Hello! Or should I say Bonjour?!
I will be traveling to Montreal with my husband (we're in our late 30s), parents (in their 70s - not super mobile) and two young girls (1 and 2 yrs old) from June 30 to July 4. We are staying at Hotel Place d'Artes in the old part of town.
We are all big foodies and my kids are suprisingly great in restaurants (we live in Manhattan and eat out with them probably 4 or 5 times a week). The last time my husband and I were in Montreal w/o kids we ate at APDC, Le Club Chasse et Peche, and some restaurant with the work 'lait' in it that was quite good. We loved going to Jean Talon and buying all kinds of great foods to eat.
I would love some specific recommendations for:
1) Restaurants that are family friendly (for the 6 of us!) with great food, preferably within walking distance of our hotel or a short taxi ride away.
2) A high end restaurant that my husband and I should go to alone on date night -- when we leave my kids with my parents at the hotel. We've always wanted to try Joe Beef, but it has never worked with our schedule.
3) A place for great poutine and beer - also nearby the hotel!
Also -- we undertand that Montreal Jazz Festival is going to be happening when we are in town. Does anyone know if there are outdoor venues where we could bring a picnic blanket and eat things we've picked up at Jean Talon? Also, can one drink wine in public (like on the picnic) in Montreal w/o getting arrested?
Thanks in advance!!