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  • Glaff May 2, 2013 08:57 AM

Now that summer is at our door, maybe we would need a special thread for all food truck related news?

- Les 1er vendredi @ Parc Olympique is starting again tomorrow. Didn't find the list of participating trucks but I know Mr Crémeux (Martin Juneau) and Dispatch will be there.

- Just found that funding campaign for a new cheese truck: http://www.indiegogo.com/projects/le-.... Good idea!

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  1. LOL, crowdfunding for a food truck!!!

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    1. re: Maximilien

      how could they ask for money without any kind of assurance that they will have a permit.

      1. re: catroast

        I was going to ask what restaurant or catering business these guys work for because of the current qualifications for a food truck in Montreal.

        If they don't have either of those things going for them, I'm with catroast, how can backers be assured that this will work out?

        1. re: catroast

          I'm no expert, but my understanding of crowdfunding is that backers can set their own criteria for how they give their money, and some won't give their money unless the thing is about to get up and running concretely. On the flip side, even if a project misses it's fundraising goal, backers who really believe in it can still choose to give their money anyway and hope it works (this is somewhat common, I'm told, when it's backing a theatre production or such, where no backer expects profits or benefits anyway).

          This is actually a really good use of crowdfunding: to start a small business with a plan and model (though I haven't watched the video). But as has been pointed out, he hasn't got a snowball's chance in hell with the city without some kind of restaurant affiliation.

          1. re: Shattered

            I hate to say this, but part of me hopes that with current restrictions the city is putting on who gets to have a food truck, that the whole project fails so they can see that this model doesn't work. Food trucks are a good way for up-and-coming entrepeneurs to offer something new and unique without having to worry about the influx of capital one needs to open a bricks-and-mortar restaurant first. Because, IMHO, that's the whole point. New and cool food things happen like this because you can't afford your restaurant yet. If it's just going to be the same old iterations of places already established....well, as a poster pointed out previously in the other food trucks thread, who wants to pay for a potentially pricey street version of resto dish just so you can eat it on a paper plate?

            1. re: Peaches to Poutine

              Who said you need to have a restaurant first? Why could they not just rent a space in a professional/legal kitchen to prepare their food?

              1. re: Glaff

                http://globalnews.ca/news/466184/city...

                "For food safety, the trucks chosen will have to be associated with an already established restaurant."

                1. re: Glaff

                  I think the city said it has to be a registered resto or catering service( and I also think it has to do with restaurant lobby which said it would be unfair otherwise since they pay taxes and rent and salaries and all)

                  1. re: chilipepper

                    Yep, I remember that being one of the restrictions too.

                    That's ridiculous. It doesn't give upstarts a fighting chance. The city is not quite getting the idea of what a food truck "scene" is supposed to be. It may take a while before we get the diversity we want.

                2. re: Peaches to Poutine

                  Many successful food trucks in NYC started out as a truck!

                  1. re: marblebag

                    Precisely. I have always thought of food trucks as a way for someone to get started and do something neat yummy things, making regulations or framework like this off the bat discourages that.

                    1. re: marblebag

                      Exactly! Franklin's, possibly the most popular BBQ restaurant in the US (according to some sources) was still a truck 2 years ago. I suspect it wouldn't be where it is today without these modest beginnings.

                      1. re: Fintastic

                        Ah, Austin.

                        And you are correct re: how their success bloomed from a food truck.

            2. The video, concept, name and strategy for "Le Cheese" is completely obnoxious!

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              1. re: OliverB

                nevermind the fact that they aren't allowed cooking food on the truck. so what are they going to do, serve mac and cheese from a warming tray? oh montreal, you never cease to fail.

                1. re: catroast

                  Never heard of grilled cheese? Don't care much about the video or the strategy, if they want to promote Quebec cheese with their truck, that's not a bad idea.

                2. re: OliverB

                  The Cheese Truck is being launched this Friday. I don't understand how can they run it in front of other restaurants on Notre Dame?
                  It will be parked in front of Joe Beef & Liverpool etc during prime time. How rude can the invite be, is having a grilled cheese now considered a privilege?

                  I haven’t tried any of the food trucks yet and from what I have been reading & hearing, I think I will wait

                  Their tweet: Join Le Cheese in celebration of the official launch of Le Cheese Food Truck!
                  June 14th - 7pm -10pm
                  2515 Rue Notre-Dame O.
                  Only confirmed invites can come. So Please confirm, we don't like maybes'.

                  1. re: InterFoodie

                    Nothing to write home about, they are just doing their "launch" at that address...

                    1. re: InterFoodie

                      I never take the invite-only stuff seriously, it's just to try to build hype. If they have an open post or event on facebook or twitter or whatever, anyone can show up. And if they actually did turn people away after letting anyone & everyone know about, well they'd sure be getting off on the right foot customer service wise (not).

                      Anyway, times are tough - or maybe hosts are just getting stingier or realize they can charge at these events, but in any case times have changed. Freebies are way down unless it's an event that's truly exclusive. 5 years ago even broke-ass hipster galleries would feed you wine all night at openings. Now the same all charge $4 a bottle of beer. Restaurant or beverage launches all charge you for drinks and food now, too - even the stuff they're launching.

                      Everything changed after the crash of 08/09, mes amis.

                      1. re: InterFoodie

                        cheese truck vs restaurant requiring 1 month reservation

                        rude how exactly?

                    2. Rosemont Petite-Patrie announced this morning that they've partnered with l'Association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec to start testing street food this summer in the neighborhood in some events and parks.

                      http://ruemasson.com/?p=21893

                      1. Looks like Chaud Dogs are planning something: https://www.facebook.com/ChaudDogs/po...

                        1. here is an op-ed in vice of all places about the food truck plan http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/montre...

