Arthurs Nosh Bar
4621 Rue Notre Dame W., Southwest
This family operation is an homage to Jewish deli comfort food, but done in a way that feels entirely fresh. Here, you’ll find all the requisites—organic gravlax, matzo ball soup, schnitzel—in addition to riffs on the classics (latke smorgasbord, challah grilled cheese) served in a beautiful, brightly lit space and complemented by a bar and on-site herb garden. Not surprisingly, it's good for brunch, but expect a wait, as they don’t take reservations.
1638 Rue Notre-Dame W., Southwest
Dylan Solomon and Éric Girard, the principals behind popular Montreal bakery/café Olive & Gourmando, opened Foxy a couple of years ago to high anticipation—and they did not disappoint. The sleek, dark space hosts a talented team that makes mostly everything in house, from the yogurt to the bread to the ice cream, with local ingredients. The main star here is the fire pit in the kitchen, on which most of the vegetables, proteins, and pizzas are cooked, lending a rich smokiness to the dishes, including the insane apple pie with burnt caramel ice cream.
2491 Rue Notre Dame W., Southwest
A 19th-century eccentric with a heart of gold, Charles “Joe Beef” McKiernan, is something of a local legend, so it makes sense that one of the city’s best protein-centric restaurants be named after him. The snug, dimly lit dining rooms border on kitschy (chalkboard menus, the occasional taxidermied bison head) but the wine selection and menu are as serious as it gets: steaks, Cornish hen, or lobster spaghetti if meat isn’t your thing, and wash it all down with a glass of good, biodynamic red. Fair warning—reservations are hard to come by, so plan ahead.
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