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    Montreal Casino: The Best

    by solopes Updated Mar 3, 2015

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    This deserves three tips, so, the best is to use the same text in all of them:

    Things to do: - The buildings and surrounding gardens are very beautiful, and deserve a visit, even without entering the casino.

    Restaurant: - I had there the best Canadian meal. Fabulous in presentation and taste. The price… I don't know - it was included in the package. But I read a lot about free meals in the Casino, and wouldn't be surprised if the price stood far below the quality of the dinner. They have many more ways to get paid (well... not by us!).

    Nightlife: - I couldn't imagine myself in a Casino with two kids. How to handle it? Well… it was perfect. A small preparation about viciousness and the need of self control, then a notion of budget and selection of priorities, and finally $5 for person (adults and children) as the present budget.

    As you may guess, it didn't take too long to get rid of it, but the fun of carefully identifying the most amusing games, the conscious management of the progressively disappearing coins, and the discipline and tranquility shown when they ended, did, really pay all the costs.

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    Romados: Portuguese-Style Barbecue

    by fairy_dust Updated Feb 20, 2015

    There are lots of Portuguese rotisseries in the Plateau Mont-Royal area (considering part of this district is known as "Little Portugal"), but the most famous one is Romados. It's a mom-and-pop business that opened in 1994, and it's so popular that the owners actually opened a second location in another part of the city (the St-Michel area). You can eat in or take out, and the food is delicious. So if you want something quick to eat but don't want junky fast food like Mickey D's, Romados is where you should go!

    Favorite Dish: Roast chicken, of course! They also have pork chops, chourico (Portuguese sausage), side dishes like fries and salads, and pasteis de nata.

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    Dirty Dogs: Fancy hot dogs and poutine

    by fairy_dust Written Feb 13, 2015

    Dirty Dogs is a small restaurant in the Plateau, and they specialize in (what else?) hot dogs. But not just ordinary hot dogs - they have gourmet hot dogs with all sorts of toppings you wouldn't expect to see on a hot dog, but are totally delicious. Mac and cheese, steak, pulled pork, coleslaw, chilli (their own Dr. Pepper chilli), etc. So greasy, but so good!

    They also have poutines of all kinds, fries (fried in duck fat), mac and cheese, etc.

    The restaurant is small and doesn't have a lot of space to sit and eat, so many people order their food to go.

    Favorite Dish: The Boss poutine is delicious (though like all poutines, it sits like a brick in your stomach for hours after you finish it!). It was actually one of the promoted poutines during Poutine Week in Montreal, which is why I decided to try it out.

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    Engaufrez-vous: Great artisan waffles

    by brazwhazz Written Feb 13, 2015

    A Belgian oddity in Montreal's Portuguese neighbourhood, Engaufrez-vous specializes in waffles of all kinds. Plain or stuffed, sweet or savory, they have them all! We were even served some complimentary "waffle chips" while our meal was being prepared. This place's original, quality waffles manage to stand out in a city that is full of other brunch restaurants.

    The prices are as varied as the menu: a single bare waffle is rather inexpensive (but maybe not all that filling before a day of sightseeing), while more complete "brunch" meals including coffee and fruit are also available.

    Opening hours are 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. Tuesday to Friday and 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Just look for the waffle sign on Rachel Street off Montreal's "Main!"

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    Bagels on Greene: Bagels and much more

    by brazwhazz Updated Feb 13, 2015

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    After replacing R.E.A.L. Bagels sometime around 2010, Bagels on Greene has expanded its predecessor's bagel concept by adding a large selection of ethnic and vegetarian/vegan dishes. There is even a salad bar usually filled with Indian food, as well as tables to sit and eat both inside and (in the summer) outside.

    To save money, go there early in the morning and take a look at the "day-olds" rack. It contains bagels from the previous evening as well as other pastries, which are very handy if you're visiting Montreal on a shoestring. Look also for the delicious and the relatively inexpensive veggie wraps: they make a great lunch.

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    999 Sushi: All-you-can-eat sushi

    by fairy_dust Written Feb 2, 2015

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    This is an all-you-can-eat sushi restaurant in the Quartier Latin. Though it's not really a buffet - you read the menu, check off the items you want (all sorts of sushi, sashimi, etc, along with soups and appetizers like dumplings) on the paper provided, then the wait staff take it to the kitchen and your items will eventually be brought to your table whenever they're ready. So unlike a buffet, the food comes to you freshly made and you don't have to worry about it sitting on a table for a long time or other people touching it. Aside from the menu and food order forms, there are also cards with photos of some of their menu items (mostly the more fancy-looking ones).

