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Nickels: Downtown Diner!!!
Nickels may seem like a typical "American" diner, with the 50s decor, and all of your American favorites, but there is a certain Canadian twist.
At Nickels, besides having all of your typical dishes for breakfast, lunch and dinner, they also have some Quebecois specialties, like smoked meat sandwiches, cretons (meat spread), baked beans, poutine (fries with gravy and cheese), smoked meat spaghetti, and smoked meat pizza! Try one of them! They're delicious!
It was originally begun in 1990, by Celine Dion, the famous singer who is from Quebec. There are now many Nickels restaurants all over Quebec!
Favorite Dish: I had the absolute best Reuben sandwich here with smoked meat, sauerkraut and swiss cheese. Mmmm!!!
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Nickel's: 50s Style Diner
Nickel's was recommended to us by a friend from Montreal. There are a few of them in the area but the one on St. Catherine West was the easiest for us to get to. Apparently the restaurant concept was dreamed up by Canadian singer, Celine Dion. I had heard she owned one of them but apparently it's the whole lot. If that isn't enough to put you off, read on....
The decor is the 50s style diner with lots of chrome and mirrors, plenty of photos and posters of movie stars from the era as well. The menu has enough variety to satisfy most, with the usual burgers, fries, barbeque, sandwiches, pasta etc. They have yummy desserts though we were too full to indulge. I can't say it was the best meal i ever had but it was pretty good.
Favorite Dish: Graham had the burger and said it was quite good and i had the fajitas which were also nice and fresh. They do only give you four tortillas for the fajitas but enough meat and veg for several more. Let's face it, you can only fit so much in a 7 inch tortilla shell and still be able to wrap it!
Nickels Deli and Grill: Late Brunch Downtown on Saturday
It was only when I came to writing up this tip that I discovered that Nickels is in fact a relatively recent phenomenon dating back from the early 1990's when Celine Dion started the group. With its formica topped tables in their booths, the neon lighting and the mid-century bric-a-brac I honestly thought that this was one of Montreal's institutions - just shows that appearances can be deceiving. And of course on hindsight it really is rather obviously tacky modernity masquerading as authenticty - of course it's obvious, isn't it?? ;-p
Anyway, authentic or otherwise, the Nickels here in the middle of the main Montreal Downtown shopping area was pretty busy on a sunny Saturday afternoon but we were seated promptly and just caught the 2 pm deadline for Marina'a bacon and eggs. Service was excellent, polite, friendly and swift, the atmosphere buzzy and despite how busy the place was everything was clean and organised. Yep, I for one was very impressed with Nickels.
Favorite Dish: My nice simple smoked meat sandwich was piled high with tender and tasty meat and accompanied simply with coleslaw and pickle. Washed down with a 6 buck pint of Molson fulfilled exactly its required task of filling the gap created by the couple of hours of culture wandering around the almost neighbouring Musee Des Beaux Artes. Marina's "wake-up" breakfast was equally satisfying. Nothing clever, just the simple things done well and relatively inexpensively too.
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Nickels: Dinner place, american style
This is a typical american style dinner place - it reminded me of what the cafeterias looked like in the 60's and in old American movies. They serve things such as hamburguers, salads, fish & chips, chicken fingers, etc. Prices ok, service somewhat slow but fine.
Favorite Dish: Good HUGE milkshakes, and nice cheesecake too!
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Le restaurent à Céline!! Céline Dion's chain of restaurants!!
Favorite Dish: Again a deli with the 5 cents smoked meat sandwich or 10 cents spaghetti when you buy one at regular price,
ample of calory-filled low quality dessert too.
Yikes, don't know if its my...
Yikes, don't know if its my fave. The food is kinda average and all but I guess you have to check it out at least once: Celine Dion's Diner, Nickels. This place is more of a fond memory I think- Jen (Jennifer_W on VT) and I used to go here when we were too lazy to cook. We always had the same great waitress and there was always the same lazy bartender/manager that talked on the phone all night while our waitress ran her ass off for us.
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