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                          1. re: catroast

                            It's a bit soon to say that. And anyway we're still in the test period, before everything becomes official.

                            I still hope that you actually can have a truck if you just rent a space in a real professional kitchen to prepare your food. If not, that would mean Grumman, the people who helped bring back street food here, would have been illegal in their first years?!

                            He's saying it in the article, Vancouver, Calgary and Toronto (especially Toronto) all had problems at first and are now trying to fix things. And is that guy really expecting street food here to be like Bangkok, Mexico City or Kerala?! Seriously? Cause yeah, they're REALLY the same kind of city...

                            1. re: Glaff

                              i don't think he suggested we have vendors lining the streets cooking insects on grates covering on-fire steel barrels. the take home message was that applebaum completely missed the spirit of street food - that it shouldn't be the equivalent of a take away window at a trendy restaurant. It should be equitable and democratic.

                              1. re: catroast

                                "i don't think he suggested we have vendors lining the streets cooking insects on grates covering on-fire steel barrels."

                                But that would be way cool.

                              2. re: Glaff

                                But so far, that's exactly the problem. Right now you can't rent space in a professional kitchen in order to have a food truck. It makes the offerings skewed towards people who have already been established and not upstarts.

                                Again, I desperately hope the bylaws change in favor of entrepeneurs, and not restauranteurs who feel menaced by something that is being done successfully and awesomely by other North American cities. There's enough room in the pool for everyone. To complain otherwise just shows you can't change with the times or accept something cool and new.

                                1. re: Peaches to Poutine

                                  I hope too and I believe it can happen. As I said we're just in the testing phase.

                                  But at the same time, isn't it really easy to also offer simple catering service if it gives you the right to have a truck?

                                  1. re: Glaff

                                    it's the quebec nanny state in full swing. if they can ban or restrict it, they will. the humans cannot be trusted.

                                    1. re: Glaff

                                      Speaking as someone working hard to open a storefront, finding a professional kitchen to rent for events to cater is a lot harder than it looks.

                                      1. re: Peaches to Poutine

                                        This morning in La Presse (from MC Lortie):

                                        "Plus tôt cette semaine, dans un article publié sur le site de la revue Vice, un journaliste a accusé le programme montréalais qui prendra vie le 20 juin prochain d'exclure les moins nantis, et par le fait même la multiplicité culturelle, car il oblige les camions ambulants à avoir une cuisine de production fixe avec adresse officielle, permis obligatoires et le compte de taxe foncière qui accompagne nécessairement tout ça. Trop cher tout ceci, arguait-on. Prohibitif.

                                        J'ai posé la question à Gaelle Cerf, une des fondatrices du Grumman78, pionnière, presque pilote en chef du projet, de ramener la cuisine de rue à Montréal après 66 ans, et elle ne s'en est pas émue. Deux mois après le démarrage du camion de tacos, il y avait déjà une «cuisine de prod» à Saint-Henri, rappelle-t-elle. Même à New York, où les stands minimalistes sont légion, rares sont ceux qui n'ont aucune base fixe.

                                        Par contre, plusieurs entreprises choisissent de partager les frais en ouvrant des cuisines de production communes, d'où chacun part avec son propre camion et son propre produit pour le vendre dans les rues. À Montréal, de tels projets sont en train de se préparer."

                                        1. re: Glaff

                                          Once again Gaelle shows she knows how to manage the press but doesn't know the facts. In NYC, "by city law, every food cart and truck must visit a licensed commissary each day..." It isn't rare to not have a fixed base, it's against the law.

                                          More details here: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/05/12/mag...

                                          1. re: EaterBob

                                            The timing of these articles is uncanny.

                              3. New foodtruck starting tonight at Parc Olympique:

                                Landry et Filles
                                http://landryetfilles.com/
                                https://www.facebook.com/LandryetFilles

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                                1. re: Glaff

                                  I ate at @landryetfilles today at Molson Park during the local St-Jean picnic event. Everything sounded good but I settled on the following.

                                  Fried chicken (7.5$): thin cut of chicken breast lightly breaded then deep fried. Since I had the first order it was freshly made. Served with a curry sauce. Typical truck price makes this a monthly return but it was very good, 8/10

                                  Melon, tomato, basil salad (4.5$): you can do better at home, 5/10.

                                  Chocolate whoopie pie with vanilla cream: thick whoopie pie with a very sweet cream filling. My favorite is from Two Fat Cats (Portland, ME) so this gets a 7/10.

                                  If the planets are aligned I will try the meatloaf sandwich and ploye de crevettes tonite.

                                  I skipped the So6 and Winnieburger trucks. I ate fries from a canteen (not a truck) that I forgot the name but it's painted yellow.

                                  1. re: marblebag

                                    were they frying the chicken on the truck? and if not, what of the crispiness?

                                    1. re: marblebag

                                      Ploye de crevettes sounds great.

                                      Was the party fun? I might go later. But usually the most fun event in this neck of the woods is the Villeray event on the steps of Ste-Cécile church, with good up-and-coming-bands, but food and drink are supplied by local merchants, or community associations.

                                      Also nearby, tomorrow there will be a multicultural family day at Parc Pierre-Marquette, with foods from many cultures - I suspect more basic foods are free, especially for the kiddies, provided by the community group hosting the event (La Maisonnée).

