Mike Cohen and family enjoy an extraordinary meal on the terrasse of Le Renoir at Sofitel Montreal Golden Mile

The restaurant offers fine and inventive cuisine. Critically acclaimed celebrity Chefs Olivier Perret and Clément Tilly perform their culinary magic with their innovative menus and ultra-chic settings. It is no wonder that Le Renoir Restaurant has received two “Toques” in Montreal’s first edition of the prestigious French gastronomy guide
Gault & Millau and the best grade out of all hotel restaurants in Montreal.

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Tom Bountis takes on his next restaurant challenge with Billy K’s Burgers

The first Billy K’s in Quebec opened on Boulevard de Gare in Vaudreuil in March. That has since been followed by a May debut on Lacordaire in St. Leonard. Laval is slated to join the group by the end of the year. A few years back Bountis was in Cornwall to open a new Mr. Puffs when he came across a spot called Billy K’s, specializing in burgers, wraps and other comfort food. It turned out the owner was looking to sell. He and his sister Fotini and partners Melih Batri and John Sanoudakis decided to purchase the brand.

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Boustan continues to expand while serving up mouthwatering authentic Middle Eastern cuisine

Boustan has been in a steady expansion mode in recent years, with 40 locations and counting.  Ottawa and Toronto franchises have come on board. By the time 2022 draws to a close that number will grow to an astonishing 60. That will include Cornwall and New Brunswick.

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Mike Cohen makes a stop for rotisserie chicken at Au Coq

Au Coq has been part of the Quebec restaurant landscape for more than 60 years.  Since 2019 it has been part of the Foodtastic group (foodtastic.ca), which was enough to get my attention when I was in Dollard des Ormeaux and looking for a place to eat on Sources Blvd. There are presently 10 Au Coq franchises in Quebec (Dollard, St. Laurent, Marché Central, Hochelaga, Montreal East, St. Leonard, Central Station downtown and Gatineau). Opening soon will be locations in Terrebonne and Île-Perrot.

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Mike Cohen finds a very popular Petinos franchise in Dollard des Ormeaux

Sikellis and his team managed their way through the pandemic, but he told me clearly that I must come back to one of his locations when indoor dining could see what a sensation it is. I finally did so recently in Dollard, managed by Harry’s son Mike.   It was a Sunday morning and when I arrived the place was starting to get busy. By 10 am there was a lineup out the door. Mike, assisted by his mom Marina Tzanetakou, was busy checking vaccine passports.  There is plexiglass between tables, which are well spaced.

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Mike Cohen gets into the game at the Station des Sports

At the Île-Perrot location, manager Costa Soilis  aims to please. He has been at this spot since it opened six years ago, having started off as a chef and then taking charge. Throughout the pandemic he kept the place running with take-out and delivery orders. Now he is overseeing the return to in-person dining. The terrasse season has regrettably ended for their patio can accommodate 90 people. He and wonderful server Sophie, who has also been on staff since the start (in between becoming a mom three times), told me how these days they also must play the role of COVID-19 vaccine passport copies. Regularly they have to prevent unwanted customers from coming through the front door.

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Mike Cohen steps into history at the iconic Restaurant Greenspot

Greenspot is right out of a movie set. There are a few counter stools and enough vinyl booths to accommodate as many as 140 diners.  Each table has a jukebox. While the machines no longer function, some people still try to feed coins inside for some old songs. Music now is piped in via a Bell satellite.

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Fine dining finds a home at the new TAG E-Karting and Amusement Center in St. Thérèse

Notable Quebec race car driver Alex Tagliani recently opened his new  $18 million TAG E-Karting and Amusement Center at Plaza St. Thérèse… The Center features nine activities including a combination of the multi-level layout of three electric karting tracks, a laser tag game arena, six ax-throwing lanes, six bowling lanes, a Triotech 7D interactive cinema, a multi-sensory virtual reality experience, numerous modern arcades, and an interactive children’s floor—all under one roof.  And it was all founded by Tagliani, the owner of TAG Autosport and a  large partnership with a number of entrepreneurs well-known in the business sphere.

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Mike Cohen experiences the lightning-fast formula at the growing Pizzeria Bros chain

Since Pizzeria Bros debuted on Côte des Neiges a year ago I have driven and walked by umpteen times. I finally stopped by to sample the food and thanks to team leader Jared Maraj and his co-workers Mikael Loyat and Harjot Singh I came away with an excellent first impression. This chain can best be compared to the Subways of pizza. However in this case Pizzeria Bros provides a fresh thin crust pizza with quality ingredients in a quick-service setting.   The dough, sauces and dressings are all homemade and pizzas cooked in high heat ovens in only 90 seconds.

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