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Where to Eat in Montreal’s Plateau Right Now

25 spots for bulgogi, poutine, and lots in between

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Montreal’s “bohemian” ilk have ventured in all directions for ungentrified frontiers, but the Plateau, with its highly-walkable streets and colourful early 20th-century facades, continues to impress — especially in the food department. Sure, the Plateau offers up some of the city’s most iconic foods and restaurants, like poutine, Portuguese rotisserie chicken, and smoked meat (La Banquise, Ma Poule Mouillé, Schwartz’s, respectively), plus famed establishments for finer dining (Au Pied de Cochon, L’Express), but there are also ample options for other eats worth trying.

There are plenty of choices along the Plateau’s main strips — St. Laurent, Duluth, Mont-Royal, and Saint-Denis, but it’s also worth perusing its side streets for some charming neighbourhood gems. And while the Mile End is officially part of the Plateau, that neighbourhood, with its large number of establishments, is covered on a separate map.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Maison Publique

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4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal
QC H2J 3Y6, Canada
(514) 507-0555
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A noted gastropub that favours flavours and ingredients from across Canada, Derek Dammann’s establishment has a deliciously heavyset menu filled with starches, carbs, and proteins.

2. Chez Victoire

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1453 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1Z1, Canada
(514) 521-6789
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Billed as a neighbourhood bistro, chef Alexandre Gosselin’s French and nouveau cuisine sensibilities in the kitchen culminate in creative, lavish meals on a largely seasonal menu.

3. Restaurant La Raclette

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1059 Rue Gilford, Montréal
QC H2J 1P7, Canada
(514) 524-8118
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A cozy bistro-style terrasse on Gilford Street and longstanding BYOW mandate make this Swiss eatery a primo pick for a summer night spent in the Plateau. A pot of piping hot cheese fondue can only make it better.

4. La Banquise

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994 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2J 2J3, Canada
(514) 525-2415
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This 24-hour diner has been pouring gravy over fries and cheese curds since 1968, and has since grown to experiment with don’t-knock-’em-’till-you-try-’em toppings like guacamole and sliced pogos. It’s probably not Montreal’s best poutine, but it’s iconic enough to belong here.

5. Ma Poule Mouillée

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969 Rachel St E, Montreal
QC H2J 2J2, Canada
(514) 522-5175
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Picnic crowds wanting to eat in La Fontaine Park head to Ma Poule Mouillée for a simple sandwich: piri piri-slathered chicken in a powdery bun. Their poutine, piled high with sliced bird and chorizo, is also more than a safe bet and offers sturdy competition to La Banquise across the street.

6. Luna

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CA, 917 Rue Rachel E, Montreal
QC H2J 2J2, Canada
(514) 528-2813
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This cozy Korean BYOB has been filling the need for quality Korean food in the neighbourhood since it opened in 2018, offering up classic dishes like bibimbap, bulgogi and jeyuk.

7. Le Virunga

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851 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2J 2H9, Canada
(514) 504-8642
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Behind this five-year-old Rachel Street spot is a mother-daughter duo expertly wielding Quebec ingredients into pan-African flavours. Think tender slow-cooked meats (oxtail, goat, etc.), nut-encrusted fish, and some seriously stunning cocktails. The restaurant’s wine list is also 100% South African.

8. Au Pied de Cochon

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536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2L 1A9, Canada
(514) 281-1114
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The Plateau has seen many newcomers in the last decade, but no one could forget when Martin Picard began elevating Québécois cuisine on Duluth in 2001, taking hearty dishes like poutine and pouding chômeur and inserting them into the fine dining arena. Au Pied de Cochon’s seasonal sugar shack isn’t set to return until 2022, but its summer picnics hosted in the nearby orchards promise to be a fun and filling affair.

