When you go out to a restaurant you're not just paying for the food, you're paying for the experience. But let's face it, sometimes the experience isn't worth the ridiculous price you're paying for certain food items.
Some food is overpriced just because it has a reputation for being expensive so we don't even question the exorbitant prices, even we know in our hearts there's no way 3 shrimp in a cup of ice could possibly cost $15.
However, some food is overpriced ... because "fuck you", that's why.
1. Bottle of water at Osheaga
I don't blame you for not remembering, your Osheaga memories are probably fuzzy at best. I can't remember how much it cost exactly but based on what I had left in my wallet at the end of the weekend, I estimate it was about $20,000.
2. McDonald's at La Ronde
A day at La Ronde can be pretty expensive. So you tell yourself, I'll just head to McDonald's for a reasonably priced lunch. But little did you know that trios don't exist at La Ronde, so you're paying for menu items individually. Who knew a Big Mac could be so expensive.
Sure, some sushi is as expensive at it needs to be, but some of them don't even have fish and they're not much cheaper than the rest. I don't care how much skill it takes, there's no reason why a tiny avocado square and half a spoonful of rice can be worth what they charge.
4. Anything at the Bell Center
At the price you're paying for a nachos and a bottle of water, you expect to have it delivered to your seat. But sadly you're stuck waiting in line for half an hour during intermission to pay $12 for a can of beer.
They call is continental breakfast because calling it "breakfast" would be a blatant lie. It's a snack at best. It'll cost you the price of a full brunch, but you'll have to settle for a mini croissant and handful of grapes and a stale muffin.
6. Orange Juice
While we're on the topic of breakfast foods, you ever notice how breakfast costs double when you decide to order a glass of orange juice? And I'm not talking about the freshly squeezed kind either, I'm talking about $8 for a glass of Tropicana.
7. Movie Popcorn
Popcorn should be the world's cheapest food, but movie theaters have no problem charging you $10 for it. Maybe it's that special salty stuff they put on it that's so expensive. I heard it's made with unobatainium.
8. Queue de Castor
Donuts are typically cost 99 cents, but for some reason when you flatten one and throw on a few slices of banana you can charge $8 for it. The only way that's acceptable is if you're having a Queue de Castor Poutine.
Every once in awhile I become delusional about my health and decided to skip the fast food and grab a salad instead. I'm sure it will be filling, it costs $15. At that price it probably comes with a cheeseburger on top right ... RIGHT?!
While there are a million and one spots to enjoy a 5 à 7 in the city, not everywhere does happy hour quite like this Montreal restaurant in the Village.
Resto Keela serves $6 drinks from 5 p.m. to 7 p.m., including house draft beer, house red or white wine, and speed rail mixed drinks, which is a choice of vodka, rye, rum, or gin — a pretty hard drink deal to beat.
As for food, you can go every week and try a different $6 dish at happy hour. "The $6 bites change from week to week but we always offer 3-5 options," owners Kristin Murphy and Johnny Hamilton told MTL Blog.
I went on September 10 and got to try green beans with a cashew romesco sauce and feta crumble, chorizo sausage, chicken Kaarage with kimchi cucumbers, and organic cherry tomato salad with blue cheese. And I kid you not when I say these dishes all take your taste buds on a culinary trip to heaven.
Keela's full menu is also filled with tons of unique dishes for you to try. The celery root carpaccio is hands down my favourite.
Every Friday night, you can hear the sweet voice of Bud Rice sing live at the restaurant.