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Sep 10, 2011 08:56 AM

Your favorite meals in Montreal $25 and under (including tax and tip)

We will be in Montreal for 7 nites and 5 full days starting next friday sept. 16. We will be staying in the Plateau area, and will be walking and using public trans. We live in San Francisco, come from NYC and are comfortable with and enjoy exploring neighborhoods outside the tourist zones.

Please let us know some of your favorite restaurants and the meals you enjoy. We like all kinds of ethnic food and would love recs that include the full range of the great diversity your city has. Restaurants, bistro, cafes ,markets, street food, snacks, sweets. Thanks

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  1. Amelios on Milton for vegetarian pizza and/or sausage sub.
    Andalos on Lebeau for Manakish.
    Ba-le for Vietnamese subs.
    Binerie Mont Royal on Mont Royal for beans and tourtiere.
    Boustan on Crescent for the creation.
    Dic Ann's on Pie IX for a hamborghini.
    Esrabian Shant on Faillon for Manakish.
    Helm on Bernard for mini burgers.
    Maison Kam FUn on Saint Urbain for Dim Sum.
    Lasalle Drive-In on Lasalle for Peter's special.
    Momesso's on Upper Lachine for subs.
    Mr. Steer on Sainte Catherine for hamburgers.
    Chez Nouri on Pine for sandwiches.
    Paul Patates on Charlevoix for poutine and spruce beer.
    Pataterie Chez Philippe on Amherst for hamburgers.
    Pho Lien on Cote des Neiges for tonkinese soup.
    Roi du Plateau on Rachel for Portugese grill.
    Sumo Ramen on Saint Laurent for ramen.
    Wilensky's Light Lunch on Saint Urbain for the special.

      1. re: janeabby

        Well, now we have a good list for under $25 for two! Perhaps you could be more specific about your tastes? I would tend to take visitors from other cities to APDC (might be hard to stay on budget there but if you try a few of the inexpensive ones listed above, why not?), L'Express for some steak tartare, Pho Tay Ho for Vietnamese Bun Cha, Qing Hua dumplings, Cuisine Szechuan, Pintxo to name a few, and would definitely visit many bakeries and cafes like Co'Pains D'abord, Premiere Moisson, Cafe Art Java, Cafe Neve. Oh and we'd probably stop and have bagels from St-Viateur and poutine at La Banquise.

        L'Express Restaurant
        3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

        Cafe Art Java
        645 Av Du President-Kennedy, Montreal, QC H3A1K1, CA

        1. re: Plateaumaman

          $25 is per person. sorry for the confusion. Most interested in bistro, quebecois, african, portugese, greek, bakeries, Chinese, vietnamese. Little Italy, Mile End, Plateau, downtown,the jean talon market, old montreal. thanks

          1. re: janeabby

            (not including drinks)

            Le Petit Alep (jean-talon street, next to Jean-Talon Market).
            Bagels and cream cheese and smoked meat (either Fairmount or St-Viateur) and go to a park/bench to eat
            Portugese chicken (Romados on Rachel St.) same thing, go to park to eat.
            Le Comptoir Charcuterie et Vin (st-laurent blvd)(grab a charcuterie plate and a dessert)...
            Aux Vivres (for vegan on st-laurent blvd)

            Aux Vivres
            4631 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R2, CA

            Jean-Talon Market
            7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA

      2. Hello,

        I am vegetarian and would like to suggest you try some of this great restaurants that are popular with omnivores too.
        You should try Aux Vivres on St Laurent (St Laurent and Mt. Royal) If you go there on the weekend, go early like around 11.30 a.m when they open because after that it will get packed.
        You should for sure try their Brunch which is great. They also have amazing fresh juices and desserts.
        And Chu Chai on St. Denis (Asian
        )I also enjoy a vegetarian Indian restaurant called Pushap close to Namur Subway. It is on Rue Pare. Not a great location but the food is worth the trip and it is really really cheap.
        Everything on their menu is pretty good so it is hard to chose a favorite.
        When it comes to markets, I love Marche Jean Talon close to the Jean Talon subway station.
        There is a great ice cream parlor there called Havre Aux Glace and they have a Masala Chai sorbet that you will not find anywhere else.
        I often go to the market solely to the Masala Chai sorbet
        Another place I enjoy if you like tea is called David's Tea. They have many locations in Montreal but one is on Mt Royal near where you will be staying.
        They have a great variety of tea. Right now their fall tea I love is pumpkin chai

