Food & Drink

50 Foods You Need to Eat in Montreal Before You Die

Published On 09/23/2015 Published On 09/23/2015

Montreal If you spent every week of your life ticking one of these items off your list, you’d be through the best that Montreal has to offer in just under a year... but what a year it would be. From crispy Southern fried chicken, to crepes, to poutines, to smoked meat, these are the things you need to cross off your dining bucket list before you leave the city/Earth. More Stuff You Will Like

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1. Strawberry macarons

Chez L’Épicier (address and info)   Old Montreal The menu at Chez L’Épicier may change regularly, but the strawberry macarons at this ultra-local high-end restaurant are always available on the basis of popular demand. Continue Reading

Beauty's Luncheonette

2. Brunch

Beautys Luncheonette (address and info)   The Plateau It’s hard to describe what a joy it is to dig into a fluffy Western omelet, fill your mouth with a breakfast bagel, and take a bite out of gooey French toast when you know it’s been virtually unchanged for decades. Montreal is a city that loves tradition, and Beautys Luncheonette is about as traditional as they come.

Courtesy of La Diperie

3. La Diperie special

La Diperie (address and info)   The Plateau A soft-serve vanilla ice cream dipped into warm chocolate, rolled in almonds and then drizzled with caramel. Need I say more?

Courtesy of La Bilboquet

4. Mango coconut sorbet

Le Bilboquet (address and info)   Notre-Dame-de-Grâce Though there’s not an ounce of dairy in this ice cream, the delicate flavour of La Bilboquet’s mango coconut sorbet will make you forget lesser flavours like salted caramel and chocolate.

5. Orange julep

Gibeau Orange Julep (address and info)   Notre-Dame-de-Grâce The drink that kick-started Hermas Gibeau’s empire can best be described as a cross between a milkshake and an Orange Crush... and that’s being kind. But it’s also as full of contradictions as our city, and we love every sip of it.

Moishes Steakhouse

6. Steak + creamy coleslaw

Moishes Steakhouse (address and info)   The Plateau There’s a reason Moishes has maintained a loyal following for 75 years, and that reason is steak. Dining here is like a trip into a 1950s-era movie, and we wouldn’t change a thing.

7. Salmon Christmas tree

Saint Sushi Bar (address and info)   The Plateau The taste of the salmon Christmas tree at Saint Sushi is unlike anything you’ve ever tasted, and the presentation is as original as the name. But we’re not going to spoil it for you: you must taste this deliciousness to truly understand it.

Mike Boutin/Dic Ann's

8. Hi Boy burger

Dic Ann’s (address and info)   Various locations Founded in 1954, Dic Ann’s gained notoriety for its thin hamburgers, thin patties, and delicious hot sauce. It’s now a family hangout, or just a place to get a cheap burger that is truly Quebecois.

9. The Dragon Bowl

Aux Vivres (address and info)   The Main A bowl of freshness loaded with veggies, delicious fried tofu, and the best sauce you’ll ever have. Plus, you need something light after all the smoked meat.

Hof Kelsten

10. Chocolate babka

Hof Kelsten (address and info)   Saint Laurent You can’t go wrong with the chocolate babka at Hof Kelsten. It’s got so much chocolate it’s basically bordering on sinful, and once it goes stale, it will make all of your French toast dreams come true.

11. Deer heart gravlax

Restaurant Manitoba (address and info)   Little Italy Thought it only opened in 2014, Restaurant Manitoba has taken the city by storm with its ever-changing menu of foraged flora and fauna and unapologetically hipster vibe. Deer heart gravlax remains the dish that made the restaurant, and we urge you to get over your squeamishness and give it a try.

12. Black & white cookie

Boulangerie Cheskie (address and info)   Outremont Is the black & white cookie at Cheskie’s a classic sugar cookie with a rich chocolate/vanilla glaze, or is it a reminder of the dual nature of everything around us? When it tastes so good, I’m not sure it even matters. Prepare for a sugar coma.

La Cornetteria

13. Ricotta cornetto

La Cornetteria (address and info)   Little Italy Filled with gently sweetened ricotta cream, the Italian version of a croissant is worth every squirt of filling you’ll get on your clothes... and you’re going to get plenty.

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14. Pho tai nam gam

Pho Lien (address and info)   Côte-des-Neiges A rich flavoured broth that is as herbaceous as it is meaty, thinly shaved slices of beef and handfuls of fresh herbs and onion make the pho bowl at Pho Lien worth the trek to Côte-des-Neiges. Just don’t blame us if you get addicted.

