Last week, one of our contributors wrote an article called: "Dating In Montreal Sucks And Here’s Why" The article had one clear point which is that Montreal guys have forgotten what it is to be a gentleman. One of our readers decided to take it upon himself to defend the honor of Montreal's men by addressing every single point on the list in a truly heroic fashion. And that reader is none other than Montreal's very own Harley Morenstein, The host and creator of Epic Meal Time. Let's see what he had to say:

Original Article:

1. You’re on a first dinner date with this new guy, everything seems to go smooth. The waitress arrives and asks if you’d like one or two bills.

You’re trying to be polite and say that you don’t mind splitting the bill. Your prince charming then says, “Awesome!” It’s actually not that awesome. A gentleman always pays. The term “going Dutch” was invented by the English as an insult: they regarded the Dutch as cheap. Just pay…

Harley's response:

If you say you don't mind splitting the bill, then you better not mind when you split the bill. Otherwise you just lied on your first time out and you're judging your date on something material when you've just started off on a dishonest foot yourself.


Original Article:

2. It’s freezing outside and you’re not dressed appropriately.

Your BF is wearing a jacket. You turn to him with puppy eyes and say, “It’s so cold, I’m freezing” and he’s like, “Yep, it’s cold outside.” Um, hello?! A gentleman offers his jacket to the lady.

Harley's response:

What are you an 18 year old wearing a skirt in the middle of winter? This is Montreal. We all know the weather and a man or woman can get really sick if they're not dressed appropriately for this weather. Be a responsible adult and don't worry about looking good when it's -30°C. I would give my sweater on a cold summer night or when there's a gust of wind, but there needs to be limits.


Original Article:

3. You’re walking into a restaurant and your man doesn’t bother to open and hold the door for you.

Instead, he just walks in and heads straight to the hostess, not giving a single fvck how you’re doing behind. A gentleman treats all women and girls as ladies. That includes opening doors for them. It’s not a condescending act, it’s actually the opposite. If the door is the kind that opens itself, you always let the lady go in first, by the way.

Harley's response:

If he doesn't do this, throw him in a garbage can.


Original Article:

4. Your guy tells you he’ll come pick you up at 6pm. It’s 7.30pm and you receive a text, “Be there in 20 min babe”.

A gentleman is always on time. It’s common courtesy to respect her time. No gentleman will allow himself to be late for a date or any other event for that matter.

Harley's response:

This applies to all humans in all scenarios and can't be pinned on 'Montreal men.'


Original Article:

5. You’re at a friend’s house and there are not enough chairs for everyone.

Your man takes the last chair and you’re left standing with a couple other girls. A gentleman gives up his seat. This includes public transport, waiting rooms, etc.

Harley's response:

Sounds like you're describing an actual person you dated.


Original Article:

6. You’re at a table with your man having dinner in a restaurant.

He is talking with his mouth full and using his fork as a tooth pick…Mind your table manners, gentlemen.

Harley's response:

Yeah, this is so specific that I'm starting to think this article is just a passive aggressive attack on an ex.


Original Article:

7. You just had dinner with a guy, then you head somewhere for drinks.

You’re having so much fun, he’s really cool. It’s starting to get late. Your guy tells you, “I’ll walk you to the cab.” A gentleman’s priority is his lady’s safety. You walk her to her door – not to the cab – you make sure she gets home safely… Especially if you had a couple of drinks.

Harley's response:

Refer to number 3.


Original Article:

8. When your guy loses his cool over something stupid and screams at a waitress or his buddy.

And you’re just there freaking out in your head cause he looks really scary. A gentleman is always respectful and collected. There are ways of dealing with any situation and it doesn’t include being rude or going crazy.

Harley's response:

8. Wasn't this article titled 'Dating In Montreal Sucks'? I don't know one guy that has ever screamed at a waitress. I wouldn't be their friend let alone date them. This article should've been titled "I Date Sucky People in Montreal"


Original Article:

9. You had a date with this guy, everything went great, in your head at least.

It’s been five days now and you haven’t heard back from him. You texted him a couple of things and he’s not texting you back. A gentleman always texts back, even if it’s to let someone down gently. Don’t leave anyone hanging.

Harley's response:

That's the nicest thing he could have done, short of having the balls to tell you he's not down. Now you know, and it's better than being strung along. But to be fair, both sexes are guilty of this.


Original Article:

10. You meet a guy and you get into relationship talk. He then goes on and on about how his EX was a slut.

So attractive...NOT! A gentleman treats every woman and girl with the same amount of respect as he would treat his mother or sister. In addition, putting other people down in order to elevate yourself is not a gentlemanly thing to do either.

Harley's response:

10. Once again, is this a Montreal guy thing? I don't think so. Sounds a little too specific.


Thank you kind hero for defending the honor of all Montreal men.

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