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19 Montreal Hot Spots for Rotisserie (or Grilled) Chicken

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When it comes to the must-eat food of Montreal, roasted chicken is perhaps the forgotten middle sibling. Poutine and bagels hog the attention, but rotisserie is just as much a culinary cornerstone, ranging from family operations that have been in business for decades to sprawling chains found in every corner of La Belle Province.

Here are some of the best birds found in the city. It’s not all about Québécois and Portuguese options either, as there are equally delicious Congolese, Peruvian, and Caribbean varieties, to name a few. The cooking styles may vary slightly here — some are roasted, some are rotisserie, a couple are grilled, but all are juicy and cooked with fire.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Le Coq de L'Est 2015

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8803 Rue Hochelaga, Montréal
QC H1L 2N1, Canada
(438) 385-9455
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This East End restaurant — in a past life, a restaurant known for ‘serveuses sexy’ — from Vanessa Beeching and Omar Zabuair delivers roasted chicken with a Québecois look and feel, but flips the script ever-so-slightly with delicious Pakistani tandoori flavours.

2. Poulet Mankal

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12174 Boulevard Laurentien, Montréal
QC H4K 1M9, Canada
(514) 333-5302
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When looking for a solid option for chicken in Montreal’s north end, look to Poulet Mankal. The Lebanese charcoal-fired techniques employed here have made it a reliable standby since 1993.

3. Ma Poule Mouillée

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969 Rachel St E, Montreal
QC H2J 2J2, Canada
(514) 522-5175
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Grilling up anywhere between 600 to 1,000 chickens daily, Ma Poule Mouillée is one of the most popular spots in the Plateau for grilled Portuguese chicken. The bird isn’t the only drawcard here, but really, it’s a sin to visit and not order a quarter bird with fries.

4. Serrano Bar-B-Q

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161 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2L4, Canada
(514) 271-3728

Little Portugal may be a few blocks south of Mile End, but it’s not the only source for choice roasted chicken. The rotisserie at the Peruvian restaurant Serrano is commonly looked to for cheap chopped chicken sandwiches, but is just as viable an option for a poulet entier for $13.

5. Paradis BBQ

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4165 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2L 4A7, Canada
(514) 303-4165
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This Plateau upstart didn’t take long to establish itself as a crowning achievement in chicken by critics. Chef Jonathan Fournier’s menu serves chicken in dozens of ways, but it’s hard to argue with its classic roasted option. The restaurant has fried options, too.

6. DJ Poulet

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1134 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1J8, Canada
(514) 277-5151
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The Ivory Coast and Congo aren’t terribly well-represented in Montreal’s restaurant scene, and particularly in the rotisserie world. Enter DJ Poulet: While it’s still securing its foothold in Outremont, rest assured, its cheap and succulent cuts of chicken hot off the grill are worth it.

7. Chez Doval

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150 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal
QC H2H 1M5, Canada
(514) 843-3390
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Open since 1974, Doval’s a Montreal institution and a Portuguese classic has a menu that’s beloved by many. Among those choices is a chargrilled chicken that’s a major favourite.

8. Agrikol

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1844 Rue Amherst, Montréal
QC H2L 3L6, Canada
(514) 903-6707
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Chef Paul Harry Toussaint’s work at this colourful and popular Caribbean restaurant features a savoury grilled Haitian variety of bird, best enjoyed with a rum-based cocktail.

9. Romados

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115 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1C8, Canada
(514) 849-1803
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Ask a Montrealer who belongs in the pantheon of Portuguese chicken in their city, and Romados will undoubtedly be one of the first mentioned. Their chicken, chargrilled and heavily brushed with piri piri sauce, is a beloved Plateau institution.

10. Buvette Chez Simone

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4869 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4E7, Canada
(514) 750-6577
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Simone Chevalot’s eponymous restaurant may be often sought out for its wine lists, but the roasted chicken is one of the necessary dishes to try here, having survived months upon months of flipped menus.

11. Moishes

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3961 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y4, Canada
(514) 845-3509
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Commonly looked to as an essential steakhouse in Montreal, Moishes also makes a mean “special” chicken. Based on a family recipe, they’re so proud of it that it’s joined the the restaurant’s roster of retail products.

12. Campo

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1108 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3A 1M7, Canada
(514) 903-9639
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There are a lot of older, storied Portuguese institutions that are neighbourhood favourites, but a younger gun like Campo from the Ferreira Group has quickly gained traction and favour with its streamlined service that doesn’t skimp on quality.

