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These Montreal Food Counters Have Always Offered Great Takeout

These spots have been letting clients point at what they want and take it away for years

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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.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Meli-Melo Market

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640 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1V7, Canada
(514) 277-6409
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Those in the know flock to Méli-Melo for griot: The marinated, braised, and fried pork shoulder with citrus is their specialty, but there are loads of other dishes worth trying. The back-of-the-shop food counter has chicken, goat, beef, and fish dishes, always served with rice and fried plantains for a very reasonable price

2. Marché Oriental

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7101 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2S5, Canada
(514) 271-7878
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Marché Oriental has just about all the ingredients one would need to put together an Asian meal, plus one of the biggest selections of Asian tableware in the city to serve it on. But many visit for the compact front section of prepared foods instead, starting with barbecue duck and pork expertly chopped on site. Fresh spring rolls, banh beo (steamed rice flour cakes) with shrimp, homemade Vietnamese sausage, and coconut-based dessert cups are just a few of the dishes on offer.

3. Comptoir Sainte-Cécile

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232 Rue de Castelnau E, Montréal
QC H2R 1P5, Canada
(514) 271-9888
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Around since 2016, this diminutive takeout counter on de Castelnau packs a punch from soup to nuts, with specialties like apple-parsnip soup and smoked, spicy almonds and pecans. The roster of elevated yet homey appetizers and mains changes seasonally, always featuring fresh or frozen vegetarian and meaty options. There’s public seating outside with a view of the comptoir’s namesake church if waiting until you get home to devour their famous spaghetti bolognese sandwich is out of the question.

4. Marché Andes

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436 Rue Bélanger, Montréal
QC H2S 1G2, Canada
(514) 277-5949
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Marché Andes’ prepared food counter has daily specials for takeout covering Central and South American cuisines, including Colombian, Bolivian, and Chilean style empanadas, and Peruvian and Salvadoran tamales and pupusas. Hearty soups from the region (mondongo tripe or sancocho) round out the menu. All specials include rice, beans, and choice of salad, and are hearty enough to see most people through more than one meal.

5. Épicerie Conserva

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6604 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2M3, Canada
(514) 274-4777
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Two years in, the charming fellows at Conserva have continued to pump out homemade sausages, preserves, soups, and in-house stuffed pastas that rival the city’s top restaurants. There’s fresh produce, beer and wine, but many go to pick up their daily sandwich and savoury tarte tatin: Lunch and dinner are served.

6. Fruiterie Milano

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6862 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C7, Canada
(514) 273-8558
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From arancini to gravlax, the kitchens tucked in the back of Milano’s sprawling premises produce meals for one (think grilled chicken with pasta, or veal Milanese with roast potatoes), and charcuterie party platters for many. Counters with prepared foods dot the store, so keep an eye peeled to find marinated octopus salad, risotto ready to (h)eat, and classic supermarket roast chicken.

7. Sushi Dépanneur

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928 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1X2, Canada
(514) 523-5555
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Sushi Dep’s shelves are stocked with nori, Kewpie mayonnaise, colourful mochi treats, and even kimchi-to-go. Purists will love the simple, one-ingredient nigiri, sashimi, and hosomaki small rolls, but they’ve got a whole range of bigger rolls with crunchy shrimp tempura and spicy mayo, and poke bowls, too. Vegetarian options available.

8. Drogheria Fine

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68 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M2, Canada
(514) 588-7477
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Drogheria Fine has made its name with one dish: gnocchi swimming in tomato sauce. Tucked in a folded takeout box, the nonna-inspired, carb-caressing sauces have made this tiny storefront a cheap, cheerful, and filling destination. With their olive oils and several varieties of sauces (with or without gnocchi) available online, noshers no longer have to make the trek to this gourmand block of Fairmount West.

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9. Trip de bouffe

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277 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2T 1P6, Canada
(438) 381-4388
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Plateau favourite Trippe de Bouffe has all the Lebanese food needed for a perfect mezze spread, including homemade pita, all manner of savoury pastries, traditional salads, moussaka (veg and non-veg) and trays of kibbe in family size. Don’t miss the homemade spicy labneh and finish everything off with a Mouhalabiey custard for dessert.

10. Oinegs Kosher

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360 Saint- Viateur St W, Montreal
QC H2V 4G7, Canada
(514) 277-3600
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This tiny kosher deli counter offers traditional food like chicken soup with matzoh balls, pea soup, potato knishes and schnitzel (there’s a “healthy” option for the last, though we can’t quite figure that out), as well as classic salads and dips. There’s also kosher shawarma, with vegan items available.

