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The Essential Guide to Eating in NDG

Where to get some crispy fried chicken, upscale bistro fare, and Cajun seafood goodness

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For the time being, unheralded Notre-Dame-de-Grâce (NDG) is where the mom and pop still reigns, but the secret seems to be leaking out. Stalwart family businesses dot one of two main commercial stretches — the one along Sherbrooke Street West and that on Monkland Avenue. As you make your way further west from the Décarie Expressway, expect a no-nonsense NDG built more for neighbourhood needs than destination diners. And that’s the way people like it on quiet Somerled, westward in Loyola, and up on Fielding.

Monkland Village is where considerable upheaval is taking place. The exit of a beloved long-time St-Viateur bagel outpost rankled the locals, and growing chains have planted their flags. It’s still the most presentable part of the borough though, and the foot traffic suggests it’s the place to be.

Sister borough Côte-des-Neiges is worthy of its own map, which you can find here.

Health experts consider dining out to be a low-to-moderate risk for the vaccinated. For updated information and regulations, please visit the official sites of the Quebec government and Montreal’s public health authority (Santé Montréal).

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Mr. Patty

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5312 Av. Patricia, Montréal
QC H4V 1Z2, Canada
(514) 483-2323
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A handful of Caribbean food destinations line the Northwest corner of NDG, perhaps none more beloved than Mr. Patty, tucked away in a predominately residential area. This takeout spot makes the flaky, warm titular delicacy from scratch daily. On weekends, they bust out more Jamaican staples like oxtail, jerk chicken, and cow foot soup.

2. Ai Dumpling

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6592 Av. Somerled, Montréal
QC H4V 1S9, Canada
(514) 369-1777
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Jiayi Du’s dumplings have become the pride of the neighbourhood. Available in about two dozen varieties, this family restaurant doesn’t mess with the classics, offering dumplings the “traditional Chinese” way, served either steamed, fried, or boiled. It’s in the midst of renovations, so takeout only.

3. Olivia's Authentic Chicken NDG

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6563 Av. Somerled, Montréal
QC H4V 1T1, Canada
(438) 386-7079
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The former K’Bob and the original of a suddenly expanding chain. Previously a more all-encompassing Korean resto, pandemic times forced founder Eunjung Ko to pivot quickly, opting for a takeout menu centred around her crispy, but not greasy, fried bird. The restaurant was quickly deemed a success, and so too were its myriad of sauces to choose from.

4. Café Entre-Deux

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5930 Rue Sherbrooke O Unite 102, Montréal
QC H4A 1X7, Canada
(514) 486-6080
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NDG rarely gets the hip spots, but this coffee haunt by day, wine bar by night, from Marc Flynn, Félix Poirier, and Alex Quintin has been a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. Slip inside for breakfast sandwiches in Martin’s potato rolls or return for heartier dinner fare and carefully selected wines in the evening.

5. East Africa Restaurant

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5893 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X7, Canada
(514) 419-7165
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In an underrated culinary corner with multiple quality options, this family run Ethiopian restaurant doesn’t skimp on homemade stews brimming with berbere-seasoned chicken, lamb, beef, and veggies. Skip the utensils and scoop it all up with injera bread for the full experience.

6. Amaranto

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5974 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1G8, Canada
(514) 510-1225
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A low-key Monkland Village favourite serving home-style Mexican dishes in an unassuming environment. You can’t go wrong with red or green chilaquiles, or a rich mole poblano with chicken.

7. Restaurant La Louisiane

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5850 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X5, Canada
(514) 369-3073
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La Louisiane has been serving Southern hospitality and Cajun specialities for over 30 years. There’s plenty of deep-fried goodness to start your meal before moving on to seafood loaded mains. Like any good cookout, there’s also fried chicken and smoked ribs on the menu.

8. Pasta Casareccia

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5849 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X4, Canada
(514) 483-1588
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The quintessential neighbourhood family business the area is known for, this corner restaurant and deli has been making its own fresh pasta and Italian specialities since 1985. Homemade favourites include crowd pleasers like lasagna bolognese to flashier fare like ravioli norcina with black truffle and olives ascolana. 

9. Café Toranj

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5791 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X2, Canada
(514) 907-8788

What started as a cozy, friendly neighbourhood café with hanging greenery and Persian treats has since grown into a cultural gathering spot, with a full menu of hearty traditional Iranian dishes and multi-coloured beverages. Warm up with soups or stews, cool down with rose water and saffron, or fill up with thick eggplant or yogurt dips.

