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18 Montreal Restaurants for Delicious, Affordable Eats

Here’s where to get some bouffe on a budget

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"Cheap eats" can be a nebulous term. Sure, a croissant is generally inexpensive, but it isn’t nearly filling enough to sub for an entire meal. For this map, the focus is on those places serving up filling meals for low prices — somewhere in the ballpark of 10 dollars (though sometimes a little higher or, impressively, lower) for something substantial enough for lunch or dinner. Be it the griot cubes and heaping pile of rice from Villeray mainstay Marché Méli-Melo, a grilled chicken sandwich from Concordia student favourite Antep Kebab, or the crisp falafels from Nilufar in Shaughnessy Village, one thing is certain: You won’t leave hungry.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Marché Méli-Melo

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640 Rue Jarry E, Montreal
QC H2P 1V7, Canada
(514) 277-6409
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A premier purveyor of home-style Haitian food since 1984. This grocery store-cum-lunch counter serves a rich and flavourful pork griot, with fried breadfruit and rice and beans.

2. Marché Hung Phat

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7099 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
QC H2S 2S5, Canada
(514) 272-1332
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Only one of the best Vietnamese grocery stores and banh mi shops in Montreal, Hung Phat will give you a feast for less than $10, easy.

3. La Carreta

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350 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S, Canada
(514) 273-8884
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Pupusas — stuffed Salvadoran cornmeal pancakes — are relatively rare in Montreal, but that doesn't mean La Carreta charges commodity pricing. The classic bean and cheese option will cost you just over $3, and two should fill you up nicely.

4. Village Grec

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654 rue Jean-Talon O, Montreal
QC H3N 1R7, Canada
(514) 274-4371
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Village Grec has been, quite simply, Park Ex's — and Montreal's — gyro and souvlaki standby since 1977. A pillar in a neighbourhood rife with affordable, hearty Greek fare — see also Panama, Tripolis, and Marven's.

5. Drogheria Fine

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68 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M2, Canada
(514) 588-7477
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If you’ve ever braved the lineup at Kem CoBa, you’re familiar with its gnocchi-slinging next-door neighbours, from which the smell of simmering tomato sauce tends to waft over and may even convince you to abandon ice cream plans in favour of pasta. At this window counter, you will get a box of piping hot, pillowy gnocchi for $5.

6. Boucherie Abu Elias

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733 Boulevard de la Côte-Vertu, Saint-Laurent
QC H4L 1Y3, Canada
(514) 747-7754

Ridiculously good sandwiches abound at this Ville-St-Laurent butcher and sandwich counter — char-grilled meats are the go-to, from chicken shish taouk to sujuk (sausage) and kefta.

7. Nouilles Lan Zhou

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1006 Saint Laurent, Montreal
QC H2Z 9Y9, Canada
(514) 800-2959
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Obscenely large and tasty portions of hand-pulled noodles swirling in a rich beef broth are the draw at this Swatow Plaza staple, but the dandan noodles — slathered in spicy beef sauce and a crunchy peanut topping — should not be missed.

8. Pushap

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5195 Rue Paré, Montréal
QC H4P 2B1, Canada
(514) 737-4527
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When it comes to the price-meal ratio in Côte-des-Neiges, Pushap is legendary. Vegetarian thalis, with a choice or either fried or baked naan, come at bafflingly low prices, so that you can spend the on Indian sweets.

9. Caribbean Curry House

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6892 Avenue Victoria, Montréal
QC H3W 2T4, Canada
(514) 733-0828
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This Côte-des-Neiges Trinidadian roti shop spices and stews morsels of goat meat and wraps them in a flaky, unleavened flatbread. Open since 1980, Caribbean Curry House also serves doubles, patties, and other West Indian classics. See also: Mister Spicee right across the street.

10. Antep Kebap

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1626 Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montreal
QC H3H 2N4, Canada
(514) 903-7979

There are few better ways to spend $8 in Montreal than on Antep Kebab’s chicken sandwich, grilled fresh to order and served with a slathering of yogurt and homemade hot sauce on freshly-baked, sesame-topped Turkish bread. 

11. Thali Cuisine Indienne

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1409 Rue Saint-Marc, Montréal
QC H3H 2G4, Canada
(514) 989-9048
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Take the cue from Thali’s name and order the combo plate, featuring North Indian vegetable or meat curries, with the necessary accompaniment of naan and rice. For something quick and delicious, go for a naan wrap, with lamb, potato and cheese, or tandoori chicken filling — and a healthy dousing of butter chicken sauce.

