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Undoubtedly, the Old Port is one of the most beautiful destinations in Montreal. It is the poifect place for people watching, relaxing, shopping, enjoying sunny days by just meandering, and yes you guessed it, dining! Whether you’re from out of town or a Montrealer born and raised, this area is bursting with la crème de la crème of the culinary world. Many of the chefs are local and national celebrities in and outside of the food network. So pick up your forks and knives my friends and dig in to this list of 10 Vieux Port venues!

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The French brought many things to Canada, but hands down it is their culinary taste we appreciate the most. Quebec is most famous for its tourtières (meat pies), pâté chinois, pea soup, baked beans, cretons, ham dishes, maple desserts such as Grand-Pères and molasses treats such as "tire Ste-Catherine" (St. Catherine's taffy). And, let us not forget the greasy goodness of poutine. So bring on the fat and sugar, and dig into these restaurants that cater to all your belle province needs!

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You'd think serving poutine would be a requirement for every restaurant in Montreal, but, alas, the city has yet to reach that state of poutine-utopia. One day, friends.

To lessen our woes, we let our stomach and taste buds' imaginations run wild and thought of some key Montreal food spots that should really be adding poutine to their regular menu.

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No other food is as equally fancy and fun as oysters. A little on the ritzy side, oysters are typically reserved for special occasions. Eaten like taking a shot of juicy goodness, oysters are also fun to eat and share with friends. This Sunday September 8th, Montreal hosts an event that celebrates both aspects of the mighty oyster with the Montreal Oysterfest 2013. Making oysters affordable and featuring food, beer, and prizes, the fifth annual Oysterfest is a food event you won't want to miss.

On Sunday it will be oysters galore, with only the finest oysters the waters have to offer being served and prepared by the Old Port Fishing Company. And its not only oysters you'll be able to enjoy (although that’s already a huge pull) as some of Montreal's biggest culinary giants will be on the scene serving succulent seafood and other tasty eats. Look forward to food from big names like L'Orignal, Garde Manger, and Taverne Monkland, among many others.

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Eating fancy doesn't always have to break the bank. Normally, a meal at a swanky Old Montreal restaurant can cost you more than a few pretty pennies. L'Orignal, on the corner of St. Alexis and Notre Dame, recognizes that some of us young folk have a restricted budget and have created Monday Industry Night to let the not-so-swanky still eat some fine dining.

Industry Night works like this: every Monday there is a set menu that features an appetizer and a main course for a total of $25. Given the rest of L'Orignal's menu, this is pretty reasonable, and the chefs don't skimp on quality just because you're ordering the cheap-ish table d'hote. Oh, and you can also get two Mooseheads for $7 and $2.50 shots of Jack Daniels. A solid deal from food to drank.

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