Hello! My husband and I are heading from Chicago to Montreal on October27th for three days. We'll be visiting my sister-in-law who is in college, so we will be staying over around the Crescent St. area where we always stay, but have never been impressed with any of the food.
We've been to Montreal twice before, but never had a good chance to enjoy the restaurants because we've always been with family, and no one ever wanted to venture out of the neighborhood to eat, so we were stuck out of obligation! We've been forced to eat some awful food at an Irish pub on Crescent, been to Queue de Cheval for dinner on both visits (liked it the 1st time, hated it the 2nd time), then just snacked our way through some unimpressive cafes. The only place we were able to pick on our own, and look so forward going back to, is St. Viateur Bagels, thats the only good impression of food in Montreal we have because we were never able to make it out anywhere else!
I've been doing some searching on the boards and am at quite a loss for some places to eat! We noticed a few trendy, modern looking places walking around the Plateau/Mont Royal/St. Denis area, but its been a year since our last visit so I can't remember any of the names, but those are the kind of places we are looking for for dinner one night. We don't want anything romantic, but just some good food in a fun atmosphere to go to with my brother and sister-in-law (who are 27 and 21, we are 30). We love kitschy and cozy cafes, good places that locals go to -- nothing expensive, stuffy, or dressy, just some moderately priced hidden gems. We'll have a car, so distance from where we are staying won't be a problem, but would like to stay within the city.
Also looking for a good rec for a place for either dinner or lunch in Old Montreal. I just think its so beautiful and have been wanting to go and sit and have a good meal at a cute place there.