Before the pandemic prompted fine dining establishments to flip to takeout provisions this spring, food counters where you could pick up all the trappings needed for an entire meal — at a reasonable cost — in Montreal were in shorter supply. The counters recommended in this guide aren’t restaurant appendages; they’re destinations in their own right (though often snuggled at the back of a grocery store or serving from a shoebox storefront), and they’ve been offering no-fuss fare for years.
Some venues on this list have small dine-in areas that have been reopened. However, this should not be taken as endorsement for dining in, as there are still safety concerns: for updated information on coronavirus cases in your area, please visit the official sites of the Quebec government and Montreal’s public health authority (Santé Montréal). Studies indicate that there is a lower exposure risk when outdoors, but the level of risk involved with patio dining is contingent on restaurants following strict social distancing and other safety guidelines.Read More