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Au Pied de Cochon, Montréal, Québec

536 Duluth Avenue E.
Montréal , Québec
Canada H2L 1A9
Tel: 514 281 1114's insider take:

Martin Picard's pig-out palace in the Plateau is a big reason Montréal's culinary scene has been attracting attention in recent years. His synthesis of rustic fare and haute cuisine is masterful, and best sampled in his famous foie gras poutine, which elevates the classic dish of Québec—French fries with gravy and cheese curds—with an indulgent slab of poached duck liver. Nearly everything is drenched in maple syrup and gravy—insanely heavy but sinfully delicious. On any given night, you could be slicing into blood sausage with cured foie gras (much more delicious than it sounds) or surprisingly tender sheep's testicles. In short, it's an adventure into a world where waistlines no longer matter. Sit at the counter, the way Anthony Bourdain does, and reserve well in advance. (Note: Between mid-March and early May, you can also sample Picard's decadent food at his Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon in St. Benoît de Mirabel.)

Open Tuesdays through Sundays 5 pm to midnight

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