                                      Others will be sold starting at noon:

                                      12 h 00 La Grande Tablée interculturelle : mets d’ici et d’ailleurs
                                      Kiosques de vente et dégustation

                                      I don't know whether there will be any food trucks.

                                      1. re: lagatta

                                        The chicken was fried on the truck which makes it less of a scam than @SaigonQC where everything is already cooked.

                                        Molson park is very small but it attracted the same number of people than at Marche Atwater.

                                        I work tomorrow so will miss some of the other trucks at Parc Maisonneuve. I'll make it up with a trip to NYC next weekend.

                                      2. re: marblebag

                                        I had the ploye which is a buckwheat crepe with Matane shrimp and some salad on top. It's a bit filling at 9$, 8/10.

                                        Yesterday at Parc Olympic I tried the crab cake scotched egg which I liked, 9.75$. The soft boiled still had a runny yolk which melds very well with the crab cake. 9/10

                                        The lime/cucumber/melon popsicle is as refreshing as it sounds. It's what I have in my water at home so I'm going to just make it myself next time. 3$

                                        1. re: marblebag

                                          I had the fish'n'chips at Landry et filles yesterday for lunch. 8$ gave me more food than Comptoir 21's 11$ offering.

                                          They are trying to organize a cooking space/truck meeting somewhere in Plaza St-Hubert for next month.

                                      3. Full list of trucks that will be serving at Premiers Vendredis today: http://www.facebook.com/cuisinederue....

                                        1. Here's a list of the new ones for this summer with some details (from www.mixeur.tv/actualite/la-cuisine-de...):

                                          Meatball Mtl : boulettes de viande
                                          Nomade S06 : saucisses
                                          Chauds dogs : hot-dogs artisanaux
                                          Caffe Della Via : cafés
                                          Tuktuk : cuisine thaïlandaise
                                          Landry et Filles : crêpes de sarrasins farcies
                                          P-A et Gargantua : grilled cheeses de luxe
                                          Smooth Fruit : smoothies de fruits frais
                                          Saigon je me souviens : menu à confirmer
                                          Roux : menu à confirmer
                                          Le Super Truck : volaille (poulet, chapon, etc.
                                          )Norman Luncheonette urbaine : concept bœuf et œuf (sandwichs)
                                          Fous’truck : viennoiseries (desserts) – (Fous desserts)

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                                          1. re: Glaff

                                            me wonders if Saigon je me souviens is our very own bahn mi truck

                                            1. re: catroast

                                              They do have bahn mi, but look at the price for it: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb.... It better be the best bahn mi you've ever eaten...

                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                that's a pretty disappointing menu.

                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                  Those rolls are twice what they should be, too (somehow doubt that's a heaping bowl of vermicelli, either). More proof, if any were needed, that this food truck thing Montreal-style is just a scam. Charging more than if you sat in the restaurant itself for the novelty - completely missing the point.

                                                  1. re: Shattered

                                                    4 rolls for 2$? Nah... I've never seen that in any vietnamese restaurants.

                                                    Some trucks are too expensive yes, but a scam? No, absolutely not, if you actually tried some... most of these people really know what they do and the quality is there.

                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                      i meant disappointing in the sense that it is missing out completely on what other vietnamese food trucks are doing in north america.

                                                      1. re: catroast

                                                        Gee-Whizz ... tough crowd...

                                                        Let them adjust...

                                                  2. re: Glaff

                                                    at those prices, my mom and sister in law would make a killing!

                                                    1. re: twinkie83

                                                      the thing about food trucks is time is money so you can save on that by not having to go into resto or find fast food place+ have the option of sitting outside in good weather. Few people tip so you can save on that so worth factoring in and frankly quatlity and taste count for something.

                                                      1. re: mangoannie

                                                        the tradeoff is that the operating costs, apart from the initial truck expense, are very low. if a brick and mortar bahn mi joint can do it for $3-4, surely a truck could, no? hopefully their bahn mi is great - i'll try my guess is it will be similar to the vietnamese mall chain

                                                    2. re: Glaff

                                                      Blork will buy it!

                                                      1. re: EaterBob

                                                        :D

                                                        1. re: hungryann

                                                          I'd spend a lot on a food truck meal, at a festival, because i'm not there all the time and it would be a novelty.

                                                          At my lunchtime, why would i pay more for a food truck than i would in a fast food/pick up counter? I'd do it once but i would soon return to my usual routine joints.

                                                          1. re: SourberryLily

                                                            You're really asking us why you would pay more for good food made with quality ingredients when you can have something cheaper at a fast food restaurant?

                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                              The filling for those banh mi tacos sure are of amazing quality when you compare them to what's inside those questionable sandwiches in brick and mortar shops innit.

                                                            2. re: SourberryLily

                                                              At a festival, there's also usually a significant fee charged by the organizer that much be recouped.

                                                              1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                It's a scam not because of quality - at that price, quality better be there. It's a scam because they're charging way more for the exact same thing you'd get in any of their restaurants. Very noticeable more, like 25%-50%+, when it should be the exact opposite.

                                                                Plus the quality (& dining experience) can't be as good as the restaurants, especially with the rules constraining them from actually cooking onboard.

                                                                Lastly a scam because the restaurants that have been approved make loads of dough already -some of the most well-known in the city, like APDC and Marche 27- when foodtrucks are meant to help startups. Dispatch Coffee is the only true food truck startup I know of, and she's only serving coffee and cookies (& had to attach herself to coffee wholesalers with a brick & mortar location to get approval, and has a city-mandated fixed address in a well-hidden warehouse most days).

