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A revolutionary concept: a restaurant/art gallery! This place is decorated street art, murals and sculptures created by Montreal artists. Top local DJs add their sounds to the scene. Open from breakfast until late-night, they have everything from brunch waffles and mimosas to specialty seafood platters. #fine-dining #musicvenue #art
A charming garden-like terrace in heart of Old Montreal, right in the historic Jacques Cartier Square. Sit on the front terrace and watch the bustling scene and street performers, or in the open-roofed inner courtyard that’s heated during the cooler days. Relax to sounds of some live jazz music and enjoy some tasty crepes, salads, pasta, duck confit or the some traditional Quebec “paté chinois.” Great place for brunch, dinner or just drinks. Note that it’s only open from April to beginning of October. #livemusic #patio
Brit & Chips
Cozy and casual place where you can find some of the freshest fish and chips in Montreal. There’s a good variety of fish that all include a mix of traditional British battered-fried fish with unique Montreal flavors. On the menu, you’ll find things like maple syrup battered haddock and sour cream and onion battered sole. Amazing! #cheap-eats
Le Boucan Smokehouse
A little Southern-style BBQ smokehouse a bit away from the busy downtown area. Their signature spiced BBQ chicken wings are some of the best in the city!
Le Saloon Bistro Bar Inc
There’s no other place like this in the city. It’s in the heart of Montreal’s vibrant gay village, and it’s a great place to eat, drink and chill. It has amazing decor, wall projections and a funky supperclub atmosphere. They’re known for their (affordable) traditional and international gourmet plates that all have a twist. Go for brunch, dinner, or their famous “4-7” happy hour for drinks. #fun #affordable #gourmet
KINKA IZAKAYA MONTREAL
Their goal is to make you feel like you’re in an izakaya (Japanese pub) in Japan, and you do. They have tasty, authentic Japanese tapas dishes, and a large selection of sake, craft beer and cocktails.
A homely little tex-mex & BBQ joint/terrace, owned by a native Texan. Order the bucket of crispy fried chicken or ribs, and get them literally thrown on your table. Everything is incredibly flavorful and/or spicy. They’re also known for their tasty pork and fish tacos, lobster burritos, crab cakes and popcorn shrimp. #cheap-eats #southernfood
Trying poutine is a must in Montreal, and any Montrealer will tell you that this 24h diner located on the Plateau serves the best in the city. Poutine is a Canadian dish that originated here in Quebec. It’s basically fries topped with hot gravy and cheese curds. La Banquise serves over 30 variations of it. You’ll most likely have to wait in line to get in, but it’s worth it.
By “dirty,” they mean“ delicious. A laid-back place to grab some gourmet hot dogs and fancy poutines. They’ve got all sorts of toppings, including bacon, fried egg, salsa, mac and cheese and more. There are also vegan and vegetarian options. #crazy #casual
Cozy little Mexican restaurant in a quiet corner in the Mile-End. One of the few places in Montreal where you can get real Mexican food, and feel like you’re in Mexico. It serves a great variety of “cazuelitas,” savoury dishes in little terracotta pans. All the colorful and flavorful recipes have been passed down from generation to generation in the chef’s family.
A stylish lounge dedicated to bacon lovers. Almost everything has bacon in/on/around it. Have some KD bacon balls, bacon nachos, poutine with bacon and other mouth-watering stuff. Accompany those with a bacon-infused cocktail like the Brutus Bloody Caesar, and follow that with a bacon and chocolate brownie, some bacon chips, or even a bacon and oreo brochette.
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Dinette Triple Crown
Real soul food prepared by a Kentucky native. The couple always dreamed of having a restaurant in Montreal, so they bought a place they could afford in Mile X. There is only room for a kitchen in this small joint, so they give you your meal in a basket so you can enjoy your food in the park across the street. #cheap-eats
Smoke Meat Pete
You can’t visit Montreal without trying smoked meat. A visit to this lively country house-like diner 45 minutes away from Montreal is worth it -they have the most moist, tender and flavorful smoked meat that has won many awards. A live jazz or blues band energizes the house every night of the week. #livemusic #award-winning
Lead image: Jardin Nelson.