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Very cheap eats in Montreal

Hello! My friend and I our backpacking our way through Canada. We are on a very cheap budget therefore we need to eat very cheap but good. Any recommendations? This is our very first time in montreal.

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  1. where will you be staying? Are you only going to be eating at fast food/restaurants? How often per day?

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    1. re: Ghostquatre

      Haha honestly don't know where I'm staying at. I am staying with my friends friend. Ill be in Montreal for 3 days and will like to only spend $20 or less a day.

    2. This $10 thread might be a good starter although it may be overwhelming with all the replies.


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        1. re: ios94

          That's a great thread but it's three years old so some of the places have closed and some prices have gone up considerably.

          1. re: mainsqueeze

            It could be a good idea to start a new 10$ thread !

            1. re: Kinyo

              If you're in the area, Café Sardine (9 Fairmount east) can be a good option for lunch. I went about two weeks ago and if I remember correctly, all the options were below 10$. They also make their own donuts! And if you feel like spending a bit more on that day, they make very good espresso also. They use Phil & Sebastian coffee beans.

            2. re: mainsqueeze

              Hmmm is there anything on that thread that is still open?

          2. Chalet BBQ on Sherbrooke St W is pretty cheap. I know their lunch specials (leg or breast) are <$10 (includes slaw or tomato juice, fries, gravy, bun, and soft drink). Also some of the best chicken in the city (pretty damned good fries and gravy to boot). They have similar meals for dinner without the soda or slaw or juice (pay extra).

            Cafe Presto comes to mind
            Where a meal is about $7. Whenever I eat there, however, the antipasto, wines, etc brings it way over $10.

            Restaurant Beijing in Chinatown (I assume others as well) has cheap, 1 plate lunch items.

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              1. re: porker

                Anything in Chinatown is dirt cheap, especially at lunch. Another fave or porker and myself is Amigo 168, at 1027 St-Laurent, upstairs. Get the house special: salt & pepper pork chops. 4-5 chops on a huge pile of rice with a fried egg. At $10, it'll feed 2 - and they're open til 4am most nights!

                1. re: Shattered

                  it's a personal favorite of mine too

              2. Thalis would be a cheap eat in Little India (L'Acadie and Jean Talon thereabouts).And Thali ( the restaurant) downtown on St. Marc is cheap too. I think the thalis are about ten bucks tax in for the meat version and slightly less for the veggie. They also have big filling wraps: nan stuffed with either chicken, lamb kebab or aloo paneer for five bucks tax in. The Indian place in Le Faubourg has similar wraps with more veggie and bean fillings for about two bucks more.

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                1. re: chilipepper

                  One of the best places in Montreal for Vegetarian Thali's is Pushap on Pare St (only).The other Pushap restaurants are owned by family but are nowhere near as good.

                2. Im trying not to spend over $20 to $25 a day on food without eating fast food if possible.

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                  1. re: Melissamarie329

                    Not sure what you mean by fast food, but thalis are typical Indian meals on compartmentalized metal platters with portions of curries, rice, salad and nan.

                  2. One word: Romados.

                    A huge portion of grilled Portuguese chicken & fries for only $7.25. Seriously, the only real meal you'll need all day (& that's coming from a guy with a huge appetite). On Rachel at Coloniale, just east of St-Laurent. Some counter space, but mostly take-out, but there's lots of parks with tables to eat in nearby.

                    1. I found Restaurant Thali seriously disappointing. However, thalis, themselves are usually tasty and filling. Try Maison India Curry House up in Little India. Patati Patata, Romado's, and Schwartz's are among my favourite Montreal restos, regardless of price. Bocadillo Burger on St-Laurent just south of Pins is also pretty good. As mentioned, you can eat cheap, tasty, and filling food in Chinatown or Chinatown 2 (Guy-Ste. Catherine area). I especially like the lunch specials at Pret-a-manger.

                      Although I have yet to go myself, I have friends who have been raving about the Arepas from this place:


                      Finally, nothing beats grabbing a fresh bagel for two from Fairmount or St-Viateur and then sitting with a coffee at Café Olimpico on a nice summer day. You wouldn't want to survive on bagels 24-7 but they can do for one meal for sure. Enjoy!

                      1. If it's not too late to add my suggestion. Blanche Neiges on Cote des Neiges near corner Cote st-Catherine still has breakfasts for $1.99 and you can get lunches for around $5 - 10$ soup included. The address is:5735 Cote des Neiges. I think they are open 24 hrs over the weekends. Good luck!

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                        1. re: yeggy

                          also on Cote des Neiges, Grillades Farhat for a sandwich - one of my city faves (especially the Sujuk, a well-spiced sausage)

                        2. star of india near guy has lunch specials starting at 6,99 includes soup, rice and main dish of curry vegetables, for 7.99 i added in butter chicken-enjoyed it much more than meals i have had at le faubourg

                          1. Nilufar has a $2 special on a falafel pita, soup and a drink. Their adress is 1923 Sainte-Catherine Street West Montreal, QC H3H 1M3 (514) 846-1947. I've had it before and it's good!

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                            1. re: Chocolatesa

                              I saw the sign in the window but thought too good to be true, may now give it a try

                              1. chef guru g. (st laurent and rachel). a vege thali plate. rice, and two stew-type dishes. after tax i think it is ~5.50

                                1. Milani (bernard and jeanne-mance). Banh-mi. a vietnamese submarine with pork. ~3.75

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                                  1. Frigo Vert (Mackay below sherbrooke). 50 cents vegetable samosa. in the fridge. usually gone by 3:00 p.m. 50 cents each.