I'm almost ashamed to admit to you how many times I visited La Banquise during one four-day trip to Montreal. Almost ashamed, but generally very proud to announce that I managed to put away the Classique on five separate occasions. Please don't tell my mother.
A Montreal institution since 1968, La Banquise is open 24 hours a day and is always exceptionally busy, no matter what time you stumble in or waddle out. The menu is extensive, but I can never quite bring myself to shy away from this old standard, the ultimate Canadian comfort food.
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In terms of food, Montreal is known for poutine and smoked meat sandwiches. Of course there are plenty of other great food to be had in the city and I was so sad we couldn't snag a table at Au Pied De Cochon. Although we did have a great dinner at a local spot I read about in AFAR. Ok, back to poutine. The place to have poutine is the famous La Banquise. There was a little wait when we went but it wasn't terrible. And when we did dive into our respective plates of poutine it was totally worth it!