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

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

That whole stretch of St-Laurent in Little Italy is pretty sad, IMO. Lots of 'for rent' or 'for sale' signs, and some of them have been there for a long time. Maybe the rents are just too expensive?

I've seen recently something about a new group that would like to acquire the former Casa Napoli space to open a neighborhood movie theater, but at this point, it's only in the 'dream' stage.

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

Both news according to Eater :

- Brama in Little Italy has ceased operations. Could be due to legal problems between partners.

- Damas will relocate in Outremont, at the Corner of Van Horne and Bloomfield.

Butcher selling haggis?

I hope he was able to find some in the last ten years!

Food Events 2015

You're right about the crowd. There wasn't that much people friday night when I went, and it felt crowded already, and I've heard from friends that it was very crowded yesterday. They could probably use a slightly bigger venue, but also could have set-up the place much better. As it was, all the ciders were stuck together and hard to navigate, and there wasn't much place to sit either.

Food Events 2015

There is the Mondial du Cidre this weekend at Complexe Desjardins. While there is a showcase of artisans from Quebec (cheese and other things, didn't care too much/had the time to look really into that part), it's mostly about the cider.

It was interesting, as it allowed to taste a lot of variety from less known producers. Prices were not bad, as many tasting were for 'only' one or two tickets (with more pricey products being 3-5 tickets).

For 20$, you get a sampling glass + 10 tickets + a (very very small) shooter. Extra tickets are 1$ or 10 for 8$. I'd recommend checking it out.

Most of the booth also sell their products directly, often at a somewhat reduced price (saw a bottle that is 45$ at SAQ that was 40$ or 3 for 100$).

If you like calvados, try the Domaine Pinnacle Reserve 1859. It's a superb calvados-cider mix, well worth the five tickets to taste. There was another cider (can't remember the name or the cidrerie) that you tasted both cold and hot to bring out different flavours, was actually pretty interesting too.

Pizza Napoletana

I've been fairly regularly in the last 3-4 years, last time in november, and can't say I've noticed anything like this. Maybe you went on a 'bad' night? Or they changed something, but more recently?

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

I liked 3 minots too for the Karaoke, but I would think a little bit of renovation wouldn't hurt (especially the bathrooms, which were disgusting).

I've been there multiple time in the last year or so, and some days it would be next to full, and the next time basically empty. Hopefully they'll reopen soon.

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

That's great news!

Best Montreal "Steamies" these days? Greasiest and yummiest Patate Frites?

Journal de Montréal just did a bunch of articles on this, for whatever its worth.

Personally, I normally get some from Beaubien Nouveau Système (because it's the closest to home) or from Lafleur if I'm around Square St-Louis (normally if I go out). Not sure any of them are 'special' though in term of steamés. I do like the fries at both places though, so there's that.


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

Always thought it was a strange fit, with a huge room. Went there once every other month or so, and I can't say I've ever seen more then 8 persons inside.

Last time I went there (november or so), I noticed they had increased the price quite considerably, a big poutine going from 11.99 to 13.99 or so (don't remember exactly), so I guess the writing was on the wall.

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

Not really an opening, but La Binerie Mont-Royal is now open from 8PM to midnight from thursday to saturday.


Where to buy cheese in bulk for a wine&cheese event?

I used to organize wine and cheese events for my students association 6-8 years back. We normally would go to Fromagerie Hamel and talk to the manager there, and if you buy only the cheese in somewhat bulk quantity, you can get a pretty significant discount (My memory is fuzzy on this, but I'm thinking at least 10-15%). The trick is not to take the prepared plates, but to only buy the cheese and to cut it yourself the day of the event.

My suggestion would be to establish a budget for both wine and cheese and to go see the manager and talk to him about what could be done. If you're spending more then 1000$ (would make sense for 150+), something can be arranged. They can also hook you up with bread, although you can get better quality elsewhere (not that their bread is bad).

At that time, we tried looking for factory/farms, but there really wasn't much in/around Montreal, and the problem would often be in getting a good variety or to make a decent cheese menu out of it. That being said, it's very possible that this has changed since then.

A lot of other places will offer plates already prepared and are willing to accomodate different budgets, but we always found that quality/price was so-so (I know Pain Doré used to offer that).

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

Also remember hearing something about this possibility, but I can't remember where or find any information about this anywhere. Wouldn't be much of a surprise though, as I guess there aren't much coffee chains around (I guess there is the Tim Hortons and the Presse Café, but that's about it in term of chains)

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

I remember reading about it somewhere (doesn't seem to be here though) that the one downtown would stay open but might change name/menu. I'll try to find where I saw that.

EDIT: Found this : http://www.montrealinfo.com/fr/nouvel...

Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Martin Juneau seems to be taking over a space on Beaubien to open a small grocery store. According to his twitter, also involved are Louis-Philippe Breton and David Ferguson. No details yet, except for the address. (I think it's the former small fruit store?)


Openings & Closings October, November & December 2014

Passed in front of Brasserie Harricana yesterday and it's now open. Will have to try it soon.

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.