Now that it's fall and the weather's cooling down, 'tis the season to eat and drink outside as much as possible before winter. According to OpenTable, you don't need to leave the Montreal restaurant scene to have one of the best outdoor dining experiences in all of Canada and the U.S.
Maison Boulud is an elegant French restaurant with modern twists, including the use of local Quebec ingredients. The beautiful garden terrasse is full of lush greenery and even has a duck pond with actual ducks.
"Daniel Boulud's Montreal outpost at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel is a veritable oasis amid the concrete of the city's downtown. Its veranda, right on the hotel's landscaped garden, is one of the city's most beautiful outdoor dining options, and the exquisite food from executive chef Riccardo Bertolino rises to that ambiance," writes OpenTable in its description.
"Expect a French-tinged menu with caviar, oysters, foie gras, and fine Quebec lamb and seafood."
The other Canadian restaurants that made the list are Calgary's Bonterra Trattoria, Toronto's El Catrin and Vancouver's Teahouse in Stanley Park.
In Quebec, a vaccine passport is required to access many businesses and activities deemed non-essential, including restaurants and bars.
Bonyard, which calls itself "King of the Bowls," is a Sud-Ouest restaurant specializing in street-food-inspired bowls and wraps. Their menu items are piled high AF with delicious ingredients like jerk chicken and duck confit or root vegetables as a vegetarian alternative.
The mac 'n' cheese bowls come in three decadent varieties, classic, French and O.G., all of which feature a drool-worthy combination of house-made sauce, extra-old cheddar, gruyere and goat cheese.
A spokesperson told MTL Blog that Bonyard's freebie giveaway will be the O.G., which has Asian barbecue ribs, roasted corn, crispy jalapeno, and gremolata mixed in.
So why is Bonyard giving away free stuff? To celebrate Halloween with an event called "Halloween in Ghost-Town." In order to participate, just head on over this Sunday between 2:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m.
In addition to the mac 'n' cheese and hot chocolate, Bonyard says there will be other delicious treats (but it promises no tricks).
Halloween in Ghost-Town Freebie Event At Bonyard
When: October 24 from 2:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Address: Bonyard, 5205, rue Angers, Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: It won't cost you a dime to warm your soul with delicious, comforting mac 'n' cheese and hot chocolate this Sunday!
It's basically a culinary trip when you open the doors of Mici D'ici!
This new Romanian spot just opened back in August 2021. The restaurant's name "Mici" comes from the name of a Romanian sausage made with "minced meat, delicately spiced, cooked to perfection on the grill."
MTL Blog asked the owners to tell us a little bit about Mici D'ici to which they said, "We sell Mici, a Romanian sausage also called Mititei. We put it in sandwiches and on poutine."
The menu includes items like Naked Mici, the Mici Sandwich, the Chiftele Slider and the Sausage Lollipop.
A recently added menu item has also been popular amongst customers — the Double Cannon: a burger with two Micis in it, a slightly spicy sauce, sauerkraut and fried onions.
Wondering what to get when you go? The owners said their best sellers are the Mici Slider, the Mici Sandwich and the Truffle Salt Fries — in case that helps narrow down your decision. They also were proud to mention that they "have received the accreditation of Aliments du Québec au Menu because the majority of [their] ingredients come from here, hence the name Mici D'ici."
If all of this sounds delicious to you, head on over to Mici D'ici on rue Mont-Royal to test the menu out. Just note that it's closed on Mondays.
Address: 19, rue Mont-Royal E., Montreal, QC
Why You Need To Go: To get a little taste of Romania here in Montreal!
Although Montreal is known for its beautiful terrasses, only one spot in our province made it into the ranking, and it's located in... Laval. So, it seems you're going to want to add LOV Laval to your "to try" list. And no need to stress if you don't feel like leaving the city, there's also a LOV in Montreal — it just didn't make OpenTable's Top 100.
Restaurants in Ontario took up the majority of the list, including eight spots in Toronto such as Amsterdam Barrel House, Cafe Belong and Paese Ristorante Bathurst St.
But, it's important to remember that OpenTable's ranking was "generated solely from diner reviews collected between June 1, 2020 and May 31, 2021."
So, let's go ahead and assume Quebecers love our terrasses so much that they simply had no time to review them.
And, yes, you'll probably need both hands just to get a grip on one because these babies are monstrous.
The 'Tacoz' at Shawarmaz are made with tannour bread, beef shawarma, fried avocado chunks, melted cheese, pickles, onions, parsley, tahini sauce, and pomegranate molasses. They're also served with a side of french fries and Mexican salsa.
It costs $13.99 for the plate.
But 'Tacoz' aren't the only unique twist on Middle Eastern cuisine that the restaurant offers.