We will have three days in Montreal next month. I've not been to Montreal since I was 5 years old, so arrive as pretty much a blank slate (though I've done plenty of homework). Generally speaking, I tend to prefer the modern to the stodgily traditional, but balance that against seeking out genuine local flavors.
One of our 3 days is a Sunday and I note that many places close Sun/Mon - so suggestions for a good Sunday dinner option (and good Sunday brunch) are particularly welcomed.
Am working on reservations at Au Pied de Cochon and/or Joe Beef, but my prime alternates, in rough order of preference (based on nothing other than reading menus and comments) include:
(* is for those open Sunday)
- APDC (if we can get in) *
- Joe Beef
- Les 400 Coups
- Le Filet
- Garde Manger *
- Maison Publique * (with no reservations policy, what is the likely wait?)
- Au Cinquieme Peche
- Liverpool House (opinion seems decidedly mixed, at least in comparison to sibling Joe Beef)
- Lemeac (?)*
- L'Express (?)*
- Foodlab (intrigued but still probably unlikely to make our short list)
- Maison Publique
- Le Chien Fumant
Any recommendations on what should be added, subtracted or moved up or down on the list are welcomed.
During the days we will also be hitting Schwartz's (smoked meat), St. Viateur (bagels - or should we go to Fairmount? or both?), possibly La Banquise (poutine), Jean Talon Market - any other "stations of the cross" we shouldn't miss?
I get the sense from this board anyway that wine and beer are a better bet than cocktails, and have Buvette Chez Simone, Pullman and Hotel Herman on our list as well. Any further advice welcomed (including geographical, i.e., have a drink at "x" before having dinner at "y").