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Montreal Bar-b-que Chicken

bigfellow | Feb 11, 2009 11:56 AM

I did a search and found nothing so...

I know that people tend to look down on the humble bar b qued chicken. But it is as much a part of the Montreal fabric as smoked meat. Especially to Montrealers living elsewhere. You do have your imitators (yes, hello Swiss Chalet), who pale by comparison to the real thing.
What brought up my rant you ask. Well I returned to Montreal after being away for decades last 22nd of December. On Sunday I had bar b que chicken for the first time. It was from Chalet Bar b que. I was in heaven.
The chicken wasn't greasey at all. The fries were perfection. My only disapointment was the sauce. It was a might bland.
Last night I ate Cote St Luc Bar b que. IMHO it has slipped over the years. Or maybe my memory is playing tricks on me. But it was still a wonderful experience. The sauce though was the highlight for me.

So why do I take the time to discuss Montreal fast food? Because we tend to overlook it here. Maybe because it is so familiar. When I was an apprentice learning my trade. I spent some time at a world class restaurant in Neufchatel. The chef was renowned. One day he decided that we should talk about food as part of my training. ( my head was getting sore at this time from things thrown at it. So I was very thankful and listened carefully). The nice part of this was that whenever the chef talked to you, and he wasn't angry or frustrated, you got to eat with him. He went on to explain that he felt that all chef's must be gourmets. That being a gourmet meant that everything that you cooked or ate was the best and done the best. So that anything done well, "even a hamburger" (his exact words mind) could be considered gourmet.

Hey, it's just my two cents.

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