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15 Standout Spots for Takeout in Mercier-Hochelaga-Maisonneuve

A taqueria, pizzeria, and French bistros galore

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East-end Hochelaga-Maisonneuve, along with the even more easterly and borderline-industrial Mercier, is a borough too often overlooked as a worthwhile dining destination. But the district is peppered with notable, yet low-key bistros, some local-loved greasy spoons, and a series of newer arrivals. Here you’ll find our picks for the best of the bunch. (Note: Neighbourhood favourites like Resto-Bar Le Pick-Up and Les Affamés have been left off this list as they are currently on hiatus.)

The borders for this neighbourhood guide are decided using mostly municipal boundaries — the railroad near Préfontaine metro station to the west, a jagged line loosely around Sherbrooke in the north, the river to the south and far-flung Georges V to the east.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Maneki Comptoir Asiat'

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Located in a small strip mall on Hochelaga, steps from Préfontaine metro, is three year-old comptoir Maneki. It specializes in North American Chinese dishes — with some worthy general tao — but also delivers on the Thai and Vietnamese front with options like Tom Yum and Pad Thai.

Bistro King Creole

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The neighbourhood’s go-to for tender cubes of griot, fritay like plantains and accras, and a hefty plate of Haitian-spiced chicken with macaroni salad and rice. Takeout only

Jones Café

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The owners of this new Ontario street restaurant are the same as that behind Sata Sushi, which previously stood in its place, and the approach remains similarly animal-free, with some sushi still in the mix. New menu additions include grilled cheese, soup, and a palm heart guédille.

La Taqueria

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Carnitas, in this neck of the woods? Believe it: Hochelaga’s only taco spot of note does those and more at the low, low price of $1.75 for each loaded-up tortilla. They are worth the trip.

La Boutique Arhoma

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The larger of Arhoma's two locations (the other being in Centre-Sud), this boutique has been both hailed as having the city's top bread (not to mention the patisserie side of the operation) and criticized as a forbear to East End gentrification.

La Pataterie

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Having been in its Ontario location for decades, La Pataterie is the go-to greasy spoon for Hochelagians. It's nothing fancy: just really good poutine and vinyl seating as far as the eye can see.

Heirloom

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Before Heirloom’s arrival in Hochelaga, the area didn’t have much going for it in the way of Neapolitan pizza. Not any more, thanks to chef and co-owner Vincent Châtelais’s wood-fired oven goods.

L'État Major

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Dominic Laflamme and Vincent Chatelais' L'État Major undoubtedly favours classic French styles and flavours (lobster bisque, foie gras) but isn't afraid to take a risk or two — take the curry, coconut velouté, and pulled pork, smoked gouda poutine.

Le Flamant / La Maison Des Pâtes Maison

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Headed by Pied de Cochon, Le Chien Fumant, and Fantôme alum, Ontario Street restaurant Le Flamant transformed into a pasta house during the pandemic. The restaurant’s layout has been reshuffled so that pasta being hand-pulled can be seen through the restaurant’s large front windows, and a new 2021 window spotlights foie gras agnolotti and hazelnut fettuccini.

Hélicoptère

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Hélicoptère and its around-the-corner café sibling Hélico from pastry chef Mélodie Perez-Mousseau, chef David Ollu, and front-of-house Youri Bussières-Fournel has won headlines with critics’ praise time and time again since opening in 2018. With the owners’ skills built up from their time at Bouillon Bilk, this restaurant offers fresh takes on gastronomy in comforting ways. (Note: Both the café and restaurant are on vacation until February 10.)

Hoche Café

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All in all Hoche is an independent cafe, with well-made brews, unpretentious yet tasty viennoiseries, sandwiches, and a daily menu of warm dishes like risotto and lasagna. Popular for those looking for a comfy place to work, too — when that’s permitted.

L'Olive Noire

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Rich, classic Moroccan food abounds at this cosy spot wedged amongst the neighbourhood’s endless French bistros — couscous and tajines are the obvious pick, accompanied by harira soup to start.

Bagatelle

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Yes, it's another French bistro, but Bagatelle does a really solid job with French classics like steak-frites, onion soup, escargot, and duck confit — in poutine, grilled cheese, and imperial roll form. Open daily for takeout or delivery with DoorDash.

Cabotins

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Before the flurry of bistros more recently descended in Hochelaga, there was Cabotins, known for its wacky interior put together by a former film set designer. It's a little less strictly French than some of others on this list, with options like English-style beef stew, vegan moussaka, and falafels on its new takeout menu.

