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17 Restaurants for Delicious, Affordable Eats in Montreal

Here’s where to get some bouffe on a budget

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"Cheap eats" is 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 spots serving up dishes both substantial enough for lunch or dinner and affordably priced — somewhere in the ballpark of 10 dollars (though sometimes a little higher or, impressively, also lower).

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.

If your personal favourite isn’t represented below, have a look at some of other maps, featuring affordable options for tacos, burgers, sandwiches, dumplings, poutine, and lots more — or, send us a tip at montreal@eater.com.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. 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 St-Pierre gem, $10 is more than enough for one of the best falafel pitas in the city. Actually, all of their sandwiches are excellent and cheap, and even carnivores are sold on the meat-free “chicken” shish taouk.

2. 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 West haunt, with platters of boiled and fried dumplings rounding out the other end of the menu.

3. 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.

4. 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, and daily trio specials to further sweeten the deal.

5. 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 Montreal classic and NDG staple, Chalet Bar-B-Q puts the “winner winner” into chicken dinners, doing top-notch rotisserie goods in princely amounts for low, low prices.

6. 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.

7. 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.

8. 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 most affordable tacos also happen to be among its best. From carnitas and pastor to nopales and tinga, Frida does it all well.

9. 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 people: a late-night poutine or greasy burger for some and diner breakfast for others.

10. 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. She’s known for her vibrant personality both from behind the counter and on Facebook.

11. Antep Kabab

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1626 Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montreal
QC H3H 1J5, 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. 

12. Phyllo Bar Melina's

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5733 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4H2, Canada
(514) 270-1675
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Flaky phyllo dough encases spinach and feta (spanakopita), ricotta and feta (tyropita), and leek and potato (prassopita) for only $5 each at this Parc Avenue counter. Sandwiches, soups, salads, and traditional Greek dips are similarly priced, and similarly worth your while.

13. 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 — also should not be missed.

14. 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.

15. 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.

16. 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.

17. Dic Ann's (multiple locations)

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10910 Bd Pie-IX, Montréal-Nord
QC H1H 4B3, Canada
(514) 322-2276
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Local legend Dic Ann’s is known for hamburgers with ultra thin patties, flat toasted buns, and signature hot, meaty gravy, always served with a wooden stick to help you manage the concoction. It is a fast food chain — and its prices reflect that — but it’s also a quintessential Montreal spot.

1. Falafel St. Jacques

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

At this much-loved Ville St-Pierre gem, $10 is more than enough for one of the best falafel pitas in the city. Actually, all of their sandwiches are excellent and cheap, and even carnivores are sold on the meat-free “chicken” shish taouk.

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

2. 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 West 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

3. 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

4. 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, and daily trio specials to further sweeten the deal.

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

5. Chalet Bar-B-Q

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

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

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

6. 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.

6892 Avenue Victoria, Montréal
QC H3W 2T4, Canada

7. 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

8. Tacos Frida

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

St-Henri’s most affordable tacos also happen to be among its best. From carnitas and pastor to nopales and tinga, Frida does it all well.

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

9. Greenspot

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

This Saint-Henri mainstay means different things to different people: a late-night poutine or greasy burger for some and diner breakfast for others.

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

10. 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. She’s known for her vibrant personality both from behind the counter and on Facebook.

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

11. Antep Kabab

1626 Maisonneuve Blvd W, Montreal, QC H3H 1J5, 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 1J5, Canada

12. Phyllo Bar Melina's

5733 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4H2, Canada

Flaky phyllo dough encases spinach and feta (spanakopita), ricotta and feta (tyropita), and leek and potato (prassopita) for only $5 each at this Parc Avenue counter. Sandwiches, soups, salads, and traditional Greek dips are similarly priced, and similarly worth your while.

5733 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4H2, Canada

13. 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 — also should not be missed.

1006 Saint Laurent, Montreal
QC H2Z 9Y9, Canada

14. 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

15. 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

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16. 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

17. Dic Ann's (multiple locations)

10910 Bd Pie-IX, Montréal-Nord, QC H1H 4B3, Canada

Local legend Dic Ann’s is known for hamburgers with ultra thin patties, flat toasted buns, and signature hot, meaty gravy, always served with a wooden stick to help you manage the concoction. It is a fast food chain — and its prices reflect that — but it’s also a quintessential Montreal spot.

10910 Bd Pie-IX, Montréal-Nord
QC H1H 4B3, Canada

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