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The Essential Montreal Hot Dogs

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Under all those bagels, poutines, and smoked meat sandwiches, Montreal is (also) a hot dog town. And it always has been, since the advent of the steamé (with mustard, chopped onion, and coleslaw s'il vous plaît), and the diffusion of riffs like the toasté (bun and dog made crispy on the flattop) and the sloppy joe-like Michigan. Montreal still teems with vintage diners where you can enjoy the city's singular takes on the frank, but the sausage scene has been gaining ground with new and notable hot dog makers.

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1. Chez Ma Tante

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3180 Rue Fleury Est., Montreal
QC H1H 1H4, Canada
(514) 387-6984

If a Montrealer grew up in Ahuntsic, this was where they ate hot dogs. A tried and true veteran of the hot dog scene, Chez Ma Tante is worth the pilgrimage for a steamé.

2. Chez Tousignant

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6956, rue Drolet, Montreal
QC H2S 2T3, Canada
(438) 386-6368
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At new wave snack bar Chez Tousignant, chef Yann Turcotte makes the kind of hot dogs he loved as a child, except from scratch, and with no fillers it’s been wowing critics ever since. Try the eponymous Tousignant dog with American cheese melted on top, bacon, topped with special sauce and pickle slices.

3. Mont-Royal Hot Dog

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1001 Av. Mont-Royal Est, Montreal
QC H2J 1X7, Canada
(514) 523-3670
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Dimitrios Goulpegazis and Constantinos Psaradellis opened Mont-Royal Hot Dog in 1965. The diner is now managed by Nickolaos Psaradellis, but Mont-Royal Hot Dog's flagship roteux-moutarde-chou has not changed one iota, save for a $5 prix-fixe menu that features its delicious dogs.

4. Chez Claudette

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351, rue Laurier Est, Montreal
QC H2T 1G7, Canada
(514) 279-5173
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Before ordering a poutine like everybody else at this Mile End diner, consider Chez Claudette's very respectable hot dog tout garni.

5. Lester's

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1055 rue Bernard, Outremont
QC, Canada
(514) 213-1313
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Lester's is where a lot of Montrealers were weaned on smoked meat and other Jewish deli staples. That includes toasted kosher franks with ballpark mustard.

6. Pataterie Chez Philippe

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1877 Amherst, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 528-5957
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While famous for a stacked burger, or the local favourite Zeke sandwich, this classic Village diner serves every style of Montreal dog: steamé, toasté, Michigan rôti and vapeur, and Pogo.

7. Majestique

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4105, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 439-1850
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This upscale take on the hot dog "is a masterpiece," wrote Lesley Chesterman in a March 2015 review that still holds up. "Imagine a foot long hot dog made with Gaspor pork meat snuggled in a sesame-seed crusted hot dog bun (custom made by baker-du-moment Hof Kelsten) and topped with a red cabbage, apple and fried leek slaw. Finish it off with a bit of that lemony mayonnaise and plain ol’ yellow mustard and you have the hot dog to end all hot dogs."

8. Dirty Dogs

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3685 Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montreal, QC, Montreal
QC H2X 2V5, Canada
(514) 508-3647
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This hot dog upstart in the Plateau departs from traditional Montreal steamés and toastés in a major way. No ingredient is unfit for a hot dog in this eatery, with the wide variety of ingredients piled on so high that the sausage is, at times, buried below. Something for everyone’s to be found here.

9. Decarie Hot Dog

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953 Decarie, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 748-7213
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A poster child hot dog peddler since 1969. Unchanged over the decades, Decarie Hot Dog is a Ville Saint-Laurent legend.

10. Montreal Pool Room

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1217 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 954-4487

Montreal Pool Room keeps chugging along after it cleaned up its act and moved across the street after a century on the west side of the lower Main a few years ago — and many still consider it the place for a classic Montreal steamé.

11. Hotto Doggu

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368 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3B 1A1, Canada

Before Hotto Doggu arrived on Montreal’s hot dog scene, ingredients like nori and kewpie mayo had been barely explored as meat-tube garnishes. Its Japanese wares have been making waves since it first opened in May of 2018.

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12. Olive et Gourmando

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351 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A7, Canada
(514) 350-1083
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Perhaps a nod to the famous and extravagant hot dog found in the Plateau, Olive and Gourmando’s daily menu features their own Majestique: a bacon-cheddar sausage, with apple coleslaw, pickled corn and jalapeños, fried shallots, all topped with creamy mustard on a house bun.