Le Coq de l'Est 2015

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Formerly a dive that existed in the, uh, unusual grey area between strip club and restaurant, Vanessa Beeching and Omar Zabuair (formerly of Au Pied de Cochon and Joe Beef, respectively) made it over in 2015. Now they serve up rotisserie chicken, poutine, ribs, and more, but with flavourful Pakistani twists.

Maneki Comptoir Asiat'

Located in a small strip mall on Hochelaga, steps from Préfontaine metro, is three year-old comptoir Maneki. It specializes in North American Chinese dishes — with some worthy general tao — but also delivers on the Thai and Vietnamese front with options like Tom Yum and Pad Thai.

Bistro King Creole

The neighbourhood’s go-to for tender cubes of griot, fritay like plantains and accras, and a hefty plate of Haitian-spiced chicken with macaroni salad and rice. Takeout only

Jones Café

The owners of this new Ontario street restaurant are the same as that behind Sata Sushi, which previously stood in its place, and the approach remains similarly animal-free, with some sushi still in the mix. New menu additions include grilled cheese, soup, and a palm heart guédille.

La Taqueria

Carnitas, in this neck of the woods? Believe it: Hochelaga’s only taco spot of note does those and more at the low, low price of $1.75 for each loaded-up tortilla. They are worth the trip.

La Boutique Arhoma

The larger of Arhoma's two locations (the other being in Centre-Sud), this boutique has been both hailed as having the city's top bread (not to mention the patisserie side of the operation) and criticized as a forbear to East End gentrification.

La Pataterie

Having been in its Ontario location for decades, La Pataterie is the go-to greasy spoon for Hochelagians. It's nothing fancy: just really good poutine and vinyl seating as far as the eye can see.

Heirloom

Before Heirloom’s arrival in Hochelaga, the area didn’t have much going for it in the way of Neapolitan pizza. Not any more, thanks to chef and co-owner Vincent Châtelais’s wood-fired oven goods.

L'État Major

Dominic Laflamme and Vincent Chatelais' L'État Major undoubtedly favours classic French styles and flavours (lobster bisque, foie gras) but isn't afraid to take a risk or two — take the curry, coconut velouté, and pulled pork, smoked gouda poutine.

Le Flamant / La Maison Des Pâtes Maison

Headed by Pied de Cochon, Le Chien Fumant, and Fantôme alum, Ontario Street restaurant Le Flamant transformed into a pasta house during the pandemic. The restaurant’s layout has been reshuffled so that pasta being hand-pulled can be seen through the restaurant’s large front windows, and a new 2021 window spotlights foie gras agnolotti and hazelnut fettuccini.

Hélicoptère

Hélicoptère and its around-the-corner café sibling Hélico from pastry chef Mélodie Perez-Mousseau, chef David Ollu, and front-of-house Youri Bussières-Fournel has won headlines with critics’ praise time and time again since opening in 2018. With the owners’ skills built up from their time at Bouillon Bilk, this restaurant offers fresh takes on gastronomy in comforting ways. (Note: Both the café and restaurant are on vacation until February 10.)

Hoche Café

All in all Hoche is an independent cafe, with well-made brews, unpretentious yet tasty viennoiseries, sandwiches, and a daily menu of warm dishes like risotto and lasagna. Popular for those looking for a comfy place to work, too — when that’s permitted.

L'Olive Noire

Rich, classic Moroccan food abounds at this cosy spot wedged amongst the neighbourhood’s endless French bistros — couscous and tajines are the obvious pick, accompanied by harira soup to start.

Bagatelle

Yes, it's another French bistro, but Bagatelle does a really solid job with French classics like steak-frites, onion soup, escargot, and duck confit — in poutine, grilled cheese, and imperial roll form. Open daily for takeout or delivery with DoorDash.

Cabotins

Before the flurry of bistros more recently descended in Hochelaga, there was Cabotins, known for its wacky interior put together by a former film set designer. It's a little less strictly French than some of others on this list, with options like English-style beef stew, vegan moussaka, and falafels on its new takeout menu.

Le Coq de l'Est 2015

Formerly a dive that existed in the, uh, unusual grey area between strip club and restaurant, Vanessa Beeching and Omar Zabuair (formerly of Au Pied de Cochon and Joe Beef, respectively) made it over in 2015. Now they serve up rotisserie chicken, poutine, ribs, and more, but with flavourful Pakistani twists.

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