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Coming to MTL for a few nights

Thank you Gloriaa! I appreciate the suggestion. I will definitely look into Le Filet and Hotel Herman.

Please keep the suggestions coming! We are not limited specifically to the area close to Mont Royal. We can make our way to other areas of town if we need to.

Thank so much!

May 10, 2013
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Coming to MTL for a few nights

Hello Montreal Chowhound,

My wife and are coming up from Vermont for a couple of nights late next week to celebrate my 40th birthday. We spend a few weekends a year in Montreal and love the city. We have been to many restaurants over the past several years (Lemeac, Garde Manger, Trois Petits Bouchon, Joe Beef, etc.), but I'm curious to hear what is exciting and new these days? Any suggestions for a few great nights out? We are not huge fans of the extremely experimental molecular gastronomy places (like we experienced a while back at Toque), but we are open to almost anything. We do like more lively and hip places, just to provide a bit of direction. We will likely be staying up near Parc Mont Royal.

I appreciate any suggestions that you all can provide. We've found a lot of great places thanks to your suggestions over the years, so thank you all for that!

All the best!

May 09, 2013
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Le Chien Fumant or Les Cons Servent

I think for this quick trip, we'll probably just stick with Chien Fumant. We've been Trois Petits Bouchons and l'Express. We loved Petits Bouchons! L'Express was just ok, although it was the night of a Game 7 Canadiens game so everyone might have been a bit distracted!

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L'Express Restaurant
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

Oct 14, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Le Chien Fumant or Les Cons Servent

Ok, thanks to you both. I think we'll stick with Chien Fumant.

I love the Montreal chowhound board. You all are so helpful!

Oct 14, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Le Chien Fumant or Les Cons Servent

Thanks Oliver! We've been to Salle a Manger and loved it. Our hope is to park our car once we arrive and not have to use it again until we leave the following day so walking distance would be great. 10-20 minute walking radius completely fine. Would you recommend Le Filet over Chien Fumant?

Oct 14, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Le Chien Fumant or Les Cons Servent

Thanks to you both for your kind replies. We were looking for a place in that specific area of town because we're coming up from VT to go to a show at La Tulipe and those were the two places that were recommended to us by other chowhound posters. Sounds like Chien Fumant might be the better bet. Thanks!

Oct 13, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Le Chien Fumant or Les Cons Servent

Hi everyone, we are trying to decide between Le Chien Fumant or Les Cons Servant for an early weeknight dinner next week. Any preferences/advice?

Le Chien Fumant's website is not very revealing so it's hard to get a feel for what it's like.

Thank you!

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Le Chien Fumant
4710 Rue de Lanaudière, Montreal, QC H2J 3P7, CA

Oct 13, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Weeknight dinner

Thanks to you both for these suggestions. They both look great! And they're new for us, so that's exciting. I know we're thinking pretty early, probably around 6pm, but any clue on which place tends to be a bit more lively?

Sep 22, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Weeknight dinner

Hi Montreal,

I am coming up from Vermont with my wife in a few weeks to see some music at La Tulipe (4530 PAPINEAU) and I'm curious if there are any fantastic restaurants relatively in that same area. We make it to Montreal a few times a year. We love it! It's amazing to be able to drive only an hour and a half to such a fun city. We've eaten at Le Trois Petit Bouchon, Garde Manger, Joe Beef, and La Salle A Manger over the past few years and they've all been excellent, or at least way better than anything here in Burlington.

We'll only be up for one night this time around, and it's a Tuesday night, so I'm curious if there are any restaurants that you all would recommend. We'll be eating pretty early since we need to be at La Tulipe by around 8pm.

Any suggestions would be much appreciated.

Thanks!

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Joe Beef
2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

Sep 21, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Latino/Spanish food

Hey everyone,

I wanted to report back on the great day we had in Montreal and thank you all for such excellent suggestions! Taking 10 or so 13 year olds around Montreal in the rain could not have been more fun. We basically ate and walked all over the Plateau and Jean Talon area for 10 hours straight. We wound up going to four restaurants as well as Jean Talon market and Sabor Latino, which was great.

