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Bar Brutus (Beaubien) - Bacon Bar

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

41 minutes ago
NickinMtl in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

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.

about 15 hours ago
NickinMtl in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

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.

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

I passed in front last week-end and it looks like it's open (or ready to open very soon). No menu visible from the outside, so no clue yet on what they serve.

Best Souvlaki in Montreal???

I lived in the old Greek neighborhood for three years, so I ended up trying a lot of those at the time. I had heard from older greek people about Marven's, and I can honestly say I was pretty dissapointed when I went. While not bad, it does not deserves the reputation it has. Panama was pretty good for the souvlaki, but my favorite of that neighborhood was clearly Village Grec, especially for the gyros (although once in a while it's really off, and when it's off it's disgusting). While living in CDN, I ordered once in a while from Souvlaki George, but I can't say it was that good. Their gyros is very different from the Village Grec type, but had a little something I liked.

As for Arahova, can't say I was very impressed by it the only time I tried.

Never tried Nostos, as I rarely go around there, but I'd definitely like to try it at some point.

Good Chinese in cote des neiges area?

Tried it once and was pretty satisfied with it. I think Kam Shing is better, but Aunt Dai is closer to the subway station and the rest of the interesting part of CDN, and the fact it's a BYOB is a nice bonus.

Pizzeria Napolitana frozen pizza

Passed in front of Pizzeria Napolitana earlier tonight, and saw signs advertising frozen pizza that you can eat at home. Anyone tasted them and if so, is it worth it?

Best Poutine

My suggestions would be to go to one of the Poutineville, I've had some recently and they were all excellent.

Others good options are La Banquise, Mont-Royal Hot-Dog, McCarolds (if you are already in Côte-Des-Neiges) or for a portuguese twist, the one at Ma Poule Mouillée or at Romados.

Ice Cream Chat 2013

Just a heads up, they have the blueberry sorbet soft-serve at les Givrés right now, and it's pretty fantastic (especially coupled with the vanilla soft-serve).

First real foodie visit to Montreal - some specific requests

I've got to agree with this. I've had plenty of Schwartz sandwichs in the last year, and while once in a while the quality won't be as high, I can say it's still better to me then the Main (which I've tried again two weeks ago). The Main isn't bad by any means, but I always find there is a deeper 'pastrami' like taste to it then Schwartz, which is why I prefer Schwartz.

I always find the story about the decline since they sold to be people wanting to find something. I can't say I noticed a big decline, but I did notice a big increase in price (which seems to be followed by the Main, though).

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Saw that 2 weeks ago and I was told by friends at that moment it had opened a couple of weeks before, so I'd say it's been at least a month if not more.

Kem CoBa – Delectable ice cream in Mile-End

While it is further away, I've always found les Givrés to be a great alternative to Kem Coba. Never had to wait longer then 5 minutes there while passing in front of Kem Coba 15 minutes before, there was 25 persons in line.

And les Givrés also do soft serve sorbet, and the one I tasted there were as good, if not even better than the one at Kem Coba (if you catch their blueberry one, it's out of this world).

Belle et Boeuf

I thought the upscale burger joint fad went out last year. Guess I was wrong.

Ice Cream Chat 2013

I agree about Havre des Glaces, and would probably even recommend Pile ou Glace as another 'close' option. Chez Vincenzo is fantastic and worth the detour, but not exactly just around (I'd say it's a good 20 minute walk from there).

Ice Cream Chat 2013

Can't say I really noticed anything for the service, but I wasn't paying attention (was with a group of friends, and we were mostly chatting among ourselves). You're right about the names though, how hard would it be to translate them.

As for negatives, I thought the amount given was a little low for the price, but I've seen other place given similar amount/price, so I didn't make a deal out of it.

Ice Cream Chat 2013

Didn't find any 2014 thread for ice cream so I'm posting in this one. Tried the newish gelato place in Little Italy called Piacieri (St-Laurent just north of St-Zotique) with not much expectations, and was pleasantly surprised. I tried the salted caramel and cannoli flavours. Salted caramel was good, but pretty standard (not anything close to the dulce de leche of Havre des Glaces), but I was impressed by the cannoli flavour, thought it tasted very good.

Might drop by again for some other flavours when I'm around there.

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

There were a lot (I mean, A LOT) of people, would estimate at least 200 to 300 waiting to try it. By the time I got to the take-out window, they were only giving half a pizza by person. Got a pepperoni and it was very good, will definitely try it again when they open (they were telling people next thursday).

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

According to another picture, they prepared 180 pizza boxes, so we'll see how long that will last.

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Just saw on instagram that they will be giving free samples of pizza at 5PM at pizzeria GEMA tomorrow.


Aunt Dai in Côte-des-Neiges?

I've been a couple of time, it's nothing to write home about, but there aren't a lot of BYOB around there in CDN, so it's a good cheap option in that neighborhood. Definitely wouldn't go out of my way to go there.

Interesting things to do around Jean Talon Market?

In a different direction from most of the other recommandations, who did a good job at covering the proximity of the market, you could get in your car and go to Parc de l'Ile de la Visitation, which is close to Papineau and Gouin. It's a pretty big and nice riverside park which has a lot of older buildings, settled in the 1800s. It's probably a 20-30 minutes drive from the market, and if you want to grab a quick bite, there is bistro du moulin there who have one of the nicest terrasse in Montreal (and often overlooked, as it is out of the way).

As for parking around the market, if you go before noon, parking in the market won't be a problem. If not, a hidden spot is around park Dante (just 2 minutes of walk south of the market), where parking on the street is mostly free and there is normally a fair amount available, unless there is a wedding at the church.

Please help with my upcoming trip to Montreal!

I've been to Les Pyrénées years ago (at least 5, maybe more) for a work christmas dinner and just remember not being very impressed by it. It wasn't awful, but just nothing to write home about. Nobody in our group ever suggested going back, while we have plenty of other 'favorites' restaurants.It's been very long, so I really can't be specific about the good/bad parts.

Old Montreal - Sunday lunch

That has to be the most ridiculous suggestion ever, considering what was asked.

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

The former iSensi in Little Italie has closed down a while ago and there is now signs for a resto-bar named Quindici (at 15 bélanger, eh). Not sure of the menu and they don't seem to be open as of now.

I love Tim Hortons because...

For what it's worth, their bacon breakfast sandwich (on a biscuit) are my favorites big chain breakfast sandwich. I don't hate their donuts, but there is just much better options, so unless you're stuck wanting a donut at 3AM, I don't have much use for them.

Station des Sports underserving patrons by 25%

He's probably the worst spokeperson the bar owners association could get, yet, he's always there to scream about every little thing that could potentially have a small impact on his shitty bars. Alas, as long as he targets the right clients with cheap prices, I don't see him going away.

BBQ joint to open very soon! Dinette triple crown 6704 Clark.

Went last friday to pick up some fried chicken for take-out, and saw that the dining room in the adjoining room is now finished. While there wasn't anyone actually eating at that time in it, the waitress told some people that went for the picnic in the park that they could come back there if it started raining, so it seems like it is open.