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Foyer (Pizza on Notre Dame West)

I first went to Foyer last summer and really enjoyed it. I was back there one night this winter and it didn't seem nearly as good. For one thing, my friend's Margherita was like a flatbread with a slab of over-melted cheese on it, such as you get when the pie is in the oven too long.

BTW, it's a hybrid oven; the main source of heat is gas, and they burn wood in it to give it the smoky taste (the pizza chef explained it to me).

Jun 30, 2015
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Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

I was walking down St-Denis on Saturday, and somewhere between Duluth and Roy (west side) I saw a banner announcing a new Buffalo Bill's coming soon. On St-Denis! WTF?

May 28, 2015
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Openings & Closings: April, May and June 2015

There's a new Portuguese peri-peri chicken joint on Ste-Catherine West across from Lasalle College, where the short-lived Dic-Ann's was. It's called Grillado's. A sit-down place, but casual looking.

May 13, 2015
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Mandy's on Crescent

According to their FB page, they had a soft opening yesterday (Tuesday, May 11/15). I haven't tried it yet, but I'm happy to have a nice salad option near work. It's on Crescent between Sherbrooke and de Maisonneuve.

May 13, 2015
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The Price of Beer

I was at McKibbins on Bishop last friday at about 5:00PM and she charged me $4.50 for a pint of McAuslan IPA.

May 11, 2015
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Jarred pasta sauces?

I see the Batali sauces at my Loblaw's in Longueuil. I haven't tried them.

Apr 14, 2015
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Whole Foods (probably) coming to Montreal!

Personally, I'd take Trader Joe's over Whole Foods in a minute. But there's not much chance of that happening.

Cheaper quinoa than the one on sale at Adonis?

Ditto on the Costco. I got a 4lb (1.8kg) bag of TruRoots organic quinoa there last year. I don't remember what I paid, but I remember that my eyes popped when I saw the price (low).

Feb 16, 2015
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The New & Improved Openings & Closings January, February and March 2015

Can you give us a bit more info? Where did you hear this? Is there any real evidence or is this just a rumour?

Feb 02, 2015
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Breakfast?

What about "Allô! Mon Coco" on de Maisonneuve and St-Mathieu? Anyone here been there? It opened over the summer. They say it's "déjeuner modernisé." I walk by it all the time, but you can't see in very well. Haven't tried it yet. Anything to report? (http://allomoncoco.com/)

Dec 02, 2014
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Brigade Pizza is officially open

I've been to Brigade three times, and every time it's been enjoyable. One of the things I like is that they're taking the Neopolitan pizza out of the high-falutin' and putting it back on the street where it belongs. By that I mean it's quick, inexpensive, and accessible (as pizza should be) while maintaining a sense of quality and respect for the pie. (The fact that you can get a very decent Margherita for under $8 is astounding.)

That said, they are (as others have pointed out) ironing out some kinks. Service can be confusing, and you can spend a long time in line waiting. As is usually the case with this kind of pizza, it's usually better to go light on the toppings instead of piling it on like crazy.

I also agree that they need to keep them in the oven a bit longer. My first pie there was a Margherita and it was perfect. The two later ones were close, but could have used another 15-20 seconds.

Not a destination really, as it's cafeteria style and not a place to linger. But it's perfect for a quick meal downtown.

Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

Still not open (August 28/14).

Aug 28, 2014
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Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

I had a much better experience at Foyer last week. The pizzas were quite good (we had a Marguerita and the mushroom one), with my only complaint being that I wish the corona bubbled up a bit more. Otherwise, quite tasty (the mushroom one was VERY tasty).

I thought the prices were quite reasonable. Two pizzas, a shared caesar salad, a cocktail and two beers, and it came to $51 (before T&T). Similar meals at other places recently ran me about $60 and $70 (before T&T).

Jul 28, 2014
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Openings & Closings July, August & September 2014

It should be noted that they have a terrasse out front on Ste-Catherine (as does Juliette & Chocolat next door).

Jul 21, 2014
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Hershie's Espresso Bar on Parc (@ Waxman's Tux)-Unique Montreal Caffe-

Just so we're clear here... I can walk in there and get a coffee and there won't be tuxedo salespeople hovering around me waiting to make a sale, right?

Jun 18, 2014
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Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

"Quick Burger" on the corner of Ste-Catherine O. and Pierce has been "Opening Soon" for well over a year. Anyone here know the story?

Jun 18, 2014
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Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

I checked it out today. The price of the burger has dropped to $5.50 (although the menus still say $6.99). Very tasty burger. Very juicy and with a nice charcoal char. Overall pretty sloppy eating (two or three napkins needed). Fries were good but no remarkable.

Not many people there though, even though it was lunchtime. Also, dead quiet inside, which can be a bit creepy. Even if they just turned on a radio it would be an improvement. But still, a good very drippy burger.

Jun 11, 2014
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Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

There’s a new pizza place opening on Stanley, first door up from Chapter’s, called “Brigade Pizzeria Napolitaine.” The paper sign in the window claims they’ll have a 900 F wood-fired oven (cooks the pizza in 90 seconds. The pics on their FB page look promising:

https://www.facebook.com/brigadepizza

Anyone here know anything else about it?