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15. Bagel with lox and cream cheese

St-Viateur Bagel & Café (address and info)   Côte-des-Neiges/The Plateau For the perfect creamy and salty combo, you need a bagel with lox and a schmear of cream cheese in your life. You can go to the original St-Viateur Bagel bakery and get your bagel, then buy your lox separately and make the combo at home, or you can go to one of its cafés on Monkland or Mont Royal and get the whole shebang. Your choice.

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16. Sesame bagel

Fairmount Bagel (address and info)   Mile End I can’t very well send you to St-Viateur without instructing you to also try the other famous Montreal bagel, Fairmount. Just like in the classic stories of good vs. evil, you can’t have one without the other... and you can’t have Montreal without the ever-present rivalry of its two longest-standing bagel factories.

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17. Onigiri

Café Le Falco (address and info)   Mile End At $1.95 a pop, the onigiri rice balls at Falco get you a ticket to one of the most beautiful lunch spots in Montreal.


18. Hot dog

Montreal Pool Room (address and info)   The Main One of the only independent places in Montreal that serves real Montreal-style hot dogs. These dogs are smaller in size, cheaper, and the bun is top-loading -- all the better to stuff it with coleslaw.

19. Poutine gratinée

Fameux Viande Fumee et Charcuterie (address and info)   The Plateau Montrealers will get into bloody fights over which restaurant/food truck/country joint serves the best poutine, and I will defend my choice of the poutine gratinée at Fameux Viande Fumee et Charcuterie to the death. Cheesy, generous, and slicked in the best gravy this side of the St. Lawrence, it’s impossible to resist this messy dish -- so you may as well not even try.

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20. Cappuccino

Caffe San Simeon (address and info)   Little Italy Caffe San Simeon does one thing, and one thing only: coffee. But it does it extremely well. If you’re going to get one cup in Montreal, it needs to be from San Simeon, one of the most popular cafés in Montreal’s Little Italy.

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21. Lobster pasta

Joe Beef (address and info)   Little Burgundy There are few things more comforting than a big bowl of pasta; but when that pasta is topped with massive pieces of lobster, the comfort becomes of a totally different kind: knowing you can afford this kind of a splurge.

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22. Duck in a can

Au Pied de Cochon (address and info)   The Plateau Au Pied de Cochon’s duck in a can breaks all the rules by serving you canned food at a five-star restaurant. But you arguably can’t understand Montreal until you taste the food of the city’s favourite enfant terrible, Chef Martin Picard.


23. Vegan pulled pork sandwich

Depanneur Le Pick Up (address and info)   Mile-Ex Dripping with BBQ sauce and studded with pickles and zesty coleslaw, this hefty vegan sandwich will fool any meat eater.

Shakila Rahimi/Khyber Pass Restaurant

24. Korma chalaw

Khyber Pass Cuisine Afghane (address and info)   The Plateau Montreal isn’t just the city of poutine and smoked meat; it’s also the city of countless immigrants and their various traditions. The lamb korma chalaw at Khyber Pass embodies the feeling of Afghanistan that you can only get from food prepared lovingly by its people... and then interwoven into the fabric of Montreal.

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25. Huevos rancheros

Bagel Etc (address and info)   The Main In a city where brunch is the most important meal of the day, Bagel Etc still maintains a stronghold on people’s dreams. Maybe it’s because Leonard Cohen still comes here when he’s in the city. Maybe it’s because it feels like home. Or maybe, it’s just because the huevos rancheros, eggs Benedict topped with all the typical Mexican fixings, are so damn good.

26. Matcha green tea ice cream

Kem CoBa (address and info)   Mile End For an ice cream that is a bit off the beaten track, go to Kem CoBa, which translates as “third auntie’s ice cream,” and order the matcha green tea flavour. I promise, it will taste nothing like your auntie’s.


27. Grillades

Romados (address and info)   The Plateau Nobody likes Portuguese chicken as much as Montrealers, and nowhere does it taste better than at Romados. A bite into the crackling skin reveals a juicy, white centre that smells as good as it tastes... and it goes beautifully with a cold local beer.


28. A burger + fries

Patati Patata (address and info)   The Main Sitting on a rickety stool by the window in this cheap Montreal mainstay is a rite of passage, almost as much as drinking a bottle of red in the park across the street. Go for the burger and fries -- they’ll taste even better once you see the bill.