9. Khyber Pass

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506 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2L 1A7, Canada
(514) 844-7131
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If you’re looking for anything less than a feast, steer clear of this Duluth BYOB, which serves up hefty, flavourful platters of Afghan food. Despite an issue a couple years back that resulted in the Duluth Afghan restaurant having to take down its famously odd facade, Khyber Pass remains — as strong as ever.

10. Ichigo Ichie Izakaya

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360 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1E9, Canada
(514) 282-0009
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One part izakaya and one par ramen bar (the ramen side is officially named Yokato Yokabai), this two-punch combo of Japanese fare from Kevin Fung is a knockout. 2015 was a particularly good year for Japanese openings in Montreal, and Ichigo Ichie still remains head and shoulders above most.

11. L'Express

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3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada
(514) 845-5333
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For those looking for a classic Parisian-style bistro, look no further than this institution. Operating since 1980, L’Express is one of the few restaurants deemed crème de la crème by local critics, and beloved by locals and tourists alike. Whatever chef Jean-François Vachon is doing (hint: it’s French classics), he’s doing it right.

12. Café Chez Téta

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227 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1E4, Canada
(514) 733-2364
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A pandemic newcomer, this café named in honour of the founder’s “téta,” which means grandmother in Lebanese, is routinely faces lineups on nice-weather days. A simple formula of piping hot manouché flatbreads with spiced meat, za’atar and/or cheese has proven to do the trick, especially when accompanied with a hot latte and sfouf (vegan curcuma cake).

13. Omnivore (multiple locations)

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4306 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Z3, Canada
(514) 303-5757
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This Lebanese restaurant from Charbel Yazbeck and Akram Sleiman is regarded as a Plateau mainstay for Middle Eastern fare. The charcoal-grilled kafta is the specialty here, wrapped in pita and made tangy with sumac, tahini, and cucumbers.

14. Chez José Café

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173 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1H4, Canada
(514) 663-2381
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It might have been open for a quarter century already, but the pandemic has helped prove this iconic Duluth breakfast and lunch place’s worth. Saucy sandwiches stuffed with an omelette or Portuguese chicken are perfect to go — or to eat on-site. And the vegan options, smoothies, and chai lattes are great, too.

15. Sushi Momo

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3609 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2X 3L6, Canada
(514) 825-6363
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Opened in 2014 by chef Christian Manuel Ventura Alatorre, Sushi Momo offers creative vegan rolls sure to please even the most ardent sushi lovers. Following the runaway success of Sushi Momo, Ventura Alatorre has opened Casa Kaizen, a creative vegan Mexican/Japanese fusion spot and vegan torta restaurant Nopalito — both also in the Plateau.

16. Patati Patata

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4177 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y7, Canada
(514) 844-0216

From their palm-sized hamburgers to string-cut fries, this miniaturized casse-croûte is visited year-round. While burgers and poutine are fan favourites here, consider exploring their sandwich menu, which includes ample vegetarian options.

17. Boca Iberica

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12 Rue Rachel O, Montréal
QC H2W 1G1, Canada
(514) 507-9996
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Specializing in seafood and small plates, Boca Iberica offers a change of pace to the more casual Portuguese chicken joints in the neighbourhood. Try the octopus salad, bacalhau com natas (salted cod in cream sauce), or carne de porco à Alentejana (paprika-marinated pork cubes with clams).

18. Le Majestique Montréal

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4105 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y7, Canada
(514) 439-1850
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A prime example of what happens when great dining intersects with a more casual setting. Their tartares and tartinades can be ordered alongside the likes of superb seafood and an extravagant $22 hotdog.

19. Le Réservoir

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9 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1G7, Canada
(514) 849-7779
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Long looked to as a craft beer haunt, Le Réservoir has seen more culinary traction since the owners of the now-closed (but not forgotten) Hôtel Herman came on board as owners five years ago. Dominic Goyet, Ariane Lacombe, and chef Marc-Alexandre Mercier’s transplantation and efforts have yielded fantastic results in a much more casual setting than their previous venture.

