I've been to Montréal before; a few times, to be exact. But this is the first time I'm spending any length of time there (as far as I know) and, seeing this board's agreement with myself on my two favorite places in the city, L'Express and Laloux, I've decided to throw a few recommendations to the Chowhounds.
Can anyone help me find:
A trendy hotel in the city (price no object)
The best poutine and best hot dog in the region (will travel up to 20 miles in any direction)
The best time to visit Jean-Talon Market
The best SAQ store
A good place for Belgian: mussels, frites, beer
Which is the best bagel? Fairmont or St-Viateur?
A district to walk through that resembles the Plateau as it was five years ago (trendy, but just before the rapid influx of chain restaurants)
A place to try a tourtière (will travel 20 miles in any direction)
An Italian joint that does the population of St-Léonard and area justice
Whew. I'm a Québécophile looking forward to a French-sign-spotting, CKOI-listening, Le Journal-reading, RDI-watching, poutine-eating, Blanche de Chambly (possibly the world's greatest white ale)-drinking, STM-riding trip to la belle province. Help me out. :-)