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Jan 14, 2012 05:33 AM

Discount stores with food/grocery in Quebec?

I'm from BC. I'm wondering if there are any discount food/grocery stores in Quebec? I live in the south shore (St-Jean) and would travel to Brossard. In BC, there are quite a few places (ie. MTF) but so far I have had trouble finding any here (mostly for canned goods). Rossy seems to have some stuff but it's not so cheap.

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  1. Are you talking about dollar stores (dollarama, ... ) ? or super-super-market like "Super C" ?

    What are you looking for ? only cheap food ?


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    1. re: Maximilien


      Yes, I'm thinking of a place that has warehouse leftovers/super cheap stock from other places (which exists in BC and the US but I'm not sure about here). I guess it would be similar to dollar rama except food-only. I go to Super C for some great cheap deals too

      1. re: poloprincess

        I've heard that Segal's on blvd. St-Laurent has really cheap stuff, might want to check it out.

        1. re: poloprincess

          "similar to dollar rama except food-only"
          I'm not aware of any. Giant Tiger (Tigre Geant) comes to mind. They're discount, but are not food-only, limited assortment (locations near Marieville and Delson).
          Walmarts carry foodstuffs and groceries, but I don't know about prices.

          1. re: poloprincess

            You can find end of life produce at the jean talon market - usually a basket of something for $1
            Segal's does have really weird cheap stuff. For example, you might find 6 cans of tuna for $1 or osmething ridiculous like that --- def. worth checking out...bring your own bags.

        2. AFAIK, there are no such stores in the Montréal area.

          There are other strategies for saving money on groceries, though. The first would be to shop at the big warehouse-style supermarkets like Maxi and Super C. If you're looking to buy in bulk, there are a number of cash and carry places around town. There are the Club Entrepôt Provigo and Presto warehouse stores as well as Aubut, Mayrand and a few places west of Marché Central who's names escape me. For fruits and vegetables your best bet is Sami Fruit. You can find bargains at "International" supermarkets like Adonis, Esposito, Mourelatos, P.A. and Frutta Si amongst others. Asian supermarkets are also good for cheap and good quality produce. Kim Phat in Brossard is particularly good.

          1. As an aside...

            poloprincess, since you live in St-Jean i'm curious to know if you've shopped at Pasquier, and if so what do you think of the place? I've checked out the web site and it looks nice.


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            1. re: SnackHappy

              Hi SnackHappy,

              I actually live down the street and frequent Pasquier often. The produce is the best you will find out here (St-Jean being a wasteland for food, aside from Les Halles). It's certainly very 'upscale', but caters specifically to the Quebecois crowd - you won't find any "real" ethnic food products there, the most exotic being "pate chinois or fondue chinois", which I had never seen in 26 years in Vancouver, an absolute abomination of 'Chinese" cuisine, lol. Produce, yes (dragonfruit for about $7.99 each) but not meat, sauces, grains. But it's a nice store with a great patisserie and boulangerie. Very expensive though - def. the most $ of them all, but offers a great selection of fresh sashimi tuna.

              However, it's def. NOT worth a trip out to St-Jean, it's about 1/2 the size of Adonis. Les Halles, maybe, if you are bored one day - but not if you are already out by Brossard, there's better places.

              BTW thanks for the previous list, I guess what I am thinking of does not exist here but I can look at other places. I am currently in love with Adonis.

              1. re: poloprincess

                Thank you so much for all the info. I wasn't really planning going out of my way to shop there, but I was curious and will probably visit if I find myself in St-Jean. I have a thing for grocery stores. Whenever I see a new banner, I want to go have a look inside to check the layout and products. it gets even worse when i'm travelling. It can make me an especially annoying travel companion.

                1. re: SnackHappy

                  Polo, I don't know if you are joking around but Pate Chinois has nothing to do with Chinese cuisine, it's Shepard's Pie. Just recently CBC radio was trying to find out why it's called Pate 'Chinois'. There were a few different theories, the most popular being about the Chinese railroad workers coming up with the dish.

                  1. re: ios94

                    I am sure that Polo is not joking around! Outside of Quebec, Shepherd's Pie is known But Pate "Chinois", never heard of it until I moved to Quebec. Racist, was my first reaction after hearing of the "so called origins." In Quebec, political correctness is pretty much non-existent, pity.

                    1. re: ios94

                      The most plausible history of Pâté Chinois is that it would have come from New-England with Franco-Americans coming back to visit family in Quebec. It is essentially the same thing as New-England Shepherd's Pie. The name Pâté Chinois is probably an invention or an alteration of the English name.

                      Chinese railroad workers is a pretty story, but it doesn't really pass muster.

                      1. re: ios94

                        Haha no I wasn't joking, I am well aware of Shepard's Pie but I guess in my language confusion I thought people here actually thought it was some sort of Chinese invention :P What about fondue chinois??

                        1. re: poloprincess

                          Fondue chinoise and Chinese fondue are sometimes used by some people in different parts of the world to describe a Chinese "hot pot" meal - it's not specifically a Quebec term.

                          1. re: kpzoo

                            Thanks, I didn't know. I am from Vancouver originally so I am not used to Chinese food outside major Chinese ethnic areas. You sure could not get away with trying to sell "fondue chinoise" or pate in Vancouver haha....

                      2. re: SnackHappy

                        Depends on who you're travelling with. A highlight of any trip in a foreign land is our visit to a grocery store, from mom&pop to megamart. We usually have to buy new luggage just to get our food purchases home...

                          1. re: porker

                            Same here and it drives my DH bonkers that I want to ''waste time'' in a grocery store when traveling but he has no problem eating the goodies I find. LOL

                            1. re: hungryann

                              We visited New Orleand back in November with my sister.... Picked up 4 quarts of pickled pig lips from a small depanneur kinda place in the garden district. Bought some bloody mary pre-mix in the french quarter. Trappey pickled peppers in another corner store. Taking a taxi home one afternoon, we asked the driver if there was a big supermarket around. He said Walmart and we stopped in (I know, I know, wallmart......but they carry much of what you'll find everywhere else in the hood) BBQ shrimp mix, hot sauces, more cajun bbq sauce, root beer concentrate. We also bought a duffel bag there to carry all the stuff...
                              My sister and her husband were looking at us like we were nuts.