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27 Stellar Eats in Saint-Henri

Where to go for burgers, late-night poutine, steamed pork buns, and all the classic pies

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The southwestern neighbourhood of Saint-Henri continues to see a culinary explosion. Most of the neighbourhood’s options are peppered on the main strip of Notre-Dame West, close to Place Saint-Henri metro station, but a walk a little farther west can yield equally delicious finds (like Bernice). The restaurants here vary from upscale affairs (Tuck Shop, for instance) to faster options one can carry down to the scenic Lachine Canal with a six-pack, weather permitting. And that’s to say nothing of the options for dessert, which with Rustique, Léché, and Dalla Rosse are plenty in the area.

Don’t confuse the boundaries of Saint-Henri with that of Little Burgundy, located east of Atwater Avenue; it’s beyond that point one will find the likes of Joe Beef and Vin Papillon — formidable destinations but not part of the neighbourhood.

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Greenspot

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Go-to diner Greenspot has a wide-ranging menu of burgers, poutine, smoked meat and beyond, all available for takeout or delivery. It’s situated in a space with all of its original fixtures, including tabletop jukeboxes which, sadly, no longer work.

Chef Nozomu Takeuchi's menu is centred on teishoku-style servings, "meal sets" of main dishes like bluefin tuna belly, snow crab or salmon sashimi with rice and soup. Don't be fooled by the minimalist appearance: The food makes it worth a visit (for takeout).

Operated by David Bloom and chef Raquel Zagury, Sumac brings next-level Middle Eastern cuisine to Saint-Henri. Diners can delight in their broad menu of shareable plates — pita with hummus or baba ghanoush, salads — and savoury sandwiches like the sabbich, falafel, and chicken shawarma. Pro-tip: Order extra s’rug and pita. Always extra s’rug and pita. Available for takeout or delivery with DoorDash.

Restaurant A.A.

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Every neighbourhood has its go-to for late-night greasy eats, and Restaurant A.A. has rightfully earned that moniker. A decades-old establishment that’s impossibly open from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. every day of the week, A.A. serves some of the best poutine in town; twice-fried taters that are heavy on the cheese and veal bone-based gravy.

Satay Brothers

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Helping to introduce Montrealers to Singaporean food, Satay Brothers has achieved fame with its steamed pork buns, chicken satays, gado gado bowls, and laksa soup. Run by the restaurant’s brothers, frontman Alex Winnicki and head chef Mat Winnicki, it’s a family affair that’s as endearing as it is popular. Orders for takeout and delivery can be placed with CHK PLZ.

Foiegwa

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Take the concept of an American diner, add the time-honoured traditions of French cuisine, and that’s Foiegwa. An order placed with the restaurant isn’t complete without their cheeseburger and — what else but — extra foie gras. While bars remain closed, it also offers at-home cocktail kits conceived by sibling establishment around the corner, the Atwater Cocktail Club.

Le Kioko

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Well-loved across Saint-Henri and beyond for its fresh sushi, sashimi, and poke bowls, this Japanese counter on Notre-Dame has made a name for itself for its high-quality ingredients and more than fair prices. Vegan and vegetarian options (beyond just avocado rolls) are also available.

Maquis Yasolo

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Created by the same folks behind the Aliments Yasolo grocery store next door, this Afro-Québécois restaurant serves up a handful of tasty African dishes with a touch of North American influence. While it will eventually serve as a sit-down restaurant, Maquis Yasolo is currently focusing on to-go items — like a jerk burger with a side of plantain or yucca fries.

Bucky Rooster's

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Since opening this summer, Bucky Rooster’s has seen some interminable lineups and sold-out nights thanks to the masses seeking perfectly fried chicken by the bucket or in sandwich form. Its banoffee pie has also become a fast favourite. Takeout or delivery is available.