10. Gia Ba

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5766 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1E9, Canada
(514) 564-7698
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Meaning “pleasantly full” in Taiwanese, Gia Ba chef Andy Su takes care in ensuring diners leave the restaurant feeling that way. Su’s menu mixing Szechuan, Chinese, and Taiwanese cuisines will also satisfy those with a taste for spice.

11. Momesso

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5562 Upper Lachine Road, Montreal
QC H4A 2A7, Canada
(514) 484-0005
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Small, family-run and around since time immemorial (ok, 1978), this downstairs haunt on Upper Lachine Road has been drawing Montrealers making any excuse to grab an Italian sausage sub and a short espresso. Officially Momesso Caffé Sportivo, it’s a slice of Little Italy life west of Décarie.

12. G Sacchetti Pizza al Taglio & Boulangerie Italienne

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5463 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H4A 2E1, Canada
(514) 994-2104
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A takeout and delivery pizza slinger tucked away in a catering kitchen near the super hospital, Giuseppe Sacchetti’s handmade Roman round (tonda) and square (al taglio) pizzas hit the spot. Each unique crust seems to tell a story: whether you pick it up from the man himself or have it sent to your door.

13. Monkland Tavern

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5555 Ave. de Monkland, Montreal
QC H4A 1E1, Canada
(514) 486-5768

Stephen Leslie remains the dean of Monkland Village after 26 years, and his upscale bistro is a true institution worthy of the accolades. A convivial spot where high rollers rub elbows with casual locals, expect to break bread over cocktails or a bottle of wine before moving on to oysters, AAA Black Angus burgers and steaks, and pasta.

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14. Chalet BBQ

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5456 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal
QC H4A 1V9, Canada
(514) 489-7235
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Any introductory spiel to the neighbourhood inevitably comes with effusive praise for the rotisserie chicken mainstay. Around since 1944, the wood-panelled interior and cushy booths are as inviting as ever, or there’s a back takeout window for quick getaways. There’s a reason they’re still in business: generous portions and a peppery gravy perfect for dousing on chicken, fries, and toast.

15. Pick Thai

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5221 boulevard de Maisonneuve west, Montreal
QC H4A 0A4, Canada
(514) 316-9696
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As the Vendome area rapidly changes to accommodate the super hospital, this Thai favourite remains unabated. Challenged by newer entries in the neighbourhood, Pick Thai maintains the crown in terms of authenticity.

1. Mr. Patty

5312 Av. Patricia, Montréal, QC H4V 1Z2, Canada

A handful of Caribbean food destinations line the Northwest corner of NDG, perhaps none more beloved than Mr. Patty, tucked away in a predominately residential area. This takeout spot makes the flaky, warm titular delicacy from scratch daily. On weekends, they bust out more Jamaican staples like oxtail, jerk chicken, and cow foot soup.

5312 Av. Patricia, Montréal
QC H4V 1Z2, Canada

2. Ai Dumpling

6592 Av. Somerled, Montréal, QC H4V 1S9, Canada

Jiayi Du’s dumplings have become the pride of the neighbourhood. Available in about two dozen varieties, this family restaurant doesn’t mess with the classics, offering dumplings the “traditional Chinese” way, served either steamed, fried, or boiled. It’s in the midst of renovations, so takeout only.

6592 Av. Somerled, Montréal
QC H4V 1S9, Canada

3. Olivia's Authentic Chicken NDG

6563 Av. Somerled, Montréal, QC H4V 1T1, Canada

The former K’Bob and the original of a suddenly expanding chain. Previously a more all-encompassing Korean resto, pandemic times forced founder Eunjung Ko to pivot quickly, opting for a takeout menu centred around her crispy, but not greasy, fried bird. The restaurant was quickly deemed a success, and so too were its myriad of sauces to choose from.

6563 Av. Somerled, Montréal
QC H4V 1T1, Canada

4. Café Entre-Deux

5930 Rue Sherbrooke O Unite 102, Montréal, QC H4A 1X7, Canada

NDG rarely gets the hip spots, but this coffee haunt by day, wine bar by night, from Marc Flynn, Félix Poirier, and Alex Quintin has been a welcome addition to the neighbourhood. Slip inside for breakfast sandwiches in Martin’s potato rolls or return for heartier dinner fare and carefully selected wines in the evening.

