Thanks in advance - I've read through about the past year, maybe 2 of posts, but I'm still having trouble getting a handle on Montreal - too much good food?
My husband and I are LA Hounds, in this coming weekend from late Friday night through Monday eve. We travel to eat, and we like all ends of the spectrum - a great hot dog is as appreciated as foie gras. We like ethnic, but I think I'm really after French or Bistro this weekend, unless someone wants to tell me why I am missing out. That said, I'm wondering if you can steer me in the right direction:
Timing - we land at midnight on Friday - where do you suggest we eat? Would L'Express still be serving by the time we cleared customs and drove there?
Breakfast - would we be best served to have a coffee/pick up a brioche or croissant and save room for lunch & dinner? If so, where? We're staying at the Hyatt near Place des Arts. I do want to try Olive et Gourmando. Also, planning on a bagel (St. Viateur?).
Lunch - I'm pretty set on trying smoked meat at Schwartz's (my husband really is!). Are there other "easy" lunch options, or would you reccomend a bistro? I do want to see the city, so as much as I love food I don't want to take *too* much time for lunch.
Dinner - I'd really like to try Au Pied de Cochon.
Other ideas are as follows:
Le Petit Plateau
Au Petit Extra
I've looked at the menu for Chez L'Epicier, and I don't think it is quite what I want - I'm more after either typical bistro food & experience or a more "hearty" southern French style (which I think I would get at Le Petit Plateau, right?) I've read about Toque! as well, and again, I don't think it is what I am after. I don't want special occasion food so much as just good solid bistro, I guess - because there isn't much of that in LA -- all French here turns into "inventive" or "expensive & stuffy" very quickly.
Also, husband is interested in a Sugar Shack - is it worth driving to Mont St. Gregoire?
Thank you, thank you, thank you in advance.