                                                                Sourberry's post points to why this will unfortunately fly, however: they target the festivals. Ppl are used to paying an arm and a leg for food in those places - the PdA area sucks for fast good lunch choices even at the best of times - and compared with similarly price-gouging hotdogs or pizza slices, the food trucks look like a breath of fresh air. Not to mention the suburban crowds at festivals have no conception of real street food nor what restaurants charge in the real world outside the waste island or brossard, either.

                                                                It is a complete and utter scam, through and through.

                                                                Montreal should not only have food trucks, they should have food *carts* all over the core, just like Ottawa and Toronto. It's pretty sad when Ontario is kicking our asses on something like this, something gritty, entrepreneurial and real, which what Montreal is supposed to be good at.

                                                                1. re: Shattered

                                                                  Shattered points out what I have been saying all along about our "food trucks."

                                                                  "--when foodtrucks are meant to help startups."

                                                                  When established restaurants have food trucks, that excites me not one bit. I too would feel ripped off. If I wanted to visit that restaurant, I would do so. I want food trucks that offer innovation from new start-ups, not reiterations from restaurants because then it feels like the playing field is very very very skewed.

                                                                  But then I've started to learn that a love of bureaucracy and making sure the actual restaurateurs are happy trump anything "gritty, entrepreneurial and real."

                                                      2. re: Glaff

                                                        smoothies and coffees... come on!

                                                        no desire to eat at any of them.

                                                        1. re: C70

                                                          Then don't go look for them.

                                                          What is missing in your opinion?

                                                      3. Here's a well-stated and concise take on lifting the street food ban. It echoes many of the sentiments expressed on this board. Give it a read, even if you might be predisposed to avoid Vice.

                                                        http://www.vice.com/en_ca/read/montre...

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                                                        1. re: foodinspace

                                                          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/9006...

                                                          1. re: foodinspace

                                                            Well-stated and concise with the notable exception of criticizing food trucks of 'cultural appropriation'.

                                                            1. re: foodinspace

                                                              I don't think it is concise, and the prose is beyond purple. Moreover he is using 4-letter-words for no reason. I'm no prude about "bad words" but they should be used for emphasis. He does have a point, but it gets lost in his overwrought writing.

                                                            2. The city just announced the 9 sites where they will test street food this summer:

                                                              Parc du Mont-Royal near the belvédère
                                                              Parc du Mont-Royal near the statue
                                                              Square Victoria
                                                              Place du Canada
                                                              Cité multimédia
                                                              On Victoria near musée McCord
                                                              On McTavish near McGill
                                                              Place Émilie-Gamelin
                                                              On Peel near the ETS

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                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                "Parc du Mont-Royal near the statue"

                                                                Hopefully they mean on the street near the statue and not literally by the statue.

                                                                1. re: catroast

                                                                  highly doubt it..parc is one of the busiest streets..maybe if they reduce the parking section that is 100m away from the statue otherwise there really isnt any place for a food truck

                                                                  ets seems like a pretty bad location

                                                                  1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                    Yeah, they just said "à proximité"... I doubt it's by the statue or just in front on Park.

                                                                    I was thinking the same about the ETS location... even thought we would probably be happy if we were working/studying there as there is absolutely nothing around.

                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                      Although i know some ETS students that will cheer at the idea, it's a little bizarre.

                                                                      I wonder where exactly they will put it. Near the old Planetarium?

                                                                      1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                        probably in the vacant lot in front of the old planetarium. a weird place to say the least. there's nothing there. if the food trucks project fail, we can see why

                                                                        edit: there's more details on radio-canada. 2 places near ETS between st-jacques and notre-dame on the east side of peel which means on the old planetarium

                                                                        1. re: twinkie83

                                                                          Hmm well i could see this place being a success once the ETS finishes with refurbishing the Planetarium and something is done with the lot opposite to it.

                                                                          Until then, lets hope the food is cheap enough to lure the students for a bite!

                                                                          1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                            there's of independently wealthy people in that neighbourhood that don't seem to work all day and have money to burn. just based on the amount of prepared for available at the nearby grocery store, it seems like food trucks are a good fit for the neighbourhood.

                                                                            but why no concordia!?

                                                                            1. re: catroast

                                                                              i'm guessing because food around concordia is dirty cheap. food trucks would have a hard time competing there

                                                                              1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                that's very unlikely

                                                                              2. re: catroast

                                                                                I'd guess no Concordia because no space. And I'm guessing the Parc / statue one will be off the street, on the pavement between the street and the statue.

                                                                      2. re: kpaxonite

                                                                        That stretch of du Parc is 4 lanes. It almost always moves quickly and is already closed to parking during rush hour. Plus there is no parking around the statue already - there is a bus stop. Unfortunately the park is already terribly polluted by the end of the weekend without food trucks. Hopefully the city will compensate with many more garbage cans.

                                                                        1. re: catroast

                                                                          You know I don't think they chose this spot without looking before if there was any places for 2 trucks...

                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                            Actually, I wouldn't bet on that. Considering they are putting trucks on the McGill campus, and McGill knew nothing about it until the press release came out today. And the street is supposed to be torn up this summer.

                                                                    2. re: Glaff

                                                                      And the schedule for these sites:
                                                                      June 20 to september 29, from 7am to 10pm, 7 days a week.

                                                                      Also, other neighbourhoods could still announce their plans like Rosemont did last week. This one was just for Ville-Marie.

