Derek Dammann’s Maison Publique was the talk of the town in 2012
Photo by Dan Haber
These stories are among Cult MTL‘s editors’ favourites in the realm of food and drink.
David McMillan: on hipsters outside his restaurant
He came, he ate, he conquered. Joe Beef co-owner David McMillan is the OG hipster in a sea of ‘em outside his restaurant. In September, he waxed poetic about his collection of Swedish army bicycles, visiting Brooklyn’s hipster mecca and shooing away assholes playing hammered dulcimer by his door. Tracey Lindeman fashioned those ramblings into a sprawling piece on hipsterdom.
Blackstrap BBQ: smoking meats
The illustrious Joanna Fox has reviewed plenty of restaurants and profiled many members of the Montreal food scene for Cult MTL, but perhaps her saltiest and tastiest adventure yet was to Wellington, in Verdun, and into Blackstrap BBQ. The unassuming BBQ joint does it up Southern style, with esteemed pitmaster Dylan Kier smoking various animals for diners’ enjoyment.
Derek Dammann: Bringing back the tavern
When chef Derek Dammann shut down his much-loved DNA, a collective groan could be heard from local foodies. But they weren’t without Dammann’s cooking for long — with the help of celebrity chef and close friend Jamie Oliver, he was back this fall with Maison Publique, a throwback to the taverns of old. Joanna Fox interviewed him for Cult MTL before the restaurant’s grand opening.