By Alyssa De Rosa –mtltimes.ca
As a foodie, my goal is to take you to the coolest, trendiest and tastiest places in town. Whether it be to take that new girl on a first date, share some laughs with friends or go grab a quick bite and drink before an event, this city is oozing with great eateries. For the next couple of weeks I will be providing you with some “cool eats” – a cool atmosphere, a cool location and most importantly cool food.
First stop on my food trek was L’Gros Luxe situated on Bernard street in the Mile End. I had previously heard a lot about this place – how their Caesars were unique, topped with burgers and onion rings and how their menu was very affordable and delicious. After spending about two hours sipping on drinks and trying different items on their menu, I can agree.
The first thing I noticed when I walked in was their bar. Now, now don’t think all I wanted to do was drink. I mean, I did want to try a Caesar but it was the vibe I received from it more than the actual display of alcohol. It was trendy and inviting with blackboard menus above the bar and wooden tables dispersed around it. Some may say L’Gros Luxe is “hipster” and to some extent I can agree, but what is “hipster” really? If it means hip, cool, trendy, and fun, I’m definitely in for some hipster!
We arrived at around 5:30 p.m. and it was relatively busy with a varied crowd – men, women, couples, even children with their parents. By the time the clock struck 6:00 p.m. the restaurant was packed. We were told that for the month of November L’Gros Luxe was having a “grilled cheese of the day.” So far they’ve had some with meatballs and spaghetti, a Ruben grilled cheese with smoked meat, and melon and chorizo to name a few. I chose to eat their popular poutine grilled cheese and their pulled pork soft tacos. Both were delicious! The grilled cheese stuffed with gravy, cheese curds and French fries sounds odd at first but the combination was both greasy and good. Let’s face it, if you’re on a diet, don’t order it, unless it’s a cheat day! The tacos were great – a generous portion of tender pulled pork paired with exotic flavors from the cilantro and lime.
As for the drinks, we did try their Foreman caesar with one shot of Vodka accompanied with a mini burger. Not being a fan of caesars, it was very spicy to taste, however, after a couple more sips the flavors began to come together and it was pretty good! We then decided to have their Luxe Madame cocktail which was a simple gin, basil and cucumber concoction. Very smooth!
The prices are very affordable with appetizers, entrées and mains ranging between $5.00 to $10.00 and drinks ranging between $9.00 to $15.00. It really is a bang for your buck if you’re on a budget and looking for a cool place to have a small meal and a drink. Two thumbs up for this Mile-End gem.