                                                                    3. more details from RC on the locations

                                                                      -Parc du Mont-Royal, près du belvédère Kondiaronk (deux emplacements)
                                                                      -Parc du Mont-Royal, à proximité du monument à Sir George-Étienne-Cartier (deux emplacements sur le côté ouest de l'avenue du Parc)
                                                                      -Square Victoria (deux emplacements sur le côté nord de la rue Saint-Antoine Ouest, à l'ouest de la rue Gauvin)
                                                                      -Place du Canada (deux emplacements rue de la Cathédrale, au sud du boulevard René-Lévesque Ouest)
                                                                      -Cité du multimédia (deux emplacements rue de la Commune Ouest, au sud de l'intersection des rues Brennan et Prince)
                                                                      -Rue Victoria, près du Musée McCord (un emplacement sur le côté est de la rue Victoria, entre la rue Sherbrooke Ouest et l'avenue du Président-Kennedy)
                                                                      . Rue McTavish, près de l'Université McGill (un emplacement sur le côté ouest de la rue McTavish, au nord de la rue Sherbrooke Ouest)
                                                                      -Place Émilie-Gamelin (trois emplacements)
                                                                      -Rue Peel, près de l'École de technologie supérieure (deux emplacements sur le côté est de la rue Peel, entre les rues Saint-Jacques Ouest et Notre-Dame Ouest)

                                                                      1. I want to know how and who chooses which trucks go where. Is it first come first served? ie park the truck at 4 am? Or is there a rotation? Or do you get your spot and that's it for the summer? Or something else?

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                                                                        1. re: EaterBob

                                                                          it will depend on what a bureaucrat's child wants to eat at the park on sunday.

                                                                          1. re: EaterBob

                                                                            The only info I found on that:
                                                                            Du 20 juin au 29 septembre, de 7 h à 22 h, 7 jours sur 7, jusqu'à 17 camions de cuisine de rue se partageront un horaire de trois quarts de travail, en rotation, dans le but de fournir dans tous les secteurs une offre culinaire diversifiée.

                                                                          2. New truck : https://www.facebook.com/SuperTruckMTL

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                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                              How do they keep the fried stuff crispy-fresh if they're not allowed cooking it on board?

                                                                              1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                probably have a heater or something. you just need a warm place to keep the fried stuff crispy

                                                                            2. cheesetruck still being built in Ontario will be hitting streets end of this month, can go on FB to check locations, comfort foods of childhood , using some quebec cheeses +changes in menu over summer

                                                                              https://www.facebook.com/lecheesetruck

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                                                                              1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                At the Just for Laughs new souk I tried the mac&cheese from the Cheese truck. It is a steal at 4.50$ for the small one and they lightly grill it to make a nice burn on one side.

                                                                              2. Could this be true? https://twitter.com/StreetFoodMTL/sta...

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                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                  hope so need more variety, one truck at cultural fest had macaroni covered in batter and fried, didnt like the heavy battered samosas at Indian truck, need more inspiration in their menus!

                                                                                  1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                    Indian truck?

                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                      it was traiteurguru truck serving butter chicken I think, chai, Indian doughnut on stick.....kind of cute truck with beads....

                                                                                  2. re: Glaff

                                                                                    It's official, Au pied de cochon will have its food truck soon. Details will be revealed here https://mobile.twitter.com/cuisineder...

                                                                                  3. Is there one site where you can track down the food truck than go to individual sites. We did track down taco truck this weekend at Peel Basin, kind of odd place as no place to sit to eat food (so we headed off to Old Montreal). I know some of them are popping up already at different places but it would be good to have one website to check ahead.

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                                                                                    1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                      There's www.streetfoodmtl.com, but it is not a great site (kind of crappy IMO).

                                                                                      1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                        This site at times is so frustrating to navigate.

                                                                                      2. re: mangoannie

                                                                                        That could be useful: https://twitter.com/mayssamaha/montre...

                                                                                      3. 3 of the food trucks were at place des arts today to be featured in live ctv canada AM show featuring montreal (its online if anyone interested)and owner of taco truck mentioned they now have 32 members in their association. They made some samples for the weatherman and I got one of the extras from the lucky truck, have to say the poutine with confit canard was delicious and the contents of sandwich (included beet, lightly breaded cheese) melted in your mouth -and portion size was good for a lunch.

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                                                                                        1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                          What were the prices like?

                                                                                          1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                            gonna need to see some pics to judge portion sizes for my self less subjectively

                                                                                            1. re: Ghostquatre

                                                                                              " portion size was good for a lunch."

                                                                                              you're a glass half full kinda person aren't you ;)

                                                                                              1. re: catroast

                                                                                                hmm, judging by the internet sarcasm (which is quite hard to gauge on text), I would be more inclined to think that you meant that I'm more of a glass half empty person.

                                                                                                Anyways, this has nothing to do with optimism and pessimism, I just like to be objective with things that can be still be objectively measured (unlike quality and taste).

                                                                                          2. L'association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec launched their new website this week: http://cuisinederue.org/

                                                                                            Some new trucks (most of them without any informations for now):

                                                                                            - Guru
                                                                                            - Phoenix 1
                                                                                            - Les Brigands
                                                                                            - Café Larue & Fils
                                                                                            - Quai Roulant
                                                                                            - Le Point sans G
                                                                                            - Dim Sum Mtl
                                                                                            - Pied de cochon

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                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                              Guru was the Indian truck (with hanging beads!) that was in Old Montreal for cultural festival. I like the variety of menus and decor; and think it will be good for tourism--had outoftowners with me recently and they want to try the food trucks and we found two! I hope they will change menu on occasion.

