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A Boston hound's Montreal trip report


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A Boston hound's Montreal trip report

MC Slim JB | May 30, 2006 12:44 PM

I didn't get to choose most places (a large event weekend, lots of meals for 30 people), so I had limited freedom to choose meals, but here's where I ate:

Hotel Godin -- nice hotel for the money, great location, pretty weak included breakfast. No meat at all on that buffet, only some curiously tough-to-peel hardboiled eggs for protein.

Cafeteria -- decent moule frites at lunch, tasty but rather watery sangria. Pleasant place with the windows open, an okay value.

Globe -- Waitresses hired for their looks can be painful, but this crew was reasonably skilled and patient with our huge party. Punishingly long wait between ordering and arrival, the kitchen clearly not used to handling big parties in the middle of a weekend-night rush. A really lovely beef cheek bourguignonne, plus haricot verts. Quite liked the bite of pan-sauteed walleye I tried, and got myself a big side of the fiddleheads that accompanied that dish; gotta jump while they're in season. Wine list was weak and overpriced. Considering the wine level of my crew, I ordered plonk at the gouging price of $30-35 a throw; most everything was $60 and up from there. I would have been happier with some decent table wines. I'm wary of nightspots masquerading as restaurants, but this was better, and a better value, than I expected.

Rosalie's -- Another place I'm sure my friend chose for the hotness of the staff vs. the food, but also surprisingly decent. An okay batter-fried shrimp app with mango sauce, a rather good hanger steak frites. A better wine list, especially at the low end, than at Globe. Very good service, again with a patience-testing crowd. Choosing a prix fixe dinner here was sensible, something we should have done at Globe.

Schwartz's -- I'd tried another smoked-meat palace last time I was here (Bens, if memory serves), so this place had to be paid obeisance. Just glorious smoked meat (I got the "fat"), a good pickle, decent fries, awesome atmosphere. My pal and I got the bonus visual treat of a fresh, 30-gallon tub o' smoked meat joints being draggged by us. Really glad I got to do this as my only free-choice meal here.

Some little roadside stand -- coming back from a day trip for whitewater rafting on the Riviere Rouge, we missed the ramp to 417, and stopped at this little takeout stand for directions. As they had poutine, and none of my friends had tried it, I ordered a round for all. A fine version, and the first-timers adored it. Very friendly proprietors, and a cool sign from about 1960 with the Sprite logo on it. The locals dining at the outdoor picnic tables must have been bemused at the sight of this strange crew (a Brit, two Scots, a Hong Konger, a Swede, a Sudanese, and three Yanks, including one the size of an NFL nose guard) getting all swoony over $3 poutines. Serendipity happens.

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