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Montrea Locals - What do you consider the best small hole in the wall resto?

I'm just saying personally I associate a "hole in the wall" as being a dive of a place, dirty and unhealthy. For instance, there is a tiny sushi restaurant in etobicoke called Kaji which is elegant and charges 120$ for a set menu. But I have trouble calling it a hole in the wall place even though it can be classified as such. Really its semantics.

On a side note, I will definately go check out that vietnamese place!

Looking for good eats!

Chicgail,

Sory for being very open-ended but to be honest, I love ALL kinds of food so it is very difficult to narrow that down. What I can say is that I would like to experience the Chicago food scene and get things I cannot get anywhere else (ie a real chicago deep-dish pizza).

We are a group of 5 guys and so the "not much money" for would be around 10-20/head (for at least 2 of my friends the less the better) and the splurge can be around 50-70/head. Hope this helps.

May 18, 2010
mark_vi_ in Chicago Area

Looking for good eats!

nsxtasy,

I just read through the "first time Chicago" and I look forward to reading the hidden gems! Thank you so very much, it is a great way to get me started.

I can tell you off the bat that I will be staying near Millenium Park so I'm not sure if that changes any of your River North selections. As for type of food, we love it ALL so very hard to narrow it down that way.

May 18, 2010
mark_vi_ in Chicago Area

Montrea Locals - What do you consider the best small hole in the wall resto?

When I think of a "hole in the wall resto" I think small, cheap, dirty and really something that should turn you off but somehow pumps out great food. In my mind, the best, smallest, dirtiest place is the greasy spoon known as Cosmos. Yeah I said it and if you are a local montrealer who has never eaten there you should be ashamed of yourself. For those of you who know what I'm talking about you have to agree that it is just a solid breakfast joint despite being pretty gross.

Cosmos barely seats 10 and it is honestly just great. The atmosphere is so friendly and there are typically long waiting times but definately worth it. That having been said, it is definately not healthy and you should moderate your visits there.

best roti and jerk chicken?

Kpzoo,

I'll be honest, I've never actually been to the brunch there myself (I keep putting it off) but my friend has and I will take his word that it is great. He spoke especially highly about the Buljol which is a very typical dish served in Trinidad. I have heard that it's all you can eat though I'm not sure if it is a buffet.

As for the boneless goat, I don't think so. A lot of the flavour does come from the bones and therefore if you leave them out, you leave out the flavour. On the other hand, I have had goat rotis in the past and not find a single bone in it. I guess it all depends on luck and what pieces gets spooned into the dish.

Looking for good eats!

Me and my friends are headed down to Chicago for around 5 days at the beginning of June and we are looking to find some good eats around chicago. Ideally we are not looking to spend that much money but are definately willing to splurge for one night.

We don't really know of any places to begin so all recommendations are welcomed.

On a side note, I read something about there being an Oktoberfest (I think called Mayfest) which will coincide with our stay. Is this something worth checking out?

May 18, 2010
mark_vi_ in Chicago Area

best roti and jerk chicken?

Kianos isn't bad but like jay_81k said it is hard to pay almost double the price.
My favourite place for a roti is Bon Appetit des Caraibes on Notre Dame West close to Greene ave. Their goat roti is simply amazing and their beef roti uses this sweeter curry (very different but fantastic). Regardless of which one you choose, it is packed full so almost every bite contains some of the meat unlike the Curry house on Victoria which I find to have too much bread and not enough filling.

For something special, you should also try their brunch on Sundays for only 10$.

Hot Wings in Montreal

Often overlooked are the hot wings at Hooters located in Greenfield Park on the south shore. Very good wings and sometimes even have all you can eat (on mondays I believe it is but I could be wrong). I recommend you stick with the unbreaded wings however as they are a bit too greasy for my likings.

Restaurant Openings - 2010

I went to Ichiban Ramen in the hopes of finding authentic Japanese Ramen but was slightly dissapointed. Don't get me wrong, the soup they serve is very tasty and I like the fact that you can even choose your broth (soy based or miso). Having travelled to Japan however, I can firmly say that it is really not that authentic. Nevertheless, the decor is very nice and the ramen itself is VERY tasty.

I have had the Ichiban (basic soup with 2 pork slices, egg, tofu skin and of course the noodles), the Super BBQ Pork (same as Ichiban but with 4 pork slices) and the Fujisan (a heap of mildly spicy ground pork meat with the egg and tofu skin). All three soups are good but if I have one complaint, it would be for the Fujisan which was VERY greasy.

All in all, it's a great place to warm up on a chilly day and boasts good prices (under $10 and if you are really hungry, pay only 1$ extra for more noodles and broth) especially for the month of May 2010 where they are offering 15% off. If you want real ramen however, the only place to get it is in Japan.