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The Best Places for a Quick and Dirty Vegetarian or Vegan Meal

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Vegetarian food doesn’t always have to coincide with clean-eating. In fact, most vegetarians will likely tell you the same thing. They love a greasy burger after a night of drinking, they wouldn’t say no to 3 a.m. pizza delivery, and they’ve certainly had their fair share of late night poutine.

While quick and dirty vegetarian food often gets overlooked by whole grain, hemp, and quinoa-based fare — but sometimes it’s nice to just dig into a greasy plate. Here are some of the best spots to pick up a satisfying, meat-free meal to line your stomach, arranged by geography (not ranked).

Looking for a general, non-fast food guide to vegetarian and vegan eating? That map is over here.

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1. Lafleur

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2120 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2K 1V5, Canada
(450) 656-0005
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Most inner-city Lafleur locations are open until 4 a.m (there’s around ten spread across the island), which is convenient as heck when all you want is a greasy poutine before crawling into bed after a round of drinks. Unlike many other inexpensive fast food joints, Lafleur uses fresh curds and even fresher hand-cut potatoes. They also offer a veggie burger and tofu steamés.

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2. La Banquise

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994 Rue Rachel E, Montréal
QC H2J 2J3, Canada
(514) 525-2415
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This Plateau mainstay is a late-night staple — even when all the tourists in bed, line-ups are still known to occur at 4 a.m. You just can’t fight tradition. Even so, they were one of the first venues to introduce vegan poutine -- or as they call it, La Veganomane. Game changer.

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La Banquise

3. L'Gros Luxe 100% Végé

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3807 Rue Saint-André, Montréal
QC H2L 3V9, Canada
(514) 447-2227
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By now, L’Gros Luxe is a Montreal cheap eats hit, known for affordable plates and unique decor, which have propelled their expansion around the city. The original Plateau location is now home to an all-vegetarian version of the mini-chain, doing everything from vegan poutine to crispy “chicken” burgers.

4. Pitarifique

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4160 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y8, Canada
(514) 842-7793

Often overshadowed by some of the greasy spoon mainstays in the surrounding area, Pitarifique does a mean poutine and an even better veggie burger. Tip: ask for tzatziki instead of mayo on your veggie burger for a truly euphoric experience.

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5. Schlouppe Bistrot Nakamichi

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2159 Rue Mackay, Montréal
QC H3G 2J2, Canada
(438) 383-7650
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Montreal already isn’t a huge ramen city, so finding vegan ramen can feel akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. If the broth doesn’t have pork, it’ll have fish, and 9 times out of 10 that hard-to-find vegan broth will taste of little more than water. However, at Nakamichi, they pride themselves on a selection of flavourful vegan bowls.

6. Gibeau Orange Julep

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7700 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal
QC H4P 2H4, Canada
(514) 738-7486
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Everyone knows that this Montreal institution boasts some of the best recipe-unknown orange “shake-like” drinks in town. But Orange Julep is one of the few places to get a vegetarian pogo, too.

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7. Pizza Pizza

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1846 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada
(514) 737-1111
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OK, yes, seriously, hear this one out: decent vegetarian pizza is widespread enough, but Pizza Pizza is one of the only pizza delivery services to offer vegan cheese — and it’s not run-of-the-mill grocery store Daiya, either. Pizza Pizza actually imports Violife, a brand of vegan cheese from Greece, and it’s just about as close to the real thing as you can get. (Note that any Pizza Pizza location should be good for Violife cheese, not just this one.)

8. Le Kitchen

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1806 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3J 1R5, Canada
(514) 934-3663
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Made even more accessible by their new Atwater Market location, much of Le Kitchen’s fare is health-conscious, but they’re also known for their Lil Mak — a vegan rendition of the iconic McDonald's sandwich that tastes way better than the real thing. Also of note: their peanut butter brownies are not to be missed.

9. Crèmerie Dalla Rose

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4609 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1S5, Montreal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada
(514) 846-1555
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Dalla Rose offers a variety of unique, locally sourced  ice cream flavours -- ranging from Quebec corn to vegan brownie, and they always have at least two vegan flavours on tap. Come winter, Dalla Rose turns into Ramen 9000, a ramen pop up with vegan broth (though omnivores can add pork belly or egg upon request).

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10. Pizzeria Adamo

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4629 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada
(438) 386-1800
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One of the best places in the city for a slice, come here before a night of drinking to truly appreciate the depth of flavour that a slice of Adamo has to offer, with interesting vegetarian toppings like ricotta and Italian rapini.

11. Vegan Rapide

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6206 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H4B 1M2, Canada
(514) 489-9259
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NDG’s Vegan Rapide is the plant-based answer to your typical greasy spoon delivery service. These folks make a great “cheese” burger — best when paired with their delightfully greasy vegan poutine.