29. Grilled ox heart, stuffed red peppers, and polenta

Lawrence (address and info)   The Main In the few years since it opened, Lawrence has shot to the top of Montreal’s restaurant food chain due to its innovative and daring spirit -- and its willingness to embrace blood, guts, and tripe. Its grilled ox heart is the ultimate revelation, mainly because it manages to taste like your grandmother’s stew, while still making you feel bold.

Patisserie Phubarbe

30. Crepe soufflé

Pâtisserie Rhubarbe (address and info)   The Plateau Though you could spend hours drooling at Pâtisserie Rhubarbe, we recommend you go straight for the prize: a soufflé that has fallen so low in the middle that it’s got room for dozens of perfectly ripe berries, fruit compote, and a generous portion of house ricotta.

Dinette Triple Crown

31. Southern fried chicken

Dinette Triple Crown (address and info)   Mile-Ex With its perfectly crispy fried chicken that was made for pairing with sweet potatoes, Dinette Triple Crown brings true Southern food and hospitality to the cold Northern reaches of Quebec.

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32. 48-hour pork

Kazu (address and info)   Shaughnessy Village It’s hard to pick just one dish you need to eat at Kazu. Between the tuna & salmon salad rice bowl, the lunch-only ramen, and the Sunday special homemade tofu, you have your choices between surf, turf, and everything in between. But if you’re looking for one of the most unique dishes in Montreal, try the 48-hour pork. You can taste the care in each mouthful.


33. Cannoli

Boulangerie Roma (address and info)   Little Italy The lines outside the door here are a clear indication that you’ve come to the right place. For a cannoli that truly shatters in your mouth upon first bite, revealing a soft centre filled with fragrant ricotta cream, go no further than Boulangerie Roma.

Villa du Souvlaki

34. Chicken souvlaki with potatoes

Villa du Souvlaki (address and info)   Notre-Dame-de-Grâce The world’s best grilled souvlaki just may await you among the nondescript walls of Villa de Souvlaki in NDG. Get it with a side order of a big Greek salad and some truly unique potatoes.

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35. Sausage sandwich

One of the delis on St. Laurent
The Main
It’s impossible to walk down St. Laurent without being tempted by the smells and sights of the many European markets, hawking their wares to anyone in sight. But when they cost under $5 and taste like a dream, why should you? Treat yourself to some fat-fried fries while you’re at it.


36. Pizza margherita

Pizzeria Napoletana (address and info)   Little Italy Mozzarella, thin dough that crackles as you bite into the burnt spots, and a delicious, pure tomato sauce make this simple dish a standout.

37. Salmon gravlax

Le Sain Bol (address and info)   The Plateau Le Sain Bol hasn’t been around as long as some of the heavy hitters on this list; however, the care that Chef Frédéric Houtin takes with his ingredients and preparation makes every dish here a memorable standout. For the ultimate in freshness, go with the salmon gravlax.

Mamie Clafoutis

38. La tropézienne

Mamie Clafoutis (address and info)   Various locations Imagine a cake-sized puffy, yeasted almond croissant that’s filled with cream, and you’ll get the tropézienne at Mamie Clafoutis. Only it tastes even better.


39. Kouign amann

Pâtisserie Kouign Amann (address and info)   The Plateau When you take the world’s flakiest buttery pastry, fold it upon itself into layers, and bake the whole thing into a pie, you get the Breton treasure that is kouign amann. Go to the source for the best version in Montreal.

Fous Desserts

40. Croissant

Fous Desserts (address and info)   The Plateau The perfect croissant from Fous Desserts is a work of beauty: a rich golden colour, an unbelievably flakey crust, and layers of subtle buttery flavours all joined together to create an exquisite bite that produces more crumbs than you ever thought possible.


41. Smoked meat sandwich

Schwartz’s (address and info)   The Main Whether you love the line or think it’s overrated, you simply can’t leave Montreal without trying Schwartz’s legendary smoked meat sandwich. It’s peppery, mustardy, and everything you’ve ever wanted -- with a side of cherry cola.


42. Gnocchi or gnudi

Bottega Pizzeria (address and info)   Little Italy In case you haven’t figured it out yet, Montreal has a proud and vibrant Italian community... and if there’s anything they love to do, it’s eat. Try the pillowy gnocchi or gnudi at Bottega Pizzeria, and discover a world beyond pizza and spaghetti.