11. Dispensa

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696 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3C 1N9, Canada
(514) 690-1425
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This Old Port hideaway has been serving affordable lunchtime fare to the area’s bustling office crowd since 2014. Expect pizza al taglio, calzones, and paninos stuffed with porchetta, chicken cutlet, or meatballs. There are warm dishes, too, like chicken parmigiana and cavatelli with sausage and rapini, plus a nice selection of imported Italian oils, pastas and canned tomatoes, if your pantry needs some stocking.

12. Epicure Market (Multiple Locations)

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5252 Rue Paré, Montréal
QC H4P 1P5, Canada
(514) 904-0595
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Epicure’s three city locations boast aisles bursting with pickles, pierogies, and smoked fish, but the cognoscenti head straight to the hot food takeout for a taste of home. Stuffed cabbage, whole baked fish, roast pork, and cold marinated Russian salads are ready to grab and go. Head over to the bakery counter, too, for slices of cheesecake with a layer of poppy seed to complete the meal.

13. Supermarché Akhavan

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6170 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H4B 1L8, Canada
(514) 485-4887
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Bring a few extra bags to Akhavan, and load up on borek pastries, patties (meat or veggie), pakoras, samosas, or a lahmajoun flatbread at their takeout counter. Fans of grilled meats will delight in Akhavan’s beef, lamb, and chicken kebabs prepared Persian-style. While you’re at it, pick up some Iranian yogurt with shallot (maast o moosir) and a barbari flatbread.

14. Falafel St. Jacques

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345 Rue Saint-Jacques, Lachine
QC H8R 1E6, Canada
(514) 595-7482
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Vegetarian paradise Falafel St Jacques is so much more than the sum of its parts: falafel, yes, but also veggie shawarma and sandwiches with sabich (fried eggplant and amba mango condiment) and shakshouka, plus a special plate with Yemeni malawah and spicy tomato dip. Salads cover the expected bases with tabbouleh and Israeli chopped vegetable, and take a creative swing toward sweet brussel sprouts and spicy hot pepper.

1. Meli-Melo Market

640 Rue Jarry E, Montréal, QC H2P 1V7, Canada

Those in the know flock to Méli-Melo for griot: The marinated, braised, and fried pork shoulder with citrus is their specialty, but there are loads of other dishes worth trying. The back-of-the-shop food counter has chicken, goat, beef, and fish dishes, always served with rice and fried plantains for a very reasonable price

640 Rue Jarry E, Montréal
QC H2P 1V7, Canada

2. Marché Oriental

7101 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2S 2S5, Canada

Marché Oriental has just about all the ingredients one would need to put together an Asian meal, plus one of the biggest selections of Asian tableware in the city to serve it on. But many visit for the compact front section of prepared foods instead, starting with barbecue duck and pork expertly chopped on site. Fresh spring rolls, banh beo (steamed rice flour cakes) with shrimp, homemade Vietnamese sausage, and coconut-based dessert cups are just a few of the dishes on offer.

7101 R. Saint-Denis, Montréal
QC H2S 2S5, Canada

3. Comptoir Sainte-Cécile

232 Rue de Castelnau E, Montréal, QC H2R 1P5, Canada

Around since 2016, this diminutive takeout counter on de Castelnau packs a punch from soup to nuts, with specialties like apple-parsnip soup and smoked, spicy almonds and pecans. The roster of elevated yet homey appetizers and mains changes seasonally, always featuring fresh or frozen vegetarian and meaty options. There’s public seating outside with a view of the comptoir’s namesake church if waiting until you get home to devour their famous spaghetti bolognese sandwich is out of the question.

232 Rue de Castelnau E, Montréal
QC H2R 1P5, Canada

4. Marché Andes

436 Rue Bélanger, Montréal, QC H2S 1G2, Canada

Marché Andes’ prepared food counter has daily specials for takeout covering Central and South American cuisines, including Colombian, Bolivian, and Chilean style empanadas, and Peruvian and Salvadoran tamales and pupusas. Hearty soups from the region (mondongo tripe or sancocho) round out the menu. All specials include rice, beans, and choice of salad, and are hearty enough to see most people through more than one meal.

436 Rue Bélanger, Montréal
QC H2S 1G2, Canada

5. Épicerie Conserva

6604 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal, QC H2S 2M3, Canada

Two years in, the charming fellows at Conserva have continued to pump out homemade sausages, preserves, soups, and in-house stuffed pastas that rival the city’s top restaurants. There’s fresh produce, beer and wine, but many go to pick up their daily sandwich and savoury tarte tatin: Lunch and dinner are served.

