My wife and I have decided to embrace the cold this year, and are driving from Washington, DC up to Montreal for the Christmas/New Year's holiday! We are both big foodies, and have been gathering recommendations. However, rather than focusing on the best/nicest/most trendy places in Montreal, we are really focused on finding the most authentic/unique/local food experiences that there are.
We have already been recommended to Au Pied Du Cochon and Schwartz's, and are looking for more similar recommendations -- Where can we try uniquely Canadian/French fare, and really get a sense of the authentic cuisine of Montreal?
Also, keep in mind that since we'll be there for Christmas and New Year's, anything that's particularly appropriate/active around that time of year would be great.