I arrived in Montreal from my native California over a week ago for a conference and have been staying in the dorms at Montreal University. I suspect that most of the other attendees have been primarily eating at the many restaurants on Cote-des-Neiges, but by digging through the goldmine of information posted by you hounds I've managed to eat and drink at some truly outstanding places (Schwartz's, Olive & Gourmando, Fairmount Bagel Bakery, Ripples, Dieu Du Ciel ). I've also had the good fortune to ignorantly wander into some really good restaurants (Boutan, Greasy Spoon), and though I have experienced one or two small misses, my trip has been a delicious and extremely gastronomically satisfying one.
But now I need your help! I'm leaving Friday and I still haven't managed to get my hands on poutine. Another post claimed the crown jewel of the city was La Banquise, but that's pretty far away and I was looking for something a little closer. Are there any restaurants serving up delicious poutine near the university? I'm willing to go far if need be, but closer would certainly be better.
Also, one more question. Though I've achieved most of my Montreal food goals, there's still one more (besides poutine) that I've failed in: I haven't made it to Jean-Talon. I've frequented the large farmer's market that takes place each week in San Francisco near the ferry building, and the main thing keeping me from making the trip to Jean-Talon is the nagging question of whether this market is sufficiently better or different to merit the journey. I suspect I know the answer, but what are your thoughts?
Thank you so much for all the helpful information already on this board, and thanks in advance for your answers to my questions!