Saturday, July 28, 2012

food

restos


Many restaurants in the Plateau are bring your own wine/apportez votre vin. Stop in one of the many SAC stores along St. Denis or St. Laurent to buy a bottle (or two!) before you go.

$Plateau
Arepera du Plateau Casual & delicious Venezuelan. The avocado sauce is to die for.
Omnivore Light Mediterranean fare made with fresh & local ingredients. Kaftas, salads, soups. Consistently incredibly delicious.
Aux Vivres Vegan & vegetarian food, really fresh & really well done. Nice outdoor patio in the back, fabulous smoothies & fresh juices. The dragon bowl is fantastic.
Salla Rosa Tapas, mussels, Spanish wine & beer. Casa Del Popolo's big sister, they host great shows & DJs in the hall upstairs.
Schwartz's A Montreal institution. Hebrew deli that makes the region's traditional smoked meat for 80+ years on the historical Main. There's always a line out the door.
Chinoiseries et Dumplings Beautys Luncheonette classic diner & diner fare. Great for packing a picnic to take to the nearby Jeanne-Mance & Mont Royal parks.
La Banquise Yes, one must have poutine while in Québec. Owned by the same family since the late 1960s, they offer classic poutine & a large variety of more inventive takes on the traditional dish, all served up in a casual, busily funky atmosphere.

$Mile End/Outrement
Le Moineau/Sparrow We love this place for brunch, but the dinner menu looks equally enticing. Great decor & service, delicious, hearty fare.
Lawrence Comfortable & stylish decor, & fantastic fare that includes locally grown & house made deliciousness. Sunday brunch includes the best beignets (filled fritters) I've ever had, plus house made sausages. Favorite.
Omma Homestyle Korean cuisine in a sweet & casual setting. Yum!
La Croissanterie Figaro Charming French Bistro-style cafe in art-deco surroundings. Outdoor cafe seating.
Petite Maison Chef Danny St. Pierre's charming little subterranean spot to eat fresh, seasonal & inventive dishes in a lovely setting. Delicious.


$$Plateau
Pintxo Spanish/Basque tapas. One of our favorites.
Laloux The real deal for French/Quebecois cuisine. Consistent & elegant.
La Prunelle French/Quebecois cuisine often using local ingredients, in a lovely, warm atmosphere. Another of our favorites.
Le P'Tit Plateau Tiny, warm & wonderful little resto. French style cuisine, very well done, often with local ingredients. A favorite.
Au Pied de Cochon Local meats & foie gras are the specialties. Artisanal poutine & Quebecois fare in a backwoods-chic atmosphere.


$Downtown

Labo Culinaire/Foodlab Stylish & delicious, they change up their menu to offer artfully made food with a tapas-style approach, so you can try a wide array of flavors. We last went for their Greek menu, & it was fantastic. Nice wine list & fabulous outdoor patio, too, all in the industrial-chic SAT building downtown. A favorite spot.

$$Old Montreal
Le Club Chasse et Peche Holy moley. Fantastic, artistically approached offerings served in an elegant, chic atmosphere.
Toqué Creative, artistic presentation, & delicieux.

$Little Burgundy 
Joe Beef A Montreal classic. Go very hungry. Consistently awesome. Vin Papillon, their wine bar with a more veggie-heavy menu, is just a couple of doors down.


cafés + diners









Plateau
Casa del Popolo Vegetarian fare, fair trade coffee, music venue that hosts some of the best small international acts, nightly DJ nights, burritos & art vending machine. Need I say more? Favorite.
Café Santropol Delicious sandwiches as big as your head, soup, fresh smoothies, house roasted coffee. They have a lovely outdoor patio in the back.
Café Névé Tiny & cozy with delicious coffee & light fare (sandwiches, salads, soups), including scrumptious baked good (really good muffins). Great warm-up/take a break spot. 

Mile End
Café Ellefsen Swedish cafe with light fare. Lovely simple interior design.
Le Cagibi Fresh coffee, housemade pastries & lunch items. Funky, arty, intimate space to hear good local music. Great place to hang out. A favorite.
Le Depanneur Café Casual & arty setting with comfortably worn decor. Coffee & light fare, local jazz & acoustic acts.
Dinette Triple Crown Delicious Southern comfort food in a nouveau-diner atmosphere. Fried chicken, pulled pork, mac 'n cheese, corn bread, mashed potatoes.
Le Falco Delish coffee & Japanese cuisine served up in a gorgeous industrial setting

Old Montreal

Olive & Gourmando Amazing sandwiches & baked goods, & delicious fresh coffee in an old-world-meets-modern market café atmosphere. Perfect breakfast or lunch stop.

bakeries + markets










bakeries
St. Viateur BagelsFairmount Bagels The real deal in the Mile End. We always bring home a big bag of the sesame, & dole them out like they were gold. You can't go wrong with either.
Le Fromentier great bread!
Cocoa Locale cakes, cupcakes & pastries to die for.
Premiére Moisson classic, artful boulangerie/patisserie fare. As delicious as they look.
Patisserie Au Kouign Amann best croissants. Period.
Patisserie Rhubarbe Fresh, delicious & beautiful pastries. Don't miss out on brunch!!!

markets
Marché AtwaterJean Talon fresh fruits & vegetables, fish, cheese, prepared foods from cultures around the world, flowers, cooking supplies, everything food-related. Incredible.

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