Montrealers have always known that their food and restaurants are among the best in the world. Now, Netflix has taken notice. The city, its "food scene, restaurants, and culture" are featured in a new episode of the Netflix series, Somebody Feed Phil, which, according to the show description, follows "Everybody Loves Raymond creator Phil Rosenthal" as he "travels the globe to take in the local cuisine and culture of Bangkok, Lisbon, Mexico City and more." The episode is streaming now.
The show partnered with Tourisme Montréal for the episode.
"The show's production team chose to visit Montreal before any other Canadian city, confirming the city's unmatched reputation and appeal as the top food destination in the country and across North America," the non-profit wrote in a statement.
Among the restaurants visited by Rosenthal are Park, Montréal Plaza, Agrikol, Olive & Gourmando, Ma poule mouillée, Cabane à sucre Au Pied de Cochon, Schwartz's, St-Viateur Bagel, and Poissonnerie La Mer — some of the very best of Montreal.
"It feels like Europe," Phil says at the beginning of the episode.
"When you walk down the streets you see the architecture you see the parks. It's very sweet and very charming."
"And it's Canada so everybody's nice."
In the episode, Phil also calls Schwartz's a "landmark" he had to visit.
"Everybody goes. There's a line out the door."
He's also delighted to learn that Céline Dion, part owner, still comes in to sample the goods.
"Over the years, Montreal has earned a reputation as a top-tier food destination," Yves Lalumière, President and CEO of Tourisme Montréal said.
"We're delighted to have the opportunity to show off this key aspect of our culture to Netflix subscribers around the world."
The organization "is encouraging citizens to enjoy a take-out meal from a local restaurant or café while they watch the Somebody Feed Phil episode featuring their city."
"It's a fun idea and a great way to support the establishments that help neighbourhoods thrive, nourish the city's economy and are the pride of Montreal."
We can't wait to watch Phil try out these Montreal institutions, new and old!