Many will take the claim of having the best poutine in Montreal. For those that don’t know, poutine is French fries toppled with cheese and gravy. It’s delicious.
At La Banquise, poutine is taken to the next level, as you can so many different ingredients.
A great place to have a bite post the club/bar scene. Nothing fancy at all, a true “Plateau” grub spot well worth the lineup on a busy night, which is nearly every night.
Right beside the Lafontaine Park at 994 Rachel East.
Rare Bar and Grill takes the classic Italian cuisine and offers it to you in a fresh and modern setting.
Without the hustle and bustle of St-Laurent street, this Little Italy restaurant is known for their gnocchi poutine. Ain’t that rare for a potato substitute!
Located 6896 St-Dominique in Little Italy. Open weekdays from 11 am to 11 pm and from 4 pm to midnight on the weekend.
L’Express is a gem of a restaurant in the Latin quarter of Montreal. With its warm décor and cool crowds, L’Express offers French bistro cuisine as it’s best.
Many industry people claim that L’Express is the best restaurant in the city post 11 pm.
Well, even before 11 pm this St-Denis restaurant is delicious! Favorites include the the beet salad with apples and celery while the octopus with lentils is out of this world.
Staple dish includes the bone marrow while the wine list is simply stupendous. Located at 3927 Saint-Denis in between Roy and Duluth.
Located just across the street from the Bell Centre on De La Montagne, Brasserie Brunoise is a spacious French Bistro offering an amazing menu without the pretentious prices of its original namesake, La Brunoise (in the Latin Quarter).
With plasma screens situated throughout the venue so you can catch your favorite team from any table, Brasserie Brunoise is a perfect match for lunch or dinner with top-notch service.
Make sure to try their Steak and Fries…for $22 it doesn’t get better than this.
Located at 1012 De La Montagne.
UPDATE: Sadly, La Brunoise closed its doors in early 2010.
Yes, we can debate many great topics, but when it comes to Montreal’s best pizza, Bottega is always the front-runner.
Since storming onto the scene, Bottega Pizzeria makes the finest pizza in town, serves it with trendy class and offers it at an affordable price.
Very nice dining room and you will definitely need a reservation, in advance.
Located in Little Italy at 65 St-Zotique East.
A local haven for grilled chicken at its best, and don’t expect candles or music.
If anyone can recommend a better place to have grilled chicken and patatas (Portuguese style French fries), the Doctor will retire on point.
Romados is located in the Portuguese part of Montreal (Rachel Street in the Plateau) and is a bakery that opened up a grill section where you can get a chicken, pork or beef sandwich without hesitation.
Lineups can be ten minutes long at any given time and finding seats are few to none, but well well worth it.
Address is 115 Rachel East.
Located on Rachel in the Plateau, Casa Tapas opened over five years ago and has yet to tone it down a notch.
Home to a Spanish menu, winelist and décor, the waiters all sport skinny black ties on a deep red Spanish shirt worthy of mentioning.
The menu is unmistakably designed featuring countless appetizers such as chorizo, quail legs, calamari, mussels, grignotine and other $7-11 dollar tapas dishes make your dinner as delicious as the date you bring with you.
Gorgeous crowds flock and fill Casa Tapas, so make a reservation. And don’t make it two hours before.
Located at 286 Rachel East.
So you’re walking around in Old Montreal and want to have a glorious lunch featuring the freshest bread in town with stunning sandwich ingredients…
Hey guess what, you’re ordering at Olive + Gourmando!
Hip, modern and critical acclaim has this place pumping out cold sandwiches and hot plates with force.
They have to, considering their paninis and baked goodies are to die for.
Everything on the menu rocks!
Trust me! Located at 991 St-Paul West in Old Montreal.
Everyone in the city raves about Tapeo, the critically acclaimed tapas Montreal restaurant located in the Villeray district.
With a feverish Spanish wine list, ordering is always a pleasure with an extensive tapas selection, a grand group menu, tasty paella and an unbeatable lunch menu.
Deservingly so, most claim Tapeo to be the best tapas restaurant in Montreal.
Highly recommended. Found at 511 Villeray and reservations are a must.
Why not stroll along in Old Montreal by calèche?!
And if horses ain’t your thing, maybe a Bixi bike is! And the best part about the Bixi is it’s everywhere in Downtown Montreal!