On Wednesday, November 16 at 8 p.m., Eater will present the 2016 Eater Awards, our seventh annual celebration of all that's made the restaurant world run — and run wild — in the past 12 months in Montreal and beyond. Winners will be selected on both the local and national levels in five major categories, and the voting begins right now. The polls are now closed for restaurant of the year, chef of the year, and the best designed restaurant, and now it’s time for a brand new category. Which is the best cheap and casual restaurant in Montreal? Decide in the polls below.
Eligible restaurants must have opened in the last 12 months, and must allow a single diner to get a meal for around $15 or less. The nominees are: Local Jerk on the Plateau, where chef Chris Heppner (late of Lucille’s Oyster Dive and Garde Manger) dished up flavourful Caribbean rotisseries, roti wraps, and curry. Campo was the first foray into cheap eats from Montreal’s biggest name in Portuguese cuisine, the Ferreira Group, with rotisserie chicken, fries and bifana on de Maisonneuve downtown. Brought to you by the people behind Impasto and Pizzeria Gema, Chez Tousignant did casse-croute classics from hot dogs to poutine, with primo ingredients. Inside the Museum of Jewish Montreal, Fletchers, run by Jewish food historian Kat Romanow, drew on Jewish food traditions worldwide from Montreal-style knishes to gelfilte fish and Iraqi sambusak. Finally, tiny Noren expanded Montreal’s Japanese culinary scene beyond ramen and sushi with owners Élyse Garand and Hidenori Tsuda focusing on snacky treats — takoyaki and okonomiyaki, with bigger specials such as Japanese curries.
Here's how the voting works: Eater editors have named nominees in Montreal for each of five major categories. Editors will pick winners from the nominees, and readers will vote to award one nominee in each category with a readers’ choice award. Ready to play your part? This poll will be open for 24 hours; voting irregularities will be strictly policed.