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H4C par Dany Bolduc

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Situated inside a 19th-century post office, H4C is a melting pot of developed figures in Montreal’s culinary landscape, which includes designer-founders Chantal Paradis and Marc-André Vallée with talented chef Dany Bolduc. During the lockdown, H4C has been taking orders for bi-weekly fried chicken and fish and chips nights and offering some of its sauces and other ingredients at Bolduc’s new grocery store.

La Luncheonette

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Tucked into an unassuming corner around the street from the Place Saint Henri metro station, La Luncheonette is a casual coffee shop and breakfast spot serving up coffee, homemade croissants, sandwiches, salads, soups, and chili to go. The cozy eatery is also well-known for its jazz brunches, which have been put on hold due to coronavirus restrictions but are worth a visit when they resume.

Tacos Frida

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Tacos Frida originally began as a hole in the wall not ten doors down from its current location, where the menu was limited to a short list of tacos made in George Foreman grills for $2 a piece. They’ve since taken on a larger, diner-style locale, and while the space has grown, their price points haven’t. Mull over this taqueria’s menu, but your best bet is to order one of each taco to go.

Tacos Victor

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Part of the mid-2010s Saint-Henri taco wave was Victor, where adding fries to certain menu items pulls things away from tradition while giving a nod to local tastes. However, the bases — chorizo, tongue, and steak — are still classic, and while the $5-ish tacos may seem expensive, the pile of food is a decent deal.

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Léché Desserts

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Léché is one of the few notable doughnut-slingers in town, and quality is crucial to its operation. The menu ranges from sumptuous options — passionfruit glaze and caramel maple bacon — to the homier comforts of PB&J and Boston creams. Walk in to get one, and just try not to walk out with a box of eight.

Lloydie's St-Henri

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Dating back to the early nineties, Lloydie’s is widely credited as the company to introduce the Jamaican patty to the Quebec market. Since then, the family-run Caribbean food manufacturer has expanded across Montreal — its latest opening being on the corner of Notre-Dame West and Therien.

Dalla Rose

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Headed by Michael Dalla Libera and Nick Rosati, veterans of the popular Nora Gray located farther east, Dalla Rosa is a simple yet effective ice cream shop. Flavours range from classic (strawberry, chocolate) to curious (sesame, sunflower seed), coupled with the option of sandwiching scoops between cookies. Come winter, they’ve been known to sling a great bowl of ramen as an interim pop-up.

Cordova

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Cordova’s current offering of takeout coffee, pastries, and sandwiches melds the expertise of its co-owners, Anthony Benda (founder of Café Myriade) and Aaron Polsky on the food side. Open daily from 8 a.m. into the afternoon.

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Rustique

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Modelled after countryside pie stands, Ryan Bloom’s soulful shop sells formidable versions of classic flavours. Their squares, cookies, cakes, and granola earn equal praise; It is a fine place to stop and pick up a snack with a coffee.

Arthurs Nosh Bar

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An essential restaurant for modernized Jewish fare, Arthurs is a must-eat for anyone searching for artful takes on traditional cuisine. Whether for breakfast, brunch, or lunch (but not dinner), the restaurant offers various options, from matzo soup and latkes to gravlax and chicken schnitzel sandwiches. L'chaim!

Tourists in Montreal — particularly New Yorkers — are often none too pleased with the city’s pizza. That was one of the driving factors behind Tony Campenelli’s decision to erect this restaurant. A pizzeria serving old-school, thin pies by the slice or the boxful, Adamo sets the bar just a little higher. Takeout only.

Tejano BBQ Burrito

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With expansions into other parts of the city not long after the opening of this principal location, Tejano has been a success. No surprise there; their ginormous burritos laden with Dylan Kier’s quality recipes for meats continue to wow customers during the lockdown.

Tuck Shop

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One of the precursors to the neighbourhood’s burgeoning food scene, Tuck Shop has consistently been a favourite of both visitors and locals over the years. Its takeout menu is dominated by the same sophisticated eats and market cuisine that have fuelled its popularity since the start. Place orders for takeout online.

