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Where to Get Takeout in Pointe-St-Charles

Jerk chicken, Italian sandwiches, and enchiladas — all in the Pointe

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Formerly inhabited by immigrant Irish industrial workers who helped with the construction of the Lachine Canal and industries connected to it, Pointe-St-Charles was once known as a a predominantly working-class neighbourhood. But, in recent times, changes have been afoot — money has crept in, with condo developments and other signs of gentrification popping up in parts of the hood, likely helped by its very close proximity to downtown Montreal. That has made it quite the mixed bag of old and new places to eat and drink, many of which are rather affordable, although with a few higher-end spots sprinkled in.

Behold: the Pointe’s food highlights.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

La Canting

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Excitement rang out with the announcement of La Canting’s opening in the fall of 2020. The name is derived from both Mandarin and French origins, while the cuisine pays homage to the chef’s Chinese-Taiwanese roots. Drawing inspiration from both family dinners and night markets, look out for dishes like Szechuan fried chicken, Taiwanese beef noodle soup, and grilled lamb. Vegetarian options available.

Café Cantina

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Doing a mix of Californian and Mexican fare, this eatery has stayed relatively under the radar since opening back in 2010. Owner Serge Landau does all the staples here, including quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, freshly-made salsa, and tacos, with options running the gamut from classic carnitas to decidedly less-classic kale.

Le Petit Sao

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The cozy and cute vibes of Le Petit Sao are guaranteed to please, particularly with its colourful Tonkinese soups and vermicelli bowls. Catering to both lunch and dinner crowds, this family-run Vietnamese stronghold features other highlights such as imperial rolls, papaya salad, or the General Sao — a bowl of fried cauliflower (or grilled chicken) and rice.

Fugazzi

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Towards the end of 2018, this Barroco group pizzeria opened to great fanfare, slinging pies of all kinds to eager diners. True to their style, they opened speakeasy Milky Way on the second floor, with fun cocktails in a cosmic space. Note: Fugazzi recently opened another location in Mile End, in addition to Chilean sandwich counter Super Loco accessible via the back alley.

Café Bloom

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This ultra-friendly neighbourhood café and lunch/brunch spot has been consistently hot for several years now. Serving up some of the city’s best French toast, this Centre Street favourite leans local and seasonal to whip up dozens of delicious options throughout the week, with sandwiches, tartines, and simple egg-based breakfasts. Takeout only.

Run by Hakim Chajar, Miel’s standard menu has been put on pause due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean operations have completely ceased. In fact, this Centre Street eatery has been serving up gourmet frying chicken under the alias Rubie’s since late 2020.

Frais Express

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Perhaps the most unknown restaurant in the area is this simple Chinese restaurant housed in the former (and somewhat run-down) Jean-Guy Dépanneur, one block off the main drag. With nearly everything on the menu — including dumplings, fried rice, Pad Thai and General Tao chicken — capped at just $5 per plate, this is one of those operations locals keep close to heart.

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Lecavalier Petrone

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At a time when many people expect food to stand out aesthetically as much or even more than in taste, two female pastry chefs are doing both. Lecavalier Petrone is best recognized for its wildly colourful chocolates, but the range of confections stretches to bite-size pastries, cupcakes, financiers, éclairs, and even wedding cakes. The boutique shop is open to individuals and businesses alike, but take note of its somewhat limited hours.

Florence Cafe

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While officially listed as a coffee shop, Florence now offers meal salads to-go, as well as their creative flavour-of-the-week swirls. Open every day of the week, from 9 to 5.

Clarke Café

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A former Mile End favourite recently reborn on Centre Street, Clarke has become an excellent go-to option for locals to grab their fix of affordable Italian pastries, sandwiches, and coffee.

Cantine Burgz

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As the only Haitian outlet in PSC, this newly opened eatery offers the staples of its namesake cuisine, such as griot (spiced and fried pork), fried plantains, and pikliz, a side of pickled cabbage, bell peppers, and carrots. The décor provides a historical introduction to Little Burgundy, including Rockhead’s Paradise, arguably the most famous of Montreal’s jazz clubs of the early twentieth century.

Boom J's Cuisine

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Voted some of the city’s best Caribbean food for years now, this laid-back Jamaican house is famous for goat curry, patties, roti, and jerk chicken. What it lacks in décor is well compensated in intensely flavourful food that’s light on the wallet. Always a solid choice for delivery.

Found on a long stretch of Wellington Street, Mollo pours excellent espresso, with plenty of desserts available, as well. The pandemic forced this café to convert their seating space into a temporary market, thereby becoming a purveyor of local goods. Insider tip: the affogato is a real treat.

Connie Pizza

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If you’ve yet to try the “Spéciale Connie’s,” well, you’ve been missing out. The pie uses meat sauce (as in spaghetti meat sauce) as the base and is the ultimate in greasy, chewy Montreal-style pizza. Other specialties include club sandwiches, submarines, and souvlaki plates, but pizza is the real star. Connie delivers to surrounding neighbourhoods.

