Not your typical Thanksgiving fare in Montreal

Let’s face it, we’re only happy about Thanksgiving because we get a day off from work! It’s not a big holiday like our neighbours to the south but that doesn’t mean we can’t go out and celebrate with a good meal and a fun experience. Here are some fun Montreal alternatives to the traditional turkey dinner. We’re thankful that we live in Montreal with all of these amazing restaurants!

Toucheh Restaurant Since 1998

351, av Prince Albert, Westmount, QC H3Z 2N9

We know, what’s so different about Italian food? How about the fact that Toucheh serves Persian food on Mondays, which is perfect for Thanksgiving Monday! Toucheh makes you feel right at home in their family-run Westmount location. Start your meal with mirza ghassemi, which is smoked eggplant with garlic, and a tomato and onion purée, and for a little richness, add an egg! They also have Chelo-Mahicheh, a lamb dish to rival all others. Try the Cornish game hen, for that Thanksgiving poultry feel. And did we mention it’s also a BYOB?

Restaurant au Pied De Cochon

536, av Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L 1A9

The holidays are about indulgence so why not go for the ultimate indulgence with Au Pied de Cochon and all that foie gras! Martin Picard’s restaurant is a bastion for decadence. It’s closed on Monday so tell the family that Thanksgiving is being celebrated on Sunday this year! Order the famous duck in a can, which they ceremoniously present at your table or go all out and get their Plateau PDC, filled with clams, oysters, mussels, octopus and more! If you plan ahead, get a reservation at the Pied de Cochon Cabane à Sucre for apple season, this can easily become a new family tradition.

Musée d'Art Contemporain De Montréal

185, rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H2X 3X5

How about adding a little culture to the holiday by visiting the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art and then eating at the Restaurant du Mac on the first floor of the museum. Though it’s closed on Mondays, Thanksgiving is often celebrated on Sunday. Their menu changes monthly and they use local and organic products – Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be fattening! A day at the museum and a healthy meal is definitely out of the ordinary for Thanksgiving, but it will make for a holiday that you won’t soon forget.

Triple Crown Dinette

6704, rue Clark, Montréal, QC H2S 3E9

Dinette Triple Crown might serve the closest thing to a traditional Thanksgiving dinner with their exceptional fried chicken and Southern fare. Weather permitting, they pack you a picnic basket for the park across the street! Thankfully, the weather has been cooperative of late so a Thanksgiving picnic is a lovely idea, and if it gets chilly you can eat in the restaurant. They have some of the best fried chicken in the city. And don’t forget the traditional Southern sides of mac n’ cheese, greens, cornbread, hushpuppies and more. Make sure to save room for dessert, they have some killer pies!

Beauty's Luncheonette

93 Av Du Mont-Royal O, Montréal, QC H2T 2S5

The idea of cooking for a large group of people is a thankless job for some. Often those pesky relatives have the audacity to complain about your cooking! That’s why there’s Beauty’s Luncheonette, a classic diner in the Plateau. And isn’t a diner the classic spot to avoid the holidays? It is in the movies! At Beauty’s you can enjoy a typical diner breakfast, a BLT, hash, famous milkshakes, or the Beauty’s special, which is smoked salmon and cream cheese on a bagel. This way you can let the food coma set in just in time for an afternoon nap!

Caribou Gourmand

5308, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1S1

If you want something that will appeal to your foodie side, look no further than Caribou Gourmand in the Mile End. What makes this restaurant stand out is that the chef is from Normandy and incorporates his French roots in each dish. You’ll have to be somewhat adventurous with their ever-changing menu that emphasizes market fresh ingredients with a dash of Quebec. Do you think you can handle seal? The chef presented a seal tataki that was so well prepared that the red meat tasted of the sea! How about some red deer tartare, with just a hint of gaminess? Or try the braised boar with black beer, with a caramelized outer skin and fall off the bone meat.

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