by Lulu Byrd
November 16, 2000
At Restaurant Rapido, one will be greeted by neon signs and enter a diner-like atmosphere. Usually a surly waitress with gaudily-painted, excessively long fingernails and a big bouffon hairdo will greet you in a thick Québécois accent and plop a menu down in front of you. I imagine many of you may not be amused; but I suspect some of you will see the earthy charm. The fare ultimately is your typical greasy spoon, with burgers/subs being standard. Their poutine (a Quebec concoction of fries, gravy and cheese curds) was voted by readers of Ici Montreal as one of the best in the city. Be warned that poutine is incredibly greasy; it took me years before I learned to like it (I occasionally even crave it)...even some Quebecois people never learn the joy of a good poutine.
Rapido is open 24 hours, which makes it a quite popular hangout amongst those who get the late-night munchies after partying until the wee hours of the morning on St. Denis Street.
From journal "Joie de Vivre in Montreal"