13. Rôtisserie St-Hubert (multiple locations)

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5235 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3T 1Y1, Canada
(514) 385-5555
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If there’s one chain that’s testament to the popularity of rotisserie chicken in the entire province of Quebec, it’s St-Hubert. What started with one small Montreal location in 1951 has since become the 16th largest chain in the country and a formative dining experience for many Quebecers.

14. New System Bar-B-Q

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3419 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P3, Canada
(514) 932-1484
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You may have seen one this restaurant’s fleet of orange delivery cars zipping around Montreal’s streets. Sure, the pizza and poutine are worth ordering up, but the breast and thighs are the real go-to here. Whether ordering out or eating in, ask for extra packets of honey for dipping.

15. Côte St Luc BBQ (multiple locations)

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5403 Chemin de la Côte-Saint-Luc, Montréal
QC H3X 2C3, Canada
(514) 488-4011
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For anyone looking for a choice spot to eat in NDG, Côte St Luc is not only among the essential options, but it’s chicken is worthy of laudation when considering options across the city as a whole. There’s another out in Dollard, too.

16. Chalet Bar-B-Q

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5456 Rue Sherbrooke, Montréal
QC H4A 1V9, Canada
(514) 489-7235
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A classic NDG restaurant, Chalet Bar-B-Q serves an endearing Quebecois-style rotisserie at amazingly cheap prices. Whether it’s hot chicken or a breast/thigh combo you’re after, this is an essential spot for chicken. Look for its colourful signage, brightly lit up since 1944.

17. Blackstrap BBQ

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4436 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1W5, Canada
(514) 507-6772
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Racks of ribs and deep fried mac and cheese come highly recommended at Dylan Kier’s Verdun restaurant, but this pitmaster’s smoked chicken is an equally delicious feature of its menu. Open since 2012 and still going strong.

18. Galinha

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1200 Boulevard Rome local o, Brossard
QC J4W 3H3, Canada
(888) 768-5387
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Not all great chicken in Montreal will be found on-island. Galinha’s wood-fired Portuguese birds, brushed with piri piri both sweet and spicy are a favourite on the other side of the river.

1. Le Coq de L'Est 2015

8803 Rue Hochelaga, Montréal, QC H1L 2N1, Canada

This East End restaurant — in a past life, a restaurant known for ‘serveuses sexy’ — from Vanessa Beeching and Omar Zabuair delivers roasted chicken with a Québecois look and feel, but flips the script ever-so-slightly with delicious Pakistani tandoori flavours.

8803 Rue Hochelaga, Montréal
QC H1L 2N1, Canada

2. Poulet Mankal

12174 Boulevard Laurentien, Montréal, QC H4K 1M9, Canada

When looking for a solid option for chicken in Montreal’s north end, look to Poulet Mankal. The Lebanese charcoal-fired techniques employed here have made it a reliable standby since 1993.

12174 Boulevard Laurentien, Montréal
QC H4K 1M9, Canada

3. Ma Poule Mouillée

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

Grilling up anywhere between 600 to 1,000 chickens daily, Ma Poule Mouillée is one of the most popular spots in the Plateau for grilled Portuguese chicken. The bird isn’t the only drawcard here, but really, it’s a sin to visit and not order a quarter bird with fries.

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

4. Serrano Bar-B-Q

161 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal, QC H2T 2L4, Canada

Little Portugal may be a few blocks south of Mile End, but it’s not the only source for choice roasted chicken. The rotisserie at the Peruvian restaurant Serrano is commonly looked to for cheap chopped chicken sandwiches, but is just as viable an option for a poulet entier for $13.

161 Rue Saint Viateur O, Montréal
QC H2T 2L4, Canada

5. Paradis BBQ

4165 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2L 4A7, Canada

This Plateau upstart didn’t take long to establish itself as a crowning achievement in chicken by critics. Chef Jonathan Fournier’s menu serves chicken in dozens of ways, but it’s hard to argue with its classic roasted option. The restaurant has fried options, too.

4165 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2L 4A7, Canada

6. DJ Poulet

1134 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont, QC H2V 1J8, Canada

The Ivory Coast and Congo aren’t terribly well-represented in Montreal’s restaurant scene, and particularly in the rotisserie world. Enter DJ Poulet: While it’s still securing its foothold in Outremont, rest assured, its cheap and succulent cuts of chicken hot off the grill are worth it.

