Montreal’s Restaurants – Inexpensive 2

Olive et Gourmando is an exciting, well appointed restaurant which bridges between inexpensive and moderate, on the Montreal restaurant scene.

The menu is exciting and the fare is delicious and innovative. That’s amazing at this price-point. Come well before 2:00pm, as many sandwich fixings start to disappear after that. And, it’s also a good place to bring your children.

They do have waiters; don’t take reservations and can set you up for take-out meals. The cafe is wheelchair accessible. It’s casual dress. One thing, THEY DO NOT TAKE CREDIT CARDS, CASH ONLY.

Highlights on the menu:
Kettle Chip made near my home in Oregon!
Breads are a focal point from this famous Montreal bakery!
Seasonal drinks: now, Green Tea, fresh lemon juice, fresh ginger and pomegranate juice.
Seasonal menu items: now, Pumpkin muffins
Vegan sandwiches
Vegan plate – soba noodles, fresh veggies, coconut, black sesame seeds, creamy cashew dressing
Breakfast Panini – poached egg salad, Comte cheese, roasted tomato, prosciutto, home-baked organic bread
Lunch – smoked trout sandwich – trout mixed with capers, sun-dried tomatoes, and red onions, and then layered between the two halves of a grilled white bread round with herbed cream cheese and fresh spinach leaves.
Many more sandwiches, panini sandwiches
Almond Croissant — highly recommended
Pain au chocolat

As a tip, if you are ordering coffee, get the glass of coffee instead of the cup; it’s only $.50 more but more than double the quantity.

The process for ordering: find a table, go to the counter in the back, order, then sit down and wait about 15 minutes for the food, unless it’s very busy.

The soups and salads are generously-sized and hot or cold sandwiches cost about $9. The salads accompanying the sandwiches are not just plain green salads, they are inventive and of quality ingredients e.g. a combination of watercress, parsley, and mâché covered with a lot of toasted slivered almonds and dressed with a light vinaigrette. Delicious.

The cafe is near the History Center of Montreal and Museum of Archeology.

351 Rue St. Paul O.
phone: 514 350 1083.
Hours: Tue-Sat 8 am – 6 pm
Closed Sunday, Monday
Olive et Gourmando

Montreal Pool Room
For atmosphere and the after-bar crowd:

The Montreal Pool Room has been under pressure to make way for the Quartier des Spectacles, so the 1912 business moved in March 2010 – across the street and a few doors, north.

Get a quintessential Montreal-style ‘all-dressed steamie’ hot dog (pronounced “steamay”) — with vinegary coleslaw, mustard, onions, relish and no ketchup. This is a low-rent hot dog purveyor on “the Main” (since 1912). Their poutine is well regarded, too.

Note: there are no pool tables anymore, and until the urban rehab goes on, the district is definitely drunk row, at night.

around 1217 Boulevard St. Laurent
phone: 514 396 0460.

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