For 66 years -- since 1947 -- food trucks and carts were banned over sanitary concerns. When this was overturned in 2013 after extensive lobbying, the city launched a pilot project, issuing permits to a limited number of trucks who had to follow a prohibitive list of requirements, including the stipulation that they could only operate if they were associated with a restaurant in one of nine designated sections of the city. Since then, the culinary fleet has exploded, though many of the laws are just as stringent, and the city now has 30 food truck-friendly locations across 15 boroughs, from Hochelaga-Maisonneuve to Verdun, where Montrealers can be fed curbside.
But how can you find the truck you want when you're craving poutine, a pulled pork sandwich, or tacos? Pinpointing the location of culinary mobiles anywhere in the city is a modern endeavor, thanks to GPS tracking sites like Streetfood Quest and Pedro. However, food truck hunting still takes a bit of an animalistic stalking effort, which isn’t for everyone -- especially when you want to stuff your face with more than one type of cuisine.