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Food, food, food. I love that 4 letter socially acceptable F-word! There is nothing like gathering your friends together to explore and discover the great gustatory gems of any city, and Montreal is no exception. This city is rich with historical eateries that are definitely worth taking a bite. Not every eatery “screams” Montreal, but these ones sure do.
Chalet Bar-B-Q Rôtisserie5654 Sherbrooke OuestIts doors opened in August 1944 and the restaurant quickly grew a legendary reputation for the best charcoal BBQ chicken in the city, and possibly the best in the world! If you are craving truly awesome crispy, golden, tender and juicy chicken, then this is the place to go. It's guaranteed to be a finger licking fun time.
Chez Nick1377 Greene AvenueIn the ‘20s and ‘30s diners were the hip place to hangout with friends and have a nice malty milkshake and a good burger. Chez Nick was (and still is) one of those famous diners located minutes from downtown on the corner of Sherbrooke and Greene Avenue. The food is just as outstanding as the diner itself. There is something for everyone: burgers, sandwiches, pastas, poutines, and salads. The ‘Nick Specialities’ twists on original classics such as the Nick Croques are a must try.
Gibeau Orange Julep7700 Decarie BoulevardI don't think there is a single Montrealer who hasn't been here. If they haven't one must ask: are they even a true Montrealer anyway? Orange Julep is a must try and a must return often type of place. Although its open all year around these days, it is definitely a summer comfort food must-try spot. Their amazing burgers, fries, hot-dogs, or poutines all washed down with the one and only orange julep. This is bound to be one of the best dining experiences you'll have in the city.
Cosmo5843 Sherbrooke Tony and wife Irene opened Cosmo in 1967 and it has become a landmark ever since. The diner itself is small, only a dozen bar seats and a summer terrace. Its charm will win you over from your first trip. They are known for the mishmash- a four egg omelette with bacon, ham, sausage, salami, cheese, and tomato served with a side of toast and their famous hash browns. Another Cosmo classic is the Creation: a BLT with egg with cheese and salami on a bagel.Truly one of the city's best greasy spoons!
Montreal Pool Room1217 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
This is the predecessor to places like La Belle Province...and trust me it is so much better! The Pool Room serves what I consider to be the best stemies in the city, and also on the menu you'll find chicken burgers, fries, and poutines, of course since we are in Montreal after all. The restaurant even claims that legendary gangster Al Capone used to come in often to play pool, before they removed the tables to focus on the food. It's a great quick lunch spot and even better as a late night stop after a night of partying on the Saint-Laurent strip.
Ritz-Carlton Hotel1228 Sherbrooke OuestIf you are feeling the urge to get all dolled up for a nice cup of tea then the Ritz-Carlton should be on your final destination radar. The hotel has been serving high tea to guests and Montrealers since its inception in December 1912. The service includes all kinds of yummy, dainty, finger sandwiches as well as a wide selection of delicious teas. It is an experience that everyone should try at least once in their lives...just don't forget to stick out your pinky finger as you sip.
Gibby's Steakhouse298 Place D'YouvilleWhen you think steak in Montreal your first instinct is Moishes, but honestly Gibby's is a better option. Nestled in a quaint 200-year old stone building in Old Montreal, your prayers for a great steak will be answered. They provide a variety of cuts, cooking options, and scrumptious sides for that yummy beef. My personal preference is a rare sirloin with a tasty Monte Carlo potato...delish!
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