is famous. Chef Picard, an avid game hunter, has little patience for vegetarians. Ten choices...

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    3. Casa Tapas

    While Casa Tapas, Montreal's favorite Spanish restaurant serves full meals, it's better known for its extensive tapas menu. A night out here is perfect for small groups sharing small plates. The dining room is...

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    2. Boulangerie Première Moisson

    With over 17 locations, Montreal natives and visitors alike can always find a reliable outlet for breakfast and lunch at reasonable prices. Premiere Moisson (First Harvest) Bakeries can are found on trendy Montreal...

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About Montréal, QC Restaurants

Montréal’s French roots are evident in the restaurant scene. You don’t have to go very far to get a terrific meal.

For cheap eats nothing beats Montréal comfort food. Winters are long here and affordable take-out plays a major role in the local arsenal.  La Banquise (French fries topped with cheese curds and gravy) is a good bet for poutine and Schwartz Deli for smoked meat. See if you can resist buying less than a dozen when you step into the Fairmount Bagel Factory.

Eateries like Au Pied de Cochon and Toque! have created a whole new genre of Québécois cuisine that is sophisticated and innovative. Long, leisurely breakfasts stretching into brunch are another city tradition. Visit Beauty’s for its retro menu or Boulangerie Première Moisson for its croissants. Fine dining establishments such as Les 400 Coups and Chez L'Épicier are found in Vieux Montréal.

At most place you can order à la carte but if you’re on a budget consider ordering the special of the day usually referred to as table d'hôte (host’s table) or the prix fixe (fixed priced).Many of the upscale, gourmet restaurants offering a menu dégustation, a five- to seven-course tasting menu. They can be quite pricey at dinner but the scaled down version for lunch is a great way to experience the restaurant

Don’t be shy about asking for an English menu – most are bilingual but some are only in French. Remember that for the Montréalers, dîner (dinner) is lunch, souper (supper) is dinner, entrée is the appetizer, plat principal is a main course. Bon appetit!

 

 


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