1134 Avenue Van Horne, Outremont
QC H2V 1J8, Canada

7. Chez Doval

150 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal, QC H2H 1M5, Canada

Open since 1974, Doval’s a Montreal institution and a Portuguese classic has a menu that’s beloved by many. Among those choices is a chargrilled chicken that’s a major favourite.

150 Rue Marie-Anne, Montréal
QC H2H 1M5, Canada

8. Agrikol

1844 Rue Amherst, Montréal, QC H2L 3L6, Canada

Chef Paul Harry Toussaint’s work at this colourful and popular Caribbean restaurant features a savoury grilled Haitian variety of bird, best enjoyed with a rum-based cocktail.

1844 Rue Amherst, Montréal
QC H2L 3L6, Canada

9. Romados

115 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2W 1C8, Canada

Ask a Montrealer who belongs in the pantheon of Portuguese chicken in their city, and Romados will undoubtedly be one of the first mentioned. Their chicken, chargrilled and heavily brushed with piri piri sauce, is a beloved Plateau institution.

115 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2W 1C8, Canada

10. Buvette Chez Simone

4869 Av du Parc, Montréal, QC H2V 4E7, Canada

Simone Chevalot’s eponymous restaurant may be often sought out for its wine lists, but the roasted chicken is one of the necessary dishes to try here, having survived months upon months of flipped menus.

4869 Av du Parc, Montréal
QC H2V 4E7, Canada

11. Moishes

3961 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y4, Canada

Commonly looked to as an essential steakhouse in Montreal, Moishes also makes a mean “special” chicken. Based on a family recipe, they’re so proud of it that it’s joined the the restaurant’s roster of retail products.

3961 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y4, Canada

12. Campo

1108 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3A 1M7, Canada

There are a lot of older, storied Portuguese institutions that are neighbourhood favourites, but a younger gun like Campo from the Ferreira Group has quickly gained traction and favour with its streamlined service that doesn’t skimp on quality.

1108 Boulevard de Maisonneuve O, Montréal
QC H3A 1M7, Canada

13. Rôtisserie St-Hubert (multiple locations)

5235 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal, QC H3T 1Y1, Canada

If there’s one chain that’s testament to the popularity of rotisserie chicken in the entire province of Quebec, it’s St-Hubert. What started with one small Montreal location in 1951 has since become the 16th largest chain in the country and a formative dining experience for many Quebecers.

5235 Chemin de la Côte-des-Neiges, Montréal
QC H3T 1Y1, Canada

14. New System Bar-B-Q

3419 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1P3, Canada

You may have seen one this restaurant’s fleet of orange delivery cars zipping around Montreal’s streets. Sure, the pizza and poutine are worth ordering up, but the breast and thighs are the real go-to here. Whether ordering out or eating in, ask for extra packets of honey for dipping.

3419 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1P3, Canada

15. Côte St Luc BBQ (multiple locations)

5403 Chemin de la Côte-Saint-Luc, Montréal, QC H3X 2C3, Canada

For anyone looking for a choice spot to eat in NDG, Côte St Luc is not only among the essential options, but it’s chicken is worthy of laudation when considering options across the city as a whole. There’s another out in Dollard, too.

5403 Chemin de la Côte-Saint-Luc, Montréal
QC H3X 2C3, Canada

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16. Chalet Bar-B-Q

5456 Rue Sherbrooke, Montréal, QC H4A 1V9, Canada

A classic NDG restaurant, Chalet Bar-B-Q serves an endearing Quebecois-style rotisserie at amazingly cheap prices. Whether it’s hot chicken or a breast/thigh combo you’re after, this is an essential spot for chicken. Look for its colourful signage, brightly lit up since 1944.

5456 Rue Sherbrooke, Montréal
QC H4A 1V9, Canada

17. Blackstrap BBQ

4436 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1W5, Canada

Racks of ribs and deep fried mac and cheese come highly recommended at Dylan Kier’s Verdun restaurant, but this pitmaster’s smoked chicken is an equally delicious feature of its menu. Open since 2012 and still going strong.

4436 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1W5, Canada

18. Galinha

1200 Boulevard Rome local o, Brossard, QC J4W 3H3, Canada

Not all great chicken in Montreal will be found on-island. Galinha’s wood-fired Portuguese birds, brushed with piri piri both sweet and spicy are a favourite on the other side of the river.

1200 Boulevard Rome local o, Brossard
QC J4W 3H3, Canada

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