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These are Montreal's finest hot dog joints

The hot dog, steamé, chien-chaud, weiner, meat-tube, frank, ballpark fuel, or whatever you want to call it has long been a staple on the Montreal late-night food scene, because, let’s face it, hotdogs are delicious, and stuff you eat late at night is even more delicious. Here are the finest places to get that tasty bunned fix in la Belle Ville.

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Montreal Pool Room
Quartier Latin
Rumored to be the birthplace of the all-dressed steamé, this ever-so-slightly-sketchy pool hall has been the greasy spoon hotbed of Montreal’s nightlife scene since 1912. In the ‘60s and ‘70s, it was where movers and shakers like Lenny Cohen or former Prime Minister Trudeau would go to get their dogs, greasy poutine, and that old chug-a-lug spruce beer. Now the clientele is mostly tourists, food bloggers, and local nighthawks, but there's a good reason for that, and it's because the steamés are still as delicious as ever.
Chaud Dogs
Chaud Dogs
Various Locations
Since the lift on the food truck ban, the Chaud Dogs truck has been bringing the meat back to the street with their 100% housemade artisanal hotties. Their yellow truck may get you feeling all nostalgic, but their crossbred fusion dogs, like the hummus-adorned Hotdog Shawarma, or the omelet, kale, and carrot-topped Bibimbap Dog, are a far-cry from “traditional” and taste more like the ripe fruits of globalization in the 21st century… the point we're getting at is they're good.

Katherine Sehl
A.A. Restaurant
This is the place for steamé purists. Forget about all of those frivolous extras like “gourmet toppings” or “ketchup”. The no-frills, traditional owners behind this 50yr-old casse-croute (diner) would be downright insulted if you went so far as to put condiments on their dog. These guys stick to the basics, and they’ve got good enough ‘slaw on their franks to make it work.
Katherine Sehl
Gibeau Orange Julep
Okay, so where to start with this place. How about the fact that it's a giant, three-story orange? And that inside of that orange, you'll find one of the city's finest hot dogs (served with ‘slaw, onions, mustard, and relish) to be washed down with an orange julep poured from what looks like an old gas pump? Yeah, that's a good place to start... and finish. Go there.

Katherine Sehl
Dirty Dogs Montreal
Various Locations
These gourmet haute-dogs are all celebrity-nicknamed, and deservingly so -- take for instance, the Morgan Freeman Dog: a pork, cheddar-jalapeño sausage, with grilled onions, mustard, pickles, and Memphis-style pulled pork, or the Nick Offerman (w/ bison sausage, steak, bacon & egg) and uh, Paula Dean, which forgoes butter in favor of being fried in blueberry pancake batter.
Katherine Sehl
Decarie Hot Dog
We’d say that they’re Montreal’s best kept secret, but somehow, despite being at the end of the Orange metro line, they are always packed. We’d also say that they serve-up original, unattainable dogs, but they actually unabashedly serve store-bought Lester’s hot dogs on store-bought bread. It doesn’t make any sense, but their basic steamé, sprinkled with cayenne pepper and teamed with a side of fries is one of the best, most sought-after combos in the whole city of Montreal.

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1. 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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2. 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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3. A.A. Restaurant 3702 Notre-Dame O., Montréal, H4C 1P7

If you just NEED an old-fashioned greasy spoon diner experience, then A.A. is one of the best places in Montreal to start.

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4. Decarie Hot Dog 953 Decarie Boul , Saint-Laurent, H4L 3M3

This hole-in-the-wall hot dog joint serves up some of the best dogs, French fries, and poutine in Montreal. Just don't expect to sit down... as there isn't much room.

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