Richard DeShantz is the chef-owner of three (soon to be four) Pittsburgh restaurants: Meat & Potatoes, Butcher and the Rye and täkō. Along with a few other young chefs, he's helped revive Pittsburgh's restaurant scene and turn his hometown into a legitimate dining destination.
My buddy Chuck Hughes was in Pittsburgh to film his TV show, Chuck’s Eat the Street, for the Cooking Channel. He told me that I should come out to Montreal. I had never been before and wanted to explore the food scene there. Since it’s pretty close to Pittsburgh, I decided to take him up on the offer. I did a lot of research before my trip and was also inspired by Anthony Bourdain and the places he had been to. I have the Au Pied de Cochon book by Bourdain and Martin Picard. I knew that had to be on my list, since it's known for its rustic comfort food and that’s the food I love to cook. Walking is one of my favorite ways of getting around a new city. And walking in Old Montreal is like taking a step back in time. Cobblestone roads are lined with shops, restaurants, cafes and bars.
WHERE TO EAT
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