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The Finest Fast Food in Montreal

Skip the multinational chains and get burgers, sandwiches, salads, and more from these local favourites.

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In Montreal, some of the places where you’ll find the most delicious food also happen to be the quickest. From chopped salads downtown at Foodchain to Thai comfort food at Little Italy’s Epicerie Pumpui, these restaurants prove that fast food doesn’t have to mean junk food.

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1. Épicerie Pumpui

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83 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1K7, Canada
(514) 379-3024
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You’ll find some of the city’s best Thai food at this Little Italy counter or “curry shop”. Order a pad kaprao (pork and Thai basil stir fry), fried chicken with sweet chili sauce, or any curry on offer, plus some mango sticky rice to soothe your tongue with something sweet after all that spice.

2. Falafel Yoni

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54 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2K8, Canada
(514) 424-7767
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A welcome addition to Mile End’s food scene, Falafel Yoni does its namesake dish justice. Order it in sandwich form, wrapped in a pita with a mountain of red cabbage and tahini, on a platter or atop a salad: there is no wrong way to eat these crispy fried chickpea balls. The sabich — a fried eggplant sandwich — is equally worth a try.

3. Wilensky's Light Lunch

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34 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M1, Canada
(514) 271-0247
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Pull up a bar stool and within minutes, you’ll be enjoying Wilensky’s Special, one of Montreal’s most iconic sandwiches. Your Kaiser bun will come topped with bologna and salami, fried on a flat top, with or without mustard. Just don’t dare ask them to cut it in half.

4. Rotisserie Romados

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115 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1C8, Canada
(514) 849-1803
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Some Montrealers may swear by ultra-popular Ma Poule Mouillée down the street, but the lines there mean it’s not always guaranteed to be a very fast meal — old favourite Romados is often faster, with fantastically juicy rotisserie chicken smothered in spicy sauce and served with a mountain of fries. Call ahead to skip any potential line. —Tim Forster

5. Uniburger (multiple locations)

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2001 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2X 3K8, Canada
(514) 419-6555
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Why have any other fast food burger when you can have a Uniburger? Now with locations on Saint Denis, and in St-Henri and Côte-des-Neiges, a perfect 100% Canadian beef burger — served on a Martin’s potato roll with tomatoes, lettuce, cheese and special sauce — is never too far away.

6. Hoang Oanh Sandwich

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1071 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J6, Canada
(514) 954-0053

This Chinatown sandwich counter serves a near-perfect banh mi, assembled on the spot for $4, plus other Vietnamese staples like fresh spring rolls or banh cuon (rice paper sheets filled with ground pork).

7. Foodchain

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1212 Avenue McGill College, Montréal
QC H3B 4J8, Canada
(514) 532-0128
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Satisfying the downtown crowd’s need for fresh salads done fast, Foodchain is just about the healthiest fast food you can possibly find, with all-vegetarian combinations blitzed up in food processors — like kohlrabi, celery, fennel, basil, onion, turnip, parsley and hummus sauce. Grab a cheesy pain magique if you can, too.

8. Gibeau Orange Julep

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7700 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal
QC H4P 2H4, Canada
(514) 738-7486
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There’s nowhere else on earth quite like Orange Julep, and that’s what makes it perfect. Order up a couple steamés, some poutine and the namesake drink — a milky, frothy orange beverage — and marvel at the weird wonderfulness of this highway-adjacent orange dome from your picnic table perch.

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9. Antep Kebap

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

If you weren’t hungry before, you will be once you walk into this casual Turkish restaurant just around the corner from Concordia. Order the chicken sandwich, served in their fresh-made sesame seed-covered flatbreads with yogurt and their homemade hot sauce. Perfection in a sandwich.

10. Club Social P.S.

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5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada
(514) 379-4883
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Just around back from Saint-Henri’s Elena, you’ll find a cozy little place to grab a coffee or pastry in the morning, or a glass of natural wine and some of the city’s best pizza al taglio later in the day. It’s made fresh every morning. (The P.S. in the name stands for “Pizza Slice”, naturally.)

