My family of 5 and I will be visiting Montreal this week and need some food recommendations. We have a pretty good idea of places we want to go to, but still have other meals to figure out. We are foodies, and aside from APDC, we're more interested in grazing and going to local neighborhood places to eat rather than more expensive places where reservations need to be made. Also, we are most interested in trying French/Quebecois/Montreal quintessential food.
1) We already have reservations for 2 dinners at Au Pied de Cochon. What dishes should not be missed? Also, it seems like the portions are massive. Is it appropriate to share entrees here?
2) Schwartz's, St. Viateur bagels, and La Belle Province are the cheap "fast food" places we plan on trying.
3) Would like inexpensive ($10-20/entree) and casual places for lunch and/or dinner in the following neighborhoods: Old Montreal, Mile End, Latin Quarter, the area surrounding St-Denis and Duluth (where I heard there are lots of inexpensive BYOB places), area around Blvd Rene-Levasque Ouest & Rue Crescent. Would like places that would easily accommodate 5-7 people (visiting relatives also) without reservations.
4) Is there anything worth eating in the Old Port?
5) Any places that are good for grazing rather than full sit-down meals
6) Jean-Talon Market: specific stalls to buy things to take back home to the States. Also, are there any food stalls where we can buy hot food for lunch and sit down somewhere? Any places worth trying in the neighborhood around Jean-Talon?
7) Lastly, is it legal to take home foie gras from Canada to the US? I always hear mixed things...
I know these are a lot of questions, but we prefer to not have every day and hour planned out, so we'd just like a variety of suggestions for all the neighborhoods we'll most likely explore. Thanks.
7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA