City & Nation journal names Montreal the meals capital of North America

It’s a distinction that many foodies will say they see coming.

Montreal was named the best restaurant city in North America by Town & Country magazine.

The magazine says the city’s dining scene has surpassed that of New York City.

The magazine said it boils down to the appetite of Montreal residents, nourished by both the city’s old-world culinary cultures and a bold open-mindedness to sample bold new ways of cooking.

Town & Country said it also helps that Montreal residents are discerning diners who enjoy wines and have adventurous taste buds.

Award-winning food writer Alan Richman said the Montreal food scene has evolved over the past few decades while New York’s has evolved, adding that the Big Apple is now known more for sticky buns than haute cuisine is.

Meanwhile, Quebec had developed a regional cuisine with restaurants like Toque !, Au Pied de Cochon and Joe Beef.

Local restaurateur David McMillan, co-owner of Joe Beef, said it wasn’t surprising that Montreal ranks number one.

“We sell rabbits, we sell ducks, we sell liver, we sell pheasants, we sell partridges, you know, we sell birds. We sell a lot of special foods in Montreal and Quebec City and across Quebec Province that people in the rest of North America don’t eat, ”he said.

Other restaurants mentioned in the article are Les 400 Coups, Le Mousso, Hotel Herman, and Hoogan & Beaufort.

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