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French and Innovative Dinner and Lunch Spots for Oct. Wkenders from Boston?

opinionatedchef | Aug 19, 201312:57 AM

We are likely coming from Boston to Montreal for 1 or 2 weekend nights
the beginning of Oct., the first time in 15 yrs (we were last there for a week when you had that earthquake/treme , at least in Old Quebec , where all the power was out for the first night and we had a very romantic candlelit dinner at Restnt St Amour on Rue St Ursule!)
We had so many good meals in Montreal when we were last there. I understand l'Express is still there, but what about Au pied de cochon and le Vent Vert? I would love to eat at the foie gras place that Tony Bourdain visited- is it still there and is it still excellent? We also ate at an innovative expensive place on St Denis diagonally across and down from l'Express. Maybe Trois was in the name...? (Au Tournant de la Riviere was our temple of gastronomic pleasure way back then...I will never forget his sweetbreads mousse served like a Coup de Glace!)

When i did a foie gras search on this board, this came up. is it still there, and recommended?:

I would really appreciate recommendations for the best places for French and Innovative dinners, either one or both together. We have a lot of Asian and Italian in Boston, so i am not looking for that.

We have no excellent classic French patisseries in Boston. Zilch. Are there any in M now? (When we last visited, a branch of the Parisian Le Notre had just closed, in the north of the city) Would also love to find any exceptional chocolate shops.(Recchiutti is my fav, in San Fran.)

We will be travelling up from Burlington VT. I don't know where we will be staying but we are aiming to go to the (last days of) the giant topiary exhibit at the Jardin Botanique(iirc) and probably the Art Museum or the City of Montreal museum. Any good lunch places in those areas would also be appreciated (but Montreal delis, smoked beef and charcuterie are not favorites of ours. We do enjoy poutine and its offspring!)
Maybe the foie gras restnt is open for lunch and i could just bring my sleeping bag....:-) Merci mille fois.

p.s. i usually do a ton of research before i post a thread like this, but i thought i would first ask the sister CH community.

edit: i just did read through the other thread- 36 hours in Montreal-and i will research those places- but if you have additional recs i'm happy to hear them.
just fyi, we will be happy to dine at 5/5:30/opening, but not late.

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