Did you know that Montreal is home to one of the best food scenes in North America? Here they’re all about the secret hole in wall, family-owned diners and tapas joints for both herbivores and carnivores. But don’t take our word for it; keep reading for some of the best local restaurants and cafes serving up delicious cheap eats in Montreal to help your budget go that little bit further…
Patati Patata, 4177 Boulevard St-Laurent
This small fast food joint boasts one of the best poutine in town (the fries to cheese ratio is perfect), and all for less than $10. They also offer mini slider burgers that you can customize yourself. Order one of these tasty morsels and the waitress will hand you a checklist to tick off which toppings you would like. Patati Patata is perfect for pre or post adventure fuel. Cheap and delicious – just how we like it.
St. Viateur Bagel, 263 St-Viateur O
Bagels are the epitome of cheap eats and no one does it better than St. Viateur. Made with 100% natural ingredients, each bagel is hand-rolled, boiled in honey water and cooked in a wood-fire oven that both cooks and flavors. We recommend the spicy eggplant with goat cheese and pesto bagel. For under $10, you cans satisfy your carb cravings without breaking the bank.
Romados, 115 Rue Rachel Est
This hole in the wall joint is a local favourite. What makes this place so popular? It’s the combination of wood-fired grilled meat and a special secret spicy sauce that is out of this world. For $9.75 you can get a Portuguese-style half chicken combo that comes with fries, salad, and a bun. You could easily feed two people with their generous portions sizes, or just one very hungry human. Proof that cheap restaurants doesn’t mean poor quality.
Restaurant Mais, 5439 Blvd St-Laurent
Restaurant Mais serves tacos, cocktails & other Latin-inspired cuisine in the heart of the Mile End. Most menu items are gluten-free or vegetarian, but more importantly most items are ridiculously cheap. All tacos are under $5 and appetizers range between $7.5-$13.5. They also boast the best tequila selection in town, which clinches the deal in making this eatery a must try!
Caribbean Curry House, 6891 Avenue Victoria
This curry house has been providing tasty roti and stew plates to the Montreal populace since 1980. Their roti is crepe-like dough made with split peas and spices, and filled with a thick seasoned curry containing potatoes and meats such as chicken, beef, goat, or seafood. There is also a veggie roti option available. The stew chicken ($10.50) is highly recommended; marinated chicken cooked in a golden brown stew sauce mixed with red beans. Beverage-wise, you’ll have to get a Red Stripe beer ($4.95) to make your experience as authentic as possible.
Wilensky’s, 34 Fairmount Ave. West
For no nonsense cheap snacks in Montreal, head over to Wilensky’s. This family-owned diner opened in 1932 and is kind of an institution in Montreal. If you do find yourself in the Mile End area, we highly recommend the Wilensky Special: a sandwich made with all-beef salami and all-beef bologna with mustard, grilled on a roll ($4.09). With delicious food this cheap, why would you go anywhere else?
Rhubarbe Patisserie 5091, rue de Lanaudière
Looking to indulge your sweet tooth? Then grab some macaroons at Rhubarbe Patisserie. For less than $2 each you can choose from pistachio, milk chocolate praline, grapefruit, and black-caramel chocolate. Macaroons not your thing? The patisserie also offers cakes, pastries, pies, turnovers, and a whole host of other sweet things to keep your levels sky high.
Omnivore Grill, 4351 Boul St-Laurent
This simple, no-frills Middle Eastern restaurant delivers tasty grilled food items for both herbivores and carnivores. The flavors of their beef, chicken and fish sandwiches (known here as Kaftas) take inspiration from cuisines all over the world, with names like Thai, Roma, and Bombay. All kaftas can be ordered as vegetarian also. To get the most bang for your buck, we recommend the soup, salad, and sandwich combo for $10.50.
Tejano BBQ Burrito, 511 Rue De Courcelle
Who needs authenticy when you can be taking in some tex-mex goodness instead? Tejano blend traditional Mexican recipes and ingredients with the rich, bold and smoky flavours of central Texas BBQ. The result: simple, quick, affordable and just delicious comfort food. An extra large veggie burrito will only set you back $10, so there’s no need to scrimp on the yumminess.
Aux Vivres, 4631 St Laurent Blvd
This vegan restaurant makes healthy eating taste so good. The myth about vegan and vegetarian food being boring and bland is well and truly dispelled here, with an assortment of flavorful dishes to convert the meatiest of carnivores. The menu features baked-to-order chapati sandwiches, rice bowls, salads, burgers, and daily soups and specials. We recommend the Latke Burger: roasted beet and sweet potato patty served on a whole-wheat bun with caramelized onions, tomato, lettuce, pickle & tzatziki ($13.25).
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