TRAN Cantine Vietnamienne

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Tran Cantine Vietnamienne may be the only Vietnamese restaurant in the neighbourhood — but it certainly leaves little to be desired. The pho, banh mi sandwiches, and spring rolls are always fresh and flavourful. While you’re at it, be sure to pick up a Vietnamese iced coffee to wash it all down.

Before the pandemic, Loïc, built inside an old Bank of Montreal building, was a go-to for cool hangs. For now, it continues to sling upscaled burgers (cheese, fried chicken or veggies) for takeout and delivery.

Though hailing from two owners of top Italian spot Nora Gray, things are a little more casual at Elena, with a menu centred around pasta, wood-fired pizza, and, more recently, hoagies. They make some stellar merch, too.

Bernice

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Conceptualized in honour of his late grandmother, chef-owner Jami Liverman aims to create a welcoming environment that comforts and nourishes the soul — precisely what he has accomplished with Bernice. The coffee shop and bakery serves up decadent pasties (vegan and gluten-free options included) and a variety of specialty coffee drinks to go.

Hello 123

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Looking for a vegan-friendly fix in Saint-Henri? Toronto transplant Hello 123 is a tasty option for takeout and dine-in (when applicable). The colourful cafe and restaurant serves everything from breakfast dishes and smoothie bowls to veganized club sandwiches.

Greenspot

Go-to diner Greenspot has a wide-ranging menu of burgers, poutine, smoked meat and beyond, all available for takeout or delivery. It’s situated in a space with all of its original fixtures, including tabletop jukeboxes which, sadly, no longer work.

Nozy

Chef Nozomu Takeuchi's menu is centred on teishoku-style servings, "meal sets" of main dishes like bluefin tuna belly, snow crab or salmon sashimi with rice and soup. Don't be fooled by the minimalist appearance: The food makes it worth a visit (for takeout).

Sumac

Operated by David Bloom and chef Raquel Zagury, Sumac brings next-level Middle Eastern cuisine to Saint-Henri. Diners can delight in their broad menu of shareable plates — pita with hummus or baba ghanoush, salads — and savoury sandwiches like the sabbich, falafel, and chicken shawarma. Pro-tip: Order extra s’rug and pita. Always extra s’rug and pita. Available for takeout or delivery with DoorDash.

Restaurant A.A.

Every neighbourhood has its go-to for late-night greasy eats, and Restaurant A.A. has rightfully earned that moniker. A decades-old establishment that’s impossibly open from 8 a.m. to 5 a.m. every day of the week, A.A. serves some of the best poutine in town; twice-fried taters that are heavy on the cheese and veal bone-based gravy.

Satay Brothers

Helping to introduce Montrealers to Singaporean food, Satay Brothers has achieved fame with its steamed pork buns, chicken satays, gado gado bowls, and laksa soup. Run by the restaurant’s brothers, frontman Alex Winnicki and head chef Mat Winnicki, it’s a family affair that’s as endearing as it is popular. Orders for takeout and delivery can be placed with CHK PLZ.

Foiegwa

Take the concept of an American diner, add the time-honoured traditions of French cuisine, and that’s Foiegwa. An order placed with the restaurant isn’t complete without their cheeseburger and — what else but — extra foie gras. While bars remain closed, it also offers at-home cocktail kits conceived by sibling establishment around the corner, the Atwater Cocktail Club.

Le Kioko

Well-loved across Saint-Henri and beyond for its fresh sushi, sashimi, and poke bowls, this Japanese counter on Notre-Dame has made a name for itself for its high-quality ingredients and more than fair prices. Vegan and vegetarian options (beyond just avocado rolls) are also available.

Maquis Yasolo

Created by the same folks behind the Aliments Yasolo grocery store next door, this Afro-Québécois restaurant serves up a handful of tasty African dishes with a touch of North American influence. While it will eventually serve as a sit-down restaurant, Maquis Yasolo is currently focusing on to-go items — like a jerk burger with a side of plantain or yucca fries.