Esteemed chowhounds. I've been enjoying all your posts while doing my research for my upcoming long weekend in Montreal. And, thanks to the advice I've received so far, I've made dinner reservations at Au Pied de Cochon. Also, I plan to try some smoked meat while in town (and have been reading the Great Best Smoked Meat Debate thread.) And, I'll make sure to try a Montreal-style bagel.
I am very excited!
In an article someone linked about APdC and poutine, they also mentioned tourtiere as being a Christmas specialty in Quebec. I did a search on tourtiere, but didn't come up with much much that was recent. La Binerie came up more than once--is that the place to go?Or, is this something the Quebecois (is that the right term?) only eat in their homes?
Also, I will be in Laval for a couple of nights. I probably will be tired from working and traveling and, sadly, won't have the energy to hop a cab over to Montreal to eat (I know, I'm a sad excuse for a 'hound.) Are there a few places in Laval you recommend that I can just hop in a taxi from my hotel to get to? I'm open to all kinds of cuisines. EDIT: Now that I think about it a bit more, I can't get French food easily at home, so, if there's a casual French restaurant in Laval that's comfortable for dinner for a single diner whose French is very bad, that would be perfect.
Thank you muchly!