Hi Montreal hounds!
I've done a search of the Quebec boards and got some really good advice and possibilities for food during my upcoming trip to Montreal (not too many ideas for Quebec City).
It seems like most people visiting Montreal want to go out for upscale/special dining experiences. I'm traveling with some friends that wouldn't be interested in a series of high-end meals (so no APdC, Joe Beef, 400 Coups, etc).
So, I'm looking for some mid-range (price-wise) places to eat that are still delicious and interesting. We are staying @ Delta Centre-Ville, 777 University near Old Town. I'm coming from Los Angeles, one friend is coming from Tucson and the other from Southern California (the OC). We are all open to any sort of ethnic food, but would also like to get a good cross section of eating in Montreal and avoid the tourist traps.
If there is some place close by for good breakfast/coffee--that would be a priority. Olive & Gourmando in Old Montreal looks like it will fit the bill, but other suggestions are welcome.
We'll be out and about around town doing the tourist thing during the day, but we plan to hit up some shows at the African and Comedy festivals in the evening.
Some places that I thought might work for us (would welcome any comments or alternate suggestions):
-Checking out Jean-Talon mkt
-Cuisine Szechuan (even tho there is a ton of excellent Chinese food in LA)
-Schwartz's (how can I not? then I can do a mental taste test w/ the pastrami @ Langers)
-Maybe some Portuguese chicken (i don't think there is any in LA, tho the Peruvian chicken here is excellent)? Rotisserie Ramados?
-Possibly a bistro and/or brasserie: Brasserie T, F Bar, L'Express, or?
-We have a ton of Japanese options here, but maybe Kazu for isakaya?
If I'm totally off the mark here, let me know. Also, any wine bars or craft beer brew pubs would be great!
We're also going to be spending two days in Quebec City (renting a car in Montreal and driving). I didn't find many threads here on the Quebec boards. The two places that sounded interesting are: L'Affaire Est Ketchup and Le Billig. It looks like we could use some help. We will be staying @ the Delta Quebec, 690 Boul René-Lévesque E.
If there is any place worth stopping to eat on our drive from Montreal to Quebec City, I'd love that information as well!
Thank-you so much for your advise and I'll be more than happy to report back after our trip (we'll be there from the 18-24).