The One Montreal Street Every Food Lover Should Visit
It would be hard to visit Montreal and not be dazzled by the culinary scene. Montreal’s best-known attraction is its dining. And whether your tastes lean toward classic comfort food or creative, painstakingly plated tasting menus, one historic road in the city's Sud-Ouest borough is sure to have what you're looking for. Home to a group of neighborhoods that surround the grass-lined Lachine Canal, Sud-Ouest is now one of the most thriving areas of the city. Spanning a few neighborhoods—St-Henry, Griffintown and Little Burgundy—Sud-Ouest’s restaurant row is situated on one one thoroughfare: “Notre Dame Street is Montreal's most interesting food and drink strip,” says chef David McMillan, owner of the celebrated Joe Beef, Liverpool House, and Vin Papillon.
Over a decade after it first opened, Joe Beef’s indulgent but deftly prepared fare—like creamy spaghetti piled high with hunks of lobster or a marrow-infused mash—is still on every best-of list in Montreal. Sister spot Liverpool House books up months in advance, and the no-reservations Vin Papillon seems to have a permanent line out the door. McMillan's ventures seeded the once-sleepy neighborhood with dining destinations, paving the way for the boom that's happened since. “In the last five years, many chefs have taken a chance and opened their own places. Their success given confidence to other young chefs to do the same, and now there’s momentum,” says Dyan Soloman, co-owner of Foxy, a swanky fire-focused restaurant in Montreal’s Little Burgundy in Sud-Ouest.