20. Chez Zac Pizzeria

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8 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1G6, Canada
(514) 868-0078
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Another 2020 newcomer, this takeout pizza joint on the corner of Duluth and St-Laurent bakes its thin-crust ‘zas in a stone oven. And as of this summer, they are all vegan, featuring some surprising yet satisfying flavours.

21. Schwartz's

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3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1X9, Canada
(514) 842-4813
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With an original smoked meat spice recipe and delicatessen that goes back to 1928, Reuban Schwartz’s legacy lives on in one of the most famous restaurants in Montreal. If endorsements from celebrities and long lines outside their doors aren’t convincing enough, a “fatty” with a side pickle will be. Now proudly owned by superstar singer Céline Dion.

22. Icehouse

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51 Rue Roy E, Montréal
QC H2W 2S3, Canada
(514) 439-6691
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In 2011, Texas-born Nick Hodge set out to carve out space for a Tex-Mex restaurant in the Plateau, and the result was immediately satisfying. Fans of American fare would do well to try a bucket of their fried chicken (some of Montreal’s best), tacos, and burritos.

23. Boucherie Hongroise

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3843 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1X9, Canada
(514) 844-6734

There’s plenty on offer at this Main landmark, which is part butcher, part deli, and part purveyor of Eastern European grocery staples. Just make sure to not leave without a sandwich — preferably one filled with sausage, sauerkraut, and a generous slathering of hot mustard — in hand.

24. Café Santropol

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3990 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal
QC H2W 1T7, Canada
(514) 842-3110
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A Plateau and McGill University classic since 1976, Café Santropol is still going strong largely thanks to its super satisfying chili and famous thick-sliced sandwiches, like the Duluth (caramelized onion, pear, cheddar, and arugula).

25. Arepera

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73 Rue Prince Arthur E, Montréal
QC H2X 1B4, Canada
(514) 508-7267
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Arepera stands out amongst the many eateries of Prince Arthur thanks to its fresh, colourful Venezuelan dishes, including the signature arepas, corn cakes stuffed with meat, cheese, and veggies. And fans of (genuinely delicious) gluten-free food rejoice; thanks to the use of corn flour, nothing at Arepera contains any gluten.

1. Maison Publique

4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal, QC H2J 3Y6, Canada

A noted gastropub that favours flavours and ingredients from across Canada, Derek Dammann’s establishment has a deliciously heavyset menu filled with starches, carbs, and proteins.

4720 Rue Marquette, Montréal
QC H2J 3Y6, Canada

2. Chez Victoire

1453 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1Z1, Canada

Billed as a neighbourhood bistro, chef Alexandre Gosselin’s French and nouveau cuisine sensibilities in the kitchen culminate in creative, lavish meals on a largely seasonal menu.

1453 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1Z1, Canada

3. Restaurant La Raclette

1059 Rue Gilford, Montréal, QC H2J 1P7, Canada

A cozy bistro-style terrasse on Gilford Street and longstanding BYOW mandate make this Swiss eatery a primo pick for a summer night spent in the Plateau. A pot of piping hot cheese fondue can only make it better.

1059 Rue Gilford, Montréal
QC H2J 1P7, Canada

4. La Banquise

994 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2J 2J3, Canada

This 24-hour diner has been pouring gravy over fries and cheese curds since 1968, and has since grown to experiment with don’t-knock-’em-’till-you-try-’em toppings like guacamole and sliced pogos. It’s probably not Montreal’s best poutine, but it’s iconic enough to belong here.

994 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2J 2J3, Canada

5. Ma Poule Mouillée

969 Rachel St E, Montreal, QC H2J 2J2, Canada

Picnic crowds wanting to eat in La Fontaine Park head to Ma Poule Mouillée for a simple sandwich: piri piri-slathered chicken in a powdery bun. Their poutine, piled high with sliced bird and chorizo, is also more than a safe bet and offers sturdy competition to La Banquise across the street.

