Culinary tour of vegetarian Montreal

Visiting Montreal is a culinary delight, even on a budget, even with a vegan (my daughter)when I am not. So much ethnic food, with options for vegetarian, vegan, kosher, halal and many other choices to fit any desire. After a trip to the nearest Metro grocery store, in NDG, where we picked up hummous, tortilla chips, pasta sauce, wine (a joy not yet experienced by me in Victoria, buying wine at the grocery store), and an assortment of fruits and veggies, we took a trip to vieux Montreal. In Cesar’s, we found a choice of “Healthy Meals”, aptly named, where we opted for a delicious salad of chickpea, avocado, falafel, sesame seeds, (with feta for me, without for Theresa)with a tangy vinaigrette. The server told us the concept came from feedback from customers that they would like to have healthy options, not just fried and rich food when touring the old city. Even at Brutopia, a three-level brewpub on the lively rue Crescent, we were able to choose from edamame beans and hummous and pita appies, as well as a vegetarian quesadilla – not vegan but lacto-vegetarian. We rounded off our day at Weinstein & Gavino’s with white port and the best tiramisu I have ever eaten. Again, not vegan but vegetarian. On our next field trip, we will work on vegan-specific menus, but after all we are on vacation.