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Critique our meal plans, please

anotherjennifer | May 19, 2015 05:33 PM

I'm coming to Montreal on Thursday with my husband and 13 year old son. We are all picky eaters with different things we won't eat (sorry), yet we all like good food and have areas of adventurousness. Picking restaurants is, umm, involved. We're going with fairly casual meals this trip and, because my son doesn't like food quite as interesting as my husband and I will go for, trying to keep with places that have some fairly simple, accessible dishes on the menu. I think I've picked good places, but somehow I feel like I'm not getting it quite right. We live in the NYC suburbs, so we don't need to repeat what we can get here. What do you think?

Thursday: arrive around dinner time, staying at Le Square Phillips Hotel, Il Focolaio for pizza because it's supposed to be good, we apparently won't need reservations (hard to make when we don't know exactly when we'll get to the hotel and we don't want to just make really late reservations because of the kid) and it's literally steps from hotel.

Friday: Old Montreal. Lunch at Le Cartet, Le Jardin Nelson or Olivo and Gourmando. Dinner reservations at Dominion Square Tavern.

Saturday: Parc Olympique. No plans yet for lunch, but I'm definitely taking suggestions. Dinner at Lemeac.

Sunday: Mount Royal and Plateau. So many choices!! But lunch will likely be smoked beef for me from Schwartz's or Main, chicken from Portugalia for my husband, a little bit of both for my son and a picnic in Parc Jeanne-Mance (thank you to all of you who helped with that in another thread!). Dinner reservations at Moishe's, where the non-red meating eating husband will enjoy chicken or fish.

Monday: Don't know where we'll be, so lunch is completely undecided. Dinner reservations at L'Express.

If it helps, places I looked at and rejected include Maison Publique on the grounds that the menu seems very small and thus it seems likely that at least one of us won't find anything we like, APdC because there's very little on the menu my husband or my son would eat and I'm not buying $44 duck for a 13 year old, Toque (which sounds delicious) because it's too inaccessible for the kid and La Banquise because neither of my guys eats cheese and aside from a breaded chicken burger (boring!) there's nothing for my husband to eat. Yes, we're fun to feed. Joe Beef or Liverpool House might work (who really knows? A remarkable number of Montreal restaurants decline to put even representative menus on the internet) but I started my restaurant project too late and reservations at reasonable hours aren't available.

tl;dr - Two adults and a 13 year old eating dinners at Il Focolaio, Dominion Square Tavern, Lemeac, Moishe's and L'Express. Are we missing anything crucial? Are Lemeac and L'Express redundant?

Pizza Il Focolaio,
Le Cartet Resto Boutique,
Leméac,
Schwartz's Deli - Sandwiches - Steaks,
Moishes,
L'Express,
Maison Publique,
La Banquise,
Joe Beef,
Rotisserie Portugalia
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