What may be an eyesore to some is an icon to most. This two-storey high orange dome actually embellishes a sad strip of Boulevard Décarie in the Côte-des-Neiges neighborhood. Opened in 1932, this snack bar was created primarily as a sales point for orange julep, a sweet beverage made from orange juice, sugar and malt, among other things. (The exact recipe is a well-guarded secret.) It just so happens that they also cook up a mean hot dog here, and some of the best Quebec-style fries this side of town (typical Quebec fries are dark, greasy and soft). To keep the vintage spirit of the place alive, vintage car owners congregate in the parking lot on Wednesday nights during the warm-weather months.
Photo: Susan Moss