The restaurants we went to were:

La Carreta (Salvadoran) : It was pretty empty when we got there but I had called ahead of course and the owner (Reina) was ready for the group. We basically ordered whatever she suggested and kept it to a small plate per person. We had several different kinds of pupusas, which were tasty but a little soggy, a couple of fantastic tamales de ejote (the favorite), some yuca frita, which wasn't great, Reina was super friendly and I would go back their to order something a little more adventurous.

Cafe Las Americas (Colombian) was the next place we went. It was decent. We had some colombian chorizo, which in my opinion was not as tasty as Guatemalan or Mexican chorizo. We had several other things, but apparently they were not that memorable, because, I can't recall what they were. The one thing that was incredible was something called the "Aborrajados" which were basically plantains stuffed with cheese and fried in a dough. It was really tasty. I'm going to try to make those at home.

Cafe Cubano was the next place and this was the favorite of our group. The owner, this guy named Arlei, was awesome. Really friendly and tried to get to know some of the kids and engage with them. It was a great cozy spot. Very small and the bar takes up half the place. We had some typical Cuban dishes that were excellent (camarones al ajillo, moros [black beans and rice], and ropa vieja). I wanted to hang out there all day and have a few drinks. I'm going back at some point soon.

The last place we went was Club Espagnol. Big disappointment, but I didn't really expect too much. The kids were exhausted at this point and couldn't really eat much. We had pulpo gallego which is always fun. The disappointment was really with the atmosphere. It's like a big hall that looks like a conference room and we were basically the only folks in there. I wanted to work something out with Pintxo and Casa Tapas but I called both of those places and they were not friendly at all or interested in having our group come by. I can understand, but they could have been a little friendlier explaining that to me. The guy at Casa Tapas basically hung up on me. I've been to both of those places and had good meals. I know they are more upscale, but I could have done without the attitude.

Anyway, we had a really fun day. It was memorable for the students, and I really want to thank you all (especially kpzoo) for all the suggestions and offers of advice.

Thanks again!

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Casa Tapas
266 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, QC H2W1E6, CA

Mar 29, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Latino/Spanish food

Hi kpzoo, we're just sticking with spanish-speaking countries, at least this time around. I can't believe how great all these recs are. I'm a chowhound convert. This will make a big difference in planning the day.

Mar 07, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Latino/Spanish food

That's sort of what I was thinking. I believe the taqueria was either "El Rey del Taco" or just to the right of it, a few steps closer to the entrance to the market. I seem to remember them having a counter with about 10 stools and they cooked the food right in front of you and then in the back was a small grocery.

Mar 07, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Latino/Spanish food

Thanks so much. These are really great. I will take a look at a map and try to figure out what makes the most sense. We'd probably park our van and use the metro to get around. Thanks, SnackHappy.

Mar 07, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Latino/Spanish food

Kpzoo, this is really helpful. Thank you so much.

If possible, we might seek out a Cuban/Puerto Rico/Caribbean place as well. If anyone has any further suggestions, please let me know.

Thank you all again!

Mar 05, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Latino/Spanish food

Thank you guys all for these suggestions. I really appreciate it. This is a big help. I've been to Pintxo a few times and I will definitely call them to see if they could arrange something off hours for our group. I've also been a sort of "taqueria" right off the Jean Talon market that I remember being pretty good. Does anybody second that?

Any leads on Peruvian/Ecuadorian/Bolivian fare anywhere? Puerto Rican or Cuban?

Thank you all!

Mar 05, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Latino/Spanish food

Hi everyone,

This is my first post to Chowhound. I live in Vermont and teach Spanish at a high school in Burlington. Another teacher and I are bring a dozen of our Spanish students to Montreal in a few weeks to expose them to food from different Latin American countries and Spain. I know of a few places to go, but I'm looking for suggestions on authentic, relatively inexpensive places that serve food from different Spanish-speaking countries. The idea is to visit four or five places, maybe spending about $5-10/student at each place. So we're not necessarily looking for full meals, but more of a sampling tour. Any ideas you could all provide would be great. I spend a fair amount of time in Montreal and I know of a few places, but I would appreciate your advice.

Perhaps a market or two would be great as well.

Thanks!

Mar 05, 2011
jromm in Quebec (inc. Montreal)