Driving up to Montreal from NYC on Saturday, Dec. 24th. Looking to spend no more than $300 per person on all our activities over the weekend, so was wondering what you Quebecois hounders had to say about cheap eats. I'd love some Montreal-specific stuff that shouldn't be missed, along with some general foods that might be a little off the radar. So where to go for smoked meat, bagels, and poutine would be awesome, but if you know a place that has, for instance, a great baba ghanoush or double-cut pork chop, by all means throw it in.
I'm going with my girlfriend, so we could probably use a recommendation for a nice-ish dinner (probably nothing above $40 US per person, without drinks). ANNNND it'll be Christmas, so if you know of anything going on regarding that, awesome! It's my first Christmas away from home, so anything festive would be much appreciated. Bonus points if that nice-ish dinner can be part of that.
Thanks ahead of time for all the help, guys!