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Chien-Chaud Victoire (Great Hot Dog Place In Montréal)

Har_Gow_Freak Sep 10, 2010 04:10 PM

Hello everyone! I'm here to share a great discovery: Victoire.
The place has the reputation of being the VERY BEST Hot Dog place in Montréal! As soon as you enter you realize that this place has been open for a very very long time!
It is located on Beaver Hall in between of La Gauchetière & Viger.
The food is what you would expect from a joint liie this: Hot Dogs, French Fries, Grilled Cheese & Poutine.
Actually 2 Toasted Hot Dogs and a Spruce Beer will cost you only 5$!!!
Could anyone tell me if you've been here and how was your eating experiences?

  1. Har_Gow_Freak Feb 9, 2012 03:40 PM

    I'm disappointed that the food court is closed on weekends.

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    1. re: Har_Gow_Freak
      BarackHObama Feb 9, 2012 04:23 PM

      lol@liking steamed hotdogs and dissing schwartz's

      1. re: BarackHObama
        Shattered Feb 10, 2012 07:35 AM

        Lol. Seconded. HUGELY seconded.

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      Fabulous1977 Mar 7, 2011 09:17 AM

      Yes its finally open in the food court of the 600 DLG, right under the National Bank Tower. Lineups are insane between 11:30 and 1:00 so try to avoid it !

      If i may speak for the food court, it's very nicely renovated but for now, the selection of restaurants are lame! Victoire is the only place worth it !

      Ena poutine please!

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        red sauce Sep 13, 2010 01:37 PM

        I hate to disillusion you, but this place is nothing special. The hot dogs are average, just like the fries. The place itself has no charm whatsoever, and I suspect they would have gone out
        of business many years ago if it weren't for the business generated by the many office towers in the immediate area.

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        1. re: red sauce
          anachemia Sep 13, 2010 09:56 PM

          Are you kidding me? This place rocks. I've eaten there at least 20 times and I'd rank it among my top 10 Montreal classics without hesitation.

          Are you perhaps confusing it with McGill Hotdog down the street? (another place that's been around for decades but is closer to average, more like what you described)

          1. re: red sauce
            Har_Gow_Freak Jan 5, 2011 08:21 AM

            I'm sorry to say this, but I have to agree with anachemia: they have the best Hot Dogs in town...and it DOES have a nice 50's style charm to it....I've never had a bad meal there....after you go eat there a few couple of times you start to realize the charm of the place....it looks especially fab on a rainy-stormy day!

            1. re: Har_Gow_Freak
              BLM Jan 5, 2011 01:26 PM

              They recently relocated to a new location, very close by? Somebody had mentioned it somewhere(maybe on this site).

              1. re: BLM
                Har_Gow_Freak Jan 7, 2011 06:08 AM

                WHAT?!?! I HOPE THEY DIDN'T CLOSE!!!!!!!!! Could you please find out where they relocated for me? That would be most appreciated! Thanx.

                1. re: Har_Gow_Freak
                  BLM Jan 7, 2011 06:52 AM

                  Never said it would close. It had to relocate close-by because the building where it was located is to be torned down(or something like that).

                  1. re: BLM
                    westaust Jan 7, 2011 07:03 AM

                    They are moving to 600 de la Gauchetiere, as the building where they were located will be demolished to make place for a new office and condo tower.

                    1. re: westaust
                      southwestmtl Jan 7, 2011 11:23 AM

                      They may have already moved. The sign on their door, in December when I was there, said as of January, 2011. Address above is correct. I am presumming they are in the food court of the building, but I may be wrong.

                      Agree they are great hot dogs and frites. Maybe not the best but certainly in the top 10 in Montreal area. The servers are entertaining, if you watch them for a bit, it is quite fascinating to see how they work together.
                      The long line of people out the door at lunch time cannot all be wrong.

                      1. re: southwestmtl
                        BLM Jan 7, 2011 05:49 PM

                        The sign on their door when I checked today, is that they're moving to 600 de la Gauchetiere in late-January.

                        1. re: BLM
                          Gluttoners Jan 31, 2011 05:37 PM

                          Does someone know if the place is open now? I can't wait to try their hot dogs! D:

                          1. re: Gluttoners
                            clcormie Feb 23, 2011 06:59 PM

                            No, they are not open yet.
                            I had breakfast at the food court today, and they are still working on it.
                            I think they will open shortly, the fryers , steamers and everything else is install.
                            I'll ask the owner tomorrow morning and i'll post again tomorrow night...


                            1. re: clcormie
                              Gluttoners Feb 23, 2011 07:24 PM

                              Where are they situated again? In what food court?

                              1. re: Gluttoners
                                westaust Feb 24, 2011 05:22 AM

                                The food court at 600 de la gauchetiere (National Bank/Aon building complex)

                                1. re: westaust
                                  clcormie Mar 2, 2011 06:07 PM

                                  Good news...Chien-Chaud Victoire is now OPEN.
                                  I had lunch there today.
                                  Always the same great hot-dogs and fries.
                                  A lot of people were waiting on line at noon...


                                  1. re: clcormie
                                    Gluttoners Mar 2, 2011 07:56 PM

                                    YEAH! Can't wait to try it! :) thank you for this update clcormie.

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            mak2k Sep 13, 2010 06:48 AM

            i work close there and i've been meaning to try to eat there. last time i walked there, the line up almost hit viger.. which is a bit too long for me. I guess it's worth the wait?

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              Shattered Sep 13, 2010 12:15 AM

              Damn, now the word is out! One of my fave hole-in-the-walls. Like Mtl Pool Room, but without the "glamour".

              1. RhondaB Sep 10, 2010 09:31 PM

                My inaugral visit to Chien Chaud Victoire was in 1981 and my latest was about a month or so ago and I really think nothing has changed. Even one of the guys behind the counter has been there forever!

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                1. re: RhondaB
                  Har_Gow_Freak Sep 11, 2010 10:17 AM

                  How do you like the food there?

                  1. re: RhondaB
                    nextguy Sep 13, 2010 07:37 AM

                    What kind of hot dogs do they serve? Are they really beefy and have a nice snap? I resorted to making my own hot dogs just because I couldn't find a good one in Montreal.

                    1. re: nextguy
                      SnackHappy Sep 13, 2010 07:46 AM

                      By "making my own hot dogs" do you mean the sausages? If not where do you find good hot-dogs in casings? This has been an ongoing and quite frustrating quest of mine for a while, now. And if you do make your own sausages, I salute your dedication.

                      1. re: SnackHappy
                        nextguy Sep 13, 2010 09:49 AM

                        Yes, I do mean the sausages. Mine are made from 1/3 short rib meat, 1/3 shoulder blade, and 1/3 brisket. The process is quite labor intensive including 2 grindings, 1 blitzing in the food processor, toasting of my spice mix, and the stuffing (I use collagen casings because I can't find sheep casings). I then smoke them in mesquite. In total it takes 3 days and the cost ends up being around 1.25 per sausage so it isn't cheap. With all the effort I put it I only buy the best meats and the highest quality spices. As you can imagine I have also gone mad looking for the best hot dogs in the area but found nothing to satisfy me. This was my only solution and I took it very seriously. My wife says too seriously but that's just her opinion! She eats them nonetheless.

                      2. re: nextguy
                        westaust Sep 13, 2010 08:15 AM

                        Hotdogs served there are you're regular hotdogs, however, they do make them toasted which is great for a change!

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