    The cost varies, depending on the time of day (breakfast/brunch is cheaper), the day of the week (weekdays are cheaper than weekends), the age of the person eating (it costs less for children and seniors), and if they're a student. For adults (but not seniors), it varies from about $15-$27. For children aged 4-5, it's $6-$8. For children aged 6-8, it's $12-$17. For seniors, it's $13-$23. If you're a student and show your student ID, you get an additional discount (I think it's 20%). Either way, you can pig out as much as you want!

    Favorite Dish: Any sushi is delicious to me, but I especially like the ones with crunchy stuff in them (I think it's tempura?). The dumplings were yummy too, as was the green tea ice cream I had for dessert.

    Note - the items written in red on the menu are available for dinner only, not for earlier meals.

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    Donair Cité: Taste of the Maritimes

    by fairy_dust Updated Jan 27, 2015

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    Donair Cité is a small restaurant serving food that is typical of the Maritime provinces in Canada (Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island). The main menu item is donairs - a type of wrap made with thin slices of beef (roasted on a spit), vegetables (onions and tomatoes), and of course, donair sauce (sweet sauce made of condensed milk and garlic powder). It's similar to a shawarma, but the donair sauce makes the difference. They also serve garlic fingers, fries, etc. So if you're a Maritimer who misses the taste of home, or even if you're just curious about Maritime fast food, this is the place for you!

    On Monday nights, they have a comedy show called Comedy 902 (902 is the phone area code for the Maritime provinces), involving stand-up comedy by comics from the Maritimes (or who have Maritime ties).

    Favorite Dish: Donairs! Real Halifax donairs! And the best drink to pair with it - a pint of Alexander Keith's India Pale Ale (also from Halifax).

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    Oishi Sushi: Japanese fine dining in Outremont

    by fairy_dust Written Jan 24, 2015

    Oishi Sushi is a small Japanese restaurant in the Outremont/Mile-End area. It's nice and quiet, and the food is delicious. If you like sushi and can afford fine dining, this is a great place for it. My aunt and uncle took me there once, and we loved everything we ordered.

    Aside from ordering appetizers off the menu, all you have to do is check off the sushi items you want on the paper they give you, then the waitress takes it to the kitchen. Then, they bring the menu items one or two at a time.

    They also have a separate drink menu for beer, sake, wine, cocktails, etc.

    They also deliver, if you want to order in instead of going to the actual restaurant.

    Favorite Dish: All the sushi items I tried were delicious, and the appetizers were great too (especially the dumplings).

    As for drinks, though the cosmopolitan I drank tasted a little like cough syrup, my aunt and uncle loved their tokyotinis (ginger martini).

    For desserts - the green tea cheesecake was soooo delicious! And I love how the top was caramelized like creme brûlée (I LOVE creme brûlée).

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    Beauty's Luncheonette: Breakfast, brunch, and lunch

    by fairy_dust Written Dec 29, 2014

    This diner is an institution in Montreal - it's been around for decades (and is still owned by the same family that opened it) and is well-known for its delicious brunch fare. Don't be fooled by the plain, easy-to-miss exterior - it's a nice little place and totally worth a visit.

    The restaurant was opened in 1942 by a young Jewish couple named Hymie and Freda Sckolnick. Originally, most of their customers were factory workers who worked in the area (at the time, it was the garment district), but it quickly became popular beyond this clientele. Hymie and Freda's son Larry eventually joined this family business in the 60s, and even now in the 2010s, the restaurant is still running and popular as ever. Even when you come in, you'll likely be welcomed in by Hymie (the gruff but smiley old man with white hair).

    Trivia tidbit - Beauty was Hymie's old bowling nickname back in the day.

    Favorite Dish: I love the Beauty's Basic - a typical "American breakfast" featuring eggs (cooked however you want), pork (bacon, ham or sausage), and potatoes. I also love the smoothies, especially the apple pie one. My mother always orders blintzes - also delicious. The latkes are also worth a try.

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    Cafe Chat L'Heureux: Coffee and kitties

    by fairy_dust Written Dec 27, 2014

    Cafe Chat L'Heureux (Happy Cat Cafe) is a cat cafe - they have several resident cats who wander around while people eat, and you can pet them and play with them while you're there. The place is also structured to appeal to cats, with lots of shelves, boxes, platforms, etc for them to climb, hide in, etc. There are grown cats, as well as kittens, and all were carefully selected for their friendly personalities and their abilities to get along with people and other cats.

    The food and drinks are pricey, but good. You can easily eat a full meal there, as they don't just have little cafe snacks - they also have sandwiches, salads, etc. They also have vegan options.

    Favorite Dish: The Tartine du Jardin (which includes a salad) is delicious. The Milady smoothie is also good.

    Something cute - some drinks are served in a teapot shaped like a cat.

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    Seven: Italian Cuisine in a Happening Spot!

