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Food, Pop Montreal 2006

Top Slop for Pop: Downtown

Posted by MP / October 4, 2006

There's no question about it. If you're going to make it through the Pop Montreal marathon, you're going to have to eat. Portable foods - slices, shish taouk - are key, but every so often its nice to sit down for a bit and take in the city, its people and the rest of the world that's visiting.

Here are a few of MP's favourite restaurants for those of you heading to shows downtown, namely at Club Soda, Metropolis, Les Saintes, Cabaret, Lion d'Or and Le National.

Check other posts for grub choices in Mile End and the Plateau.

Going toClub Soda, Metropolis, Les Saintes...

VIP
1077 Clark
OPEN until 4 am
Ste. Catherine and St. Laurent may be one of the city’s seedier intersections, but it’s only a few blocks away from Chinatown, and that’s where you’ll find VIP, with fast service, cheap prices and good food on a menu on which you’ll probably only recognize 10 per cent of the items. The tablecloths are made of white garbage-bag material, but you’ll still have to reserve if you’re going in the neighbourhood of dinnertime.

Getting hungry near Cabaret? Eat at...

14 Prince Arthur
14 Prince Arthur West
OPEN: 4:30pm-11pm
Got a bit of time to sit down and enjoy a meal between shows? Didn’t think so. But if you change your mind, check out this effectively named Viet/Chinese resto with room enough for you and your massive group of Pop friends. They’ve got it all including cheap wine in carafes and disaffected, slow service. But the food is definitely worth it. Get caught stealing one of their hilarious popsicle stick menus.

Eurodeli
3619 Boulevard St-Laurent
OPEN until 4am on the weekends
Those in the know happily spend an extra buck for a slice of pizza infinitely superior to those available at the 99 cent joints. The place attracts lots of hipsters looking to be seen, a few Main freaks who haven’t moved elsewhere due to the gentification, and, due to the non 99-cent-ness, considerably fewer drunken jocks. Worth a visit for the pesto tortellini alone.

Not sure where to eat near Lion d'Or, Le National?

Club Sandwich
1570 Ste-Catherine East
OPEN: 24/7
Too many types of club sandwiches to count. 24 hour breakfast. Booths. Men in dresses making out. Get over it, this is the gay village. A hop, skip and a prance away from Le National, the impressively massive Club Sandwich offers up everything for everyone via quick and colourful service. Awesome appeal: the double club, we double-dare you. Something for every price range.

Discussion

18 Comments

rrrobyn / October 5, 2006 at 10:37 am
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i think in chinatown i would go for vietnamese (on st laurent, anywhere) before vip. but i like giant bowls of soup. and bowls of rice with spring rolls on top. anything out of a giant bowl really. i guess they close earlier (9ish?) though.

fresh chinese buns should be available 24/7, everywhere, i think, esp the fried pork ones and the red bean ones. TO FATIFY MY POP MTL ASS MORE PLS
Hannah / October 5, 2006 at 11:09 am
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Ooohh. I had (briefly) forgotten about those bbq porc buns with red beans. They are possibly the best portable food around. And the whole shopping experience - orange plastic trays, shiny tongs, and mysterious bun-packages of food before you - is great. There is a vast pink palace of chinese buns on the north side of de la Gauchetiere, and another smaller, corridor-like establishment on the south side, a little closer to St. Laurent that also gets props.
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