Also, they claim to have Certification de Pizzaiolo Vera Pizza Napoletana (VPN).

Jun 11, 2014
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in search of decent weekday breakfast options in downtown Montreal

Update on the Menu URL: http://www.laromate.com/montreal/

Apr 29, 2014
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Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

It's owned by the same corporation that owns Denny's, so it's basically Denny's for douchebags.

Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

There's already a sacwich there, which is better than both in my opinion!

Apr 23, 2014
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Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

I had only gone once, and it was awful. I'd been to the Buns on St-Laurent, and that was good, but the one time I went to the Ste-Catherine shop my burger tasted very strongly of burned grease. I mean over-the-top taste of burned grease. The potatoes were the same, actually dripping with black oily crud. I ate only one and I didn't finish the burger.

I assumed they were just having a bad day (or week; cleaning the grill way overdue). But I never went back.

Apr 14, 2014
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Openings & Closings April, May, June 2014

The Buns burger shop on Ste-Catherine West has been papered up for a few weeks. Sign in the window says "Coming soon Chez Soif."

Apr 13, 2014
blork in Quebec (inc. Montreal)

Opening/Closings January to March 2014

Ah. But that's not the downtown store. From their website:

It was 1956 when Peter Mourelatos and his five brothers opened their first grocery store. Located on Mount-Royal Street, in the City of Montreal, and operating under the banner "MOURELATOU BROS", the store catered predominantly to the Greek and Mediterranean communities. In 1959, in order to better serve the Greek Montreal community, the Mourelatos brothers closed the Mount-Royal store location and opened a new store on St-Lawrence Boulevard where they operated successfully for 20 years.In 1981, Peter Mourelatos with his brother Angelo opened a store on Jean-Talon Street. In 1987, Efthymios Mourelatos, Peter's eldest son, took over operations of the Jean-Talon store location. In 1990, Peter, with his sons Efthymios and Christos, opened a second store on Notre-Dame Boulevard, in the City of Laval. The Laval store

showed great potential and so in 1992, the Jean-Talon location was sold to allow Efthymios more time to devote to the Laval store. Over the next two years, the Laval location expanded twice and operations continue to thrive.

As a result of the success of the Laval store, the Mourelatos family began a succesful expansion plan with the opening of a second store in Pierrefonds in 1995, a third store in Lasalle in 1996, a forth store in Ville St.-Laurent in 1997 and a fifth store on Samson Boulevard, Laval, in 1999. Most recently, in 2002, a Mourelatos Gourmet store location opened in the heart of downtown Montreal.

Feb 28, 2014
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Opening/Closings January to March 2014

50 years downtown? They've only been at the current location since about 2002. Where were they before that?

Feb 28, 2014
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Opening/Closings January to March 2014

Mourelato's on Ste-Catherine O. near Guy is closing imminently. They're selling everything off at half price (except booze & smokes) and there's almost nothing left in the store. I asked the cashier and he confirmed they're closing. Probably today or tomorrow, as there's not enough stock left to justify staying open.

I think Adonis (at Ste-C and Lambert-Closse) killed it.

Feb 28, 2014
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Vietnamese Subs

It's sort of a given that no food court item is less than $5. Their whole business model is based on the idea of extracting the "standard meal" price from as many people as possible, as quickly as possible. (Standard meal price being somewhere around $8.)

That's why you can't just get a slice of pizza at most pizza places. You have to get a slice, salad, and drink. Bingo, $7.

May 31, 2013
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Vietnamese Subs

Do you get the grilled lemongrass beef at Hung Phat? I don't remember seeing that as an option. (Was it served hot?)

May 31, 2013
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Vietnamese Subs

$6 for a good sandwich is not excessive. If it was an "Italian" sandwich instead of an Asian one would you also complain about the price?

May 31, 2013
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Vietnamese Subs

I discovered Marché Hung Phat last weekend, and the Banh Mi there was pretty good. But I wasn't crazy about the bread; it was really huge, so my sandwich felt more like a football than a "sub." It was certainly tasty (I had the "grilled pork," which was some kind of pink mystery loaf and my partner had the minced pork). In both cases the meat was cold.

Here's where I get heretical and risk banishment from the board: I just had a Banh Mi at Vie&Nam at Gare Central. I generally don't have good things to say about "mall food" but for this I'll make an exception.

For one thing, the bread was perfect. It was just the right size, and the airy rice-flour mie basically vanished once the sandwich was filled, leaving just a crispy crust to hold it all together, like a bread-crust napkin. That's the way I like it.

The fillings are less exotic (this being a food court chain), but I again got the grilled pork, and this time it was actual pork, hot off the grill. The combination of the hot pork, the spicy sauce (I asked for "spicy") mixed with the cold pickled daikon and carrots made for a luscious and delightful experience in my mouth, especially since it wasn't lost in a lot of bread.

So sue me. Although Hung Phat was arguably more "authentic" (there's that word) and allowed for more exotic ingredients, the overall experience of the Vie&Nam one was better.

May 30, 2013
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