International in Little Italy, Mile End & Outremont

In a vintage chic dining room, Mile Enders feast on mussels with white wine and fries, pan-roasted trout, butter chicken and other unfussy but tasty bistro classics. For the price, it's hard to find a better meal in this city. Food aside, Sparrow serves up excellent cocktails, and the festive vibe continues until late into the night.

The Sunday roast and weekend brunch are also quite good (and the only times when reservations are accepted; call ahead).