Laval is not as prominent as Montreal, and no one really disputes this. Laval has fewer people, and it offers a more distinctly small-town vibe with its family-centric entertainment. But just because Laval is considered a suburb of Montreal doesn’t mean you need to go to the big city when you want a place to watch a hockey game on TV with your friends. Some of the best restaurants in Laval are ideal for this type of gathering.
So how do you pick the right restaurant? Here are some factors to consider:
How Big’s the TV Screen?
Since this is the point of the evening for you and your friends, this is the first factor you need to consider. Do you need to come in early to get to the best seats in the house? Are there seats from which the TV screen can’t be seen at all? Or can you see the action from any seat in the restaurant? The TV should be large with a generous viewing angle, and the place should use an open concept so that nothing can obstruct the view of any customer.
What Food is Available?
Food to munch on is an integral part of watching the game. But the problem is that not everyone enjoys the same type of food. So there should be a lot of variety. You can’t go to a place that serves either pizzas or burgers—you need a place that serves both.
And to cover all the bases, you should go to a restaurant that also serves starters like cheese sticks and chicken wings, sides like fries and onion rings, poutine, soups, salads and vegetarian dishes, smoked and grilled meat, sandwiches, wraps, pasta, and the ever-popular dessert including various types of pies. And if you’re with kids there should be a special section on the menu just for them.
What we’re basically saying is that if it’s a common dish, then it should be available in the restaurant. But just because the dish is common doesn’t mean it should taste ordinary. The dishes should be tasty as possible, and for that you can always read reviews and get recommendations from friends.
What Can You Drink?
Obviously, for many adults who like to watch sports on TV, the beverage of choice is usually beer. But it would be nice if there was a generous option as to which beers are available. And there should be nice glasses and mugs for those who don’t particularly like to drink from the bottle.
But beer shouldn’t be the end of it. The best restaurants have a fully stocked bar, and that’s what you need to find as well when you’re looking a great place to watch the game. Some people like wine instead of beer, while others like to drink something a bit stronger every now and then.
Add a homey atmosphere and a wait staff that’s friendly and attentive, and you now have the makings of the perfect regular hangout for you and your buddies.