Canada is one of the few places where being a tree-hugger just means you want to get closer to the delicious, delicious maple syrup, and in that vein, here's our guide to including the stuff for literally every meal of the day -- from breakfast to post-dinner cocktails -- in some of Montreal's finest establishments.
We all know about pancakes and French toast, but few appreciate the glorious breakfast union that is maple syrup and meat. The folks at Les Enfants Terribles do a pretty non-terribles job with their fried chicken waffles that are doused in horseradish maple syrup.
Beans, beans, good for the heart, the more you eat, the more you realize that they'd be so freaking awesome if they were cooked in maple syrup like the fèves au lard are at La Binerie.
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Choose from maple chocolate chip cookies, maple gelato, maple cream cupcakes, or just straight-up, who-are-you-trying-to-kid-anyway maple on a stick at Les Délices de l’Érables.
Um, you see this? It's Joe Beef’s Foie Gras double-down, w/ bacon & cheddar sandwiched between foie gras and slathered in maple, so let's face it, we could end the list right here... but in the spirit of fairness, you could check out Au Pied de Cochon’s maple BBQ chicken wings, or if you're in the mood for sushi, Japanese restaurant Park will give you some flash-seared Irish organic salmon drizzled in the stuff.
1. Les Enfants Terribles1257 Ave Bernard, Montreal
2. La Binerie367, Av. Mont-Royal E, Montréal
3. Les Délices de l'Érable84 rue Saint-Paul Est, Montréal
4. Joe Beef2491 rue Notre-Dame O, Montreal
5. Au Pied de Cochon536 Ave Duluth Est, Montréal
6. Park378 Ave Victoria, Westmount
7. Le Lab1351 rue Rachel Est, Montréal
8. Bistro Cocagne3842 rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
9. Boulangerie Pâtisserie Mr Pinchot4354 rue de Brébeuf, Montréal
With its full bar, seasonal patio, and fine selection of French-inspired comfort food, this place is anything but Terribles. The sidewalk seating is heated as well, so you don't have to worry about your Enfants freezing while you eat.
True to its name, La Binerie is famous for its baked beans. This place has been serving up traditional Quebecois cuisine since 1938, and it hasn't lost its touch. If baked beans aren't your thing, try the Tourtière (meat pie), Pouding Noir (black pudding), or Soupe aux Pois (pea soup).
Les Délices de l'Érable translates to "Maple Delights," and that's the theme of this bakery. Think maple coffee, maple gelato, maple cookies, and maple cakes. And they didn't stop when there was literally nothing else to put maple in - they just put a stick in plain maple and added that to the menu.
An ode to Charles "Joe-Beef" McKiernan, a 19th century innkeeper and Montreal working-class hero, this resto serves up Quebecois classics like sausages, hot smoked salmon, and 18oz steaks (dubbed the "Monsieur's portion" on the menu) in the heart of Little Burgundy.
Dining at “the foot of the pig” ("Au pied de cochon") is a Montréal must, as Chef Martin Picard has created a temple for all things meaty, decadent, and over-the-top (read: poutine topped with foie gras!). While ultra-luxe ingredients like red wine chutney and pig's trotters are a common theme here, their application to low-brow foods is what sets this bustling restaurant apart. The price tag might not match the casual atmosphere, but exaggerated indulgences like pan seared foie gras with goat cheese and raspberries on a brioche will blind you to dollar signs.
Park, named after Executive Chef Antonio Park, serves up a fusion of homemade dishes with an Asian-inspired twist. Chef Park has a private fish import license which, as we all know, allows the restaurant to employ freshly caught seafood in its dishes.
Located in the Plateau neighborhood, Le Lab has an extensive cocktail menu that changes regularly and churns out inventive concoctions like the Deer Hunter (Jägermeister, violet liqueur, and lime). It might not even be a stretch to say that Le Lab might just make some of the best cocktails in the country, and if it doesn’t anymore, it certainly paved the way for bartenders to aspire to fancy techniques that hadn’t even crossed their booze-addled minds. The bar is dimly lit and has the feel of an ol’ timey speakeasy, and if you don't like anything on the menu, the experienced "Labtenders" will be happy to mix up any classic 'tail, or something from their list of originals.
French bistros are not a rare sight in Montreal, but this place's bright and open interior, full bar, and menu of classic French cuisine should be enough to pique your interest.
This little French bakery doles out fresh croissants, baguettes, eclairs, sandwiches; pretty much everything you'd want a bakery to dole out. Most of the menu items're in French, but the staff won't kick you out if you butcher the language while trying to order a couple of crepes.