Paul Patates

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If it’s traditional casse-croûte offerings you’re craving, there’s probably no better option than Paul in the Pointe. Open since 1958 and well-known for its homemade spruce beer (made on-site), customers dig the all-dressed steamies and poutine that have made this fast-food joint a neighbourhood landmark.

La Canting

Excitement rang out with the announcement of La Canting’s opening in the fall of 2020. The name is derived from both Mandarin and French origins, while the cuisine pays homage to the chef’s Chinese-Taiwanese roots. Drawing inspiration from both family dinners and night markets, look out for dishes like Szechuan fried chicken, Taiwanese beef noodle soup, and grilled lamb. Vegetarian options available.

Café Cantina

Doing a mix of Californian and Mexican fare, this eatery has stayed relatively under the radar since opening back in 2010. Owner Serge Landau does all the staples here, including quesadillas, burritos, enchiladas, freshly-made salsa, and tacos, with options running the gamut from classic carnitas to decidedly less-classic kale.

Le Petit Sao

The cozy and cute vibes of Le Petit Sao are guaranteed to please, particularly with its colourful Tonkinese soups and vermicelli bowls. Catering to both lunch and dinner crowds, this family-run Vietnamese stronghold features other highlights such as imperial rolls, papaya salad, or the General Sao — a bowl of fried cauliflower (or grilled chicken) and rice.

Fugazzi

Towards the end of 2018, this Barroco group pizzeria opened to great fanfare, slinging pies of all kinds to eager diners. True to their style, they opened speakeasy Milky Way on the second floor, with fun cocktails in a cosmic space. Note: Fugazzi recently opened another location in Mile End, in addition to Chilean sandwich counter Super Loco accessible via the back alley.

Café Bloom

This ultra-friendly neighbourhood café and lunch/brunch spot has been consistently hot for several years now. Serving up some of the city’s best French toast, this Centre Street favourite leans local and seasonal to whip up dozens of delicious options throughout the week, with sandwiches, tartines, and simple egg-based breakfasts. Takeout only.

Miel

Run by Hakim Chajar, Miel’s standard menu has been put on pause due to the pandemic, but that doesn’t mean operations have completely ceased. In fact, this Centre Street eatery has been serving up gourmet frying chicken under the alias Rubie’s since late 2020.

Frais Express

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Perhaps the most unknown restaurant in the area is this simple Chinese restaurant housed in the former (and somewhat run-down) Jean-Guy Dépanneur, one block off the main drag. With nearly everything on the menu — including dumplings, fried rice, Pad Thai and General Tao chicken — capped at just $5 per plate, this is one of those operations locals keep close to heart.

Daniel Bromberg/Eater Montreal

Lecavalier Petrone

At a time when many people expect food to stand out aesthetically as much or even more than in taste, two female pastry chefs are doing both. Lecavalier Petrone is best recognized for its wildly colourful chocolates, but the range of confections stretches to bite-size pastries, cupcakes, financiers, éclairs, and even wedding cakes. The boutique shop is open to individuals and businesses alike, but take note of its somewhat limited hours.

Florence Cafe

While officially listed as a coffee shop, Florence now offers meal salads to-go, as well as their creative flavour-of-the-week swirls. Open every day of the week, from 9 to 5.

Clarke Café

A former Mile End favourite recently reborn on Centre Street, Clarke has become an excellent go-to option for locals to grab their fix of affordable Italian pastries, sandwiches, and coffee.

Cantine Burgz

As the only Haitian outlet in PSC, this newly opened eatery offers the staples of its namesake cuisine, such as griot (spiced and fried pork), fried plantains, and pikliz, a side of pickled cabbage, bell peppers, and carrots. The décor provides a historical introduction to Little Burgundy, including Rockhead’s Paradise, arguably the most famous of Montreal’s jazz clubs of the early twentieth century.

Boom J's Cuisine

Voted some of the city’s best Caribbean food for years now, this laid-back Jamaican house is famous for goat curry, patties, roti, and jerk chicken. What it lacks in décor is well compensated in intensely flavourful food that’s light on the wallet. Always a solid choice for delivery.

Mollo

Found on a long stretch of Wellington Street, Mollo pours excellent espresso, with plenty of desserts available, as well. The pandemic forced this café to convert their seating space into a temporary market, thereby becoming a purveyor of local goods. Insider tip: the affogato is a real treat.

Connie Pizza

If you’ve yet to try the “Spéciale Connie’s,” well, you’ve been missing out. The pie uses meat sauce (as in spaghetti meat sauce) as the base and is the ultimate in greasy, chewy Montreal-style pizza. Other specialties include club sandwiches, submarines, and souvlaki plates, but pizza is the real star. Connie delivers to surrounding neighbourhoods.

Paul Patates

If it’s traditional casse-croûte offerings you’re craving, there’s probably no better option than Paul in the Pointe. Open since 1958 and well-known for its homemade spruce beer (made on-site), customers dig the all-dressed steamies and poutine that have made this fast-food joint a neighbourhood landmark.

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