Les Givres

43. Pistachio ice cream dipped in chocolate

Les Givrés (address and info)   The Plateau Though it’s available in select Montreal grocery stores, there is still something special about going to the source and eating Les Givrés ice cream in the boutique it started from... and that something special is the opportunity to dip your pistachio ice cream into melted hot chocolate.

Le Cochon

44. Porchetta sandwich

Le Cochon Caché (address and info)   Villeray As you can deduce from its name, Le Cochon Caché knows pork. Come here for one of the best sandwiches in the city, an unforgettable porchetta on panini bread with herbaceous green sauce.

45. Vegan Brando burrito 

Velo Burrito (address and info)   La Petite Patrie Velo Burrito is like that friend that always bails you out in a time of need. As such, it is best ordered at 9:30pm, when all other dinner plans have failed. But this is no testament to the quality of the great Brando burrito, delivered to your door through the green power of bikes, which bursts at the seams with smoky chipotle tofu, refried beans, and pico de gallo. Get it vegan, and feel even better about your ecological footprint.


46. Pork & pineapple tacos

El Rey del Taco (address and info)   Mile-Ex Filled with succulent pork and fresh, bright pineapple, the tacos at El Rey del Taco are worth their weight in gold. They’ll also make a nice reward after a few hours of shopping at nearby Marche Jean-Talon, another Montreal foodie landmark.


47. Vegetarian appetizer platter

Alep (address and info)   Mile-Ex Though the sausages and lamb pitas at Petit Alep are to die for, the true connoisseurs know to always order the vegetarian appetizer platter for a starter. Overflowing with hummus, baba ghanoush, stuffed grape vine leaves, and a spicy mouhamara salad, this platter is guaranteed to blow you away. But be warned: this plate is only for sharing!

48. The special

Wilensky’s (address and info)   Mile End The Wilensky special is a salami and bologna sandwich on rye bread, with mustard, grilled on the same sandwich maker owner Moe Wilensky bought when he opened the place in 1932. Because you don’t mess with tradition.


49. Chicken karahi

786 Halal (address and info)   Parc-Ex For the best in Pakistani cuisine, 786 Halal's got you covered. Try any flavour of chicken karahi, the restaurant’s flagship dish of chicken on the bone, simmered in a deeply spiced and fragrant tomato sauce. It’s finger-lickin’ good.

50. Fried zucchini & eggplant

Tripolis (address and info)   Parc-Ex People come to Tripolis for the grilled octopus and spanakopita, but they keep coming back for the fried zucchini and eggplant slices -- perfectly seasoned, crispy on the outside and silky on the inside, and with plenty of fresh tzatziki sauce for dipping.
Sign up here for our daily Montreal email and be the first to get all the food/drink/fun in the City of Saints. Ksenia Prints is a Montreal-based freelance writer, photographer, and chef. Follow her delicious goings-on at The Immigrant's Table.

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1. Chez L'epicier 311 Rue Saint-Paul Est, Montreal, H2Y 1H3

The menu at Chez L’Epicier may change regularly, but the strawberry macaroons at this ultra-local high-end restaurant are always available on the basis of popular demand. A tasting menu and creatively presented seasonal dishes are also offered.

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2. Beautys Luncheonette 93 Ave. du Mont-Royal Ouest, Montreal, H2T 2S5

Montreal is a city that loves tradition, and Beautys Luncheonette is about as traditional as they come. Set in a retro 1940s space, Beautys is perfect for indulgent breakfasts and brunches, or just a smoothie in one of their old-school booths.

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3. La Diperie 68, Avenue des Pins, Montreal, H2W 1N5

La Diperie rethinks the modern ice cream cone with more than 20 dips and endless topping-Belgian chocolate combinations. Think a soft-serve vanilla ice cream, dipped into warm chocolate, rolled in almonds and then drizzled with caramel. Need we say more?

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4. Gibeau Orange Julep 7700 boul. Décarie, Montréal, H4P 2H4

You'll know this hot dog joint when you see it. It's located inside a GIANT ORANGE. They do classic steamed hot dogs served with coleslaw, onions, mustard, and relish.

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5. Moishes 3961 boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, H2W 1Y4

Moishes Steakhouse was founded in 1938 by Moishe Lighter, a Romanian immigrant. The restaurant-- a hybrid Jewish deli and steak house-- remains a fixture of "The Main" neighborhood of Montreal today with its famous charcoal-broiled bone-in filet mignon, among other meaty offerings.

