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Chalet BBQ vs. Cote St Luc BBQ

Chalet BBQ, not even a discussion!

Quebec Trip (Montreal & Quebec City)

This came out today

I will add Pied Bleu to CaptCrunch's excellent list. A bit chaotic but always had good food there.

Korrigane is another great micro-brewery/bar in QC city.

Dress at Brasserie T?

Montreal is a pretty casual city. As EaterBob said, as long as you are not wearing a T-shirt and shorts (and even then!) you should be fine.

OT, but I am finding Berlin to be remarkably similar to our town in this regard.

Has anyone been to Le Paris recently?

Yep, I used to go with my family in the 80s and early 90s, the food was very good and had all the French classics. Went back a few years ago after the sale and was quite disappointed with my meal. Not the same at all.

Calling all Montreal Foodies!

In the good wine list, local favourite and good food list, two stalwarts are Lemeac (better food, good wine list) and L'Express (good food, great wine list (ask for the complete one)).

Reservations in Montreal

And what is stupid about a bilingual message lol... Would be stupid if it was unilingual no? So much wrong with this post.

As mentionned, if you are trying to reserve at Joe Beef (which is pretty anglo FYI) within a month during the summer, good luck. A bit more info and a little less assumptions would allow us to perhaps help you.

Best frozen beef burgers in the 514 environs?

The Costco frozen sirloin patties are decent enough as far as frozen patties go. Never had any complaints.

Has anybody tried the Mother's Day Brunch at Manoir Saint Sauveur?

I personally cannot stand St-Sauveur (I will be pretentious and say that it is just like a suburb of Laval...), if you want to head out and walk around a nice village, I would head in the opposite direction and take your Mom to somewhere like Hovey Manor in North Hatley, which is a much nicer place than St-Sauveur in my opinion. But you know what they say about tastes! ;)

Food deals app ?

You can set up alerts for the products you want on this website, they have an app as well (Apple only)

Has a pretty large selection of retailers as well

Sports bar with good food

Believe Harricana policy is to only have the TV on during Habs games. Every time I have been there otherwise it is off (which I heartily approve of, nothing against the Bruins!)

When in Montreal, eat Foie Gras

They have a dedicated brunch menu that changes fairly often, here is an example

When in Montreal, eat Foie Gras

The Maison Publique brunch is very good as well if you want to free up a dinner slot.

Seeking Quebec City dinner rec

The menu changes often but there were many dishes without cheese available. Let them know when you order and they are very helpful.

Seeking Quebec City dinner rec

If you want something local I would heartily second Le Moine Echanson, especially if you like natural wines. Always enjoy visiting them and the food is very good as well. Very Quebec City.

Heading to Montreal by way of NYC next weekend and feeling overwhelmed and under-prepared!

Can't think of one food court restaurant that is worth wasting time indoors for a tourist. Please don't listen to this advice, the underground city thing is mostly a myth. Basically shopping malls connected by corridors and generic fast food restaurants. Ugh.

The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Bistro Cocagne has shut down according to their website:

Costco To End Relationship With American Express

I understand, I worded it wrong, what I meant is that there are much better Mastercard options than this one (Scotiabank momentum for one), so it does not make sense (for me) to replace the Costco Amex with the Capital One product. Whereas Amex had a captive audience since they were the only game in town when Costco only accepted Amex.

I guess I just do not like Capital One as a company,like I said, crap customer service and tedious application process (no credit card application within the last 3 months for their best cards for example, which is completely ridiculous), at least up here in Canada. Whenever I deal with Amex they fix things right away, and applying for a new card takes 2 minutes.

Feb 17, 2015
jfprieur in Chains

Costco To End Relationship With American Express

Huge difference between mean and median. Mean is almost meaningless as it is very sensitive to extreme values. Median income would be much more representative (and lower I would venture)

And the capital one card that replaced the Amex product up here in Canada is not the only game in town when it comes to Mastercard. Capital One customer service and approval processes (such as credit limits) are also craptacular compared to Amex, at least up here.Be careful what you wish for.

EDIT: clarity

Feb 17, 2015
jfprieur in Chains

Best Ramen in Montreal

I discovered Ramen in Paris, which has a sizeable Japanese population (tourists and residents). The ramen and gyoza there (several establishements on Rue Ste-Anne notably) blew the doors off anything here, so I can just imagine what Tokyo is like. My soul for a proper katsu curry as well... ;)

Sweetbreads in montreal

Can confirm, they were on the daily menu this Wednesday and they were fantastic (as usual)

Best Chinese restaurants in Montreal (not sure we had this kind of post before, anyway, it's my version)

I will agree with AuntDai, nothing spectacular but always fresh and well done. I like trying dishes that I cannot get anywhere else (their pork belly is very good). Stopped ordering from Kamshing (which has gone downhill the last couple of years) since this place opened.

where to buy cassonade?


Best wine under 20$

I would add this to my list as well

Best wine under 20$

Some under $20 wines I have enjoyed recently:

Mezzacorona Teroldego Rotaliano Reserva 2010

La Vieille Ferme

Chapoutier Marius

Where to find US Microbrewery beers in Montreal

I was at Beau`s Oktoberfest a few weeks ago (a lot of fun and for charity) and was chatting to one of the owners. The process for getting their beer sold in Quebec is well under way but it takes forever. They are aiming for early 2015, but may be december 2014 if they are lucky.

Can't wait, they are a great bunch of people that make great beer.

RIP Magnan

I agree that an institution has disappeared but, in my opinion, it had been a shadow of its former self for the last decade at least.

Went from being a decent place to watch a game while eating freshly prepared food with a pitcher of 50 to prefab, preheated, slop that tasted like nothing on my last visit last year.

No way gravy should have skin on it from sitting under a heat lamp when you have a full house. Just a small example of their lack of care in the latter years. Won't miss the current incarnation much and keep my good memories of yesteryear's Magnan!

Where to get oysters in bulk (a sack of 100 or so)

Thanks for that, going to pick some up for this weekend!

Best Souvlaki in Montreal???

We takeout from Elatos and Nostos regularly, give a light edge to Nostos. Both solid in my opinion. Can't believe I have not tried/heard of Village Grec before, will have to try it.

When I was at Concordia, I usually enjoyed Georges, but this was 5 years or so ago. Liked the chicken pita there.

Good Chinese in cote des neiges area?

I will second this recommendation, have been very happy with everything we have ordered from them. Very happy that I found them since Kamshing is not very reliable anymore.

A Real Dining Experience

The first place that popped in my mind when I read this is Le Continental, which is in Quebec City unfortunately. Can't think of an analogue in Montréal.