La Binerie
367 ave Mont-Royal est, Montreal, QC H2T 1R1
labineriemontroyal.com/

Founded in 1938 by Léonide Lussier and nestled in the heart of the Plateau Mont Royal district of Montreal, La Binerie is the last diner in the city to serve serve traditional quebecois food year round. Otherwise most Montrealers' only chance to eat these dishes is at a cabane a sucre — an annual winter sugar shack in celebration of the maple syrup harvest. La Binerie's famous beans, which draw tourists and locals alike, are made with a secret family recipe that hasn't changed since 1938. Jocelyne and Philippe Brunet bought La Binerie in 2005, but kept the lunch counter style atmosphere and traditional recipes unchanged. While Jocelene wouldn't reveal any details, we did get a chance to visit their special underground ovens and convinced them to teach us how to cook their pork roast (their second most popular dish after their world-famous beans), while revealing some secrets along the way. While you cannot get away with visiting La Binerie without trying their namesake beans (and we recommend dousing them with a hearty helping of molasses provided on the countertop), we also highly suggest the tourtière (meat pie), pork roast, and bread pudding. While you are at it, wash it all down with a bottle of bière d'épinette (spruce bear), we promise it really does taste like Christmas.

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