969 Rachel St E, Montreal
QC H2J 2J2, Canada

6. Luna

CA, 917 Rue Rachel E, Montreal, QC H2J 2J2, Canada

This cozy Korean BYOB has been filling the need for quality Korean food in the neighbourhood since it opened in 2018, offering up classic dishes like bibimbap, bulgogi and jeyuk.

CA, 917 Rue Rachel E, Montreal
QC H2J 2J2, Canada

7. Le Virunga

851 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2J 2H9, Canada

Behind this five-year-old Rachel Street spot is a mother-daughter duo expertly wielding Quebec ingredients into pan-African flavours. Think tender slow-cooked meats (oxtail, goat, etc.), nut-encrusted fish, and some seriously stunning cocktails. The restaurant’s wine list is also 100% South African.

851 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2J 2H9, Canada

8. Au Pied de Cochon

536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L 1A9, Canada

The Plateau has seen many newcomers in the last decade, but no one could forget when Martin Picard began elevating Québécois cuisine on Duluth in 2001, taking hearty dishes like poutine and pouding chômeur and inserting them into the fine dining arena. Au Pied de Cochon’s seasonal sugar shack isn’t set to return until 2022, but its summer picnics hosted in the nearby orchards promise to be a fun and filling affair.

536 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2L 1A9, Canada

9. Khyber Pass

506 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2L 1A7, Canada

If you’re looking for anything less than a feast, steer clear of this Duluth BYOB, which serves up hefty, flavourful platters of Afghan food. Despite an issue a couple years back that resulted in the Duluth Afghan restaurant having to take down its famously odd facade, Khyber Pass remains — as strong as ever.

506 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2L 1A7, Canada

10. Ichigo Ichie Izakaya

360 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2W 1E9, Canada

One part izakaya and one par ramen bar (the ramen side is officially named Yokato Yokabai), this two-punch combo of Japanese fare from Kevin Fung is a knockout. 2015 was a particularly good year for Japanese openings in Montreal, and Ichigo Ichie still remains head and shoulders above most.

360 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1E9, Canada

11. L'Express

3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2W 2M4, Canada

For those looking for a classic Parisian-style bistro, look no further than this institution. Operating since 1980, L’Express is one of the few restaurants deemed crème de la crème by local critics, and beloved by locals and tourists alike. Whatever chef Jean-François Vachon is doing (hint: it’s French classics), he’s doing it right.

3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2W 2M4, Canada

12. Café Chez Téta

227 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2W 1E4, Canada

A pandemic newcomer, this café named in honour of the founder’s “téta,” which means grandmother in Lebanese, is routinely faces lineups on nice-weather days. A simple formula of piping hot manouché flatbreads with spiced meat, za’atar and/or cheese has proven to do the trick, especially when accompanied with a hot latte and sfouf (vegan curcuma cake).

227 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1E4, Canada

13. Omnivore (multiple locations)

4306 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Z3, Canada

This Lebanese restaurant from Charbel Yazbeck and Akram Sleiman is regarded as a Plateau mainstay for Middle Eastern fare. The charcoal-grilled kafta is the specialty here, wrapped in pita and made tangy with sumac, tahini, and cucumbers.

4306 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Z3, Canada

14. Chez José Café

173 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2W 1H4, Canada

It might have been open for a quarter century already, but the pandemic has helped prove this iconic Duluth breakfast and lunch place’s worth. Saucy sandwiches stuffed with an omelette or Portuguese chicken are perfect to go — or to eat on-site. And the vegan options, smoothies, and chai lattes are great, too.

173 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1H4, Canada

15. Sushi Momo

3609 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3L6, Canada

Opened in 2014 by chef Christian Manuel Ventura Alatorre, Sushi Momo offers creative vegan rolls sure to please even the most ardent sushi lovers. Following the runaway success of Sushi Momo, Ventura Alatorre has opened Casa Kaizen, a creative vegan Mexican/Japanese fusion spot and vegan torta restaurant Nopalito — both also in the Plateau.

