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The Gallivanting Gourmand
Greg Duncan
Greg Duncan
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is a freelance writer based in the Montreal region. He is particularly keen about good food. In his day job, Greg is the executive director of the Quebec Community Newspapers Association.

His previous columns are archived HERE.

Posted 03.25.02
Montreal

GREG DUNCAN

Scores, on the West Island

What happens when you combine great rotisserie chicken, barbecue ribs and an all you can eat salad bar? Success…

Scores on the West Island is destined to become the bbq chicken house of choice according to this food critic.

Often overlooked, this outlet on St. Johns Boulevard deserves better recognition and dare I say may well become a Mecca for those who demand crispy, juicy and tender chicken at great prices.

My visit saw me sampling as many items as I could to safely comment on its offerings. I was impressed.

A bright cheery layout surrounds the center island, which is the salad bar. Fresh fruit glistens as a large variety of vegetables run one end to the other. They have a few items here that you do not usually see at other local salad bars. Kiwi, melon and apples cozy up to fava beans, pepperoncini, cottage cheese, and good greens. Nothing looked tired here and usual winter-woody tomatoes were delightfully tasty and fresh.

A couple of good soups and fresh bakery rolls make this salad bar a meal in itself if one chooses to partake of the unlimited servings. Actually, I find the chicken noodle soup to be one of the best around. My partner and I chose an appetizer of samplers. Wings, Mozzarella sticks, chicken tenders and onion rings. Three sauces for dipping allowed us a pleasurable finger food experience.

Did I mention the good beer on tap?

I was in a spring time frame of mind and chose a glass of chilled sangria while my dinner guest enjoyed a tall frosty glass of beer. Drink prices are good here. In fact, at the top end, a bottle of decent wine will set you back only twenty-five dollars. Most selections come in well under that. While this restaurant's specialty is chicken, I threw caution to the wind and ordered a charbroiled steak while my partner sampled the chicken and rib combo. It was a good choice. My strip loin (New York) was done to my liking and plentiful. The baby back ribs disappeared quickly between shared bites of succulent chicken. Not even the most diet conscious will be able to resist the crispy skin and I admit to having pulled some off my partner's plate while she wasn't looking. The oversized baked potato that came with my steak sat on the plate inviting me to indulge and I did, devouring sour cream, butter and all.

The desserts called our names as we ogled the tempting after dinner specialties. Chocolate explosion, a Mount Everest brownie and a toffee laden scorific sundae beckoned us. As is just, my partner ordered a raspberry explosion while I chose the chocolate version of the same. Cake, chocolate mousse, another layer of cheesecake and chocolate cookies with a topping of caramel fairly exploded in my mouth, sending me into a chocolate Shangri-La. Hugely satisfied, we promised to order some of this to go on the next visit.

And that's what's good about Scores. You can have it all to take out if you wish. Pickup and delivery is available but we enjoyed our dine- in experience. On this particular evening, light jazz tickled our ears as we happily ate. Trust me; get your chicken and ribs here.

Scores is located at3612, boulevard, Saint-Jean in Dollard-Des-Ormeaux. 514-626-6060.

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