Montreal's McGimpsey shares how to act and eat like a local

Published On 06/21/2013 Published On 06/21/2013
McGimpsey, Montreal, author
D. McGimpsey
Photos: Katherine Sehl
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1. Dic Ann's Hamburgers 10910 Boul. Pie-IX, Montreal, H1M 1S8

Dic Ann's Hamburgers holds two world records for the number of hamburgers and cheeseburgers served in an hour -- impressive, but not as impressive as the burger itself! A flattened patty soaked in their secret sauce is the place's specialty, and with over 15 locations across Canada, you can get it nearly anywhere in the country.

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2. Wilensky's 34 Ave Fairmount Ouest, Montréal, H2T 2M1 (Plateau)

Think old-school -- like, ring-up cash register and old-fashioned soda fountain old-school. Wilensky's opened in 1932, and their "Wilensky's Special" -- a deliciously simple grilled sandwich with all-beef salami, all-beef baloney, and a hint of mustard -- has been a solid local favorite ever since.

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3. Punjab Palace 920 Jean-Talon Ouest, Montréal, H3N 1S6

Sometimes when you're in a French city, all you want is some good Indian food, right?! Punjab Palace has got you covered. With an extensive menu and specials, this affordable fare will leave you with plenty of money to spend elsewhere -- maybe, for example, on the alcohol that you will need to bring yourself, since Punjab Palace lacks a liquor license.

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4. Dilallo Burger 2523 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, H3J 1N6

The famous Dilallo Burger is a true Montreal institution in the best sense of the word. Be sure to try its famous "Buck Burger." It's not actually a dollar, but at $4 or so, no one's complaining.

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5. La Binerie 367, Av. Mont-Royal E, Montréal, H2T 1R1

True to its name, La Binerie is famous for its baked beans. This place has been serving up traditional Quebecois cuisine since 1938, and it hasn't lost its touch. If baked beans aren't your thing, try the Tourtière (meat pie), Pouding Noir (black pudding), or Soupe aux Pois (pea soup).

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6. La Maison V.I.P. 1077, rue Clark, Montréal, H2Z 1K3

Open late-night, early morning, and every time in between, V.I.P serves traditional and delicious Cantonese-style Chinese food.

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7. Pataterie Chez Philippe 1877 rue amherst, Montreal, H2L 3L7

Pataterie Chez Philippe has a strong motto: "never serve others what you wouldn't eat yourself."Choose from a selection of sandwiches, hot dogs, burgers, and poutine, and don't forget to order a side of fries -- cooked in canola oil, they're err... kinda healthy?

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8. 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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9. 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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10. La Vieille Crêperie Bretonne Ty-Breiz 933 rue Rachel Est, Montréal, H2J 2J2

This creperie in the Plateau Mont-Royal 'hood has been around since 1959 and has been churning out sweet (think nutella & banana) and savory (sausage, apple, and cheese, anyone?) pastries ever since!

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11. Pub Laurier 266 Laurier E, Montreal, H2T 1G3

With a lime green exterior and disco lights, Pub Laurier isn't hiding from anyone. This dive bar is ideal for drinking a cheap beer, playing some songs on their itunes-like jukebox, and watching a sports game.

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12. Verres Stérilisés 800 rue Rachel Est, Montréal,

This divey sports pub has three plasma screens, a projector, two regular tubes, and an especially raucous local crowd. Add in a few of their cold micro-brewed beers, and it'll feel just like you're watching the game at home!

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13. La Petite Idée-Fixe 4857 ave. Du Parc, Montréal, H2V 4E7

Dim lighting, wooden bar stools, a pool table, and a jukebox are staples of any dive bar, and La Petite Idée-Fixe is no different. You won't find any trendy cocktails here, but you will find a number of affordable cold brewskies.

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14. Brasserie Capri 2172 St-Patrick, Montréal,

Pork knuckles. That's all you need to know about Brasserie Capri. They're a Quebecois tradition, and you should order them!

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15. Café Olimpico 124 rue Saint-Viateur Ouest, Montréal, H2T 2L1

Family-owned since 1970, Café Olimpico brews delicious Italian coffee. Enjoy an espresso, latte, or cappuccino while people-watching on the outdoor patio.

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16. Caffè Italia 6840 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, H2S 3C7

Brewed with locally roasted and blended beans, the espressos and lattes are sure to start your day off right in the Belle Ville.

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17. Comedyworks 1238 Bishop Street, Montreal, H3G 2E3

This Bishop St. venue showcases Canadian and international comedians and has been making Montreal laugh since 1990.



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