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Five Montreal Restaurants for Gluttons

Montreal is a city of great food. There are a lot of amazing restaurants and deliciously dishes, but if you’re a glutton in Montreal I would suggest checking out one of these.

Best Gastronomy: Au Pied de Cochon

Au Pied de Cochon is somewhat of a legend in Montreal. They have a unique menu of foie gras and other delicacies, but in hungry portions. Their particularly Canadian foie gras poutine is probably the most gluttonous meal you can get and is understandably a must-try. This restaurant actually has a defibrillator on site and their staff is trained in CPR. This place should definitely be taken seriously.

Best Cultural Feast: Le Milsa

This place is an all you can eat Brazilian barbecue joint. They have about 10 varieties of meat that they bring around to your table until you regretfully can’t eat anymore. It’s a great place to bring a big group of guys but not so great for vegetarians. Sometimes they bring out some Samba dancers. It’s an all around party for gluttons and you will probably have a hard time leaving this place.

Best All You Can Eat: Poutineville

Let’s start off by saying the obvious: there is a lot of great poutine in Montreal. Everyone has their own take on it – more gravy, bigger cheese curds, crispier french fries – but there’s one place in town that consistently serves amazing, yet classic poutine. Poutineville is the place. They also allow you to create your own personal poutine. But honestly, that’s not the best part. Especially for those masochistic gluttons out there, Tuesdays are now all you can eat poutine nights. This is definitely one of the top things to do in Montreal for a tourist.

Best Casual Stuffing: Rotisserie Romados

Portuguese chicken has been perfected at Romados. Their portions are very generous and, once you get to the chicken under the mountain of delicious french fries, you will understand how chicken is supposed to taste. This family run joint has been around for years and is an institution in and of itself. There will always be a line (but you can order ahead) and it’s a lot more take-out friendly but there are a few tables in the place. On Sundays, you can take the chicken to go and eat it at Tam Tams not far off. Let me tell you, this place is worth it.

Best Hangover Cure: Ruby Rouge

For those of you who have never experienced dim sum before, think Chinese tapas usually served for brunch. As people come around with their carts filled with dumplings and various fried dishes, you get to scoop up anything you want and instantly enjoy it. You can even dare a friend to eat a fried chicken foot or another one of the more exotic dishes. I am at Ruby Rouge every Sunday and, believe me, this is as close to a hangover cure as you’re going to get. You know it’s good when you are one of the only white guys in the place. Also, it’s dirt cheap.

Posted on: 01 Aug 2014
Posted by: Oren
The Best Montreal Late Night Restaurants

Here at Connected Montreal we’re not only pros at organizing the best bachelor parties in Montreal, but we also love to drink and eat. We follow a very simple weekend formula: go out, have far too many drinks, then hit one of the best Montreal late night restaurants. While we’ve always believed that stuffing our faces after a hard night of boozing is scientifically proven to reduce a hangover, we now seem to enjoy the congregation of drunken idiots who frequent the restaurants on this list. This list is composed of local Montreal late night restaurants, not crappy fast food chains.

5. The Mainpicture

The Main has been in somewhat of a smoked meat war for years with the famous Schwartz’s. They are literally right across the street from the world renown smoked meat emporium and have been holding their own for quite some time. Is Schwartz’s better? Yes. Are they open late night? No. So if you’re looking for a deli fix at 3am and want to harass hipster chicks this is the spot.

What to Order:
Kreplach Soup
Smoked Meat Special
 

4. Boustanpicture

If you’ve been partying on the Crescent Street strip, then there is no other contender to a late night eat fiasco then going to the middle-eastern joint Boustan. It has become a veritable late night Crescent institution offering the best Shish Taouk (think chicken gyro but better) sandwiches in the city. This is a restaurant that Oren and I frequent even when we are not tanked. Big plates of shawarma or crispy chicken shish taouk sandwiches slathered in Garlic mayo and coleslaw.

What to Order:
Shish Taouk/Shawarma Plate
Shish Taouk Sandwich
Potato Plate with Garlic Mayo
 

3. La Banquisepicture

We have talked numerous times about the importance of trying a poutine when coming to Montreal. There are countless places that serve up poutine all over the city. While this is the most popular spot, it is not our personal favourite. The poutine is no better than anywhere else. However, the combination of being open 24 hrs, having many variations of pountine, and lots of cute French girls can make it a late night winner.

What to Order:
T-Rex Poutine
Italian Poutine
Young French Girls
 

2. Maison VIP in Chinatownpicture

Sometimes we need a healthy dose of MSG to soak up all the alcohol that has been consumed during a big night. If you are jonesing for a sit down late night Chinese restaurant that serves every and any Chinese dish imaginable, then Maison VIP is the place. While the only thing VIP about the place is the name, the food is pretty good and it’s cheap. Maison VIP is located in the heart of Chinatown, between the clubs on St. Laurent and the Old Port.
If you can’t find Maison VIP just head to Chinatown and pick any place, they all look the same.

If you get lucky like the guys bellow, shout out “Connected Montreal!” on the video for a free trip!

