Summer 2020 was definitely the summer of picnics. But something tells me that picnics won't be ending any time soon. And if there's one place you need to go for a perfect fall picnic, it's Cabane d'à Côté over in Mirabel.
From the team that brought the famous Au Pied de Cochon group of Cabanes à sucres and restaurants comes the "cabin next door" and the newest item on your fall bucket list.
Less than an hour from the city, Cabane d'à Côté has everything that we've been looking for this year: peace, quiet and a chance to get outside and enjoy nature while we still can.
With everything going on this year, the farm-to-table restaurant and sugar shack thought there would be no better time to try and offer picnics — an idea they toyed with for years.
Open from Thursday to Sunday 12 p.m. to 8 p.m., not only can you come and enjoy the grounds, but the team will even pack you a picnic, with all of the passion and quality that we've come to know from Au Pied du Cochon.
Picnics are priced at $80 for two people before tax, and reservations should be made in advance.
Each month, the team comes up with the most incredible menu with products based on what's available on the land, plus items from Quebec and all over Canada.
Because keeping things local has never been so important.
And you can only imagine it becomes just magical once the leaves start to change.
The idea has become so popular, that Vincent Dion-Lavallée, Chef and Owner of Cabane d'à Côté, told me that he would definitely consider bringing picnics back next year. Maybe even add some tents and some firepits.
"It was so fun for the guests and the staff - opening a restaurant in the woods was just so unique and so different," Vincent told MTL Blog.
"This is more than just a statement of farm-to-table, it's about staying true to ourselves."
Cabane d'à Côté
Address: 3595, Montée Robillard, St-Benoît de Mirabel, QC
Why You Need To Go: To help keep fall 2020 the season of picnics — just like summer!
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.