                                                                                              1. re: mangoannie

                                                                                                sounds like guru is probably related to chef guru on st laurent

                                                                                            2. General question since I'm too far off at work to try them ...

                                                                                              So, how are they doing ?
                                                                                              Does the fixed location work ?
                                                                                              Is the "normal" (*) people buying into the concept ?
                                                                                              Has the weather been a factor ? (maybe too early to say)

                                                                                              (*) not the foodie blogger chowhound reader type ...

                                                                                              1. I don't see any mention of this new truck on here. Anyone try it yet?

                                                                                                La Sandwicherie Zoe's

                                                                                                https://www.facebook.com/pages/La-San...

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                                                                                                1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                  It's La Mangeoire from last year. They just changed the name and design.

                                                                                                  1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                    ..and the menu. So yes, it's a new food truck.

                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                      Speaking of the menu, it's $9-10 for a sandwich. Just a sandwich.

                                                                                                      https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fb...

                                                                                                      That's unheard of in this city outside those 'gourmet burger' places, which are also rip-offs. Now, I've never tried it, I don't know the owners, it's nothing personal, but like I said above...

                                                                                                      Scam scam scam scam scam scam scam!!!!

                                                                                                      1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                        I think posters would do well to recall that scams involve fraud and deception... at the most what yo uare referring to is a rip-off and you only have yourself to blame if you overpay.

                                                                                                        1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                          well said

                                                                                                          1. re: kpaxonite

                                                                                                            Exactly... seriously Shattered, just don't try them if you think it's too expensive. It's not because a truck sells 10$ sandwich that a truck like Winneburger next to him cannot sell its burgers for 4.95$.

                                                                                                            We get it, you probably hate the idea of food trucks being a "trend" right now, but stop screaming "SCAM!!!!" every time you see one.

                                                                                                            1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                              But no-one sells burgers for $5 at the trucks, that's my point. The fries cost almost that much at the ones offering them.

                                                                                                              Scam vs. rip-off is just semantics to me. Putting prices up front doesn't make it less of a scam if you're marketing to an ignorant and fairly captive audience at the festivals.

                                                                                                              More importantly, it's absolutely shameful how difficult they've made it for low capital, less prominent or start up food providers to get in the game. The system is completely rigged, like everything else in this intellectual and democratic backwater. I'm just amazed they haven't banned turbans on board as a safety issue, too.

                                                                                                              1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                I agree that it's a rip-off.

                                                                                                                Just that scam has a legal connotations, so semantics are quite important here.

                                                                                                                1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                                  the city is the scammer
                                                                                                                  the business owners are the ripper-offers

                                                                                                                  1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                    You're right, the city as SO MUCH to win by doing it that way. And let's not forget how they all force us to buy from these food trucks.

                                                                                                                    1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                      socialism vs free market libertarianism

                                                                                                                      the business owners are the scamming lobbyists
                                                                                                                      the city is pawns

                                                                                                                  2. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                    Winneburger's cheeseburger was 4.95$ last time I saw them. And chips at 2.50$.

                                                                                                                    And for your information, the pilot has not even started officially yet. At least give them a chance to test it first and bring changes if it's not working properly.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                      I could see these prices working at large gatherings like the festivals where there's not much else to eat and it's a novelty and convenience to have them there.

                                                                                                                      I can't see them being very successful when they are at random locations with those prices, a few really exceptional ones will probably do well. I guess, we'll see. I noticed one on the waterfront near de la Commune/Da Emma a few weeks ago at 7pm on a Saturday night when it was still nice outside, There weren't many people around.

                                                                                                                      1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                        basically, at PdA during summer. personally, i'd walk to chinatown which is just around the corner. anyway, it's good for sampling and if some people are willing to pay those prices, it's their prerogative

                                                                                                                        1. re: JerkPork

                                                                                                                          Exactly my opinion as well.

                                                                                                                          At those prices, it would not make my regular, every day routine for a fast meal.

                                                                                                                2. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                  Sandwiches are already between 6 an 12 bucks in any bakery or pastry shop. I don't see why they are scam. Very Expensive yes.

                                                                                                                  Now are these sandwiches out of this world? then why not.

                                                                                                                  I don't believe it's a 356/year business.

                                                                                                                  1. re: maj54us

                                                                                                                    lol i'd actually rather eat a good $10-12 sandwich with no sides out on the street than sit elbow to elbow after waiting 45 minutes for a seat at olive et gourmando

                                                                                                                  2. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                    I tried the Maine sandwich from La Mangeoire (now Zoe's) last summer and it was delicious, not overpriced considering the ingredients and a very good bun.

                                                                                                                    1. re: Shattered

                                                                                                                      You'll be hard pressed to find a 5$ burger in NYC where there is a lot of competition. Yes you can get a chicken and rice halal dish for 6$ but it's not the same deal.

                                                                                                                3. APDC just opened up a food truck this week. I dont this I saw it mentionned here so here it is.
                                                                                                                  Their fb page : https://www.facebook.com/CamionPDC?fr...
                                                                                                                  Yesterday was opening day, anybody tried it? Too far for me to go for lunch :/ They're at square victoria tonight I think.

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                                                                                                                  1. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                    Menu isnt that exciting , maple soda, foie gras poutine and some pork sandwich in a donut.. All sounds gross on a hot summer day. Oh and a sweet donut for 4$(+tax. tip)... Yay exciting.... I think I just dont like apdc in general.. Im not into food covered in fat anymore

                                                                                                                    1. re: jay_81k

                                                                                                                      That's the way to go! Been open for less than 24 hours, didn't try it, don't even like their restaurant, but still find a way to complain!

                                                                                                                      By the way, if you leave tip at a take out place, that's your choice. But you sure don't have to. Even more if you buy just a donut...

