November 4th, 2011
We used to watch Grease and long for a real '50s-style diner, complete with belly-busting burgers, cozy booths (for making out with Danny Zuko) and a danceable Jukebox soundtrack.
We found an upscale version at Deville Dinerbar, where an easily downloadable app puts you in charge of the virtual Jukebox. We loved the gleaming black and hot pink décor and the modernized menu of comfort food fare. We shared starters of Philly Cheesesteak Spring Rolls, filled with short ribs, onions and aged Quebec Cheddar, Ahi Tuna Tacos, and crunchy deep fried pickles with a maple Dijon dipping sauce. The double stacked Deville burger on toasted brioche, topped with cheddar cheese, lettuce, tomatoes, onions, pickles and signature sauce, was the polar opposite of fast food, meant to be savoured slowly (and messily). And with dessert options including a tangy lemon meringue pie and hot beignets with chocolate bourbon sauce, we realized that we found the one that we want, as far as diners are concerned. —Jennifer Nachshen
Deville Dinerbar, 1425 Stanley St., Montreal, 514-291-6556, www.devilledinerbar.com
September 24th, 2010
When timbales of tuna tartare become tiresome and candlelit dining too costly, we retreat to a good old neighbourhood diner.
New on the scene with a been-there-forever feel is Comptoir 21, a retro lunch counter serving up sea-faring faves like creamy clam chowder with fresh herbs ($5.10). We deemd the crispy-battered Fish & Chips ($8.20) deliciously seaworthy as we dunked the melting flakes of fish into fresh herb, light curry, smoky paprika and traditional tartar sauces. Landlubbers need not fear, the menu also includes a fresh veggie burger ($3.99) and tender steak sandwich with onions, cheese, and peppers ($5.10).
We’re totally hooked.
Comptoir 21, 21 St-Viateur Street W., Montreal, 514-507-3474.