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Where to Order Takeout on Montreal Moving Day

Tasty, filling food to get you through the move

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While the rest of Canada is celebrating Canada Day on July 1, it’s moving day in Montreal, which can turn the city’s streets into utter chaos with moving trucks, piles of garbage and groups trying to balance an old couch. All that hard work, in conjunction with the heat (the forecast is calling for a sweltering one!), can easily make movers hangry, so do yourself and your helpers a favour by ordering something tasty, quick, and shareable.

Traditionalists will contest that pizza and beer are the only acceptable things to consume on moving day — and if that’s you, then here’s our list of the best in the city. But if you’re looking for something just as tasty and filling — if not tastier — here’s a selection of excellent restaurants doing takeout around Montreal.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

Restaurant Paulo & Suzanne

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Nothing says moving day in Montreal more than a steaming plate of poutine — and Paulo & Suzanne in Ahuntsic is one of the best places in the city for fries and cheese curds smothered in gravy. The casse-croûte also does all-day breakfast for those who’ve been up and at it since early in the morning.

No plates, no cutlery, no table, no problem! Just throw some blankets (or boxes or bags) on the floor and tuck into Pushap’s delicious Indian food. Pushap is also inflation-defiant, with thali platters going for under 10 bucks and dals and curries between $3 and $6. Delivery is with the main apps.

Restaurant El Chalateco

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El Salvadorean food is another cuisine that’ll fill up your hungry group on moving day. Pupusas — cornmeal flatbread stuffed with beans or chicharron and/or cheese — at El Chalateco are both delicious and affordable at $3/each (two or three should do the trick). Do yourself a favour and also order a plate of fried plantains with crema. Delivery with any of the three main apps.

Pizza Toni

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Sibling to hugely popular Falafel Yoni, Pizza Toni in the Mile End does mighty good New York-style slices — and fortunately for movers, they also dish extra-large 20-inch pies. Don’t you dare order without a drizzle of their spicy honey or ranch dips. Order with Skip or Uber.

Omnivore (multiple locations)

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More than a place for shawarma (though, they do them well, too), Omnivore does excellent, reasonably healthy, Lebanese food to give your movers a nutritional boost. An omnivore or herbivore lunch box is a quick and easy way to go — you get a few kebabs, salads, and sides. Or just get some sides like falafel, vine leaves, and mini pizzas to snack on as you contemplate how to get the couch through the front door. There are three locations open at the moment — downtown on Mackay, the Plateau across from Leonard Cohen’s old house, and in the Latin Quarter. You can order directly with the restaurant, or on UberEats or SkipTheDishes.

Bocadillo (multiple locations)

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Since 2008, Bocadillo has been selling Montrealers on tasty arepas — meat, beans, plantains, queso and veggies stuffed in a sliced maize saucer. Pabellón is a favourite — shredded beef, black beans, white fresh cheese and fried plantains — but they also do sandwiches, salads, and a gourmet hot-dog. Both locations are on St-Laurent — one in the lower Plateau, the other in Little Italy. Delivery is with any of the main providers.

BOSSA (multiple locations)

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Fill up your hungry gang with some hulking Italian sandwiches from Bossa — the only snag could be getting everyone to decide which one they want. Cold deli sandwiches include mortadella, prosciutto, and a hoagie, while hot ones include porchetta, eggplant parm, and chicken cutlet. There are two locations: one in Verdun and the other on Masson. Delivery is with SkipTheDishes and DoorDash.

Restaurant Dobe & Andy

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Chinatown’s Dobe & Andy got us through the pandemic, and it’ll get you through your move. The barbecue duck is a standout, as are the spicy guilin noodles. Order through Chk Plz or via UberEats.

Boom J's Cuisine (multiple locations)

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Grab some patties, a couple of jerk chicken rotis, and oxtail or curry goat for your hungry group at one of Montreal’s best spots for Jamaican food. Locations are in Pointe-Sainte-Charles and Ville-Émard. Order from any of the three popular apps.

Restaurant Paulo & Suzanne

Nothing says moving day in Montreal more than a steaming plate of poutine — and Paulo & Suzanne in Ahuntsic is one of the best places in the city for fries and cheese curds smothered in gravy. The casse-croûte also does all-day breakfast for those who’ve been up and at it since early in the morning.

Pushap

No plates, no cutlery, no table, no problem! Just throw some blankets (or boxes or bags) on the floor and tuck into Pushap’s delicious Indian food. Pushap is also inflation-defiant, with thali platters going for under 10 bucks and dals and curries between $3 and $6. Delivery is with the main apps.

Restaurant El Chalateco

El Salvadorean food is another cuisine that’ll fill up your hungry group on moving day. Pupusas — cornmeal flatbread stuffed with beans or chicharron and/or cheese — at El Chalateco are both delicious and affordable at $3/each (two or three should do the trick). Do yourself a favour and also order a plate of fried plantains with crema. Delivery with any of the three main apps.

Pizza Toni

Sibling to hugely popular Falafel Yoni, Pizza Toni in the Mile End does mighty good New York-style slices — and fortunately for movers, they also dish extra-large 20-inch pies. Don’t you dare order without a drizzle of their spicy honey or ranch dips. Order with Skip or Uber.

Omnivore (multiple locations)

More than a place for shawarma (though, they do them well, too), Omnivore does excellent, reasonably healthy, Lebanese food to give your movers a nutritional boost. An omnivore or herbivore lunch box is a quick and easy way to go — you get a few kebabs, salads, and sides. Or just get some sides like falafel, vine leaves, and mini pizzas to snack on as you contemplate how to get the couch through the front door. There are three locations open at the moment — downtown on Mackay, the Plateau across from Leonard Cohen’s old house, and in the Latin Quarter. You can order directly with the restaurant, or on UberEats or SkipTheDishes.

Bocadillo (multiple locations)

Since 2008, Bocadillo has been selling Montrealers on tasty arepas — meat, beans, plantains, queso and veggies stuffed in a sliced maize saucer. Pabellón is a favourite — shredded beef, black beans, white fresh cheese and fried plantains — but they also do sandwiches, salads, and a gourmet hot-dog. Both locations are on St-Laurent — one in the lower Plateau, the other in Little Italy. Delivery is with any of the main providers.

BOSSA (multiple locations)

Fill up your hungry gang with some hulking Italian sandwiches from Bossa — the only snag could be getting everyone to decide which one they want. Cold deli sandwiches include mortadella, prosciutto, and a hoagie, while hot ones include porchetta, eggplant parm, and chicken cutlet. There are two locations: one in Verdun and the other on Masson. Delivery is with SkipTheDishes and DoorDash.

Restaurant Dobe & Andy

Chinatown’s Dobe & Andy got us through the pandemic, and it’ll get you through your move. The barbecue duck is a standout, as are the spicy guilin noodles. Order through Chk Plz or via UberEats.

Boom J's Cuisine (multiple locations)

Grab some patties, a couple of jerk chicken rotis, and oxtail or curry goat for your hungry group at one of Montreal’s best spots for Jamaican food. Locations are in Pointe-Sainte-Charles and Ville-Émard. Order from any of the three popular apps.

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