Food & Drink

Montreal's most underrated restaurants

Published On 04/09/2014 Published On 04/09/2014
Lester's Deli
Katherine Sehl
The Main Deli Steak House
Aux Vivres
La Sala Rossa
Katherine Sehl
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1. Lester’s Deli 1057 rue Bernard, Montreal, H2V (Outremont)

Just because Schwartz's gets most of the smoked meat attention in Montreal doesn't mean that Lester's shouldn't get its fair share. They offer an extensive menu loaded with tasty options beyond just their smoked meat sammy.

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2. D.A.D’s Bagel 5732 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montreal, H4A 1W8 (Notre Dames Des Graces)

In a town that is known for bagels, these guys can still hang with the heavy hitters not only thanks to their terrific bagels, but they also serve some great Indian food, even if it is random.

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3. Main Deli Steak House 3864 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2W 1Y2

Since 1974, Main deli has been smoking meat for hearty sandwiches and cooking up other classic Jewish favorites like matzo ball soup and varenekes.

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4. 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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5. Tri Express 1650 rue Laurier E, Montreal, H2J 1J2 (Plateau)

The fish here is incredibly fresh and the plates are simultaneously traditional and creative. Most importantly: everything is crazy delicious.

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6. La Sala Rossa 4848 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, H2T 1R5 (Mile End)

La Sala Rossa might be well known as a concert venue, but what most people don't realize is that their adjacent resto serves some of the best tapas around (especially their fried goat cheese with honey and caramelized onions).

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7. Chef On Call 2055 Bishop St, Montreal, H3G 2E9

One of a handful of Chef On Call locations, this resto slings zesty and inventive sammies and burgers, like a Dorito-topped Big Chipper burger and their Honey Boo Boo: a chicken breast doused in honey Dijon and cheddar.