                                                                                                                      1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                        Haha youre right, I shouldnt complain without trying it, I think Im just annoyed at the fact that only existing restaurants can have a food truck in the first place, and Im not a fan of most of those restaurants so why would I want to go to their truck.. Ill probably end up trying the apdc one regardless though...

                                                                                                                        1. re: jay_81k

                                                                                                                          I know, but still, the offer is not that bad considering it's the first year.

                                                                                                                    2. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                      Tried it yesterday. They're still working out the kinks organizationally, as it took a while to fill my order, but the food is true to the PDC tradition.

                                                                                                                      On the salé side, the poutine foie gras for $7 was a great deal (with two large pieces of foie gras) and the portion size is just right for lunchtime. The beigne cochon for $6 plus an extra buck for cheese featured great quality meat, which has always been a hallmark of PDC; in this case it was smoked meat. The donut was light and slightly sweet. Add in the honey mustard dressing, and I would say food-wise they've perfected their recipe. There was also bbq duck leg on offer (1 for $3 or 2 for $5) that looked amazing, but I didn't have room.

                                                                                                                      On the sucré side, I didn't try the maple soda or the maple float, nor did I try the beigne dessert filled with fresh fruits and crème patissière. I'll give them a try next time.

                                                                                                                      All in all, I'm glad to see PDC in the food truck mix - I hope it inspires all of the food trucks to aim for good quality eats!

                                                                                                                      1. re: saved94

                                                                                                                        Me too! I'm gonna try them tonight maybe :)

                                                                                                                      2. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                        It's tomorrow night they're at Victoria Square according to their fb page.

                                                                                                                        1. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                          Donut with rhubarb and whipped cream (4$): rhuibarb is not my favorite flavor but if it was strawberry inside (promised for next week) it would be a hit. I would maybe eat it again if it was free, 7/10.

                                                                                                                          Donut with custard and maple icing (4$): this was definitely better because the donut was still warm and the icing oozed all over. There is too much custard however so the last few bites were too rich, a APdC attribute. I wanted to get off my bus home to go back and get more, 9/10.

                                                                                                                          Donut with meat (6$): plain donut with mustard and meats. I received pulled pork, smoked meat, white ham all chopped up and slices of tongue (forgot which animal, probably pig). A great sandwich I would order again, 9/10.

                                                                                                                          Carb induced coma: free.

                                                                                                                          1. re: marblebag

                                                                                                                            I had APDC in Victoria Square on June 20 right when they opened (which was 30-40 mins later than advertised). The line was nearing the end of the block by the time they began serving, and I feel like even then things weren't quite ready:

                                                                                                                            - Duck legs w/ maple bbq sauce: These were quite large and a steal at $5 for 2. They had great flavour and tender meat, but the extreme stickiness of the sauce made them a difficult meal to eat on the run. I really liked the use of disposable wooden plates for this dish. If not for the stickiness I might have kept it!

                                                                                                                            - Cochon Bignè: Based on marblebag's report, it seems like this dish might change regularly. I had a generous (2+ inch thick) pile of smoked pork on a plain donut with honey mustard and cheese. The donut was pre-cooked and not very warm, but still very delicious. The meat, however, was either not fully warmed or meant to be served cold. At luke-warm the sandwich was not as good as I suspect it could be ($6+$1 for cheese).

                                                                                                                            All-in-all, a great value but with some opening day jitters. My wait was 45 minutes including the delayed start, but I was near the front of the line.

                                                                                                                            1. re: Fintastic

                                                                                                                              It was rainy yesterday so at 15 minutes after opening there was no line to wait. The cheese is now 2$ extra on that sandwich.

                                                                                                                          2. re: sophie.brunet

                                                                                                                            Ok so I gave in and tried the apdc truck yesterday. I tried the pork sandwich, the meat reminded me of eating smoked meat, I believe there was three different kinds of meat in there but not sure, they were slightly dry but still pretty good. The bread was better than I thought it was going to be as well. It kind of reminded me of eating a much better version of a wilensky sandwich. Overall I enjoyed it, although I was starving. One isn't enough to fill you up though. Id probably go back..
                                                                                                                            The truck next to it (Landry & FIls) didnt seem interesting at all, had no desire to try it..

                                                                                                                            1. re: jay_81k

                                                                                                                              I'm not quite sure I can wrap my head around the idea that you think a pulled pork sandwich on a doughnut is similar to a fried bologna sandwich in between two onion rolls bottoms. :-)

                                                                                                                              1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                Its not really a pulled pork sandwich at all. atleast not like one that Ive ever had, I know its a weird comparison but thats what I thought while I was eating it. Although I havent had Wilensky's in almost 10 years.

                                                                                                                              2. re: jay_81k

                                                                                                                                I obviously am in the minority. Or perhaps you are Sarah Musgrave in a different form. In tomorrow's Gazette she also makes a connection between a Wilensky's Special and the beigne cochon.
                                                                                                                                http://www.montrealgazette.com/life/f...

                                                                                                                                1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                  have you ever had either?

                                                                                                                                  1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                    Many times, grasshopper... Many times.

                                                                                                                                    Contrary to your belief that everyone must think the "proper" way. I am prone to preferring when there is a variety of different perspectives that can then be discussed and contemplated. Instead of being consumed brainlessly like a Big Mac.

