Craig Claiborne, a famous food critic writing for the New York Times, pioneered these 100-word restaurant reviews, called “Claiborne Columns,” to give readers just enough information to pique their interest in notable eateries around town. We at Leacock’s bring you our own take…
Neha Rahman, Editor-in-Chief
Café Resonance is decorated from floor to ceiling like every aspiring beat poet’s dream— especially if you’re trying to be William S. Burroughs but your Naked Lunch doesn’t include meat. At Café Resonance, they have impossibly dense vegan brownies, incredible guacamole, and refreshing lemonade. As night falls, this café transforms into a string-light-lit wonderland, featuring amazing live jazz music. Though situated firmly outside of the McGill bubble in the far away Mile End, it only takes a straight shot up on the 24 bus to get to this adorable vegan café suitable for jazz-filled nights, and coffee-fuelled study dates!
Colin Rier, Food Editor
The lack of quality Mexican food in Montreal is painful, but luckily Café Frida is there for when the cravings rumble for quality carnitas and barbacoa. Walking into the restaurant feels just like entering a small Latin-American grocer with fresh corn tortillas and Jarritos on soda. The menu is expansive but the real move is to go for the cochinita pibil and nopales. Nopales is cactus, a delicacy rare to find north of the border (the Canadian-American border that is). Also, order a horchata (blended rice drink) with your two tacos to wash it all down. At only $9.00 your meal, Café Frida more than fills the hole in our hearts for Mexican food in a Francophone city.