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6. Saint Sushi Bar 424 Duluth Est, Montreal, H2L 1A3 (Plateau)

This Plateau fish spot rolls out a myriad of festive and delicious rolls and other Japanese fare, including a roll made with spicy mayo, tempura, avocado, cucumber and Boston lettuce named after Tupac. Seriously.

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7. Aux Vivres 4631 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, H2T 1R2 (Mile End)

Even the most meaty of meatatarians have to admit that this vegan resto's meat substitutions can taste better than the real thing, and that's why this makes for one of the best-kept secrets in the city.

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8. Hof Kelsten 4524, Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, H2T 1R4 (Plateau)

Whether you’re looking for a sweet ending to your day, a grand dessert to bring to your friend’s party, or just a sinful breakfast, you can’t go wrong with this Plateau bakery.

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9. Restaurant Manitoba 271 Saint-Zotique O., Montreal, H2V 1A4 (Parc Ex)

If you're looking for fine dining in the Park-Ex area, look no further than Restaurant Manitoba, which has an ever-changing menu loaded with rustic wild game options that often include heart and tongue.

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10. Boulangerie Cheskie 359 Rue Bernard O, Montreal, H2V 1T6 (Outremont)

Prepare for a taste of the Old World at Boulangerie Cheskie. There is nothing sexy or modern about this little bakery, but don’t be fooled by the rickety exterior; the rugelach here is the Jewish take on the chocolate croissant, and there is nothing simple about the interwoven layers of pastry and sweet cocoa and sugar mixture that make up this delicious treat. Stopping at one is impossible, so don’t even try -- and grab a black & white cookie to go.

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11. La Cornetteria 6528, Blvd Saint-Laurent, Montreal, H2S 3C6 (Petite Italie)

La Cornetteria is one of the many spots to have jumped on the Cronut bandwagon. And to its credit, it does that hybrid pastry well. But when in Rome (Little Italy), do as the Romans do. The cannoli is this bakery's shining star. But be warned: snacking will be messy. This heavenly cream-filled cone will break on first bite, and you will be licking the crumbs off the table.

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12. Pho Lien 5703-B Chemin De la Côte-des-Neiges, Montreal, H3S

At Pho Lien, you can choose from about 10 beef phos made with brisket, tendon, tripe, and other yummy cow parts. What appetizer should you get with your pho? Order either the papaya beef salad, or the spring rolls.

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13. St-Viateur Bagel & Café Monkland 5629 Ave de Monkland, Montreal, H4A 1E2

This, the Monkland outpost of St-Viateur, doles out all the tasty carbs and breakfast items as the other locations. But don't overlook the lunch options, which range from quality sammies to salads and more.

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14. Fairmount Bagel 74 Ave. Fairmount Ouest, Montréal, H2T 2M2 (Mile End)

Welcome to the best (and first!) bagel bakery in Montreal (just don't say that in front of nearby St. Viateur Bagel): open since 1919, Mile End's Fairmount has seduced locals and tourists with its slightly sweet, wood-fired bagels. When you enter, you see bakers sliding the hot dough discs out of the oven with a wooden slat, adding a visual to the fresh-baked smell that fills the place. Sesame and poppy seed are the local favorites, but those craving a bit more umph should go for the "all dressed," a close approximation to an everything bagel, rolled in coarse salt, garlic, caraway, and onion.

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15. Café Falco 5605 ave. De Gaspé, Montreal, H2T 2A4 (Mile End)

With immaculate design, Japanese coffee siphons, and a unique, understated aesthetic in food, Café Falco is a great place to come work and eat, even if you aren’t flush with cash.

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16. Montreal Pool Room 1217 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2X 2S6

This greasy spoon has been around since 1912 (!), and since then, it's been a prime spot for steamés, greasy poutine, and spruce beer.

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17. Fameux Viande Fumée et Charcuterie 4500 rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, H2J 2L3

This place is simple, but tasty, and you won't find better burgers or pizza for the price around town.

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18. Caffe San Simeon 39 rue Dante, Montreal, H2S 1J6

For authentic, Italian-style coffee, head to Caffe San Simeon, which has been serving espressos, lattes, and cappuccinos since 1996. Pair your caffeine with a selection of tarts, cannoli, and Nutella cookies, and you're basically in Italy.

