The results of a poll by The Gazette on the top Montreal restaurants of 2013 are in. The English-language daily recently put two questions to readers:
1) Looking back on 2013, what was your favourite Montreal-area fine-dining restaurant?
2) What is your favourite Montreal-area casual-dining restaurant?
The open poll did not contain parameters or criteria to delineate between the fine and casual distinctions, which may or may not have led to this bizarre hodgepodge.
Gazette Readers' Top 5 Fine-Dining Restaurants of 2013
2) Les 400 Coups
3) Le Club Chasse et Pêche
4) Bâton Rouge
5) Burgundy Lion
Gazette Readers' Top 5 Casual-Dining Restaurants of 2013
1) Reuben's Deli
2) Bâton Rouge
3) Blackstrap BBQ
4) Bouillon Bilk
5) Deville Dinerbar
A quick scan of the poll results infers some comical takeaways. Namely that:
1) Burgundy Lion (a fine pub, without doubt) is a restaurant in the same category as Le Club Chasse et Pêche.
2) Bouillon Bilk and Reuben's belong in the same "casual" category.
3) Bâton Rouge is arguably the Gazette readership's favourite restaurant and is versatile enough to compete next to Les 400 Coups or Deville Dinerbar.
Indeed, on the face of it, the Imvescor Restaurant Group chain is the star of the newspaper's poll. For those unfamiliar with the company, have a gander at Imvescor's About Us:
Headquartered in Moncton, New Brunswick, Imvescor Restaurant Group owns franchised and corporate stores throughout Canada, under four brands: Pizza Delight® operates primarily in Atlantic Canada, where it dominates the family/mid-scale segment. Mikes® and Scores® restaurants operate primarily in Quebec in the family and casual dining segments and the take-out and delivery segments. Bâton Rouge® operates in Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and Nova Scotia in the casual dining segment.
Imvescor's Bâton Rouge brand leader was unavailable for comment on the restaurant's big win.