Moishes Steakhouse
Le Boucan
Flickr/Chris Goldberg
Joe Beef
Labo Culinaire
Moishes Steakhouse
Katherine Sehl
Flickr/Richard Winchell
Taverne Square Dominion
La Distillerie
Dominion Square Tavern
Felicia de Palma
Katherine Sehl
Flickr/Bill Rand
Casa del Popolo
The Sparrow
Pub Le Sainte-Élisabeth
Flickr/Mack Male
Flickr/The Kozy Shack
Flickr/Patrick Donovan
Garde Manger
Flickr/Jon Chiang
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1. 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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2. 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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3. L'Express 3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, H2W 2M4

Enjoy classic French cuisine-- think pot-au-feu and quiche du jour-- in style at this traditional French bistro complete with black-and-white tiled floors, white linen tablecloths, and an ultra-dapper waitstaff.

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4. Le Boucan 1886 rue Notre-Dame-Ouest, Montréal, H3J 1M6

Located in the heart of Little Burgundy, this smokehouse specializes in Southern-style BBQ dishes like melt-in-your-mouth ribs, pulled pork poutine, burgers, and the very meaty, mighty "pit boss platter". If you haven't gotten your meat fix yet, bacon brownies are for dessert.

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5. Labo Culinaire 1201 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal , H2X 2S6

Tucked inside Montreal's Société des Arts Technologiques (or SAT, for short), Labo Culinaire is an experimental resto churning out inventive, weekly-changing dishes. After your meal, check out a show or DJ set at the 360-degree Satosphère. The best part about this culinary experiment (besides the awesome rooftop) is the variety of food that it offers. One night, renowned chefs will craft dishes while another night a completely unknown chef will hold a workshop.

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6. 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.

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7. 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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8. Garde Manger 408 rue Saint-Francois-Xavier, Montréal, H2Y 2S9

This dimly-lit, Old Montreal resto's blackboard specials change on the regular and include staples like seafood platters, lobster poutine, and braised short ribs.

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9. Dieu du Ciel! 29 Ave Laurier Ouest, Montréal, H2T 2N2

This microbrewery and pub features beers infused with everything from hibiscus to coffee. One of the most popular brews: a creamy cocoa vanilla stout aptly named the Aphrodisiaque (ooh la la!).

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10. Dominion Square Tavern 1243 rue Metcalfe, Montréal, H3B 2V5

The Dominion Square Tavern first opened its doors in 1927 as a hotel restaurant and is still one of the classiest establishments in town, known for their traditional absinthe presentations.

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11. La Distillerie 300 rue Ontario Est, Montréal, H2X 1H6

If really strong booze served in really large mason jars is your thing, La Distillerie won't disappoint for a late afternoon cocktail. Goldfish crackers (also served in mason jars!) will help tide you over you while you wait.

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12. Bílý Kun 354 ave. du Mont-Royal Est, Montréal, H2T 1P9

Located in the trendy French neighborhood, Plateau, this friendly watering hole is a local favorite and is decked out with an entire wall of... yup, you guessed it... ostrich heads!

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13. Le Lab 1351 rue Rachel Est, Montréal, H2J 2K2

Located in the Plateau neighborhood, Le Lab has an extensive cocktail menu that changes regularly and churns out inventive concoctions like the Deer Hunter (Jägermeister, violet liqueur, and lime). It might not even be a stretch to say that Le Lab might just make some of the best cocktails in the country, and if it doesn’t anymore, it certainly paved the way for bartenders to aspire to fancy techniques that hadn’t even crossed their booze-addled minds. The bar is dimly lit and has the feel of an ol’ timey speakeasy, and if you don't like anything on the menu, the experienced "Labtenders" will be happy to mix up any classic 'tail, or something from their list of originals.

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14. Sparrow / Le Moineau 5322 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1A5

This resto & cocktail spot's always filled with Mile End neighborhood regulars who come back for The Sparrow's baller weekend brunch. On the must-eat list: banana and chocolate-filled donuts, smoked salmon & scrambled eggs, and a potato & cabbage dish called Bubble 'n Squeak.

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15. Casa del Popolo 4873 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1R6

This family-run neighborhood vegetarian hot-spot is part cafe, part live music space, and part resto-bar. Grab an order of their giant nachos and post up on their outdoor patio while you soak up the live tunes.

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16. Le Sainte-Élisabeth 1412, rue Sainte-Élisabeth, Montréal, H2X 3C6

Le Sainte-Elisabeth is tucked away in a back alley, but once you find it, you'll discover one of the most elegant and relaxing spots in Montreal. This European-style pub has tons of microbrews on tap alongside an extensive whiskey selection. The best part of this spot, however, may be its giant, vine-covered outdoor terrace. The terrace is shaded and has plenty of tables all arranged underneath trees. We recommend calling in for a reservation to grab a prime spot at this restaurant, which gets busy during the summer.

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17. La Banquise 994, rue Rachel Est, Montréal, H2J 2J3

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.

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18. Frite Alors! 5235A ave. du Parc, Montréal, H2V 4G9

This chain of Belgian-style restaurants uses french fries as a central theme, which is basically the greatest central theme for anything ever. The fries are served in a cone, and can be purchased in regular and sauce-drizzled varieties. The poutine here is available in numerous configurations, ranging from regular sauce to braised beef. Should you want something more than just french fries (inconceivable!!), there's also a bevy of traditional fare including burgers and sandwiches, with several imported and domestic beers for you to wet your whistle.

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19. Le Garde-Manger 408 rue Saint-Francois-Xavier, Montréal, H2Y 2S9

Chuck Hughes, this resto's founder and winner of Iron Chef America 2011, is known the world over for his lobster poutine, so it should come as no surprise that his establishment pumps this stuff out on the reg. The blackboard menus that adorn the walls allow Chuck and his team to change up their offerings whenever they see fit, but you should rest assured that the crowd favorites aren't going anywhere.

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20. Green Spot 3041 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, H4C 1N9‎

This local diner is styled to resemble a mid-century greasy spoon-style establishment, and the 27 different poutine options on the menu give you plenty of greasy goodness to revel in. There's also more traditional diner-type grub, and Green Spot serves up some breakfast specials that are not to be missed either.