        Hope you enjoy your stay in Montreal

        Aux Vivres
        4631 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R2, CA

        Chu Chai
        4088 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M5, CA

        Pushap Restaurant
        4777 Boul Des Sources, Pierrefonds, QC H8Y3C6, CA

        Havre Aux Glaces
        7140 Av Henri-Julien, Montreal, QC H2S2W1, CA

        7 Replies
        1. re: Radha2009

          T resto is almost within your budget (Quartier des spectacles, Place des arts metro station).

          You can t go wrong with Lemeac (Outremont area) late night deal $25 + resto is full at 10pm to take advantage of the price. It will cost extra with tip and taxes but definitedly worth it!

          If you come this far I wouldnt skimp too much on meals -- if you dont mind eating the larger meal at noon many restos have reasonable business lunch menu Monday to Friday ; for example milos normally highpriced does have deals at certain times

          Dominion Square Tavern has a daily lunch special, varies per day for $22 served til 4:30 and the food is good+ nice ambiance. This is useful reference when you are in the downtown area.

          For breakfasts you could go to pastry shop such as or even pick up some quiche for lunch-the st. denis branch is closer for you

          and for tasty tacos you can track down the Gruman truck in two locations (nouveau palais in outremont or food lab market, latin quarter),

          If you go to fairmont bagel stop next door to try the delicious ice cream that we are all posting about. He will give you a sample of different flavours to help you choose.

          1. re: mangoannie

            There is a BYOW called La Selva at 862 Marie-Anne est. Their table d'hôte is under 20$ and you have soup or salad, an entree, dessert and coffee. It is a nice family restaurant where the husband sometimes does the cooking and his wife is on the floor to serve the guests. Other times, it is the opposite. We have seen their daughter grow up from a toddler to a teenager. It is nothing fancy, just fresh fish!

            1. re: cricri7

              This resto, peruvian, looks reasonable in price and interesting, thanks for the info. I have a question that maybe someone can answer, I have never seen anyone take beer to "bring your own booze" restaurants, is there some regulation that says the booze can only be wine. Sometimes I would prefer beer than a whole bottle of wine......

              1. re: mangoannie

                Lots of folks have beer at Shahi Palace and they've never blinked. Don't know about the law specifically.

                Shahi Palace Restaurant
                4773 Boul Des Sources, Pierrefonds, QC H8Y3C6, CA

                1. re: kpzoo

                  I have seen people bring beer to Parthenon's on Van Horne and Ban Lao Thai on Decarie without an issue....

                  I guess make it a "classier" beer and not a cheap 6 pack. Not that there is anything wrong with that ;oP

                2. re: mangoannie

                  I know for sure you can bring wine and beer to byob not sure about spirits though. (although it brings to mind a post quite a few months ago about a weird russian place in a strip mall where people were apparently drinking vodka).

                  1. re: kpaxonite

                    beer and wine is okay. I witnessed a group of 5 go in with a 24 case of beer once and it was just amazing to watch them down them one after the other. They were gone within the hour.

                    Hard liquor is not allowed by law I've been told.

          2. Pizza at La Bottega on St Zotique/St Laurent in Little Italy with a shared salad is one of my favs but it wouldn't include a glass of wine for under $25.

            65 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montreal, QC H2S1K7, CA

            1. There are tons of fun ethnic restaurants in the plateau area that would meet your needs -
              The Shish-Kebab or chicken brochettes at Jarden de Panos on Duluth are great. byob
              The Lotus Bleu on Duluth (Vietnamese) has lots of delicious entrees like pork with crispy spinach. byob
              L'Express - French bistro on St. Denis. No sign out front.
              Nil Bleu - Ethiopian on St. Denis
              Khybler Pass on Duluth - Afghan. byob
              If you want to spend a little more, Au Petite Extra on Ontario.

              L'Express Restaurant
              3927 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2W2M4, CA

              Nil Bleu Restaurant
              3706 Rue Saint-Denis, Montreal, QC H2X3L7, CA