My husband is taking me to Montreal for my 30th birthday. It'll be my first-ever visit (to Canada, nontheless!) and I want to make sure that I eat at all the right places, taste all the right food in our short trip. There is nothing I hate more than being on vacation and having a bad meal, horrible snack or just mediocre food.
After doing a bunch of research, I am ready to turn over my planning to public opinions. So, please help! My husband and I will be coming off of a very fine dining experience (going to Daniel in NYC for our anniversary just 10 days before this trip), so I am looking to have a laid-back, but authentic dining experience in Montreal.
Types of places I'm looking for are: cozy, romantic, casual, hip, fun -- not too trendy or fine dining/haute cuisine (I know Montreal can be a fine dining destination, but that just isn't the vibe we're looking for this trip -- next time).
Food/Cuisines of interest: French, Bar/Pub, Quebequois, Italian, Eclectic, American/New American
Also, the last weekend in April...I know it is early for Spring, but is there any outdoor dining, or places to have a drink or coffee outside? We'll be staying in Old Montreal, but I'm interested in places in the Mile-End or other areas.
> Friday Night: Arriving around 9 p.m., want to go somewhere in Old Montreal (poutines or burger and a beer?)
> Full day Saturday
> Sunday: Maybe try brunch at Le Cartet? Will need an afternoon snack or something to take on the road before leaving