6604 Rue St-Hubert, Montréal
QC H2S 2M3, Canada

6. Fruiterie Milano

6862 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2S 3C7, Canada

From arancini to gravlax, the kitchens tucked in the back of Milano’s sprawling premises produce meals for one (think grilled chicken with pasta, or veal Milanese with roast potatoes), and charcuterie party platters for many. Counters with prepared foods dot the store, so keep an eye peeled to find marinated octopus salad, risotto ready to (h)eat, and classic supermarket roast chicken.

6862 Boul St-Laurent, Montréal
QC H2S 3C7, Canada

7. Sushi Dépanneur

928 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2J 1X2, Canada

Sushi Dep’s shelves are stocked with nori, Kewpie mayonnaise, colourful mochi treats, and even kimchi-to-go. Purists will love the simple, one-ingredient nigiri, sashimi, and hosomaki small rolls, but they’ve got a whole range of bigger rolls with crunchy shrimp tempura and spicy mayo, and poke bowls, too. Vegetarian options available.

928 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2J 1X2, Canada

8. Drogheria Fine

68 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M2, Canada

Drogheria Fine has made its name with one dish: gnocchi swimming in tomato sauce. Tucked in a folded takeout box, the nonna-inspired, carb-caressing sauces have made this tiny storefront a cheap, cheerful, and filling destination. With their olive oils and several varieties of sauces (with or without gnocchi) available online, noshers no longer have to make the trek to this gourmand block of Fairmount West.

68 Avenue Fairmount O, Montréal
QC H2T 2M2, Canada

9. Trip de bouffe

277 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal, QC H2T 1P6, Canada

Plateau favourite Trippe de Bouffe has all the Lebanese food needed for a perfect mezze spread, including homemade pita, all manner of savoury pastries, traditional salads, moussaka (veg and non-veg) and trays of kibbe in family size. Don’t miss the homemade spicy labneh and finish everything off with a Mouhalabiey custard for dessert.

277 Avenue du Mont-Royal E, Montréal
QC H2T 1P6, Canada

10. Oinegs Kosher

360 Saint- Viateur St W, Montreal, QC H2V 4G7, Canada

This tiny kosher deli counter offers traditional food like chicken soup with matzoh balls, pea soup, potato knishes and schnitzel (there’s a “healthy” option for the last, though we can’t quite figure that out), as well as classic salads and dips. There’s also kosher shawarma, with vegan items available.

360 Saint- Viateur St W, Montreal
QC H2V 4G7, Canada

11. Dispensa

696 Rue William, Montréal, QC H3C 1N9, Canada

This Old Port hideaway has been serving affordable lunchtime fare to the area’s bustling office crowd since 2014. Expect pizza al taglio, calzones, and paninos stuffed with porchetta, chicken cutlet, or meatballs. There are warm dishes, too, like chicken parmigiana and cavatelli with sausage and rapini, plus a nice selection of imported Italian oils, pastas and canned tomatoes, if your pantry needs some stocking.

696 Rue William, Montréal
QC H3C 1N9, Canada

12. Epicure Market (Multiple Locations)

5252 Rue Paré, Montréal, QC H4P 1P5, Canada

Epicure’s three city locations boast aisles bursting with pickles, pierogies, and smoked fish, but the cognoscenti head straight to the hot food takeout for a taste of home. Stuffed cabbage, whole baked fish, roast pork, and cold marinated Russian salads are ready to grab and go. Head over to the bakery counter, too, for slices of cheesecake with a layer of poppy seed to complete the meal.

5252 Rue Paré, Montréal
QC H4P 1P5, Canada

13. Supermarché Akhavan

6170 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal, QC H4B 1L8, Canada

Bring a few extra bags to Akhavan, and load up on borek pastries, patties (meat or veggie), pakoras, samosas, or a lahmajoun flatbread at their takeout counter. Fans of grilled meats will delight in Akhavan’s beef, lamb, and chicken kebabs prepared Persian-style. While you’re at it, pick up some Iranian yogurt with shallot (maast o moosir) and a barbari flatbread.

6170 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest, Montréal
QC H4B 1L8, Canada

14. Falafel St. Jacques

345 Rue Saint-Jacques, Lachine, QC H8R 1E6, Canada

Vegetarian paradise Falafel St Jacques is so much more than the sum of its parts: falafel, yes, but also veggie shawarma and sandwiches with sabich (fried eggplant and amba mango condiment) and shakshouka, plus a special plate with Yemeni malawah and spicy tomato dip. Salads cover the expected bases with tabbouleh and Israeli chopped vegetable, and take a creative swing toward sweet brussel sprouts and spicy hot pepper.

345 Rue Saint-Jacques, Lachine
QC H8R 1E6, Canada

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