If you are currently alive and eat meat, then you love bacon. And living in Montreal, you're lucky enough to get it in some of the finest forms known to man, with everything from swine-laden entrees to desserts to snacks to sushi. Here are the dozen best.
Steak, bacon, and cheese Australian hand pie
Ta Pies (address and info)
Australia's answer to poutine is the hand pie, and Montreal's answer to the hand pie all come from Ta Pies, whose menu standout is the pork-laden Ned Kelly. Named after the Australian anti-hero, the Kelly consists of a perfectly flaky crust filled with sausage, corn, egg, BBQ sauce, and bacon, of course. If you needed more incentive to try this pie, know that Wolverine/Hugh Jackman (an Australian himself) once named this Montreal shop the best place to get pies in the world.
Brutus (address and info)
It would have been a crime for this list not to include Brutus, the city (and North America's) first bacon-themed bar. In fact, pretty much every one of the menu-fillers could have been featured here, but it's best to go with the most creative amongst them: the bacon sushi. Wrapped inside pieces of bacon you'll find chicken tempura, some seaweed, Japanese omelet, date purée, and rice, with a soy-Dijon mayonnaise for dipping.
Joe Beef (address and info)
Creamy, buttery, and oh-so-bacon-y, this is a pasta dish like no other in its simplicity and deeply satisfying flavour. Lobster may be the star of this show in, but it's the bacon that truly makes it all work.
Plogue à Champlain
Au Pied de Cochon (address and info)
On the cobblestone street of Duluth you can find one of Montreal's premiere eateries, and living up to its famed meat game, Au Pied de Cochon makes a superlative bacon dish. Literally translated as “the champlain's plug/plunger” this is a stacked dish of a buckwheat pancake, potato, cheddar, a fried egg, and a not-so-healthy-but-oh-so-good amount of thick-cut Canadian bacon and foie gras. Because all the meat and carbs aren't enough, the whole thing is then doused in maple syrup.
Bacon Weaved Meat Loaf
Deville Dinerbar (address and info)
A meaty mixture of veal, pork, and bacon, which is then stuffed with Quebec aged cheddar, the whole loaf is then wrapped in bacon and cooked to perfection. By the end, you have a meatloaf that is delightfully crunchy on the outside, while also incredibly moist, thanks to the bacon holding in all those meaty juices.
Triple bacon cheeseburger
Uniburger (address and info)
Okay, so a bacon cheeseburger isn't the most original bacon-themed dish, but Uniburger's (sometimes described as the In-N-Out Burger of Montreal) triple baconed number warrants a spot on this list because it's that good. Technically not on the menu, to order this triple-stacked burger of beef and bacon (accompanied by lettuce, tomato, and Thousand Island dressing-esque Uniburger sauce) you just need to ask your server for the additions.
Cheese-stuffed bacon chili dog
Le Cheese Truck (info)
Unlike San Francisco, you can't find bacon-wrapped hot dogs on every street corner in Montreal, making the dog a pretty special meal for a Montrealer. Throw in the fact that the hot dog is stuffed with cheese and topped with chili, and you have some pretty unbeatable street eats. Make sure to check the daily specials on the Le Cheese truck page, however, as they won't be slinging this dog every day of food truck season.
Poutine Grilled Cheese
L'Gros Luxe (address and info)
Thick-cut fries, cheese curds, a three cheese mix, gravy, and a lot o' bacon are all piled high between slices of sourdough bread, which when you take a bite will prove that bacon makes everything better, even poutine and grilled cheese. Special mention should also go to L'Gros Luxe's deep-fried cookie dough dessert with bacon, the perfect dessert after a bacon poutine grilled cheese.
Le Doughnut Grill Cheese
Léché Desserts (address and info)
Léché is perhaps the best donut shop in all of Montreal, and the the team here consists of geniuses who are great at fusing sweet & salty flavours, with their donut grilled cheese being the tastiest testament to that fact. Available every day, Le Doughnut Grill Cheese features the fan favourite maple donut (which is delicious on its own) grilled to perfection, with bacon, caramelized onions, and cheddar cheese in between.
La Banquise (address and info)
Respecting the saying of “go big or go home,” La Banquise's La T-Rex isn't a simple bacon poutine -- it's a coronary on a plate that includes ground beef, pepperoni, and hot dog sausage in a hot mess of meaty goodness.
Diablos Smokehouse Saloon (address and info)
Let us enter the realm of bacon desserts with Diablos' newly created Bacon Brownie. At the base is a 75% double dark chocolate brownie baked with Diablos' house-smoked bacon, then topped with Wild Turkey bourbon caramel, crème fraîche for some cooling tang, chocolate shavings for good measure, and a deliciously attractive bacon fleurette.
Maple Bacon BEAVERTAIL
BEAVERTAILS (address and info)
Quebec's famous winter ski trip treat has been given a sexy makeover for springtime with BEAVERTAILS' new Maple Bacon BEAVERTAIL. The classic piece of fried dough that makes the base of every BEAVERTAIL is doused in maple syrup and topped with bacon, a flavour combination so Canadian you can almost hear it singing the national anthem. Get it quick though, they're only selling them 'til June 1st.
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1. Ta Pies4520 Ave Du Parc, Montreal
2. Brutus1290 Beaubien Est, Montreal
3. Joe Beef2491 rue Notre-Dame O, Montreal
4. Au Pied de Cochon536 Ave Duluth Est, Montréal
5. Deville Dinerbar1425 rue Stanley, Montreal
6. Uniburger302 Rue Ontario E, Montreal
7. Léché Desserts15 Rue de la Commune Ouest, Montréal
8. La Banquise994, rue Rachel Est, Montréal
9. Diablos Smokehouse Saloon3619 St-Laurent Blvd, Montreal
10. Aux Vivres4631 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
This Plateau eatery is a Australian-/New Zealand-influenced specialty bakery, sprung in 2010 by New Zealand-born Chef Don Hudson. Here, you'll find delicious Down Under specialties like hand pies, which consist of perfectly flaky crusts filled with a variety of savory ingredients.
Head to the Plateau to visit this drinkery where drinks are made with bacon-infused vodka and will have guys feeling the romance with their garnishes: bacon roses. The awesome and quirky menu does not end with drinks. Everything on the food menu includes bacon, like the bacon caramel donuts and the Brutus salad, which comes in a bowl made of bacon.
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.
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.
Deville is a unique diner and bar located in Downtown Montreal that serves up a variety of pastas, sammies, burgers, and salads. Or if you're in more of a drinking mood, there's a full bar of unique cocktails.
This place knows to to do burgers. They're immense, dripping with cheese & special sauce, and they're just about guaranteed to put you in a delightful food coma that clears away just in time for your next meal.
Owned and operated by an internationally trained pastry chef, Leche Desserts has been rolling out a variety of gourmet donuts and other specialty cakes and pastries for more than six years.
This Montreal Poutinery, to coin a phrase, is open day and night and serves up scrumptious curds 'n gravy fries in a variety of configurations. On top of that, there's a more general menu for traditional fare such as burgers and sandwiches, and they've got a number of microbrews to choose from as well. But really, lets cut the pretense, we know you're mainly here for the scrumptious and squeaky pouty-pouts.
Diablos serves up authentic, Southern US-style BBQ that's smoked to perfection. Choose from a myriad of options ranging from pulled port sliders and chicken wings to brisket, burgers, and ribs, and more.
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.