I'm starting to consider joining Richard when he goes to Montreal in September and if I do I would like some help on where VC members think the best smoked meat, bbq chicken, chinese food etc., is served these days. We usually go to the same places every time we visit, but next time, whether September or a couple of years, I feel like a change and I now have all of you out there to help me enjoy some of your favourite restaurants. We'd also like to find a restaurant that serves great french cuisine...none of this nouvelle cuisine junk etc., great french country cooking. Our special place for anniversaries etc used to be Au Vieux St Gabriel in old Montreal, but if it's still there, I think they cater to the tourist trade these days. Does anyone know of any restaurant that serves great old fashioned desserts like Coconut Cream Pie and Tarte au Sucre? Now you see why I needed TOPS! Tempt me with your favourites and I'll keep a tally and see which restaurants win out...Thanking you all in advance...Diane...P.S. Do any of Verdun's great pastry shops still operate, like Smith-Mains or Leiths etc?