What to Order:
General Tao Chicken
Salt and Pepper Pork
Anything but Chickens Feet
 

1. Moe’s (Casse-Croute du Coin)picture

If you have ever wondered where the Montreal Anglophone community congregates at the end of a blackout night of drinking, all you have to do is take a step inside of Moe’s. They have limited tables and it’s first come first serve. We have been kicked out of this place countless times but have yet to be blacklisted. While the prices have gone up since opening, they have not re-invested the funds into the decor. This is THE greasy spoon in Montreal, where you’ll chow down on toasted hot-dogs, poutine, grand slam breakfast and the famous “Big Ed” Burger. You must be intoxicated to actually enjoy the food here. Stick with the basics and you will be golden. If you’re looking to pick up and it’s after 3am, just scream belligerently at girls who actually speak English.

What to Order:
Big Ed Burger
Toasted Hot Dog
Onion Ring Poutine
Tums
 
 


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Posted on: 28 Dec 2012
Posted by: Rod
Top 5 Bring Your Own Wine Restaurants in Montreal


BYOW Restaurants in Montreal

When travelling to Montreal for a bachelor party, you’ll want to find a unique culinary experience.  Choosing a bring your own wine restaurant in Montreal allows you to bring your own choice of either wine or beer (not liquor) while still enjoying a great meal. You can look at going to a restaurant like this in one of two ways: if your group is trying to be cost effective, it allows you to save a little on your dinner, or if you know your wines, it allows you to pair a great bottle of your choice with a fantastic meal without paying an often absurd mark-up on the bottle(s). BYOB restaurants are sometimes given a bad rep because of the mistaken assumption that the food isn’t up to par. These five restaurants are not only amazing BYOBs, but they are some of the best restaurants in the city.

5. Restaurant O’thym

1112 Boulevard De Maisonneuve E

pictureDon’t be put off by the fact that the restaurant is located in the gay village. The traditional French restaurant O’thym takes full advantage of fresh regional ingredients, with an ever-changing menu of seasonal food. From the Brome Lake foie gras to the cheese plates, you’re in for a real local culinary experience eating here.

4. Le Quartier Général

1251 Rue Gilford (corner Brébeuf)

pictureSituated deep in the heart of the Plateau, Le Quartier General is also located right at the center of BYOB territory. This minimalist French bistro offers a meat-centric menu of fresh Canadian-sourced meats and seafood. You can just as easily pair a great bottle of red with their Quebec veal or rabbit, as keeping it light with a white to compliment their fresh line-caught Halibut or nightly tartar.

3. Restaurant Le P’tit Plateau

330 Rue Marie-Anne E

pictureA personal favorite of mine, this quaint French restaurant (it seems like all the good BYOB’s are French) is nestled away on a side street in the plateau. You feel like you’re in a different city (maybe Paris?) when entering this small-ish bistro. With an open kitchen concept and an incredibly knowledgeable staff, you’ll be delighted by the dishes they serve: they are simple yet expertly crafted. Some of the best foie gras and duck in the city.

2. Pizza Napoletana

189 Rue Dante

pictureIf you’re looking to keep it a little more casual but don’t want to compromise on the food, Pizza Napoletana might be the place for you. Located in Little Italy, this restaurant focuses – as the name suggests – on Pizza and Pasta. The décor won’t knock your socks off, but you are coming to eat a good meal at a good price and it disappoint. They do have solid meat dishes but they’re definitely known for their phenomenal pizzas. You can easily get out of the restaurant being sufficiently full with a bill under 30$ a head.

1. La Colombe

554 Ave Duluth E

pictureThis has been the most popular BYOB restaurant in Montreal for some time now. La Colombe is located on Duluth street, one of Montreal’s most popular BYOB strips. La Colombe might also be one of the most expensive BYOB’s on the list as well. If you’re looking for an upscale dining experience with the ability to bring your own wine, this is the place for you. This is a traditional French restaurant that specialize in foie gras, cheese plates, escargots, venison, etc. Make sure you bring a classic French wine to this meal.

Posted on: 29 Jun 2012
Posted by: Rod
Montreal Eats: Schwartz’s Smoked Meat

When coming into Montreal on a Bachelor Party, you’ll have your fair share of nice meals. Steakhouses are usually a big hit, and so are some of the supper clubs. The only meal of the day that doesn’t get a lot of love is Lunch.picture

Upon visiting any new city, it is always a good idea to check out the local institutions. Montreal is famous for having a couple culinary delights: Bagels, Poutine and Smoked Meat. When searching for the best smoked meat in town it’s well known that Schwartz’s is the best around. Schwartz’s smoked meat could possibly be the best sandwich anywhere in the world! Take the time to make the trip to Schwartz’s, you will not be disappointed.

pictureSince you’ll probably be travelling here on the weekend, you’ll have to endure the usual weekend line, but don’t worry, it moves fast. Once inside you’ll be seated at a European-style communal table with other guests. There are lot’s of choices on the menu and you may think of diverting from ordering smoked meat. Stick to the plan. You can eat smoked turkey breast anywhere else. Order the medium sandwich with a pickle, fry and coleslaw on the side and wash it down with a black cherry. You’ll understand within the first bite why the line was so long, and why people have been talking so highly about the world famous Schwartz’s.

Posted on: 15 Jun 2012
Posted by: Rod