I'm working on my homework for enjoying a long weekend in Montreal (starting today), and I'm hoping for some recommendations.
I've read a lot of the standard lists including the Poutine place, the montreal bagel places, the beer places, the markets, all good - check, check. We do not need Vietnamese.
I desire : newer "local twist on quebecois" type restaurants, local produce, innovative chef, etc? Expect good wine list, we eat everything.
For SF savvy, something like Commonwealth, Saison, Atelier Crenn, Rich Table, State Bird. ie, we're jaded already so if we're making a trip, it better be excellent.
Challenge: we have no reservations and want to eat this weekend, so are willing to call around or "sneak in early and sit at the bar".
We will be staying roughly in the Old Port neighborhood, plan to have no car, but are intrepid with our Google Maps, Metro passes, taking taxis. Anything from downtown to old montreal to plateau or near a metro stop is certainly fair game.
No price limit.