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19. Joe Beef 2491 rue Notre-Dame O, Montreal, H3J 1N6

An ode to Charles "Joe-Beef" McKiernan, a 19th century innkeeper and Montreal working-class hero, this resto serves up Quebecois classics like sausages, hot smoked salmon, and 18oz steaks (dubbed the "Monsieur's portion" on the menu) in the heart of Little Burgundy.

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20. Au Pied de Cochon 536 Ave Duluth Est, Montréal, H2L 1A9

Dining at “the foot of the pig” ("Au pied de cochon") is a Montréal must, as Chef Martin Picard has created a temple for all things meaty, decadent, and over-the-top (read: poutine topped with foie gras!). While ultra-luxe ingredients like red wine chutney and pig's trotters are a common theme here, their application to low-brow foods is what sets this bustling restaurant apart. The price tag might not match the casual atmosphere, but exaggerated indulgences like pan seared foie gras with goat cheese and raspberries on a brioche will blind you to dollar signs.

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21. Depanneur Le Pick Up 7032 Rue Waverly, Montréal, H2S 3J2

Le Pick Up is a quiet spot to sit and enjoy everything from their amazing sandwiches made with their massive "pulled porc" (which comes in regular and vegetarian) to their haloum grillé.

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22. Khyber Pass Cuisine Afghane 506 Avenue Duluth E, Montreal , H2L 1A7

If you'd like an introduction to Afghani food, head here for the herb-spiced lamb dishes. The lamb korma chalaw at Khyber Pass embodies the feeling of Afghanistan that you can only get from food prepared lovingly by its people…and then interwoven into the fabric of Montreal. Oh, and it's BYOW (Bring Your Own Wine). Win.

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23. Bagel Etc. 4320 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2W 1Z3

Bagel Etc. is a diner/cafe that's known for its brunch specials, and the bagels are all hand-rolled, Montreal-style. Grab a seat and admire the funky decor while you dig into your meal.

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24. Kem CoBa 60 Fairmount Ouest, Montreal, H2T 2M2

Kem CoBo is a colorful, counter-serve joint known for their creative sorbet, ice cream, and soft serve. Popular flavors include salted butter, durian, New York cheesecake, and raspberry and dark chocolate swirl.

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25. Romados 115 Rue Rachel Est, Montréal, H2W 1C8

This Portuguese resto serves up fantastic BBQ, especially their rotisserie chicken and by extension, their off-menu chicken sandwich made from said rotisserie chicken.

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26. Patati Patata 4177, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H1W 2Y7

This joint not only has a list of mouth-watering burgers (including their Mediterranean Burger with feta, red onion, tomato, lettuce, and a tzatziki-inspired sauce), they also do supremely tasty fries for the perfect combo.

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27. Lawrence 5201 Boul St-Laurent, Montreal , H2T 2L9

This casual restaurant located in the heart of Mile-End serves refined British cuisine such as braised oxtail, pigs feet, and kedgeree (curry with fish, rice, and eggs), along with sweet breakfast pastries.

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28. Patisserie Rhubarbe 5091, rue de Lanaudière, Montreal, H2J 3P9

This quaint pastry shop is a sweet tooth's dream, offering house made popsicles, candy bars, spreads, tarts, and a rotating brunch menu.

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29. Dinette Triple Crown 6704 rue Clark, Montreal, H2S 3E9 (Mile End)

Authentic southern food is hard to find in Montreal, but Dinette Triple Crown does it well. They serve the staples, like fried chicken and coleslaw.

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30. Kazu 1862 rue Ste-Catherine O, Montreal, H3H 1M1

Regardless of the small size of its location, Kazu has become known for its delicious food. Menu highlights include housemade tofu, a shrimp burger, and 48-hour pork with onions and rice.

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31. Boulangerie Roma 6776 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, H2S 3C7

With Sicilian-style cannoli, puffy pastries, pizza, sandwiches, and classic Maraschino cherry cookies, Boulangerie Roma is a Little Italy favorite.

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32. Villa du Souvlaki 5347 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montreal, H4A 1V2 (Notre Dames Des Graces)

This place has great lunch prices and even better Greek food. You are going to want to try the Chicken souvlaki with potatoes.

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33. Pizzeria Napoletana 189 rue Dante, Montreal, H2S 1K1

This place might have the best pizza in all of Montreal, plating 41 different pizzas and 34 different pastas in Little Italy since 1948.

