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A (not-so-short) list of kid-friendly Montréal restaurants

From finicky palates to creeping noise levels to ants-in-the-pants energy, eating out with kids comes with its challenges. To take the stress out of dining out with your brood (no raised eyebrows and baleful looks from fellow patrons), we’ve rounded up some kid-friendly restaurants per neighbourhood. Read on for some good picks to enjoy a meal with your crew. DOWNTOWN Bistro Le Balmoral – An upscale eatery in the Quartier des spectacles that specializes in grilled meats and seafoods and fresh Québec produce. Your gang will love being next door to the festivals. Enoteca Mozza Pizzeria Moderna – Enjoy classic Italian fare in this laid-back eatery. Part of the profits on its of children’s meals go to the Montréal Children’s Hospital Foundation. The Keg Steakhouse + Bar – Spacious and inviting, with comfy banquettes for kids to squirm around on, from the chain that serves up traditional steakhouse fare. Le Milsa – A Brazilian churrasco, with lots of ambiance, dance and music and heaps of grilled meat, but don’t fear: there’s a vegetarian menu too. Brisket – A downtown deli that serves, among others, smoked meat and grilled cheese sandwiches, hamburgers and fries, plus pig’s knuckles, if your little rascals… / Read More →

The Culinary Guide to Montréal’s Gay Village

Visitors coming to Montréal for the annual Pride festivities will inevitably tackle a gamut of fun-filled festival activities. But as you groove around the city, don’t forget about one of life’s most basic needs: food. Montréal has an international reputation for being a great food city, and the Gay Village — ground zero for Pride activities — is not exempt from this repute. In the past, the relatively affordable rents of the neighbourhood have enabled burgeoning restaurateurs to set up shop and experiment with a receptive queer community. While the Gay Village continues to evolve, what has remained consistent is a decent density of great food options. From refined French fare to affordable sweet treats, here’s how to swallow your pride — à la Montréal. O’Thym For haute cuisine (without haute prices) Since arriving on the scene a decade ago, sophisticated French bistro O’Thym has become the frontrunner among a competitive roster of “Bring Your Own Wine” restaurants in Montréal. Over the years Chef Noé Lainesse has found his stride with Canadian ingredients—bison medallions from Outaouais, beef bavette from Prince Edward Island and duck from Knowlton— while also eliminating gluten from most sauces. The architecture of most plates is simple… / Read More →

Meet a Montrealer: John Zeppetelli

John Zeppetelli had lived in many places and curated for some of the most renowned contemporary art establishments before becoming Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal (MAC). The avid runner has breathed new life into the institution, thanks to an infectious passion for art and an ability to speak about it in simple, human terms. This is how he experiences Montréal. Job: Director and Chief Curator of the Musée d’art contemporain de Montréal. Favourite pastime: Watching dark, Scandinavian TV dramas. The Bridge, The Killing… I had just travelled to Copenhagen a couple of months before watching The Bridge, and I became obsessed! I also love reading. How long have you been a Montrealer? I am a born and bred Montrealer. I’ve also lived in Italy, Scotland, England, and in the United States. What’s the coolest thing you’ve done so far this year? I’m very happy with my collection show, “New Discoveries and Other Obsessions,” which just opened on February 28. My first exhibition as Director of the MAC was at another museum, oddly enough, the “1+1” exhibition at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts, so this is the first I’ve done in our space. I… / Read More →

Montreal’s best pizza

Whether it’s late at night, or early in the morning, pizza is one of those wonder foods that you can eat at any time of day, hot or cold, on a plate or wrapped in a napkin…