5930 Rue Sherbrooke O Unite 102, Montréal
QC H4A 1X7, Canada

5. East Africa Restaurant

5893 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1X7, Canada

In an underrated culinary corner with multiple quality options, this family run Ethiopian restaurant doesn’t skimp on homemade stews brimming with berbere-seasoned chicken, lamb, beef, and veggies. Skip the utensils and scoop it all up with injera bread for the full experience.

5893 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X7, Canada

6. Amaranto

5974 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1G8, Canada

A low-key Monkland Village favourite serving home-style Mexican dishes in an unassuming environment. You can’t go wrong with red or green chilaquiles, or a rich mole poblano with chicken.

5974 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1G8, Canada

7. Restaurant La Louisiane

5850 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1X5, Canada

La Louisiane has been serving Southern hospitality and Cajun specialities for over 30 years. There’s plenty of deep-fried goodness to start your meal before moving on to seafood loaded mains. Like any good cookout, there’s also fried chicken and smoked ribs on the menu.

5850 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X5, Canada

8. Pasta Casareccia

5849 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1X4, Canada

The quintessential neighbourhood family business the area is known for, this corner restaurant and deli has been making its own fresh pasta and Italian specialities since 1985. Homemade favourites include crowd pleasers like lasagna bolognese to flashier fare like ravioli norcina with black truffle and olives ascolana. 

5849 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X4, Canada

9. Café Toranj

5791 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal, QC H4A 1X2, Canada

What started as a cozy, friendly neighbourhood café with hanging greenery and Persian treats has since grown into a cultural gathering spot, with a full menu of hearty traditional Iranian dishes and multi-coloured beverages. Warm up with soups or stews, cool down with rose water and saffron, or fill up with thick eggplant or yogurt dips.

5791 Rue Sherbrooke O, Montréal
QC H4A 1X2, Canada

10. Gia Ba

5766 Av de Monkland, Montréal, QC H4A 1E9, Canada

Meaning “pleasantly full” in Taiwanese, Gia Ba chef Andy Su takes care in ensuring diners leave the restaurant feeling that way. Su’s menu mixing Szechuan, Chinese, and Taiwanese cuisines will also satisfy those with a taste for spice.

5766 Av de Monkland, Montréal
QC H4A 1E9, Canada

11. Momesso

5562 Upper Lachine Road, Montreal, QC H4A 2A7, Canada

Small, family-run and around since time immemorial (ok, 1978), this downstairs haunt on Upper Lachine Road has been drawing Montrealers making any excuse to grab an Italian sausage sub and a short espresso. Officially Momesso Caffé Sportivo, it’s a slice of Little Italy life west of Décarie.

5562 Upper Lachine Road, Montreal
QC H4A 2A7, Canada

12. G Sacchetti Pizza al Taglio & Boulangerie Italienne

5463 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal, QC H4A 2E1, Canada

A takeout and delivery pizza slinger tucked away in a catering kitchen near the super hospital, Giuseppe Sacchetti’s handmade Roman round (tonda) and square (al taglio) pizzas hit the spot. Each unique crust seems to tell a story: whether you pick it up from the man himself or have it sent to your door.

5463 Rue Saint-Jacques, Montréal
QC H4A 2E1, Canada

13. Monkland Tavern

5555 Ave. de Monkland, Montreal, QC H4A 1E1, Canada
Randall Brodeur

Stephen Leslie remains the dean of Monkland Village after 26 years, and his upscale bistro is a true institution worthy of the accolades. A convivial spot where high rollers rub elbows with casual locals, expect to break bread over cocktails or a bottle of wine before moving on to oysters, AAA Black Angus burgers and steaks, and pasta.

5555 Ave. de Monkland, Montreal
QC H4A 1E1, Canada

14. Chalet BBQ

5456 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal, QC H4A 1V9, Canada

Any introductory spiel to the neighbourhood inevitably comes with effusive praise for the rotisserie chicken mainstay. Around since 1944, the wood-panelled interior and cushy booths are as inviting as ever, or there’s a back takeout window for quick getaways. There’s a reason they’re still in business: generous portions and a peppery gravy perfect for dousing on chicken, fries, and toast.

5456 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal
QC H4A 1V9, Canada

15. Pick Thai

5221 boulevard de Maisonneuve west, Montreal, QC H4A 0A4, Canada

As the Vendome area rapidly changes to accommodate the super hospital, this Thai favourite remains unabated. Challenged by newer entries in the neighbourhood, Pick Thai maintains the crown in terms of authenticity.

5221 boulevard de Maisonneuve west, Montreal
QC H4A 0A4, Canada

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