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34. Le Sain Bol 5095 rue Fabre, Montreal, H2J 3W3

Le Sain Bol—"The Healthy Bowl"—is a small, cash-only restaurant that boasts organic, locally-sourced ingredients and a menu that caters to all dietary restrictions: vegan, vegetarian and gluten and lactose free.

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35. Mamie Clafoutis 3660 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, H2X 3L7

This small, Montreal-based chain resembles a living room so guests can enjoy homemade pastries and treats in a relaxed, cozy setting.

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36. Pâtisserie Au Kouign Amann 322, Ave du Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, H2T 1P7 (Plateau)

When you walk into Pâtisserie Au Kouign Amann, you need to focus. Don't get distracted by the quiche (it's delicious). Do not divert your path towards the croissants (they're transformative). Head right to the pizza-sized Kouign Amann, which translates literally into, "butter cake." If the words, "butter cake" aren't selling you, we think you're in the wrong place.

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37. Fous Desserts 809 Laurier Ave, Montreal, H2J 1G2 (Plateau)

Let us be clear. This is no average bakery. This is a chocolate bakery. Chocolate is its thing. It is the brain child of chocolatier Franck Dury-Pavet, and his, "passion for the thousand and one flavors of cocoa." We aren't sure what those flavors are, so you'll have to visit 1,001 times and report back to us. And if you're not in the mood for chocolate (shame on you), the second-best option is a rich, buttery croissant.

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38. Schwartz's Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen 3895 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2W 1X9

Montreal is known for its smoked meats, and Schwartz's Deli has some of the best in the city. Order a sandwich -- literally any sandwich -- and prepare for your taste buds to explode from the deliciousness.

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39. Bottega Pizzeria 65 rue Saint-Zotique Est, Montreal, H2S 1K6

Although Bottega is known for their wide variety of artisanal, Neapolitan pizzas, this place also offers creative small plates such polpetta con pomodoro (veal dumplings with tomato sauce) and arancino bella Napoli (rice balls stuffed with prosciutto and mozzarella).

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40. Les Givrés 3807, rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, H2W 2M3

In addition to manufacturing ice cream and sorbet, Les Givrés is a year-round "artisan dairy bar" which offers creative frosted delights, with flavors like rhubarb, carrot, blueberry, and marshmallow dream. The ice cream, as well as the cones, are made on-site.

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41. Le Cochon Caché 7901 Henri-Julien, Montreal, H2R 2B9

This "comptoir gourmand" supplies some of the best porchetta sandwiches in Montreal, in addition to poutine topped with rosemary, garlic potatoes, and homemade gravy.

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42. Velo Burrito 32 Rue Beaubien E, Montreal, H2S1P8

Velo flawlessly combines vegetarian and Mexican cuisine with loaded, healthy burritos that are about the size of a small infant.

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43. El Rey del Taco 234 rue Jean-Talon Est, Montreal, H2R 1S7

Known for their homemade salsa and colorful tortilla chips, this modest taco joint serves fresh, authentic Mexican eats whether you're dining in taking out.

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44. Alep 199 Rue Jean-Talon E, Montreal, H2R 1S8

Alep serves traditional Syrian and Armenian cuisine that brings the Middle East to Montreal. Fan favorites are the fattoush, moussaka, and the various kebabs, all waiting to be paired with one of the restaurant's 250 wine selections.

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45. Wilensky's 34 Ave Fairmount Ouest, Montréal, H2T 2M1 (Plateau)

Think old-school -- like, ring-up cash register and old-fashioned soda fountain old-school. Wilensky's opened in 1932, and their "Wilensky's Special" -- a deliciously simple grilled sandwich with all-beef salami, all-beef baloney, and a hint of mustard -- has been a solid local favorite ever since.

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46. 786 Halal 768, rue Jean-Talon Ouest, Montreal, H3N 1S2

786 Halal embraces Indian and Pakistani cuisine with a extensive menu featuring classics like chicken tikka masala and lamb curry, along with more authentic items like shahi paneer and Pakola, or "Pakistani cola."

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47. Tripoli Restaurant 679, rue Saint-Roch, Montreal, H3N 1L2 (Old Montreal)

Simple, rustic, and straightforward in delicious flavours, Tripoli is everything you'd want in a classic Greek restaurant. You can tell everything is authentic when you hear the staff yelling at each other in Greek, a fact that's reaffirmed by the freshness of each dish.