Wow; this all sounds amazing, if confusing. I saw the link to a 'typical' one of these places. Can someone explain -- is this all about a sugaring operation opening up shop to basically sell the new batch of maple syrup? I've never heard of anything like this in the States. This must be seasonal then, say, March - May?
Is there a traditional one of these places nearby to Mtl?
BTW, while I'm sure this is well-known, butter is added in little dollops, traditionally at least, to the boiling sap if it threatens to boil over. Maybe a batch on the table that tasted buttery was just especially misbehaved? It's seems beyond-bizarre to be twisting this tradition to the point of serving non-pure syrup. I'm guessing instead this *was* a buttery pitcher of maple syrup, as per protocol.
Also, I just have to say, the vicious dig into vegetarians/ism was a little over-the-top -- I'd like to drop a dollop of butter into that thought. Some of us happen to find vegetables tastier than meat. Some of us cannot eat the fat in meat. Some of us have moral scruples that preclude eating meat ... etc. I don't quite get why this raises hackles so.
That said, do these operations ever include meatless dishes (apart from, say, sugar pie?)