VILLAGE — If you thought Montreal’s dick-shaped waffle moment was a pandemic distraction poised to fade into a distant memory (or at least destined to remain within the purview of bachelorette parties), Zizipop is here to make sure that isn’t the case. After launching a pop-up out of Old Montreal wine Bar Loam last spring and garnering lots of attention in the process, the unconventional sweet shop decided to open a storefront in the Plateau this past summer. Now they’ve deduced that just one spot for Zizipop’s chocolate-dipped and variously adorned penile snacks won’t cut it. Zizipop opened the doors to a second location, in the Village, on October 15, Narcity reports. This outlet brings a new creation that really drives the theme home: The over-the-top “hot d*ick” stuffs a sausage into their signature penis waffle for something akin to a waffle batter pogo.
Zizipop Village is open from 2 p.m. Tuesday to Sunday at 1471 St Catherine Street East.
CÔTE-DES-NEIGES — After drawing attention for its new Italian brasserie Blandino, the new Hilton Garden Inn on Décarie is now welcoming another exciting food option on-site: Pancho. Open as of today, the fresh new taqueria and tequila bar serves an array of traditional taco options (carnitas, baja, al pastor), plus a few creative spins — there are cheeseburger, BLT, and pastrami tacos. Otherwise, the menu, devised by Christopher Ranco (also at sibling restaurant Blandino), features esquites, ceviche, a wild mushroom quesadilla, blue crab tostada, and a pair of mole dishes. The terrazzo-clad space is the work of Atelier Zébulon Perron (also behind next door Blandino, Gentile Pizza Parlour, and Marcus).
Pancho is open from 6 p.m. to closing Thursday to Saturday at 6939 Décarie.
GARMENT DISTRICT — Chabanel Street workers have a new breakfast and lunch option in the area, which comes from the folks that run 10-year-old Little Italy restaurant Pastaga. Daytime brasserie Chabanelle opened October 11, initially just for takeout. They’re serving an eclectic mix, including what they are calling a “non-gendered croque” sandwich with mushrooms and cheddar, banh mi, poke bowls, and gravlax bagels. Once renovations are complete in the space, diners can eat indoors, with hours prolonged to host 5 à 7s. Further down the line, a pizza counter will also be incorporated. Read more here.
Chabanelle is open 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. at 315 Chabanel West.
DOWNTOWN — The founders of co-working space Anticafé, near Place-des-Arts, have opened up a homey new bistro in the same building. 5 Senses serves simple, unfussy foods, like soups, salads, paninis, smoothies, and scones, and promises to keep things affordable.
5 Senses is open at 292 rue St Catherine West.
POINTE-SAINT-CHARLES — A new café and grocery shop called Lovina has landed on the ground floor of a Saint-Patrick Street condo building. It serves Barista coffee, Sloane tea, and baked goods from L’Amour du Pain in a bright white space.
Lovina is open daily from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. at 2301 rue Saint-Patrick, Suite 7.