I will be in Montreal for a long weekened and am in need of some good chowhounder recs please. I had dinner at l'express last time I went and thought it was solid food with a nice but upbeat atmosphere. I am in town with a few friends and we are looking for three restaurants:
1. something like l'express - good vibe, very competent food and nothing too fancy.
2. french bistro, american, italian or fusion that is very hip with a great scene and high energy.
I also want to keep my dress casual - dark jeans and dress shirt. Any help/recommndations would be greatly appreciated. Without alcohol, I would like to keep it to $75 per person with tax and tip. If possible, also looking to keep it within a 10-15 minute drive from the downtown/business district.
Also, any suggestions for a good lunch spot with a great BEER selection would be really helpful too! Thanks everyone.