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Quartier des Spectacles
Bus: STM 15, 24, 55, 80, 125, 129, 410, 427, 430, 435, 935
Visit: July 21, 2013
Progress has been made in the ever growing Montreal food tuck world. Starting this year, food trucks were allowed to operate in specified designated locations across the downtown area of the city. With that, just about 27 trucks have popped up and are starting to carve their niche into the hearts of many. One of those many trucks is the one operated by Au Pied de Cochon.
160 Laurier O.
Bus: STM 51, 55, 80, 435, 935
Visit: June 28, 2013
Laurier is one of those streets in Montreal where the competition for decent restaurants is fierce. Over the years, top chefs have tried their hand at putting their brand on the street without much success. For just over two years now, another place called Greasy Spoon has been doing their best to set themselves apart on a crowded street.
Bus: STM 15, 24, 57, 66, 165, 166, 427, 435
Visit: June 20, 2013
When you think of a pub, there’s always that one synonymous item you get when you go there, a burger. In Montreal, you’ll find that there are many pubs that you’ll have to sift through before settling on just one. But, when you hear buzz about a burger, it makes things so much easier. On this occasion, Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub was the location for yet another burger.
Metro: Mont-Royal, Sherbrooke
Bus: STM 29, 30, 144, 427
Visit: May 15, 2013
A reputation is something that is very important. I can only imagine what kind of reputation I have. Through life, we strive to create and foster the best kind of reputation. Based on that, decisions in all aspects of life are made. From time to time, there are those who don’t follow the natural course and go towards a different direction. Then there are those that boldly call themselves La Mauvaise Reputation.
This is a revisited post for Frite Alors! Click HERE for the original post.
Bus: STM 15, 30, 125, 427, 715, 747
Visit: March 20, 2013
In 2009, I embarked on a course that would take me to places that I never thought I would ever see. Now, over 180 burgers later, there was that one place that I just had to return to. Before any one of us can move forward, we always have to give our dues to the past. Without the past, the future doesn’t have a chance. While the Burger Search officially started with an iconic place, the real path began at Frite Alors!
Bus: STM 57, 61, 71, 107
Visit: March 8, 2013
The Pointe-Saint-Charles district of Montreal is becoming an increasingly popular area when it comes to finding places to eat. These neighborhoods are becoming the places to go to when it comes to finding those places. One of the places that’s attracting crowds is a place called Le Diable à Quatre, which touts itself as a modern tavern.
3041 Notre-Dame O.
Bus: STM 36, 71, 78, 108, 191, 211, 405, 411, 425, 485, 491, 496, 747
Visit: March 4, 2013
On the second anniversary of Mr. Lew’s Great Burger Search: The Blog, there was only one way to celebrate and that was to eat a burger. Alright, I’ll be honest, for another year, I forgot about it. There’s another thing that I forgot, in a way, that there was a place on Notre-Dame that’s been around for many years, Green Spot.
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.