3609 Rue Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2X 3L6, Canada

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16. Patati Patata

4177 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y7, Canada

From their palm-sized hamburgers to string-cut fries, this miniaturized casse-croûte is visited year-round. While burgers and poutine are fan favourites here, consider exploring their sandwich menu, which includes ample vegetarian options.

4177 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y7, Canada

17. Boca Iberica

12 Rue Rachel O, Montréal, QC H2W 1G1, Canada

Specializing in seafood and small plates, Boca Iberica offers a change of pace to the more casual Portuguese chicken joints in the neighbourhood. Try the octopus salad, bacalhau com natas (salted cod in cream sauce), or carne de porco à Alentejana (paprika-marinated pork cubes with clams).

12 Rue Rachel O, Montréal
QC H2W 1G1, Canada

18. Le Majestique Montréal

4105 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y7, Canada

A prime example of what happens when great dining intersects with a more casual setting. Their tartares and tartinades can be ordered alongside the likes of superb seafood and an extravagant $22 hotdog.

4105 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y7, Canada

19. Le Réservoir

9 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2W 1G7, Canada

Long looked to as a craft beer haunt, Le Réservoir has seen more culinary traction since the owners of the now-closed (but not forgotten) Hôtel Herman came on board as owners five years ago. Dominic Goyet, Ariane Lacombe, and chef Marc-Alexandre Mercier’s transplantation and efforts have yielded fantastic results in a much more casual setting than their previous venture.

9 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1G7, Canada

20. Chez Zac Pizzeria

8 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2W 1G6, Canada

Another 2020 newcomer, this takeout pizza joint on the corner of Duluth and St-Laurent bakes its thin-crust ‘zas in a stone oven. And as of this summer, they are all vegan, featuring some surprising yet satisfying flavours.

8 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1G6, Canada

21. Schwartz's

3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9, Canada

With an original smoked meat spice recipe and delicatessen that goes back to 1928, Reuban Schwartz’s legacy lives on in one of the most famous restaurants in Montreal. If endorsements from celebrities and long lines outside their doors aren’t convincing enough, a “fatty” with a side pickle will be. Now proudly owned by superstar singer Céline Dion.

3895 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1X9, Canada

22. Icehouse

51 Rue Roy E, Montréal, QC H2W 2S3, Canada

In 2011, Texas-born Nick Hodge set out to carve out space for a Tex-Mex restaurant in the Plateau, and the result was immediately satisfying. Fans of American fare would do well to try a bucket of their fried chicken (some of Montreal’s best), tacos, and burritos.

51 Rue Roy E, Montréal
QC H2W 2S3, Canada

23. Boucherie Hongroise

3843 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9, Canada

There’s plenty on offer at this Main landmark, which is part butcher, part deli, and part purveyor of Eastern European grocery staples. Just make sure to not leave without a sandwich — preferably one filled with sausage, sauerkraut, and a generous slathering of hot mustard — in hand.

3843 Boul. Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1X9, Canada

24. Café Santropol

3990 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal, QC H2W 1T7, Canada

A Plateau and McGill University classic since 1976, Café Santropol is still going strong largely thanks to its super satisfying chili and famous thick-sliced sandwiches, like the Duluth (caramelized onion, pear, cheddar, and arugula).

3990 Rue Saint-Urbain, Montréal
QC H2W 1T7, Canada

25. Arepera

73 Rue Prince Arthur E, Montréal, QC H2X 1B4, Canada

Arepera stands out amongst the many eateries of Prince Arthur thanks to its fresh, colourful Venezuelan dishes, including the signature arepas, corn cakes stuffed with meat, cheese, and veggies. And fans of (genuinely delicious) gluten-free food rejoice; thanks to the use of corn flour, nothing at Arepera contains any gluten.

73 Rue Prince Arthur E, Montréal
QC H2X 1B4, Canada

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