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New Yorker looking for quintessential Montreal cheap eats

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I'm going to be in Montreal for a couple of days - are there any signature or must-have cheap eats that I should have while I'm there (under 20 dollars a person) both including restaurants and other food stands or carts or anything? Any location within the city, or nearby outside (I will have access to a car) is fine.

Happy to be referred to any quintessential cheap eats threads Quebec hounds may know that I may have missed as well. Thanks.

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  1. Hallo,

    well, Montreal has 'stringent hygiene laws' that don't allow for NYC style carts. Lots of us suspect it's very much encouraged by restaurants.

    However, you may want to refer to this quintessential cheap eats thread!
    best $10.....
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/615050

    And thanks to KPZoo for posting these too on another thread just a few hours ago

    Montreal Locals - What do you consider the best small hole in the wall resto?
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/411132

    Downtown student restaurants
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/649012

    Delivering our daughter to McGill
    http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/643643

    1. Thanks for reposting those links, TheSnowpea!

      Here's another thread in which a New Yorker seeks quintessential Montreal eats. It's a couple of years old, but includes lots more inexpensive options, with a few higher-priced ones mixed in. Worth a look.

      Quintessential Montreal?
      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/399473

      Have fun exploring and eating your way through Montreal!

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      1. re: kpzoo

        great post thank you!

      2. Very simple:

        1. Smoked Meat sandwich from Schwartz's
        2. Poutine from M'me Bolduc
        3. Bagels from St-Viateur or Fairmount
        4. Portuguese grilled chicken from Romado's (primarily take-out, however. Rotisserie Portugalia is also good and has an adjoining dining area.)
        5. A pint at Dieu du Ciel

        I also love the Scratch Kitchen at the Copa (3910 St-Laurent). It's not quite quintessential but it's a great place to watch hockey, which is, of course, a quintessential Montreal activity. Similarly L Corridor (3655 St-Laurent) has some decent Jamaican in a funky setting. If you are able to splurge, Au Pied du Cochon is certainly quintessential.

        1. Also a NYer, also looking for quintessential Montreal cheap eats. Interested in what you discovered during your trip. Will be there for five days, beginning Christmas, with partner and our teenage son.