In their annual Travel issue, the Tribune asked me where I love to eat/stay/shop in Montreal, one of my favorite North American cities. Click here to read the story.
One of my all-time favorite restaurants, anywhere. This Little Burgundy hideaway along Notre-Dame serves up steaks and seafood with a nod to 19th century innkeeper and Montreal working class hero Charles “Joe Beef” McKeirnan. Think platters of oysters, headcheese, lobster spaghetti, oh hell, just eat whatever they tell you to. Don’t bring picky eaters! Joe … Continued
Chef Normand Laprise is a local treasure. Think Trotter, Boulud, Keller and Waters all rolled into one, but with a very distinctive French Canadian accent. He comes from the old school approach, nurturing his young chefs to go on to greatness (see Martin Picard at Au Pied de Cochon), and his menus feature produce and … Continued
Click here to read my story about Montreal’s beloved poutine, which I sampled at several locations in the wake of Canada’s annual Le Poutine Week.
Hay-cooked ham, side of maple-soaked pancakes I knew I was in trouble long before the 45 minute ride to the bucolic town of St-Benoit de Mirabel. Mainly because my body had been responding adversely to the suddenly massive amounts of butter, fat and foie. I had only been in Montreal for about two days, but … Continued
Classic poutine at SuWu in Montreal Click below to hear my report from Montreal on “La Poutine Week,” an annual bacchanal of all things covered in cheese curds and gravy.
Au Pied de Cochon serves upmarket Québecois fare such as foie gras poutine in a lively space, but honestly, I think it’s just a tad too much fat overkill for me. Don’t eat anything 12 hours prior and bring your Lipitor for dessert. Seriously. Au Pied de Cochon 536 Avenue Duluth Est, Montreal, QC H2V … Continued
This unassuming Montreal joint is known for its pastries and Portuguese specialties, but the star of the show is their rotisserie chicken (also Portuguese style), which claims to be Montreal’s best. It’s darn good; the fries? Not so much. Rotisserie Romados 115 Rue Rachel Est, Montreal, QC H2J 2J3; (+1) 514-849-1803
This Montreal gastropub serves up market fresh dishes and drinks in a cozy, rustic atmosphere. Daily specials are all written on the chalkboard, and if you sit at the bar, you can chat with the chefs or well-informed bar keeps. Heavy on the offal, by the way. A perennial top 5 resto in Montreal for food … Continued
Family owned La Banquise serves up inventive poutines, an extensive selection of microbrews, and outstanding breakfasts in a vibrant but laid-back atmosphere. Open 24 hours, it’s stoner heaven late at night, but also good hangover material late in the morning. They use red potatoes, by the way, and those ubiquitous white Québecois cheese curds, extra … Continued
SuWu brings trendy comfort food, a large drink menu, and a hip, urban atmosphere to Montreal’s bar scene. If there was a hipster bar along Blvd. Saint-Laurent, this would be it. Check out their poutine; it’s pretty rad. SuWu 3581 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2X 2T6; (+1) 514-564-5074