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Montreal smoked meat--The Main v. Schwartz's

I remember going at the end of the summer too and being quite dissapointed, as I thought it was closer to pastrami then smoked meat. It's really a strange idea though, bringing those changes, normally, delis rely on being the same old-same old.

Montreal smoked meat--The Main v. Schwartz's

Big changes coming to Main. Not sure if that will pan out...


Price of dry aged beef

If anyone feels like spending 600$ on a steak... (2 years of dry aging, that's crazy though).


Pizzeria GEMA

They also had this one last sunday, which looks pretty awesome :


Pizzeria GEMA

Just a heads' up for fans of GEMA, they are making 'special' pizza once in a while that they only advertise on social media, and it seems it's only for a day. I've seen some of them pass on instagram. You can see an example of today's special 'christmas' pizza here :


Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

There will be a new Rachelle-Béry store in Little Italy, on St-Laurent just south of Shamrock. They just started work on the local, so I would guess they won't open before 2015.


I also forgot to mention there is a deal on italian cake and tiramisu. (20$ each)


It's november again, and Alati-Caserta have their cannolis at half price for the entire month. Went by today and they had the normal ricotta ones, plus pistachio flavored, chocolate, crema (custard) and a new tiramisu flavour. Tasted that one and it was pretty good. If I remember correctly, they only have the ricotta flavour during weekdays, but have the other types on week-end.

Best Montreal style pizza?

Did it get better recently? I used to live right next to Miss Jean-Talon 5 years or so ago, tried it multiple time and while it wasn't bad, I always thought is was just ok. Like a lot of those pizzas, I used to have it late at night, and they would often overcook it a little bit, which might have affected my feelings about it. Maybe I should give it a try sometime soon to see.

Best Montreal style pizza?

Marconi's is definitely very good, completely forgot about them. Even Jojo (on Papineau close to Beaubien) also makes a pretty good one, although I've only had it late at night after copious amount of alcohol.

Best Montreal style pizza?

I really like this type of pizza (I call it 'pizza de régions', as it seems the further you go in the woods, the thicker and greaser it gets) once in a while, and I've been looking for some good ones for a long time.

I recall a time when Pizza Villeray used to make a very good version of this, but I've had some recently and was pretty dissapointed, it's not thick anymore and tastes pretty boring.

Around Little Italy, you can find a good version of this at Nouveau Système on Beaubien. They don't do delivery so you have to go for take out, but it's also very cheap (13$ tax included for a large pepperoni).

Around Montréal-Nord, Chez Vincent has a very good version. I would guess other 'franchises' of Chez Vincent should offer a similar one elsewhere in Montreal.

Finally, I haven't tried it personnally, but my friends swears by the (extremely) greasy pizza from Chez La Mère in the East. Best hangover cure according to them.

PS: I realize none of these are actually 'good' pizza in the way people on this forum would normally consider, but it's the type of pizza I was having when I was young, and I still get the craving for it once in a while!

Alimentation maison meat delivery service

Ended up trying all of the products I ordered. Some thoughts on them.

First, the bacon was fantastic. The smokey flavour was very strong, one of the best I have tasted in a while. Sadly, it's also very expensive (around 14$ for 500g), which will make it an 'once in a while' item.

Pork chops were very good and of high quality, would buy again.

Beef sirloin was ok, you could see it was a high standard, but I felt it ended up costing a little too much (at least for my budget). Not sure I would buy again, maybe I'd try some other cuts.

Sausages were ok at best. They reminded me of the one you can buy at William Walter, which are not my favorites. Chorizo had good flavour, but I thought the merguez were pretty meh. They had that 'pasty' texture (not sure how to explain) that I don't like either. Probably would not buy more, as I feel I can get better at JTM for cheaper.

Where to take visiting friends from Chicago

Romados or Chez ma poule mouillée could be some good cheap lunch/dinner options for Portuguese Chicken. You can get a more upscale sit-down version at Chez Doval.

For Indian in Parc-Ex, Bombay Mahal would be my choice, very good and BYOB.

As someone else mentionned, Saint-Bock is also a good suggestion, with an easy to go location with multiple other options around.

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

How filling is that? At first view, it seems somewhat expensive for what it is (unless quality is really top notch).

Li\quid smoke

Some supermarket have it (not all though, as I had to look at quite some store to find it), but I ended up buying it at Aliments Merci at Jean-Talon Market.

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

It's in the former Mondiana grocery store, IIRC.

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

There will be a new Mamie Clafoutis on Fleury East (a couple of street east of Christophe-Colomb, either at Curotte or Francis). No opening dates, but signs in the windows saying it's coming.

Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

Last time I passed in front, there were guys selling limes out of a pick-up truck. Seemed incredibly cheap, but I didn't need limes (10 for a dollar if I recall correctly).

Jean-Talon Market & area 2014

Spring 2015 seems pretty early, although I'd figure they'd want to have the new parking opened ASAP, considering it will remove the former street level one.

As for SAQ, I agree with you it has to be wishful thinking to think they can all stay open. Two big ones (new JTM + Beaubien/St-André) plus the new SAQ express, and there is even a classic SAQ at Jarry/Lajeunesse that's not outrageously far. Can't see the one at Mozart/St-Laurent staying open for long.

Jean-Talon Market & area 2014

Could be, I don't remember seeing it even though I've been to La Grange a fair amount of time, but that might be me just not looking for it.

Jean-Talon Market & area 2014

Just a head's up, but the western parking (on Casgrain) is now closed by a security fence. I'm guessing they are starting the work on this new building.

Jean-Talon Market & area 2014

I'm not sure if that's gonna happen. Just went to JTM and there is a new 'local à louer' sign right next to the Boucanerie sign. If that's the case, that sure was a short-lived idea.

Alimentation maison meat delivery service

They actually do have fish too, but I'm not much of a fish eater. I guess I'm mostly looking for people who would have tried beef, pork, chicken, lamb (maybe even turkey).

Alimentation maison meat delivery service

Anybody here tried Alimentation maison? (https://www.alimentationmaison.com/


Just got a visit from a representative from them and put in a small order, to try some of their products. Ordered smoked bacon, pork chops, beef sirloin and chorizo and merguez.

Everything is from local producers (they source it on the website) and prices seems mostly reasonable (similar to what you would get at a butcher at JTM). Big orders can get you a fair amount of reduction (15% off for orders above 180$ and 25% off for orders above 400$).

One negative is that everything is frozen. They say it's done in a way to preserve integrity, but I guess I'll have to see.

Am curious to hear from other about their experience and will report back once I receive my order and try the products.

Bar Brutus (Beaubien) - Bacon Bar

That's some solid journalism there, googling for reviews.

Bar Brutus (Beaubien) - Bacon Bar

Also once went late one evening, so we skipped food. Tried a bunch of cocktails and we were not impressed. We ended up leaving to go to Jockey, where I find cocktails to be much better.

It's also very very loud (both the music and crowd contributing), so don't go there in hope of actually talking.

late night deals or early bird specials

Didn't see any mention on the board, but Portus Calle now offer a late night deal from 9PM-11PM. 25$ for a 3 services menu :


Portuguese Chicken - which is currently the best?

I received a flyer in the mail this week, was just wondering about it. It's fairly recent (or reopened recently?) so I'll probably give it a shot soon. It doesn't have to be Romados level to be a good addition to the neighborhood.

Portuguese Chicken - which is currently the best?

Anybody tried Monteiro on Jean-Talon (close to St-Denis)? How good is it?

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Is meatballs the latest fad? With Ballpark,the food truck and now Nini Meatball House, that's a lot of meatballs in less then a year.