No. 19: Liverpool House
2501 NOTRE DAME STREET WEST, MONTREAL, QUEBEC
The famous dinner happened almost two years ago, but Liverpool House is still known as the place where Barack Obama went to eat with Justin Trudeau when he was visiting Montreal.
This is where Obama ate Quebec asparagus because it was in season, as well as the restaurant’s classic lobster spaghetti. Squeezed in between the internationally famous Joe Beef and the hip Le Vin Papillon on Notre Dame West, Liverpool House is meant to be a neighbourhood spot where locals can dine without competing with tourists for last-minute reservations. The main draw is the oyster bar, which has a superb selection of mostly Canadian shellfish. But all the ingredients are top-quality, seasonal and as local as possible. The neighbouring Joe Beef and Le Vin Papillon gardens supply this kitchen too, which means fresh vegetables and herbs. In fact, the only real differences between Liverpool House and Joe Beef are the greater simplicity of its dishes and the lower price points.