When visiting Montreal expect to eat well. Not only does Montreal have award winning internationally acclaimed restaurants, but it also has a plethora of local spots that make any trip, on any budget, one that won’t leave you hungry.
The three Montreal staples you must try before leaving town: Smoked Meat, Poutine, and Bagels. In Montreal these are the three most important food groups:
Poutine is a delicious mixture of French Fries, Gravy and Cheese Curds, there’s no better late night eats than a poutine.
Best Bet for a good poutine: La Banquise or Patatti Pattata
Known in other parts of the world as Hot Pastrami, Smoked meat is the Montrealers meat of choice. With local institutions like Schwartz, Lesters, the Main, and Smoked Meat Pete, this everyday brisket is taken to the next level with careful smoking and spicing. Line-ups are all too common when going to Schwartz’s but the wait is well worth it.
Big, round, hollow, dense, everyone thinks that their city has the best bagel, unfortunately for you there’s an easy answer to that question. The best bagels in the world are found in the Plateau area of Montreal. The best way to start your morning or cure your hangover is a pipping hot bagel smeared with salty lox and velvety cream cheese.
Best Bets for Montreal Bagels: Fairmount or St-Viateur
As a result of Montreals nightlife being condensed into specific areas, it has lead to a proliferation of late night eats surrounding those areas. Late night eats can easily be found anywhere in the city, the question is are you willing to wait out for the good stuff or are you content scarfing down a rubbery piece of 99 cent Pizza.
Like any other good foodie city we have our fair share of stuffy restaurants with amazing food. Good thing for you is that if you’re coming on a bachelor party the last thing you want to do is head to one of those restaurants. Being a bad ass chef is the “in thing” in Montreal right now, with Restaurants like Joe Beef, Aux Pied de Cochon and Garde Manger leading the charge.
It really doesn’t matter if you are coming into town with a huge restaurant budget or you’re looking for value in your meals., WE have been on both sides of the equation and there is good food for everyone. We don’t eat for eatings sake, we savor our meals, and enjoy good food, good wine, and good company.
Let us guide you to all the “local spots” with our food tour. You’ll go to all the restaurants in town that the locals know and love. Great beer, wine and food is the key ingredient to any successful day.