12. Nilufar

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1925 St-Catherine West, Montreal
QC H3H 1M3, Canada
(514) 846-1947
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Concordia students are known to chow down on low-priced falafels and pitas here — often served up by Nilufar herself, known for her vibrant personality both on the counter and on Facebook, probably one of the most charmingly honest restaurant pages in town.

13. Greenspot

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3041 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC H4C 1N9‎, Canada
(514) 931-6473
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This Saint-Henri mainstay means different things to different customers: poutine for some, a greasy burger or diner breakfast for others.

14. Tacos Frida

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4350 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montreal
QC H4C 1R8, Canada
(514) 316-3255
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St-Henri’s cheapest tacos also happen to be its best. From carnitas and pastor to nopales and tinga, Frida does it all well. Available in 15-taco family-style packs, too.

15. Chalet Bar-B-Q

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5456 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1V9, Canada
(514) 489-7235
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A classic staple for NDG, Chalet Bar-B-Q puts the “winner winner” into chicken dinners, doing classically Québécois rotisserie goods in princely amounts for low, low prices.

16. Momesso

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5562 Chemin Upper Lachine, Montréal
QC H4A 2A7, Canada
(514) 484-0005
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An over four-decade-old neighbourhood institution, Momesso’s subs are the drawcard of its entire menu, with half-foots of all kinds running under $10, with more extravagant daily specials at larger sizes going for just about as much.

17. Montreal Chinese Crepes & Dumplings

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37 Westminister North, Montreal West
QC H4X 1Y8, Canada
(514) 312-7284
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Jian bing (Chinese crepes) filled with soy bean paste, barbecue pork, and some less conventional options like jerk beef are half the offerings at this Montreal-Ouest haunt, with platters of boiled and fried dumplings rounding out the other end of the menu.

18. Falafel St. Jacques

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345 Rue Saint-Jacques, Lachine
QC H8R 1E6, Canada
(514) 595-7482
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At this much-loved Ville Saint-Pierre gem, $6.89 will get you one of the best falafel pitas in the city. Actually, all of their sandwiches (all excellent) ring in at under $10 — even carnivores are sold on the meat-free “chicken” shish taouk.

1. Marché Méli-Melo

640 Rue Jarry E, Montreal, QC H2P 1V7, Canada

A premier purveyor of home-style Haitian food since 1984. This grocery store-cum-lunch counter serves a rich and flavourful pork griot, with fried breadfruit and rice and beans.

640 Rue Jarry E, Montreal
QC H2P 1V7, Canada

2. Marché Hung Phat

7099 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2S 2S5, Canada

Only one of the best Vietnamese grocery stores and banh mi shops in Montreal, Hung Phat will give you a feast for less than $10, easy.

7099 rue Saint-Denis, Montreal
QC H2S 2S5, Canada

3. La Carreta

350 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S, Canada

Pupusas — stuffed Salvadoran cornmeal pancakes — are relatively rare in Montreal, but that doesn't mean La Carreta charges commodity pricing. The classic bean and cheese option will cost you just over $3, and two should fill you up nicely.

350 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S, Canada

4. Village Grec

654 rue Jean-Talon O, Montreal, QC H3N 1R7, Canada

Village Grec has been, quite simply, Park Ex's — and Montreal's — gyro and souvlaki standby since 1977. A pillar in a neighbourhood rife with affordable, hearty Greek fare — see also Panama, Tripolis, and Marven's.

654 rue Jean-Talon O, Montreal
QC H3N 1R7, Canada

5. Drogheria Fine

68 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M2, Canada

If you’ve ever braved the lineup at Kem CoBa, you’re familiar with its gnocchi-slinging next-door neighbours, from which the smell of simmering tomato sauce tends to waft over and may even convince you to abandon ice cream plans in favour of pasta. At this window counter, you will get a box of piping hot, pillowy gnocchi for $5.

68 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M2, Canada

6. Boucherie Abu Elias

733 Boulevard de la Côte-Vertu, Saint-Laurent, QC H4L 1Y3, Canada

Ridiculously good sandwiches abound at this Ville-St-Laurent butcher and sandwich counter — char-grilled meats are the go-to, from chicken shish taouk to sujuk (sausage) and kefta.

