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Metro Roulette: Muckin' Around Monk

Posted by Sisi / June 18, 2008

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Since I never have an excuse to go further west on the green line than Lionel-Groulx, Monk metro usually evokes some irrational combination of Friar Tuck and obsessive-compulsive TV detectives. The truth, my friends, is slightly different.

20080618_monk2.jpgAccording to our friends at Métro de Montréal (that most excellent savior of Midnight Poutine rouletters), Monk metro could've been named after either Sir James Monk (1745-1826), the scion of a family that roamed the best political circles in the province, or Frederic D. Monk, a lawyer who bought land with Joseph-Ulric Émard to develop the modern-day Ville-Émard.

The metro station itself was a highlight of the trip. Inaugurated in 1978 and measuring in at 18,3 meters deep, Monk is divided into three levels that feature a muted gray and brown palette. The trademarks of the station include concrete arches and grandiose curves, a motif that is also repeated in rippling brick walls on the ground floor. I wasn't impressed at first, but the architecture got increasingly elaborate as we made our way up.

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To leave the station, all travelers must pass by or under two gigantic sculptures by Germain Bergeron entitled Pic et Pelle (1976). And I quote: "Made from welded steel tubes painted orange, the sculptures, entitled Pic et Pelle represent two metro construction workers wielding a pick and a shovel. The curved, monumental, and profoundly dignified nature of these sculptures mirrors the station in which they stand." Well played, Métro de Montréal, well played. (The site gave Monk metro a whopping 5 out of 5 rating.) Originally, there were also plans for a third sculpture in the shape of a foreman, but I guess the people in charge figured that would be a tad oppressive.

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We were surprised to find a series of balconies with faintly Victorian-style railings. We supposed they were fenced off to prevent suicides; in fact, it's to protect the visually impaired from accidentally diving off the deep end.

Onwards to daylight! We emerged into a muggy afternoon in tree-lined Ville-Émard, which is part of the Southwest borough. By pure chance, I'd read earlier that day about a diner named Dilallo Burger Original 1929 (2851 rue Allard). With a rumble in our tummies, we marched there to mow down on greasy eats.

And holy, was it greasy. Dilallo is a diner like any other: Formica tables, swivel chairs, regular clientele, and curt service. Dilallo was plastered with sports paraphernalia and pictures of local teams. There was even a kid's corner and a couple of flat-screen TVs.

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We got a Buck Burger (which ironically cost $3.25) and an all-dressed burger. They were unceremoniously dumped in front of us in wax paper wrappers that were soaked through in several places with oily grossness/deliciousness. It reminded me of that episode of the Simpsons where Krusty Burgers turn the wall transparent.

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After we settled the bill, we took a stroll to take in the sights. As it turned out, there weren't too many. Ville-Émard is mostly residential, with a few small businesses scattered around here and there. They're mostly around Monk Blvd., one of the neighborhood's main arteries (along with Allard St.). We came across a cool church with retro-looking lines. Appearances were deceiving, however, as we spied a fund-raising thermometer with under half the target amount filled up. (Whose idea are those cheesy things anyway?)

20080618_monk8.jpgOn Monk Blvd., terraces were set up for the summer. Apparently, they're pretty controversial. The businesses and restaurants along the strip reminded a little of those on Queen Mary Road (minus the impossible traffic): oldish, dusty, sometimes on the tacky side, but very much woven into the fabric of the neighborhood. Among the sights spotted were a Chinese restaurant with unusually red bricks, the doomed romance of door and mattress, and a very angry sticker.

All in all, it was a great jaunt. Ville-Émard is one of those places that grows on you slowly. When I have more time, I'd like to go back and take a bike ride further down Monk.

Metro Roulette is an on-going series where intrepid Midnight Poutiners trek from one end of the metro system to the other to bring you the tales of a metro station and its surrounding area.

Discussion

16 Comments

Sarah / June 19, 2008 at 11:41 am
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I used to live in the area. I'm not sure if it really grows on you. In my case, I grew OUT of it.
There are a few good things about the hood though. At the corner of Jolicoeur and Monk, there's a diner that makes some of the best poutine I've ever had. It's deliriously great stuff, I swear.
Harold / June 19, 2008 at 06:57 pm
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Quelle coïncidence, j'y emménage dimanche prochain! Mon appartement est sur la rue Beaulieu, directement relié à la station Monk, que je devrais abondamment fréquentée dans les prochains mois. Étant donné que je ne connais pas beaucoup le quartier, ce fut un plaisirs que tu m'y initie Sisi!
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