Monthly Archives: April 2012

grumman 78 stationary location grand opening in the faubourg!


attention all eaters, the truck has arrived, repeated, the truck has arrived!

previous to this location, access to grumman78’s special brand of taco-reimaginings was limited to either chance encounters or careful planning around their highly irregular schedule, consisting essentially of a mix of outdoor festival appearances, the occasional sporadic special event/party at their st-henri headquarters, and summer weekends at a location in the mile end from midnight-3am.

but the days of following a taco van around town are over.  or at least optional.

choosing the auspicious opening day of april 1st, 2012, grumman 78 has opening its “permanent” stationary location in what i would argue is the food heaven neighbourhood of montreal.  sometimes referred to as “chinatown west”, the area approximately west of crescent and east of atwater has a pretty ridiculous abundance of good eats, and from all types of ethnicities.  on top of this neighbourhood, their stall is located literally directly opposite the other legendary faubourg food court eatery, bangkok.


anyway fuck the background info, let’s look at the food.

banh-mi taco, $4


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this is actually what i ordered and ate last- an extra taco because i am a fat bastard.  this was their most popular taco last summer, and for good reason.  mmmm.

curry d’agneau taco, $7


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holy shit this was good.  and they did not skimp on the lamb.  definitely a hard time maintaining structural integrity with all the saucy goodness in there.  i should have included a hand for size estimation because the portion size is quite reasonable.

completely ludicrous water in a bag, free.


okay, so grumman serves their amazing fresh juice mixes in a bag, as a kind of novelty, and its neat and all, but somehow it is completely ridiculous when you’re in a food court and you’re getting water because your saving your hard-earned dollars for more tacos.  i suspect this water was wind-dried.

poulet frit, $4


to me this exemplifies everything right and everything wrong with the faubourg grumman.  this is a single deep-fried drumstick on a bed of potato salad.  for $4.  $4!!!

now, in the past, when i’ve indulged in grumman, it has been by following their facebook updates and making a special trip to a festival location, or it’s been due to a special occasion party that they were throwing at their headquarters in st-henri.  in short, these have been unique occasions where i’ve been making the trek out for unique food.  furthermore, when you’re at a festival and a shitty bbqed hotdog is $6 and an awesome premium taco is $4, it’s a no-brainer.  but a food court?  people are used to paying less than $10 for a food court meal.  and at the faubourg, we’ve got the mighty bangkok literally right across from them.  so will this type of pricing work in a food court?  we’re talking $20 to feel full here.  i’m not knocking grumman’s quality at all- i’m just concerned that they will not succeed in this setting.

so, back to the deepfried chicken drumstick.  wtf.  $4 for a tiny drumstick, wtf.

and then i took a bite of it.

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seriously the best fried chicken i have ever had in my life.  by that measurement, $4 is a small price to pay.

Grumman78 in the Faubourg

1616 Ste-Catherine Ouest, Montréal, QC

Mon – Fri: 11:30 am – 8:00 pm

Price range: $20ish

Overall restaurant rating:


update! (2012/09/26): according to the Grumman78 Facebook page, the faubourg grumman has closed down due to the well-documented cockroach problem at the faubourg.  although i am sure that was a factor, i also can’t help to wonder whether their business was doing well.  as i question above, food court patrons are used to pay sub-$10 for a food court meal and grumman was asking for people to pay around $20-25.  so there may have been other factors.  a food court like the Carrefour industrielle Alliance one under Simons and Cinéma Banque Scotia might have been a better fit, as they already have restaurants like fiore and momoyama in there that offer more expensive (and quality-commensurate) options.  on the plus side, grumman have opened their st-henri headquarters as a regular restaurant venue on wed, thurs, and friday nights.

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vero elotes

vero elotes!

a spicy and sour mexican candy, very reminiscent of chinese sour plum candy.  pictured here in front of the decapitated birthday piñata from whence it was birthed.  apparently highly unpopular with damned fool drunken revellers but to be fair it is an unusual taste.  definitely don’t go in with typical sweet candy expectations because that’s not what this is all about.  the lollipop is covered with a sour chili powder, but the interior is a typical sweet lollipop type of hard candy. it works- the contrast between the sweet interior and the lingering sour chili taste exterior are definitely unique.  and as you make your way through the hard candy, having totally run out of chili powder, just as you’re getting sick of boring old lollipop flavour, wha-bam:

awwwwwwwwwwwwww yeah, secret interior sour chili dust reserve!

your piñata head may or may not suffer a similarly gradual rate of defenestration.

awesome.  don’t believe the haters.



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50 grilled cheeses

spied in a friend’s apartment:

the holy bible of jadistan?  perhaps.

thankfully, jadistan is not some kind of backwater banana republic and their bible is conveniently available online:

kinda makes me want to host a grilled cheese competition/pot luck.  and if it were somehow possible, use melt shop as the control or wild card or whathaveyou.  hmmmm.



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vodka pickle

the name of the thing is vodka pickle.  the thing is pickle in vodka.  vodka.  pickle.  pickle.  vodka.  vodka pickle.

i think the discovery of the vodka pickle goes back to early 2008, when my friend jeremy and i were out for “just one beer” and a “quiet night” over at cheval blanc, a fine local brewpub.  ok actually in fairness the quotes here are really unnecessary as the point really (honestly!) was to have just one or two beers then hit the hay.  so we went to cheval blanc, we sat at the bar, we ordered a beers, and we conversed.  then we watched in rapt attention as a waitress sliced open a pickle, prepared shots of vodka, placed said pickle slices in the vodka shots, gathered them on a tray and delivered them to a table.  rapt attention?  and utter bewilderment.

photo by Hamza Kubba

upon her return to the bar, i got the waitress’ attention and asked just what the fuck it was she just served to that table over there.  she smirked, shrugged, and offered “vodka pickle?”  so yeah of course we ordered a pair of shots.  and they were not the last.  if i recall correctly (and i can’t), i think the night ended in debauchery.

*1st runner-up for this article’s intro phrase: hide your kids, hide your wife, hide your husband, cuz they’re vodka picklin’ everybody out here.

Vodka Pickle

available at Cheval Blanc and easily home-concocted.

809 rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC



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