13. Chien-Chaud Victoire

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Tour 700 de la Gauchetière, 1001 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal
QC H3B 0A7, Canada
(514) 508-0917

Victoire served toasted dogs and spruce beer for decades downtown before a 2011 move to a downtown tower’s food court. Probably the most clandestine hot dog on this map.

14. Gibeau Orange Julep

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7700 boul. Décarie, Montreal
QC H4P 2H4, Canada
(514) 738-7486
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A singular Montreal landmark built by Hermas Gibeau to serve his trademark orange drink — and hot dogs. Gibeau's original restaurant on Sherbrooke East was torn down in 2009 after 80 years in business, but the big orange on Décarie still looms large.

15. Moose Bawr

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1817 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M2, Canada
(514) 846-6673
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Hot on the trail that Dirty Dogs blazed, this bar situated alongside Concordia University’s downtown campus makes a point of offering different stacked dog options: Try the Frito Burrito with its tequila lime sausage, or the Philly cheese option, with a cold one pulled from the tap.

16. Restaurant A.A.

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3702 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 933-9009
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Steamés by day, toastés by night, and Michigan dogs all day figure prominently at this popular Saint-Henri greasy spoon from casse-croûte stalwart André Annoussos. Open since 1962 and counting.

17. Greenspot

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3041 rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC H4C 1N9‎, Canada
(514) 931-6473
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Very little has changed at this Saint-Henri diner, notable for steamés, in almost 70 years. It has since expanded its menu into new territories of new toppings, prompting Montrealers for a refresher course.

18. Paul Patates

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760 Rue Charlevoix, Montreal
QC H3K 2Y2, Canada
(514) 937-2751
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Few places scream Pointe-Saint-Charles quite like this corner vendor of bière d'épinette, poutine, and no-frills steamés. An unforgettable neighbourhood establishment.

19. Pierrette Patates

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3900 rue de verdun, Verdun
QC H4G, Canada
(514) 766-2138
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Corner snack bar Pierrette Patates serves up the best in classic blue collar Québécois hot dogs for the borough of Verdun.

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1. Chez Ma Tante

3180 Rue Fleury Est., Montreal, QC H1H 1H4, Canada

If a Montrealer grew up in Ahuntsic, this was where they ate hot dogs. A tried and true veteran of the hot dog scene, Chez Ma Tante is worth the pilgrimage for a steamé.

3180 Rue Fleury Est., Montreal
QC H1H 1H4, Canada

2. Chez Tousignant

6956, rue Drolet, Montreal, QC H2S 2T3, Canada

At new wave snack bar Chez Tousignant, chef Yann Turcotte makes the kind of hot dogs he loved as a child, except from scratch, and with no fillers it’s been wowing critics ever since. Try the eponymous Tousignant dog with American cheese melted on top, bacon, topped with special sauce and pickle slices.

6956, rue Drolet, Montreal
QC H2S 2T3, Canada

3. Mont-Royal Hot Dog

1001 Av. Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, QC H2J 1X7, Canada

Dimitrios Goulpegazis and Constantinos Psaradellis opened Mont-Royal Hot Dog in 1965. The diner is now managed by Nickolaos Psaradellis, but Mont-Royal Hot Dog's flagship roteux-moutarde-chou has not changed one iota, save for a $5 prix-fixe menu that features its delicious dogs.

1001 Av. Mont-Royal Est, Montreal
QC H2J 1X7, Canada

4. Chez Claudette

351, rue Laurier Est, Montreal, QC H2T 1G7, Canada

Before ordering a poutine like everybody else at this Mile End diner, consider Chez Claudette's very respectable hot dog tout garni.

351, rue Laurier Est, Montreal
QC H2T 1G7, Canada

5. Lester's

1055 rue Bernard, Outremont, QC, Canada

Lester's is where a lot of Montrealers were weaned on smoked meat and other Jewish deli staples. That includes toasted kosher franks with ballpark mustard.

1055 rue Bernard, Outremont
QC, Canada

6. Pataterie Chez Philippe

1877 Amherst, Montreal, QC, Canada

While famous for a stacked burger, or the local favourite Zeke sandwich, this classic Village diner serves every style of Montreal dog: steamé, toasté, Michigan rôti and vapeur, and Pogo.

