Bus: STM 46, 80, 160, 435, 935
Visit: February 26, 2013
Montreal AM Radio has had a huge impact on my life. Over the years, I’ve listening to such names as Ted Tevan, Peter Anthony Holder, and Mitch Melnick. One thing that all three of those names have in common is the fact that they’ve all spoke for various restaurants. I haven’t had the chance to visit the places they talked about, but there’s one that I would have never known of if it wasn’t for the hours I spent listening to AM radio. That place is called Lester’s Deli and it was finally time to see what the fuss was all about.
Metro: Verdun, De L’Eglise
Bus: STM 37, 58, 61, 107
Visit: February 6, 2013
With Montreal’s first ever poutine week now behind us, one has to think that this city is greatly spoiled. Believe me, none of us would have it any other way. During that short period of time at the beginning of February, at least 30 different restaurants put out their version of Quebec’s signature dish. While a lot of those options were tempting, only one particular poutine was worth the trek. The one worthy poutine can be found at Blackstrap BBQ in Verdun.
701 Cote de la Place D’Armes
Metro: Place d’Armes
Bus: STM 14, 55, 129, 715
Visit: February 1, 2013
With the sixth edition of Happening Gourmand now a thing of the past, it’s time to take a look at the fourth and final place on my itinerary for this year. Located right next to the Palais des Congres, Suite 701 has the distinction of being the place I was looking the most forward to. As I think of my other 3 restaurant visits during the event, I could only wonder if Suite 701 would live up.
This is the second visit to Méchant Boeuf, click HERE for the first post.
124 Saint-Paul O.
Metro: Place d’Armes
Bus: STM 14, 55, 129, 715
Visit: January 29, 2013
In July of 2011, this Great Burger Search went through its turning point, one that changed the way this whole enterprise was approached. The restaurant that was part of that slow transformation was Méchant Boeuf. With Happening Gourmand wrapping up, my third visit compelled me to have a much different kind of burger in a restaurant that had a strong first outing.
Metro: Place d’Armes, Champ-de-Mars
Bus: STM 14, 55, 129, 715
Visit: January 25, 2013
Happening Gourmand 2013 gives a chance for every Montrealer set foot in restaurants that they would not normally be able to afford. One of the newcomers in this year’s line-up is a place that people are talking about, Bevo Pizza. Their take on Italian cuisine and pizza is surely something that could no longer be ignored.
351 Laurier E.
Bus: STM 14, 27, 30, 46, 47, 51, 55, 427
Visit: January 21, 2013
Looking for places at the last minute is not something that I’m really known for. There are still literally hundreds of possible burgers left on my list and when put in that position of having to choose on the fly, I’m in trouble. This is where Chez Claudette comes in. A small place located just steps away from a metro station was home to a quick decision, one that I may or may no have regretted.
There is one thing that is synonymous with the province of Quebec and that is poutine. Some might even say that it should be Canada’s national dish, but others will fight you to the death on that one. Regardless of petty disagreements, the poutine is something that I can’t get enough of. Whenever the opportunity presents itself, I just have to go with the life-shortening dish with cheese curds and gravy. While some places will never go wrong with the dish, others should seriously rethink theirs. This isn’t about the worst, but the 5 that stood out in 2012.
Bus: STL 144, 151, 902, STM 16, 17, 64, 70, 72, 117, 121, 128, 170, 171, 174, 177, 196, 213, 215, 216, 225, 468, 470, 475
Visit: December 19, 2012
We all have our own neighbourhood places. Ville Saint-Laurent is a vast territory, but there is one thing that doesn’t quite sit well with a lot of us, the lack of significant places to eat. In this part of town, there are a litany of fast food options and chain restaurants, but none of those are really worth talking about. What is worth talking about is a place that I couldn’t leave 2012 without trying, Décarie Hot Dog.
Bus: STM 121, 128, 171
Visit: December 10, 2012
Have you ever passed some large metropolitan street and stopped to think about the many tiny places that are hidden there? You’d be surprised how many places we overlook because they mesh with their background. There are so many strip malls on the island of Montreal that contain places that go unknown because we just zoom past them. One of those such places is called Crazy Falafel, located on a busy street known as Cote-Vertu.
75 Avenue Des Pins
Bus: STM 29, 55, 144
Visit: October 25, 2012
Pine Avenue is one of those streets on the island of Montreal that isn’t that long, but still lives long in the hearts of the citizens of this island. The street is home to many hospitals, school, and iconic businesses. One of those businesses is a pizza place affectionately known as Mamma’s.
This is a revisited post for La Paryse. Click HERE for the original post.
LOCATION CLOSED (October 27, 2012)
302 Ontario E.
Bus: STM 15, 24, 30, 125, 427, 715, 747
Visit: October 17, 2012
Whenever you think about the question of who has the best burger in the city of Montreal, one name always comes to mind. Regardless of any type of cuisine you like or follow, you cannot ignore what this particular place has done for the Montreal landscape. That place is affectionately known as La Paryse.
4160 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Bus: STM 29, 55
Visit: October 12, 2012
The search for great burgers once again takes us to a rich area where food can be found even if you’re not looking. Boulevard Saint-Laurent or The Main is one has one of the heaviest concentration of food on the entire island of Montreal. Not only that, you can find nearly all types of cuisine on this street. While today’s focus was not on the international fare that can be found, but on the burgers that come from Pitarifique.
21 St-Viateur O.
Bus: STM 46, 55, 80, 160, 435
Visit: September 28, 2012
Last year, I made a big decision that I hoped would lengthen the shelf life of the Burger Search. We all have to admit it, there isn’t an endless amount of beef burgers out there. There are places that specialize in putting other types of burgers on the eating scene. Selections such as bison, veggie patties, and chicken are other types of burgers that you can find in the greater Montreal area. This week, I turned my attention to a burger that’s been getting a lot of hype, a fish burger from the St-Viateur street hole in the wall known as Comptoir 21.
4403 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Bus: STM 11, 55, 97
Visit: September 20, 2012
If you’re looking for the best example of Montreal’s multicultural nature, all you have to do is look at Boulevard Saint-Laurent. On that ever so present boulevard, you can find almost anything from any part of the world. The boulevard itself is directly responsible for at least 10 of my past burgers, not to mention the ones right off the street. With an impending parent’s night looming, I was making Rumi Express my fueling point, because there’s nothing better than stuffing yourself silly before addressing other adults.
Metro: Rosemont, Beaubien
Bus: STM 13, 18, 25, 30, 31, 160, 161, 197
Visit: September 15, 2012
Montreal’s Saint-Hubert street is home to some of the more memorable moments and burgers in the past 3 years of doing this. While most common citizens come to this area to find that key ingredient for their wedded bliss, I come here to find the next step in a search for burger greatness. Even though it is situated just south of the sheltered portion of the street, La Bétise is another key component in the progression of the Great Burger Search.