Look, I've never pretended to be a foodie, even though I've run montrealfood.com for over ten years now. So when it's comfort I'm looking for, I don't zoom to Bronte or Toqué or L'Express.
I go to my local Nickels in Cote Des Neiges. I know, the foodie laughs and says "THAT's not FOOD" but believe it or not, after all the years I've been going, IT IS FOOD. I have no relation with anyone there but they are all, to a man or a woman, the kindest and most accommodating souls on this planet.
George is the owner, so ask for him for anything, but every single server and food creator is a darling and you just can't go wrong.
I know . . . . huh? Nickels???? But in this case, and take it from someone who has written food articles for the Gazette, I KNOW.
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA