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Le petit train du nord

Thanks for the suggestions. Thought I would report back.

By the time we rolled into Val-David (close to 3pm) many places were no longer serving lunch, so our options were limited. We ended up at Kirlian, a vegan/raw cafe just off the path, where we had excellent smoothies and sandwiches. Would definitely return, although not if we were looking to indulge calorie-wise.

We stayed in St-Faustin-Lac-Carre, about 30k further up the path, at an excellent B&B, Gîte de la Gare (http://www.gitedelagare.com/). We were delighted to find that not only were they not horrified by our rough condition upon arrival, they had an excellent dinner menu. Three of us had trout in a light curry sauce, accompanied by asparagus and preceded by a really nice salad; the fourth had an ostrich steak -- not exactly local fare, but well-prepared and delicious. Wine, desserts, and digestifs were also great, and we went upstairs and fell straight into bed afterward. Breakfast was also excellent. I would stay there again in a heartbeat, 90k bike ride notwithstanding. Just three rooms, so it's a quiet and peaceful experience.

On the way back we had lunch in Val-David again at Le Petit Moutin Noir, which is about 1km off the path, due west down the main drag (rue de l'eglise maybe?). Nice sandwiches with lots of interesting cheeses. Breakfast/lunch, big terrase, slightly hippy ambiance. We'll definitely return to Val-David for further exploration. There was a lot more good eating there than we had time to do. Thanks to all for the suggestions; we will try them in the future.

And for anyone who's a biker and hasn't been up that way, the path is a real treasure.

Jul 05, 2010
aladylobster in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Gluten Free Montreal?

Aux Vivres (vegan) marks everything on their menu that is soy and gluten free, making it super-easy to order. And the food is excellent.

http://www.auxvivres.com/

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Aux Vivres
4631 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R2, CA

Jun 12, 2010
aladylobster in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Le petit train du nord

Headed out next weekend on our first bike trip in the Laurentians! Looking for tips on places A.) to stop for lunch near Val-Morin/Val-David, preferably near the path that won't mind us stumbling in in our sweaty gear, and B.) for dinner near St-Faustin-Lac-Carre. (Dinner is available at our gîte -- Gîte de la gare -- but we want to know what our option are before we book it.) We're willing to call a cab to get to and from dinner if it's worth it. Ideally we'd like a place with at least a few vegetarian options to accommodate some members of our group. Willing to consider all price-ranges at this point -- since it'll be our first time up there, we just want a sense of the choices. Any suggestions greatly appreciated.
Merci!

Jun 12, 2010
aladylobster in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

What is Montreal's Best Greek Restaurant?

Anyone know if Faros is BYOW?

Jan 05, 2010
aladylobster in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Looking for Breakfast

I've had a few great experiences with brunch at Senzala and one bad one. I usually order the dish moh described above, but the last time I went they were out of avocados, so I got it with a mango instead. When it arrived, the mango was no where near ripe. I could barely cut it with my knife. The disappointment was all the more keen because the other times I've been there my meal was so excellent. Despite that experience, I would recommend Senzala, but I wouldn't chance it on the mango again. (They also have a nice patio at their Bernard location.)

Our go-to for brunch is Le Petit Marche on St-Denis near St-Joseph. Great crepes. Also Los Clasicos on St-Laurent north of Mont-Royal.

Oct 15, 2009
aladylobster in Quebec (inc. Montreal)