1. Lafleur

2120 Rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2K 1V5, Canada

Most inner-city Lafleur locations are open until 4 a.m (there’s around ten spread across the island), which is convenient as heck when all you want is a greasy poutine before crawling into bed after a round of drinks. Unlike many other inexpensive fast food joints, Lafleur uses fresh curds and even fresher hand-cut potatoes. They also offer a veggie burger and tofu steamés.

2120 Rue Ontario E, Montréal
QC H2K 1V5, Canada

2. La Banquise

994 Rue Rachel E, Montréal, QC H2J 2J3, Canada
Vegan poutine
La Banquise

This Plateau mainstay is a late-night staple — even when all the tourists in bed, line-ups are still known to occur at 4 a.m. You just can’t fight tradition. Even so, they were one of the first venues to introduce vegan poutine -- or as they call it, La Veganomane. Game changer.

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

3. L'Gros Luxe 100% Végé

3807 Rue Saint-André, Montréal, QC H2L 3V9, Canada

By now, L’Gros Luxe is a Montreal cheap eats hit, known for affordable plates and unique decor, which have propelled their expansion around the city. The original Plateau location is now home to an all-vegetarian version of the mini-chain, doing everything from vegan poutine to crispy “chicken” burgers.

3807 Rue Saint-André, Montréal
QC H2L 3V9, Canada

4. Pitarifique

4160 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y8, Canada

Often overshadowed by some of the greasy spoon mainstays in the surrounding area, Pitarifique does a mean poutine and an even better veggie burger. Tip: ask for tzatziki instead of mayo on your veggie burger for a truly euphoric experience.

4160 Boulevard Saint-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2W 1Y8, Canada

5. Schlouppe Bistrot Nakamichi

2159 Rue Mackay, Montréal, QC H3G 2J2, Canada

Montreal already isn’t a huge ramen city, so finding vegan ramen can feel akin to searching for a needle in a haystack. If the broth doesn’t have pork, it’ll have fish, and 9 times out of 10 that hard-to-find vegan broth will taste of little more than water. However, at Nakamichi, they pride themselves on a selection of flavourful vegan bowls.

2159 Rue Mackay, Montréal
QC H3G 2J2, Canada

6. Gibeau Orange Julep

7700 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal, QC H4P 2H4, Canada

Everyone knows that this Montreal institution boasts some of the best recipe-unknown orange “shake-like” drinks in town. But Orange Julep is one of the few places to get a vegetarian pogo, too.

7700 Boulevard Décarie, Montréal
QC H4P 2H4, Canada

7. Pizza Pizza

1846 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal, QC H3H 1M1, Canada

OK, yes, seriously, hear this one out: decent vegetarian pizza is widespread enough, but Pizza Pizza is one of the only pizza delivery services to offer vegan cheese — and it’s not run-of-the-mill grocery store Daiya, either. Pizza Pizza actually imports Violife, a brand of vegan cheese from Greece, and it’s just about as close to the real thing as you can get. (Note that any Pizza Pizza location should be good for Violife cheese, not just this one.)

1846 Rue Sainte-Catherine O, Montréal
QC H3H 1M1, Canada

8. Le Kitchen

1806 Rue William, Montréal, QC H3J 1R5, Canada

Made even more accessible by their new Atwater Market location, much of Le Kitchen’s fare is health-conscious, but they’re also known for their Lil Mak — a vegan rendition of the iconic McDonald's sandwich that tastes way better than the real thing. Also of note: their peanut butter brownies are not to be missed.

1806 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3J 1R5, Canada

9. Crèmerie Dalla Rose

4609 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1S5, Montreal, QC H4C 1S5, Canada
Vegan brownie ice cream
Dalla Rose

Dalla Rose offers a variety of unique, locally sourced  ice cream flavours -- ranging from Quebec corn to vegan brownie, and they always have at least two vegan flavours on tap. Come winter, Dalla Rose turns into Ramen 9000, a ramen pop up with vegan broth (though omnivores can add pork belly or egg upon request).

4609 Rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1S5, Montreal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada

10. Pizzeria Adamo

4629 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal, QC H4C 1S5, Canada

One of the best places in the city for a slice, come here before a night of drinking to truly appreciate the depth of flavour that a slice of Adamo has to offer, with interesting vegetarian toppings like ricotta and Italian rapini.

4629 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montréal
QC H4C 1S5, Canada

11. Vegan Rapide

6206 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H4B 1M2, Canada

NDG’s Vegan Rapide is the plant-based answer to your typical greasy spoon delivery service. These folks make a great “cheese” burger — best when paired with their delightfully greasy vegan poutine.

6206 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H4B 1M2, Canada

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