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Critique Seattle-hound's Choices for Montreal Food Bender

frygirl | May 19, 2010 11:36 AM

I will be on a 5-day visit soon and want to maximize the Montreal food experience. I'm staying in Plateau Mont-Royal on rue St-Denis.

I'm looking for dining that fits the following criteria:

- Exceptionally delicious food
- I will blow most of my travel budget on food, so there are no limits there
- Suitable for a female solo diner
- Friendly to a non-French speaker
- Dives are okay for breakfast or lunch
- Minimal pretention for dinner (I will be wearing nice dark jeans and flats - I'm not bringing dress clothes)

Here are the spots I've selected thus far:
(guided heavily by the excellent list in this post

- Olive et Gourmando (probably will visit twice for breakfast and lunch)
- Schwartz's (lunch - smoked meat sandwich)
- Au Pied de Cochon (dinner - of the delicious porky type)
- Resto la Banquise (lunch - poutine)
- L'Express (dinner)
- St Viateur Bagel (breakfast - is this worth it?)
- Nil Bleu (dinner - convenient to hotel for first night in town)
- Au Cinquième Péché (dinner - do I need a reservation?)
- Joe Beef (dinner)
- Laloux (lunch or dinner)

If you're familiar with Seattle dining, I'm looking for places that can rock it like Poppy, Olivar, Boat Street, How to Cook a Wolf, Cascina Spinasse, Serious Pie and Tilth.

Thanks in advance!

Joe Beef
2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

Olive et Gourmando
351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

L'Express Restaurant
3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

Nil Bleu Restaurant
3706 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X3L7, CA

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