1877 Amherst, Montreal
QC, Canada

7. Majestique

4105, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada

This upscale take on the hot dog "is a masterpiece," wrote Lesley Chesterman in a March 2015 review that still holds up. "Imagine a foot long hot dog made with Gaspor pork meat snuggled in a sesame-seed crusted hot dog bun (custom made by baker-du-moment Hof Kelsten) and topped with a red cabbage, apple and fried leek slaw. Finish it off with a bit of that lemony mayonnaise and plain ol’ yellow mustard and you have the hot dog to end all hot dogs."

4105, boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

8. Dirty Dogs

3685 Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montreal, QC, Montreal, QC H2X 2V5, Canada

This hot dog upstart in the Plateau departs from traditional Montreal steamés and toastés in a major way. No ingredient is unfit for a hot dog in this eatery, with the wide variety of ingredients piled on so high that the sausage is, at times, buried below. Something for everyone’s to be found here.

3685 Saint Laurent Boulevard, Montreal, QC, Montreal
QC H2X 2V5, Canada

9. Decarie Hot Dog

953 Decarie, Montreal, QC, Canada

A poster child hot dog peddler since 1969. Unchanged over the decades, Decarie Hot Dog is a Ville Saint-Laurent legend.

953 Decarie, Montreal
QC, Canada

10. Montreal Pool Room

1217 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada

Montreal Pool Room keeps chugging along after it cleaned up its act and moved across the street after a century on the west side of the lower Main a few years ago — and many still consider it the place for a classic Montreal steamé.

1217 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

11. Hotto Doggu

368 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3B 1A1, Canada

Before Hotto Doggu arrived on Montreal’s hot dog scene, ingredients like nori and kewpie mayo had been barely explored as meat-tube garnishes. Its Japanese wares have been making waves since it first opened in May of 2018.

368 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3B 1A1, Canada

12. Olive et Gourmando

351 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal, QC H2Y 2A7, Canada

Perhaps a nod to the famous and extravagant hot dog found in the Plateau, Olive and Gourmando’s daily menu features their own Majestique: a bacon-cheddar sausage, with apple coleslaw, pickled corn and jalapeños, fried shallots, all topped with creamy mustard on a house bun.

351 Rue Saint-Paul O, Montréal
QC H2Y 2A7, Canada

13. Chien-Chaud Victoire

Tour 700 de la Gauchetière, 1001 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal, QC H3B 0A7, Canada

Victoire served toasted dogs and spruce beer for decades downtown before a 2011 move to a downtown tower’s food court. Probably the most clandestine hot dog on this map.

Tour 700 de la Gauchetière, 1001 Boulevard Robert-Bourassa, Montréal
QC H3B 0A7, Canada

14. Gibeau Orange Julep

7700 boul. Décarie, Montreal, QC H4P 2H4, Canada

A singular Montreal landmark built by Hermas Gibeau to serve his trademark orange drink — and hot dogs. Gibeau's original restaurant on Sherbrooke East was torn down in 2009 after 80 years in business, but the big orange on Décarie still looms large.

7700 boul. Décarie, Montreal
QC H4P 2H4, Canada

15. Moose Bawr

1817 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M2, Canada

Hot on the trail that Dirty Dogs blazed, this bar situated alongside Concordia University’s downtown campus makes a point of offering different stacked dog options: Try the Frito Burrito with its tequila lime sausage, or the Philly cheese option, with a cold one pulled from the tap.

1817 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M2, Canada

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16. Restaurant A.A.

3702 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal, QC, Canada

Steamés by day, toastés by night, and Michigan dogs all day figure prominently at this popular Saint-Henri greasy spoon from casse-croûte stalwart André Annoussos. Open since 1962 and counting.

3702 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC, Canada

17. Greenspot

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

Very little has changed at this Saint-Henri diner, notable for steamés, in almost 70 years. It has since expanded its menu into new territories of new toppings, prompting Montrealers for a refresher course.

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

18. Paul Patates

760 Rue Charlevoix, Montreal, QC H3K 2Y2, Canada

Few places scream Pointe-Saint-Charles quite like this corner vendor of bière d'épinette, poutine, and no-frills steamés. An unforgettable neighbourhood establishment.

760 Rue Charlevoix, Montreal
QC H3K 2Y2, Canada

19. Pierrette Patates

3900 rue de verdun, Verdun, QC H4G, Canada

Corner snack bar Pierrette Patates serves up the best in classic blue collar Québécois hot dogs for the borough of Verdun.

3900 rue de verdun, Verdun
QC H4G, Canada

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