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11 Fabulous Falafels in Montreal

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Falafels — the deep-fried balls of ground chickpeas (or occasionally fava beans) — shouldn’t be so versatile. They’re good for lunch or a late night meal in sandwich form, dinner on a platter with salads, or just solo (maybe with tahini) as a snack.

These ten places have a knack for the Middle Eastern snack, dishing up crispy boulettes with fluffy interiors, tangy sauces, all at low prices. Check them out.

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1. Falafel Abou Hanna

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4660 Boulevard Des Sources
Montreal, QC
(514) 560-0777

Between this Dollard spot and Laval’s Freiha, some of the best classic falafel sandwiches in town are tucked away in the suburbs. This West Island favourite doesn’t play games, sticking to tabouli, tomato, pickles, falafel, and tahini sauce wrapped up in a pita.

2. Falafel Freiha

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3858, boul Perron
Laval, QC
(450) 686-2446

In most cases, “hole in the wall” is a fairly backhanded description for a restaurant, but it’s vaguely applicable in the case of Laval’s Freiha. It’s a no-nonsense sandwich served with extreme no-nonsense nonchalance, and the only real choice one has to make is how many falafels go into the pita. But it’s great.

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3. Maison Chickpea

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2362 46e Avenue, Lachine
QC H8T 2P3, Canada
(514) 420-0505
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In yet another suggestion that the suburbs do falafel better, this newcomer on the edge of Lachine and Dorval has settled into a neighbourhood groove since opening in late 2016 with a straightforward, comforting selection of sandwiches and platters, with the eponymous chickpea in a starring role.

4. Falafel St-Jacques

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345 Rue St-Jacques
Lachine, QC
(514) 595-7482
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It’s a giveaway sign of quality that some Montrealers will routinely trek out to this Lachine restaurant to fill up on falafel and other entirely vegetarian options on the menu. The vegetarian shish taouk is worth considering, too.

5. Daou

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519 Rue Faillon Est
Montreal, QC
514 276-8310

Daou has been dishing up Lebanese meals to Villeray for over four decades, and once counted Céline Dion amongst its regulars. It’s more of a sit-down, formal place than most on this map, so ordering more than just the fantastically crispy falafels would make sense. This is the original location, but they also have a larger Ville-St-Laurent location on Marcel-Laurin.

6. Le Petit Alep

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191, rue Jean-Talon Est
Montreal, QC
(514) 270-9361
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The casual sibling of beloved Villeray Syrian-Armenian restaurant Alep has a lengthy selection of mezzes, salads, and sandwiches, and falafel is a strength. Note that it’s still a more formal, sit-down kind of place, at least relative to the snackier options on this map.

7. La Panthère Verte

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160 rue Saint-Viateur Est
Montreal, QC
(514) 508-5564
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The Green Panther’s claim to serve “the best falafel in town” can’t quite be verified, but it’s still very good. The two sandwich options are less traditional than others, featuring items like sauerkraut, sprouts, and a herbier sauce, and they’ve proved popular enough to allow the Panther to branch out to a total of six locations around Montreal.

8. Sumac

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3618 Notre-Dame Ouest
Montreal, QC
(514) 935-1444
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Raquel Zagury and David Bloom’s new-ish shawarma and falafel spot has been a hit in St-Henri — a falafel platter or sandwich is best rounded out with any one of the next-level salads.

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9. Nilufar

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1925 St-Catherine West
Montreal, QC
(514) 846-1947
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Nilufar Al-Shourbaji, the woman behind one of Concordia University’s favourite cheap food haunts, is an icon in Shaughnessy Village. Great falafel sandwiches undoubtedly helped put her name in lights, but it’s worth trying the vegan falafel poutine with fries, falafel, tahini, and hot sauce.

10. Boustan

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2020 rue Crescent
Montreal, QC
(514) 843-3576
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This Crescent Street institution (now with multiple locations) made its name on shawarma, but the spicy falafel wrap can compete with the best meaty sandwich. They’re open obscenely late, and also do deliveries, although it might result in soggy falafel.

11. Falafel Avenue

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2020 Rue Robert bourassa
Montreal, QC
(514) 842-9494
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On the cutting edge of falafel experimentation in the city is this downtown spot — a classic sandwich is possible, but there’s also salad and pizza options, and four different recipes to choose between for the fritters themselves (including a mozzarella-stuffed one), alongside a rainbow of sauces. They just added a Plateau location, too.

