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10 Extreme Odes to Meat in Montreal

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As we close in on the finish line to this, The Five Days of Meat, we give you this top ten of "extreme" Montreal meat.

These restaurants come at the admittedly tricky term in different ways - from gigantic portions to a particular type of off-cut to absurd riffs. Pile on in the comments as you see fit.


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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

The Entire Menu at Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon

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Regardless of the season - maple or apple - customers stumble from Martin Picard's backwoods sanctum of larded, porcine excess like force-fed geese. [Rontreal.com]

Lambs' Testicles at Le St-Urbain

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Chef Marc-André Royal takes lambs' gonads and poaches, slices, and fries them. "Fucking good with lemon!"

The Lambs' Brains Sandwich at Abu Elias

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This halal shop cranks out the likes of kibbe nayyeh and sujuk sausages but butcher Bilal Mustapha works magic with off-cuts and offal: heart, liver and, in this notable case, lambs' brains.

The Menu at Maison Publique

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Derek Dammann will take kindly to the odd vegan at his restaurant (your editor was witness to one such act of benevolence) but the menu at Maison Publique, in part, is a love letter to charc, big boy cuts, and the versatility of offal. (As we write this, the kitchen is at work on lamb shoulders for four and a crown roast of pork.) That ethos will take on a new spin when wild game hits the menu this fall. [Photo: meatball-stuffed pigs' foot at Maison Publique]

The 3 Amigos at La Banquise

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Poutine was once a simple three-ingredient affair and the likes of a Galvaude was borderline lunacy. Now if you sell the bellwether dish of la belle province you need to go Baskin-Robbins-style with your menu and throw the kitchen sink under all that gravy. We have hit total poutine anarchy, in other words. The 3 Amigos at La Banquise is a stupid mess of hot dogs, beef and pork sausage and merguez (hence "amigos", we assume). [Photo: T + E]

The Double Cheeseburger with Quadruple Bacon from Uniburger

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There is a double cheeseburger under all that bacon, we swear. This is a bespoke item at Uniburger, granted, but one the joint serves up regularly, we are told.

The Foie Gras Burger at M:BRGR

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The foie gras burger at M:BRGR combines Wagyu, truffle carpaccio, truffle aioli and slices of fatty liver. All for $39. More if you add bacon, of course. [Photo: Yelp]

The Champion at Moonshine BBQ

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The Champion plate at this barbecue pusher includes lumberjack portions of four meats and four sides. As much a carb-fest as a flesh-fest, and all for a cool $58.

The Foie Gras Double Down at Joe Beef

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In 2012 Food & Wine wrote "Leave Joe Beef in Peace, Stop Ordering the Double Down." This lark of a dish has become Dave McMillan's and Fred Morin's curse, in some respects (even more so for the cooks who have to prepare it service after service). It famously involves, in the words of Kate Krader, "a supersize bacon-and-cheese sandwich topped with chicken-skin mayonnaise and sandwiched between deep-fried foie gras cakes." She forgot the maple. [Photo: Aaron Arizpe]

Le Gros at Blackstrap BBQ

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This Herculean order from the Verdun barbecue joint par excellence includes half a chicken, ribs, brisket, pulled pork, beans, greens, deep-fried mac 'n' cheese balls, coleslaw and fries for $38. [Photo: Urbanspoon]

The Entire Menu at Cabane à Sucre Au Pied de Cochon

Regardless of the season - maple or apple - customers stumble from Martin Picard's backwoods sanctum of larded, porcine excess like force-fed geese. [Rontreal.com]

Lambs' Testicles at Le St-Urbain

Chef Marc-André Royal takes lambs' gonads and poaches, slices, and fries them. "Fucking good with lemon!"

The Lambs' Brains Sandwich at Abu Elias

This halal shop cranks out the likes of kibbe nayyeh and sujuk sausages but butcher Bilal Mustapha works magic with off-cuts and offal: heart, liver and, in this notable case, lambs' brains.

The Menu at Maison Publique

Derek Dammann will take kindly to the odd vegan at his restaurant (your editor was witness to one such act of benevolence) but the menu at Maison Publique, in part, is a love letter to charc, big boy cuts, and the versatility of offal. (As we write this, the kitchen is at work on lamb shoulders for four and a crown roast of pork.) That ethos will take on a new spin when wild game hits the menu this fall. [Photo: meatball-stuffed pigs' foot at Maison Publique]

The 3 Amigos at La Banquise

Poutine was once a simple three-ingredient affair and the likes of a Galvaude was borderline lunacy. Now if you sell the bellwether dish of la belle province you need to go Baskin-Robbins-style with your menu and throw the kitchen sink under all that gravy. We have hit total poutine anarchy, in other words. The 3 Amigos at La Banquise is a stupid mess of hot dogs, beef and pork sausage and merguez (hence "amigos", we assume). [Photo: T + E]

The Double Cheeseburger with Quadruple Bacon from Uniburger

There is a double cheeseburger under all that bacon, we swear. This is a bespoke item at Uniburger, granted, but one the joint serves up regularly, we are told.

The Foie Gras Burger at M:BRGR

The foie gras burger at M:BRGR combines Wagyu, truffle carpaccio, truffle aioli and slices of fatty liver. All for $39. More if you add bacon, of course. [Photo: Yelp]

The Champion at Moonshine BBQ

The Champion plate at this barbecue pusher includes lumberjack portions of four meats and four sides. As much a carb-fest as a flesh-fest, and all for a cool $58.

The Foie Gras Double Down at Joe Beef

In 2012 Food & Wine wrote "Leave Joe Beef in Peace, Stop Ordering the Double Down." This lark of a dish has become Dave McMillan's and Fred Morin's curse, in some respects (even more so for the cooks who have to prepare it service after service). It famously involves, in the words of Kate Krader, "a supersize bacon-and-cheese sandwich topped with chicken-skin mayonnaise and sandwiched between deep-fried foie gras cakes." She forgot the maple. [Photo: Aaron Arizpe]

Le Gros at Blackstrap BBQ

This Herculean order from the Verdun barbecue joint par excellence includes half a chicken, ribs, brisket, pulled pork, beans, greens, deep-fried mac 'n' cheese balls, coleslaw and fries for $38. [Photo: Urbanspoon]

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