With the Superbowl around the corner and pucks finally dropping in NHL arenas across the country, here are some thoroughly manly Montreal restaurants that make big game food for all you sports aficionados out there…
If tailgating isn’t an option in the cold winter months, then take the party indoors and hit up Blackstrap BBQ: the big boss mix plate is something that everyone should experience. A sampling of everything on the menu from smoked ribs and brisket to turkey and fried mac and cheese balls, this meal can feed a small family or serve as a reward to someone who’s just finished watching Silver Linings Playbook.
Momesso’s is an institution for any dude in NDG. This sports bar/restaurant is like your uncle’s basement man-cave that’s stuck in the 80s. Sports trophies and paraphernalia line the walls of this former NHLer’s classic diner that serves up their signature submarines with homemade hot sauce. The “supreme” usually hits the spot – steak, Italian sausage, sautéed onions and bell peppers, topped with cheese, coleslaw and their hot sauce.
Math is manly and so is hitting up Poutineville, who throw down 77 billion different combinations of custom-made poutines to order. From their signature smashed potatoes to julienned or sweet potatoes, this place features a poutine that pays homage to Montreal; a smoked meat poutine with mushrooms and fried pickle.
Il Piatto Pieno is the perfect place for the wannabe Soprano. Fire-cooked pizzas and fresh pastas to order (not to mention it’s BYOW), this spot in Little Italy leaves nothing up to the imagination when role-playing your favourite HBO Mafioso. Red and white checkered tablecloths frame towering plates of perfectly cooked Fettuccini Amalfitana – garlic, shallots, sun-dried tomatoes and cherry tomatoes in a lush rose sauce.
What’s more manly than eating with your hands at a taco joint that’s situated in a converted parking garage, eating off homemade furniture made with recycled shipping pallets while sipping drinks out of a bag? Montreal’s first taco truck has turned their headquarters into a full-fledged dining option. With a rotating menu of inspired items, keep an eye out for their turkey dinner taco – thanksgiving dinner with all the trimmings… in a taco! Check their Facebook page for their hockey night specials as well.
Blackstrap BBQ, 4436 Rue Wellington, (514) 507-6772
Restaurant Momesso, 5562 Chemin Upper Lachine, (514) 484-0005
Poutineville, Multiple Locations
Il Piato Pieno, 177, St-Zotique East, (514) 276-1076
Grumman78, 30 de Courcelle, (514) 290-5125