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1. Falafel Abou Hanna

4660 Boulevard Des Sources, Montreal, QC

Between this Dollard spot and Laval’s Freiha, some of the best classic falafel sandwiches in town are tucked away in the suburbs. This West Island favourite doesn’t play games, sticking to tabouli, tomato, pickles, falafel, and tahini sauce wrapped up in a pita.

4660 Boulevard Des Sources
Montreal, QC

2. Falafel Freiha

3858, boul Perron, Laval, QC

In most cases, “hole in the wall” is a fairly backhanded description for a restaurant, but it’s vaguely applicable in the case of Laval’s Freiha. It’s a no-nonsense sandwich served with extreme no-nonsense nonchalance, and the only real choice one has to make is how many falafels go into the pita. But it’s great.

3858, boul Perron
Laval, QC

3. Maison Chickpea

2362 46e Avenue, Lachine, QC H8T 2P3, Canada

In yet another suggestion that the suburbs do falafel better, this newcomer on the edge of Lachine and Dorval has settled into a neighbourhood groove since opening in late 2016 with a straightforward, comforting selection of sandwiches and platters, with the eponymous chickpea in a starring role.

2362 46e Avenue, Lachine
QC H8T 2P3, Canada

4. Falafel St-Jacques

345 Rue St-Jacques, Lachine, QC

It’s a giveaway sign of quality that some Montrealers will routinely trek out to this Lachine restaurant to fill up on falafel and other entirely vegetarian options on the menu. The vegetarian shish taouk is worth considering, too.

345 Rue St-Jacques
Lachine, QC

5. Daou

519 Rue Faillon Est, Montreal, QC

Daou has been dishing up Lebanese meals to Villeray for over four decades, and once counted Céline Dion amongst its regulars. It’s more of a sit-down, formal place than most on this map, so ordering more than just the fantastically crispy falafels would make sense. This is the original location, but they also have a larger Ville-St-Laurent location on Marcel-Laurin.

519 Rue Faillon Est
Montreal, QC

6. Le Petit Alep

191, rue Jean-Talon Est, Montreal, QC

The casual sibling of beloved Villeray Syrian-Armenian restaurant Alep has a lengthy selection of mezzes, salads, and sandwiches, and falafel is a strength. Note that it’s still a more formal, sit-down kind of place, at least relative to the snackier options on this map.

191, rue Jean-Talon Est
Montreal, QC

7. La Panthère Verte

160 rue Saint-Viateur Est, Montreal, QC

The Green Panther’s claim to serve “the best falafel in town” can’t quite be verified, but it’s still very good. The two sandwich options are less traditional than others, featuring items like sauerkraut, sprouts, and a herbier sauce, and they’ve proved popular enough to allow the Panther to branch out to a total of six locations around Montreal.

160 rue Saint-Viateur Est
Montreal, QC

8. Sumac

3618 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, QC
Step Inside Saint-Henri Star Sumac on a Friday at Lunchtime
Inside Sumac
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Raquel Zagury and David Bloom’s new-ish shawarma and falafel spot has been a hit in St-Henri — a falafel platter or sandwich is best rounded out with any one of the next-level salads.

3618 Notre-Dame Ouest
Montreal, QC

9. Nilufar

1925 St-Catherine West, Montreal, QC

Nilufar Al-Shourbaji, the woman behind one of Concordia University’s favourite cheap food haunts, is an icon in Shaughnessy Village. Great falafel sandwiches undoubtedly helped put her name in lights, but it’s worth trying the vegan falafel poutine with fries, falafel, tahini, and hot sauce.

1925 St-Catherine West
Montreal, QC

10. Boustan

2020 rue Crescent, Montreal, QC

This Crescent Street institution (now with multiple locations) made its name on shawarma, but the spicy falafel wrap can compete with the best meaty sandwich. They’re open obscenely late, and also do deliveries, although it might result in soggy falafel.

2020 rue Crescent
Montreal, QC

11. Falafel Avenue

2020 Rue Robert bourassa, Montreal, QC

On the cutting edge of falafel experimentation in the city is this downtown spot — a classic sandwich is possible, but there’s also salad and pizza options, and four different recipes to choose between for the fritters themselves (including a mozzarella-stuffed one), alongside a rainbow of sauces. They just added a Plateau location, too.

2020 Rue Robert bourassa
Montreal, QC

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