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Mar 30, 2011 03:37 AM

Popular food joints in qc and montreal that are cheap but great food

Looking to compile a list of restaurants to visit in my trip to quebec and montreal. I'm not after fine dining, just good tasty food at good prices. Even if its take outs doesn't worry me as long as they are well known and popular. Local crusine would be a bonus. And must have an english menu/waiters that speak english or I wouldn't know what i'm ordering and reachable by public transport.

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  1. There are many threads on this topic here, especially for Montréal. Look up cheap, budget, hole-in-the-wall, under $10 etc.

    Very few restaurants either in francophone East-end neighbourhoods or multicultural areas where the first language is likely to be something other than French or English will speak no English; it isn't a problem.

    It certainly isn't a problem in touristic areas in Québec City either.

    I don't see your menu problem though - even in the US and UK, French dishes are listed in French, and many of our tasty foods are from the world over. Even Japan, though alas unlike Vancouver we are not a destination for lovers of Japanese food.

    1. Here are some threads on budget food in Montreal to get you started:

      Of course it all depends on what "good prices" means.

      Some of the classic places that are always mentioned on this board but beyond my budget (in no particular order): DNA, Laloux, Garde Manger, La Salle a Manger, Les 3 petit bouchons, Au Pied du Cochon, Joe Beef, Ferreira, Le Club Chasse et Peche, Le P'tit Plateau, Europea...that's just off the top of my head. There are some newer places that are becoming quite popular. Scroll down on this board to see what is recommended.

      The absolute musts are Schwartz's and a bagel from Fairmount or St-Viateur.

      You won't have a problem with language or getting to places via public transit. Enjoy our city!!

      Joe Beef
      2491 Rue Notre-Dame W, Montreal, QC H3J1N6, CA

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      1. re: foodinspace

        The OP's request is for cheap food and most of the places on your list are not anywhere near cheap.

        Schwartz's is an obvious destination. Petit Alep would be on my list especially for lunch, Chez Paryse, La Banquise or Ma'am Bolduc for poutine. Sur Bleury is a fine sandwich shop for lunch.

        If you want to spend a little bit more on a good dinner, Brasserie T or Bar F are good options.

        Binerie Mont-Royal is definitely traditionnal et cheap. I second bagel. And on an editorial note, the fun of travelling is to face different cultures and languages. That being said, nothing will keep you to eat anywhere in the city.

        Sur Bleury
        1067 Rue De Bleury, Montreal, QC H2Z1N1, CA

      2. Romados super cheap mostly take out (a few tables) best Portuguese chicken in mtl

        1. sana for pakistani food. Verry good food for very cheap prices

          pushap on jean-talon is another one for great veggie food but lots of frying
          1 pound veggie pakoras 4$

          Sana Restaurant Halal Food
          655 Rue Jarry W, Montreal, QC H3N1G3, CA

          Restaurant Pushap
          975 Rue Jean-Talon W, Montreal, QC H3N1S9, CA

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          1. re: maj54us

            a lot of these places will take you time and money getting to them as not central, but you could go to china town and enjoy the ambiance and reasonable prices, specific resto suggestions listed elsewhere on board.
            If you come in May you can get a lobster pizza at Movbox for around 10$ (in front of old silos in old port/montreal) or clam chowder, lobster roll for less, to eat on a picnic table along the locks where small boats gain access to that area and could go to les eclusiers next door for a drink or small meal . They also have brunch and its outside with sheltered areas.

            1. re: wilmagrace

              That is true, wilmagrace, but giraffez' profile points to Japan (which is why I mentioned Japanese food and Vancouver's ascendancy) so he/she might not want only to experience other East and Southeast Asian cuisines (mostly Chinese and Vietnamese in Mtl Chinatown).

              In terms of money, there are plenty of short-term transit options available, so money is not really a problem as long as OP stays within the realm of the STM. Time can be part of a trip; I've enjoyed excursions to odd suburbs and districts in other places, but one does usually want to spend more time in livelier places.

              It really depends on what OP enjoys doing and whether this is a trip in itself of a foray during a business trip.

            2. re: maj54us

              Pushap on Jean Talon is not the cleanest and worries me a touch. I would go to the Original Pushap's on Pare and Mountain Sights.Great Thali's and clean !

              1661 Av Dollard, Lasalle, QC H8N1T7, CA

              1. re: finefoodie55

                Or the other great Indian restos on Jean-Talon: India Curry House, Bombay Mahal, Moti Mahal...yum!

            3. In somewhat alphabetic order, I'd suggest Arouch, Ba-Le, Balkan Foods, Boustan, Chipotle & Jalepeno, Dic Ann's, Halal 786, Kazu, Kouign Amann, Lasalle Drive-In, Lotus Bleu, Momesso's, Mr. Steer, Chez Nouri, Paul's Patates, Pataterie Chez Philippe, Petit Alep, Pho Lien, Pho Bang New York, Los Planes, Qing Hua, Le Roi du Plateau, Le Valois and Wilensky's Light Lunch.

              Google and the search engine here can help you find out more information on all of them.