Food & Drink

The 12 Best Dishes in Montreal

Published On 02/11/2015 Published On 02/11/2015
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Maria Bonita
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Aux Vivres
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Pizzeria Magpie
Dinette Triple Crown
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Lawrence
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1. Maria Bonita 5269 Ave Casgrain, Montreal, H2S 1J5 (Mile End)

For a truly authentic taqueria experience, you would be well advised to head down to this Mile End Mexican spot. The fried fish tacos are excellent, but the real showstoppers are the traditional marinated pork ones.

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2. 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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3. 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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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. Sumac 3618 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, H4C 1P5 (Saint Henri)

Sumac has quite a following thanks to its family-style plates and easy lunchtime atmosphere. A fresh, Israeli-style falafel is hard to find in North America, and Sumac turns its over quickly enough that they maintain their perfectly soft interior and crispy skin.

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6. Pizzeria Magpie 16 rue Maguire, Montreal, H2T 1B8 (Mile End)

This Mile End pizza palace cooks up perfect pizzas with flaky crusts and luscious toppings using wood ovens to bring the pies to the perfect intersection of crispy and fluffy.

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7. Dinette Triple Crown 6704 rue Clark, Montréal, H2S 3E9

One of the top spots for BBQ in town, DTC does everything from shrimp and grits to red beans & rice to Carolina-style pulled pork sammies.

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8. Park 378 Ave Victoria, Westmount, H3Z 2N4

Park, named after Executive Chef Antonio Park, serves up a fusion of homemade dishes with an Asian-inspired twist. Chef Park has a private fish import license which, as we all know, allows the restaurant to employ freshly caught seafood in its dishes.

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9. 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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10. Lawrence 5201 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1S4 (Plateau)

This Montreal resto and cafe does the best breakfast and brunch in town. The reason? Instead of giving you fresh rolls before your meal, they give you fresh DONUT PUFFS. You're welcome.

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11. Ceviches 152 Napoleon, Montreal, H2W 1K8 (Plateau)

Opened by Luis Gil Andrade, the chef/owner behind Venezuelan Arepera, Ceviches is part Peruvian ceviche bar, part South American taco stand, with a variety of marinades going into every dish, which is usually accompanied by crispy plantain chips.

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12. Kazu 1862 rue Ste-Catherine O., Montréal, H3H 1M1

This tiny, traditional Japanese izakaya located in downtown Montreal features specials like a "48 hour pork" rice bowl, BBQ pork necks, and lunchtime special ramen.