Well, i think i've plowed through most of the posts on the board to get an idea of what's been recommended before...but i'm still going to ask for suggestions.
We'll be in Montréal for about four days (taking a side trip to Québec City in the middle), so we have plenty of time to explore restaurants, high and low end.
We love all kinds of food, but love most of all when a restaurant can confidently provide that extra touch that makes the food memorable, either through ingeniously harmonious ingredients or happily exploiting simplicity. Okay, i guess that's the kind of thing that all chowhounds seek, right?
* We have a fabulous BYO scene in Philly, so we'd be happy to find some Montréal counterparts.
* We're staying mostly in the Latin Quarter, so reliable little places in the neighborhood would be very useful.
* Knowing that we are landing in the middle of Jazzfest, i'd love some tips on how to beat the crowds -- we're actually not coming for the music, but to celebrate my roommate's birthday.(Not that we don't love music, but it's not our focus this visit.)