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 19, 2014

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    My boyfriend has this thing about not planning every single detail when we are on travel. So, I only made reservations at two restaurants and we played it by ear for the other evenings. This was one of them and we actually enjoyed the food and ambience. Seven is located on the ever popular Rue Crescent and on this particular Monday night, there was a lot of people out and about. I think because of the warm day and still quite warm in the evening, people said hey lets not stay home. Who knows but it made it much more fun to see all the people.

    This is actually called Club Seven and turns into a nightclub in the latter evening hours.

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    La Sauvagine: French Dining in Old Montreal

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 19, 2014

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    I had made reservations for dinner at Narcisse Bistro. Upon entering the establishment and reviewing the menu, it was not as I expected and felt bad about leaving. I wanted to dine at a French restaurant and their menu appeared to me more Italian. So, we happen to pick this restaurant which is known for serving game such as vennison & wild boar. I chose the duck breast and duck confit entree. It was not as good as the duck confit I had at Bonaparte's. But over all the food was fine. My boyfriend had the vennison and wild boar but he didn't expect so little food. My daughter was happy with her French onion soup and pasta dish.

    French Onion Soup Duck Breast and Duck Confit View from the restaurant window
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    Laloux: Oo la la, Laloux! French Cuisine!

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 19, 2014

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    This restaurant was a recommendation from the concierge at our hotel. What a pleasant surprise it was! Not in the downtown area but sort of off the beaten path closer to a residential area. Small, quaint and classy. I started my meal with the soup du jour which was presented to me with a bowl to have white beans and minced carrots. A hot creamy soup concoction was pour into the bowl of vegetables and it was crunchy, creamy and buttery. Just amazing! My boyfriend start his dinner with the beef tartar which was different and delish! For my entree, I had the halibut and my boyfriend and daughter ordered the flank steak and french fries. The halibut dish came with Blue Mountain mushrooms. Only a few were on my plate. They had the best flavor ever! We enjoyed a superb meal and conversation. I would highly recommend this place to dine at!

    Flank Steak with French Fries and Salad Beef Tartar Halibut
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    Bonaparte: French Cuisine

    by GracesTrips Updated Aug 19, 2014

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    This was one of the best dining experiences I have ever had! The ambience is amazingly quaint and upscale. Located very close to the Notre-Dame Basilica in the district of Old Montréal with it's coblestone streets. I started my meal with a green vegetable soup. It was unlike what I expected. A lentil and split pea puree just slightly seasoned, hardly any salt. This allowed the flavors of the beans to come through and it was delicious. I ordered the duck leg confit which was accompanied by a variety of vegetables and a delicious sauce. My daughter had the lobster stew. It wasn't really stew at all. About 1/2 a steamed lobster with a bit of pasta in a buttery vanilla sauce. The vanilla sauce complimented the lobster very well. The price of this dish (for being lobster) was quite reasonable. We ended our meal with the creme brulee and it was absolutely creamy!. We ordered a bottle of wine, two soups, three entrees and two deserts, the meal was just slightly over $200 Canadian. It was well worth it! The restaurant also offers a tasting menu which may be slightly less than we had paid per person.

    Duck Leg Confit Spotlight on the Orchid Lobster Stew with Pasta Creme Brulee
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    Devi: Indian Awesome

    by tvor Written Jul 21, 2014

    Crescent Street in the west part of Montreal's downtown core is lined with restaurants and bars and is a hopping place to go on a warm summer evening. Our hotel was one street over from Crescent so we headed there looking for somewhere to eat. We required somewhere that had some vegetarian options and oddly enough, most of the places whose menus we looked at had very little to offer. In this day and age, most restaurants seem to have a bit more variety in that respect.

    We found an Indian restaurant, Devi, and decided on that as Indian food usually has lots of vegetarian choices. The restaurant had a nice decor with bright stained glass lamps that were cheerful on an overcast and foggy evening. The wall next to where we sat had some sculpture inset into it that was actually quite interesting.

    Ah but the food... The menu is quite large but in the end, having too much to choose from, we all picked items from the "Manager's Special", a fixed price three course menu, starter, main and dessert and had at least one vegetarian option in each. It was $29 plus taxes which we thought reasonable.

    Everything we had was really good. They profess to using very fresh ingredients and it shows in the taste. The flavours really work well together and we couldn't get enough! Well, we could, but you know what I mean. We had a nice bottle of house red which complemented it very well and a zippy gingery cocktail to start off. The naan bread was a huge basket full and was grilled.

    There are stairs to get into the restaurant.

    You can reserve online. They deliver and do takeout.

    Favorite Dish: I had an appetiser with blocks of marinated paneer (cheese) and a Lamb dish.

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