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En Guard Manger: Hitting The Green Spot

Posted by Caitlin / July 18, 2011

greenoutside.jpgHere is a food criticism series like no other: searching for strange, hilarious and sometimes frightening food around Montreal and, more importantly, searching for the reasons why we love it so. Forget every trendy and creative eatery you know in Montreal and take the plunge, dive into the underworld of this grand city's food industry. We're looking past the food here and might dabble in existentialism in attempting to assign words to the altering experience of eating good-bad food. In the increasingly changing neighbourhood of St-Henri, The Green Spot remains the same after 70 years of service at 3041 Notre-Dame O. This family place filled with über-regulars is known for its great greasy fries and straight-up junk food delights, but that's not where my interests lies.

This is one of those places that, in order to understand its true soul, you have to dive right into the heart of it by ordering from the table d'hôte where the prices range from $6.95-$12.95 for a soup, main course, dessert and bottomless coffee. As soon as the the waitress brings you a Nagano 1998 Olympics water glass and calls you "Honey", you know that you're in for something special.20110715-nagano.jpg

The grandma-style vegetable soup was actually heartwarming and the classic package of soda crackers it came with provided me with the satisfaction of crushing them up whilst wrapped and then pouring them into the pipping-hot bowl, which I hadn't done in too long.20110715-soup.jpg

For the plats de résistance, I took the plunge and took it hard by ordering the roast pork with potatoes and the most over-boiled vegetables since ancient nomad tribes were like "Hey, we just tried this thing called soup and it was great!"

Now, it was not with a small amount of fear that I began my journey into the beige pile (and man do I mean pile) of meat that was set in front of me. There were some pieces that I just simply didn't dare to touch, but, as the waitress promised, the potatoes were delicious.20110715-pork .jpg

The smoked meat spaghetti, ended up being the key to understanding The Green Spot's true essence, which is really the point. Not only was it the biggest plate of pasta I've ever seen, but they use bolognese sauce as well as having the thing covered with Montreal smoked meat. They are obviously not kidding around, people, and that sort of ballsy heart-stopper dish made me want to stand up and start a slow clap.20110715-smokedmeat.jpg

As for the desserts, the five-year-old in me could not resist ordering the chocolate pudding. When I took my first bite, my friend looked at my eyes searching for an adjective and asked "Pretty dusty, huh?" A phoenix could have risen from that pudding and it wouldn't have surprised me. His sugar pie also gave me an almost instant sugar rush and robbed my pudding of any remaining taste.20110715-pudding.jpg

This is sincerely one of the funniest meals I've ever had. There is a natural, ineffable hilarity in eating something so cheap and earnest that shouldn't be overlooked because, in the end, the reason we want to eat out is to share good times and this place sure delivers. Combined with the most heartfelt service you could imagine, the hilarity of the experience will have you leaving The Green Spot with a smile on your face and a full-stomach-to-money-in-your-wallet ratio that will only make the smile grow.


The Green Spot
3041 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
Montreal, QC
(514)931-6473

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