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Montreal restos - Please help me with my list

italyvespa | | Aug 27, 2009 12:17 PM

I need help. I'm spending a Wednesday night - Sunday noon vacation in Montreal and am having a really hard time choosing between restaurants. As usual, there are not enough meals to fit everything in. Here are my notes so far:

1. The Sparrow/Reservoir/Cluny ArtBar/Olive et Gourmando/Titanic
2. The Sparrow/Reservoir/Cluny ArtBar/Olive et Gourmando/Titanic
3. The Sparrow/Reservoir/Cluny ArtBar/Olive et Gourmando/Titanic
4. Saturday – JTM & picnic (I’ve read a lot of great things about the chicken at Romados)
5. Sunday – I need to be at the airport at 10:45. Le Cartet opens at 9. Can I eat there in an hour? I know their service is notoriously slow. Otherwise, I will probably choose between Byblos or Toi Moi et Café, but as of now I’ve heard more people comment on the Byblos breakfast.

1. Au Pied de Cochon
2. Schwartz
3. La Banquise (I hate to spend a dinner on La Banquise just to eat a poutine there, but the meal will be so heavy it doesn’t seem possible to make it a stop on the way to dinner.)
4. Le P’tit Plateau

I am having a lot of trouble choosing where to go for lunch. My favorite types of lunch places are more homey and casual and I also like areas that have a great aesthetic appeal. Anyway, I need help with what kind of vibe these restos have, what kind of food they serve, and if any of them are light enough to squeeze in a breakfast beforehand. I have been through the message boards and there are a lot of great comments that I’ve read, but I just can’t decide.

Also feel free to comment on the rest of the list. I had to cut out a lot of other great places (Le Club Chasse et Peche, Au Cinquieme Peche, L’Express, Lemeac, McKiernan’s) so tell me if I did the right thing with this list. FYI, if so many people hadn’t said that Schwartz’s and ________ (fill in your favorite place to get poutine here) weren’t essentials, I probably would have cut them out as well. My taste leans towards places that are not so hole-in-the-wallish and -referring to Schwartz's- not so meat centric. (I am not a vegetarian, I just normally don’t care about a meal that’s so completely centered around meat.)

To note, I have never been to Canada and don’t live in an area that has a lot of French food so I tried to fit in a lot of local cuisine and local specialties that will be unique to the area, especially for dinnertime. Mind you, the list above does not cover bagels, bakeries, and bars, many of which I hope to also be able to squeeze in.

Thank you in advance!