Whether you’re a foodie or just looking for the best bite for your buck, Montreal has a wide variety of restaurants for all budgets, tastes and appetites. These are a few of the classic finds that you should try depending on your mouth’s desire.
Five Guys : 468 McGill street or 695 St-Catherine street
The portions are huge and the free peanuts will keep you occupied while you wait. Five Guys gives it to you American diner style.
Burger Bar Crescent : 1465 Crescent street
If you like them stacked high accompanied by a Marshmallow milkshake to wash down, this is the place to go.
M:Brgr : 2025 Drummond street or 408 Gilford street
If you’re willing to fork out a little more dough for a great gourmet burger (don’t forget the sweet potato fries) M:Brgr classes it up in a “build-your-own” style.
Griffintown Cafe: 1378 Notre Dame West
Enjoy a cozy brunch featuring homemade pulled pork, mac n cheese and bourbon french toast in an artsy masson jar setting.
L’Gros Luxe: 3807 St-André street
An inexpensive hipster joint where the loaded Bloody Ceasar (onion rings, bacon, and yes a mini burger) is an absolute must.
Le Cartet: 106 McGill street
Their venue in Old Port is enchanting and their food and amazing coffee(which you can buy at their on-place boutique) is worth the price. Don’t forget the free sweet bread that you can dunk in a smooth latte as you wait.
Saloon: 1333 Sainte-Catherine Est
This trendy restaurant serves large portions, a trendy vibe and colourful plates keeping true to the gay village it’s located in.
Dagwoods: 1627 Sainte-Catherine West
If you’re on a tight budget and enjoy having your meat cut before your eyes with plenty of toppings, Dagwoods is the place.
Joe’s Panini:1404 Drummond street
Can you say 24h sandwich for 5 bucks? Need we say more?
Schwartz’s: 3895 St-Laurent Boulevard
There’s always a line-up, but it’s part of the renowned experience. Their smoked meat on rye with a pickle is a culture, not a sandwich.
Centrale Burgham: 3467 Saint Laurent Boulevard
If you like it saucy and algerian, these 6 inches of paradise are perfect. Enjoy a nice twist on the fastfood sandwich with lots of choice and a guaranteed fill-er-upper.
Boîte Geisha: 1209 Mount Royal Avenue E
Whether you’re eating on spot or ordering to go, the ingredients are always fresh and rolled to perfection.
Sushi Okane: 1197 Rue Notre-Dame West
If you like them big, Okane fills them with plenty of love for you. Must try their tempura fried rolls.
Sushi Crescent : 1437 Crescent street
It’s a classic for large groups, all you can eat, perfect if you don’t mind a crowd and a wait.
Shodan Sushi : 2020 Metcalfe street
A fancy sushi twist, you’ll pay for the quality of the ingredients,the freshness of the fish the beautiful and colourful plates and the service.
BEST MEXICAN FOOD
3 Amigos : 1657 Sainte-Catherine street
It’s a festive classic that won’t break your budget, and satisfies your Mexican cravings. Not to mention their lime margaritas.
Tequila Taco : 2 Sherbrooke street
It’s a laid back ambiance, hole in the wall with a small menu. Enjoy home made tortilla chips and great shrimp tacos.
Mais: 5435 Boulevard Saint Laurent
This little joint is set in great decor, serves amazing tacos with colourful sauces and hip cocktails.
It’s worth every penny. Finding this place is part of the fun (no spoilers) once you get there gourmet tacos and savoury tequilas, in a more than trendy decor, will make you fall in love every time.
La Banquise : 994 Rachel street
The poutine in all its simplicity is done right. Whether you’re hitting the carbs after the bar or craving a midday cheat, it’s a classic choice.
Frite Alors : 3497 Saint-Laurent boulevard
As the name says it, it’s all about the fries. This place keeps their fries crispy and real.
Dunn’s:1429 Metcalfe street
Their smoked meat topped cheese, gravy and fried potatoes will get any meat lovers tongue going.
Poutineville: 1365 Ontario E
The mother of all poutines, if you’re into the million toppings these huge mouth-watering gray drizzled poutines will fulfill you.
BEST BYOB RESTAURANT
L’Académie : 2100, Crescent street
There’s something to please all types at L’Académie, from varieties of pasta to mussels and fries, their desserts are a definite highlight.
Steak Frites : 200, Saint-Laurent boulevard
A classic Montreal meat and fries is best accompanied by your own favourite bottle of red. Always a hit.
Sushis 999: 405 Sherbrooke E
All you can eat buffet-style (aka stuff your face with fish) as you sip your own booze, what more would you want?