733 Boulevard de la Côte-Vertu, Saint-Laurent
QC H4L 1Y3, Canada

7. Nouilles Lan Zhou

1006 Saint Laurent, Montreal, QC H2Z 9Y9, Canada

Obscenely large and tasty portions of hand-pulled noodles swirling in a rich beef broth are the draw at this Swatow Plaza staple, but the dandan noodles — slathered in spicy beef sauce and a crunchy peanut topping — should not be missed.

1006 Saint Laurent, Montreal
QC H2Z 9Y9, Canada

8. Pushap

5195 Rue Paré, Montréal, QC H4P 2B1, Canada

When it comes to the price-meal ratio in Côte-des-Neiges, Pushap is legendary. Vegetarian thalis, with a choice or either fried or baked naan, come at bafflingly low prices, so that you can spend the on Indian sweets.

5195 Rue Paré, Montréal
QC H4P 2B1, Canada

9. Caribbean Curry House

6892 Avenue Victoria, Montréal, QC H3W 2T4, Canada

This Côte-des-Neiges Trinidadian roti shop spices and stews morsels of goat meat and wraps them in a flaky, unleavened flatbread. Open since 1980, Caribbean Curry House also serves doubles, patties, and other West Indian classics. See also: Mister Spicee right across the street.

6892 Avenue Victoria, Montréal
QC H3W 2T4, Canada

10. Antep Kebap

1626 Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montreal, QC H3H 2N4, Canada

There are few better ways to spend $8 in Montreal than on Antep Kebab’s chicken sandwich, grilled fresh to order and served with a slathering of yogurt and homemade hot sauce on freshly-baked, sesame-topped Turkish bread. 

1626 Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montreal
QC H3H 2N4, Canada

11. Thali Cuisine Indienne

1409 Rue Saint-Marc, Montréal, QC H3H 2G4, Canada

Take the cue from Thali’s name and order the combo plate, featuring North Indian vegetable or meat curries, with the necessary accompaniment of naan and rice. For something quick and delicious, go for a naan wrap, with lamb, potato and cheese, or tandoori chicken filling — and a healthy dousing of butter chicken sauce.

1409 Rue Saint-Marc, Montréal
QC H3H 2G4, Canada

12. Nilufar

1925 St-Catherine West, Montreal, QC H3H 1M3, Canada

Concordia students are known to chow down on low-priced falafels and pitas here — often served up by Nilufar herself, known for her vibrant personality both on the counter and on Facebook, probably one of the most charmingly honest restaurant pages in town.

1925 St-Catherine West, Montreal
QC H3H 1M3, Canada

13. Greenspot

3041 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, QC H4C 1N9‎, Canada

This Saint-Henri mainstay means different things to different customers: poutine for some, a greasy burger or diner breakfast for others.

3041 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC H4C 1N9‎, Canada

14. Tacos Frida

4350 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montreal, QC H4C 1R8, Canada

St-Henri’s cheapest tacos also happen to be its best. From carnitas and pastor to nopales and tinga, Frida does it all well. Available in 15-taco family-style packs, too.

4350 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montreal
QC H4C 1R8, Canada

15. Chalet Bar-B-Q

5456 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1V9, Canada

A classic staple for NDG, Chalet Bar-B-Q puts the “winner winner” into chicken dinners, doing classically Québécois rotisserie goods in princely amounts for low, low prices.

5456 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1V9, Canada

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16. Momesso

5562 Chemin Upper Lachine, Montréal, QC H4A 2A7, Canada

An over four-decade-old neighbourhood institution, Momesso’s subs are the drawcard of its entire menu, with half-foots of all kinds running under $10, with more extravagant daily specials at larger sizes going for just about as much.

5562 Chemin Upper Lachine, Montréal
QC H4A 2A7, Canada

17. Montreal Chinese Crepes & Dumplings

37 Westminister North, Montreal West, QC H4X 1Y8, Canada

Jian bing (Chinese crepes) filled with soy bean paste, barbecue pork, and some less conventional options like jerk beef are half the offerings at this Montreal-Ouest haunt, with platters of boiled and fried dumplings rounding out the other end of the menu.

37 Westminister North, Montreal West
QC H4X 1Y8, Canada

18. Falafel St. Jacques

345 Rue Saint-Jacques, Lachine, QC H8R 1E6, Canada

At this much-loved Ville Saint-Pierre gem, $6.89 will get you one of the best falafel pitas in the city. Actually, all of their sandwiches (all excellent) ring in at under $10 — even carnivores are sold on the meat-free “chicken” shish taouk.

345 Rue Saint-Jacques, Lachine
QC H8R 1E6, Canada

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