My wife and I are coming to Montreal the first weekend in September and would really appreciate any recommendations as to where to eat, where to stay, what to do.
I know, I know it's really open ended so a bit about us. We're adventurous foodies; my wife is one of NY's best caterers and I'm a pretty good cook myself although I work as a photographer, we like everything from fine dining to low-brow. It's also going to be my 48th birthday while I'm there so I will certainly want an excellent meal that night.
Several years ago we came to town just as a stop over and stayed at Auberge du Vieux-Port which was nice and intimate but not that special, kind of college dorm-esque. Are there any small boutique hotels with a bit more ambience that anyone can recommend? Not anything swanky, overly fashionable or pretentious please.
As far as restaurants, I guess I would like to know what the best tables in town were. Again, I understand that it's an open question but we're adventurous eaters and love to try things that we can't find in NY or are a town's specialties.
Any recommendations would be appreciated.