Montreal's Best Burger A cab driver told us about M:brgr and we owe him big. M:brgr has an incredible menu with many choices. First there are the meat options: AAA, organic, or Kobe. Then you have 20 toppings: caramelized onions, grilled oyster mushrooms, asparagus, grilled salami, pulled pork... And don't forget the eight different types of cheese: goat, smoked gouda, brie... And if that's not enough you can add foie gras or white and black truffle shavings. We went with the smoked meat burger (AAA and ground smoked meat mixed into one patty) and a AAA with caramelized onions and brie. Well, did we ever love it. The smoked meat burger was juicy tender and smoked meat salty. The caramelized onions were a perfect touch, as was the brie, on our second burger. They have a full bar so we enjoyed an excellent ginger mojito and a dirty martini with the brine and olives frozen onto a skewer like a popsicle - great presentation. My sons' eyes popped out of their head when they saw their drinks - a caramel shake and a rootbeer float. Their drinks were awesome. M:brgr has made it onto our list of Montreral must-eats. Note: a new M:brgr is open in Toronto. http://www.mbrgr.com/english.html
Montreal's Best Breakfast? The best breakfast I've ever had in Montreal was at l'Avenue. I simply devoured the sucre et sel (sweet and salty). It's eggs benedict on top of french toast with real maple syrup and excellent fresh fruit. The combination of salty and sweet is perfect. Their hollandaise is from scratch and is exquisite. The smoked salmon eggs benedict - another winning combo. Each meal is served with great home fries in their own red mini Creuset pot. The food looks as good as it tastes. Of course, their lattes are smooth and robust and the orange juice is freshly squeezed. Portions are large and my boys shared french toast and still had difficulty clearing their plates. l'Avenue has a very vibrant decor and is a popular club in the evenings. Can't wait for my next serving of sucre et sel.
Case in Point We were pleasantly surprised by the great restaurants in Pittsburgh and Point Brugge is a case in, er, a fine example. Point Brugge is located in Point Breeze - a great neighbourhood complete with 1920's era brick homes with comfortable front porches. And in the middle of it all is a house that has been converted to a great Belgian restaurant. Of course, it's a place for amazing fries and delicious mussels. The seafood is also amazing. I drooled over my seafood waterzooi - (top left) a bowl of shrimp, mussels, scallops and salmon in a tomato broth scented with fennel and saffron, oh, and it's on delicious polenta. Awesome! We loved the mussels (top right) in a white wine cream sauce. Tender, rich and served with great fresh cut fries. We loved the service and the comfortable atmosphere and the great wines and beers on tap. If you love mussels and great seafood then you've got to go to Point Brugge. Get the...? You know what I mean.