1. Épicerie Pumpui

83 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal, QC H2S 1K7, Canada

You’ll find some of the city’s best Thai food at this Little Italy counter or “curry shop”. Order a pad kaprao (pork and Thai basil stir fry), fried chicken with sweet chili sauce, or any curry on offer, plus some mango sticky rice to soothe your tongue with something sweet after all that spice.

83 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montréal
QC H2S 1K7, Canada

2. Falafel Yoni

54 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2T 2K8, Canada

A welcome addition to Mile End’s food scene, Falafel Yoni does its namesake dish justice. Order it in sandwich form, wrapped in a pita with a mountain of red cabbage and tahini, on a platter or atop a salad: there is no wrong way to eat these crispy fried chickpea balls. The sabich — a fried eggplant sandwich — is equally worth a try.

54 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2K8, Canada

3. Wilensky's Light Lunch

34 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M1, Canada

Pull up a bar stool and within minutes, you’ll be enjoying Wilensky’s Special, one of Montreal’s most iconic sandwiches. Your Kaiser bun will come topped with bologna and salami, fried on a flat top, with or without mustard. Just don’t dare ask them to cut it in half.

34 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M1, Canada

4. Rotisserie Romados

115 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2W 1C8, Canada

Some Montrealers may swear by ultra-popular Ma Poule Mouillée down the street, but the lines there mean it’s not always guaranteed to be a very fast meal — old favourite Romados is often faster, with fantastically juicy rotisserie chicken smothered in spicy sauce and served with a mountain of fries. Call ahead to skip any potential line. —Tim Forster

115 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1C8, Canada

5. Uniburger (multiple locations)

2001 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K8, Canada

Why have any other fast food burger when you can have a Uniburger? Now with locations on Saint Denis, and in St-Henri and Côte-des-Neiges, a perfect 100% Canadian beef burger — served on a Martin’s potato roll with tomatoes, lettuce, cheese and special sauce — is never too far away.

2001 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2X 3K8, Canada

6. Hoang Oanh Sandwich

1071 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2Z 1J6, Canada

This Chinatown sandwich counter serves a near-perfect banh mi, assembled on the spot for $4, plus other Vietnamese staples like fresh spring rolls or banh cuon (rice paper sheets filled with ground pork).

1071 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2Z 1J6, Canada

7. Foodchain

1212 Avenue McGill College, Montréal, QC H3B 4J8, Canada

Satisfying the downtown crowd’s need for fresh salads done fast, Foodchain is just about the healthiest fast food you can possibly find, with all-vegetarian combinations blitzed up in food processors — like kohlrabi, celery, fennel, basil, onion, turnip, parsley and hummus sauce. Grab a cheesy pain magique if you can, too.

1212 Avenue McGill College, Montréal
QC H3B 4J8, Canada

8. Gibeau Orange Julep

7700 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal, QC H4P 2H4, Canada
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There’s nowhere else on earth quite like Orange Julep, and that’s what makes it perfect. Order up a couple steamés, some poutine and the namesake drink — a milky, frothy orange beverage — and marvel at the weird wonderfulness of this highway-adjacent orange dome from your picnic table perch.

7700 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal
QC H4P 2H4, Canada

9. Antep Kebap

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

If you weren’t hungry before, you will be once you walk into this casual Turkish restaurant just around the corner from Concordia. Order the chicken sandwich, served in their fresh-made sesame seed-covered flatbreads with yogurt and their homemade hot sauce. Perfection in a sandwich.

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

10. Club Social P.S.

5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1T1, Canada

Just around back from Saint-Henri’s Elena, you’ll find a cozy little place to grab a coffee or pastry in the morning, or a glass of natural wine and some of the city’s best pizza al taglio later in the day. It’s made fresh every morning. (The P.S. in the name stands for “Pizza Slice”, naturally.)

5090 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1T1, Canada

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