                                                                                                                                  2. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                    Oh nice! Maybe she's secretly on chowhound and read my post :>

                                                                                                                                    1. re: jay_81k

                                                                                                                                      She also claims that like the Special, the PDC sandwiches are small enough that an adult could consume two. Unless the sizing has changed over the last 10 days that seems a bit optimistic: I was running on a very empty stomach and could barely get through 2 wings and the sandwich. It really is a massive amount of pork: certainly more meat than Schwartz's loads on their sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                      1. re: Fintastic

                                                                                                                                        I could easily eat 2-3 actually.. It was a decent pile of meat but for some reason not so filling. I was starving though when I had it.

                                                                                                                                        1. re: jay_81k

                                                                                                                                          Is it just me or is that picture of the sandwich not flattering at all?

                                                                                                                                          Does it look better in real life?

                                                                                                                                          1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                                                            Ya it's a little sloppy. I'm actually in line waiting for one right now. Taking forever ! I got the duck leg as well...

                                                                                                                                            1. re: jay_81k

                                                                                                                                              was it good?

                                                                                                                                              1. re: SourberryLily

                                                                                                                                                The duck leg was quite good, the sandwich was a little worse than the first time I had it, portion seemed a bit smaller , meat was a tad dry and the donut/bread was slightly stale. Overall though I like it. They were nice and gave me a free maple float for waiting so long. Unfortunately I didnt enjoy it at all, most likely because I dont drink soda. I ended up just grabbing a spoon and eating just the ice cream.
                                                                                                                                                And once again the truck next to it (st viateur) got no business at all.

                                                                                                                              3. I went to P.A. et Gargantua next to the Canal for the first time for lunch today and it was great :D I got the Bacon, extra-extra-thick-cut bacon, 2 layers of cheese and fried onions. Wasn't a big fan of the rhubarb and pink pepper soda though, next time will try the peach and yuzu. I'll definitely be going back to try the veggie (w/salsa & cilantro) and Gargantuan (3 layers w/chili). And more bacon :)

                                                                                                                                As for the prices, yeah it's more expensive than your typical cheap cantine/fast food resto place but at least you get your money's worth imo. And like someone else said I'd rather pay a few dollars more and not have to wait around at a fancy restaurant.

                                                                                                                                Also I really want to encourage all food trucks here in MTL so even if it's more expensive I'll go to a truck instead, they're starting off the food truck movement again so they have to prove that food trucks can make good food but of course that costs more money. So I'm willing to pay to support them.

                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                 
                                                                                                                                 
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                                                                                                                                1. re: Chocolatesa

                                                                                                                                  I love P.A. et Gargantua too. The vegetarian one is delicious, it comes with a sour cream sauce. But yes, unfortunately it's too expensive... I know it's quality (all made with l'Île aux Grues cheddar and great bread), but for the size of the sandwich, it's a little bit too much, they should adjust.

                                                                                                                                  1. re: Chocolatesa

                                                                                                                                    Had the bacon grilled cheese at @PA_Gargantua today and it was very greasy as expected. The bacon could have been chopped to make it into every bite. It has the highest price/satisfaction ratio of all the items I ate so far, 6/10.

                                                                                                                                    1. re: marblebag

                                                                                                                                      Big fan of P.A. & Gargantua too. Tried their bacon grilled cheese last weekend and loved it. I agree the bacon slices were quite large / hard to eat at times and would've preferred crispier bacon too. Also tried the "Gargantuesque" ($10) - double grilled cheese with layers of chili. Chili was tasty but mildly spicy and lacked the saltiness the bacon one had. Prices are a bit high for the small sandwiches, but ingredients were very fresh and delicious. I'd pay the premium to eat there again. I'll have to try their veggie one next time!

                                                                                                                                      http://mtlstreetfood.com/ - Montreal Food Truck Reviews

                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                  2. Oh and here's the menu at P.A. et Gargantuan.

                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                    1. re: Chocolatesa

                                                                                                                                      Apparently I can't delete comments or edit the image so here's a larger and hopefully more legible picture of the menu.

                                                                                                                                       
                                                                                                                                    2. The official list of trucks for 2013 :

                                                                                                                                      http://www.lapresse.ca/actualites/mon...

                                                                                                                                      - Alexis Le Gourmand
                                                                                                                                      - L'Assommoir Mobile
                                                                                                                                      - Boîte à Fromages
                                                                                                                                      - Camion Pied de Cochon
                                                                                                                                      - Cartel Mobile
                                                                                                                                      - Chaud Dogs
                                                                                                                                      - Cuisine Lucky's Truck
                                                                                                                                      - Gaufrabec
                                                                                                                                      - Le Gourmand Vagabond
                                                                                                                                      - Grumman 78
                                                                                                                                      - Landry & filles
                                                                                                                                      - Lapin!
                                                                                                                                      - Lucille's
                                                                                                                                      - Nomade So6 par Accords
                                                                                                                                      - Ô soeurs volantes
                                                                                                                                      - P.A. & Gargantua
                                                                                                                                      - La Panthère Mobile
                                                                                                                                      - Phoenix 1
                                                                                                                                      - Le point sans g
                                                                                                                                      - Le Quai roulant
                                                                                                                                      - Route 27
                                                                                                                                      - Roux
                                                                                                                                      - St-Viateur Bagel
                                                                                                                                      - Le Super Truck
                                                                                                                                      - Le Tuktuk
                                                                                                                                      - Winneburger
                                                                                                                                      - Zoe's

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                                                                                                                                      1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                        Happy to see that La Panthère Verte has a food truck!

                                                                                                                                        1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                          Holy cats, go La Panthere Verte!

                                                                                                                                        2. Here's the schedule for who will be where and when http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/pa...

                                                                                                                                          1. Does anyone know where I can get info on the food trucks listed on the city's website here http://ville.montreal.qc.ca/portal/pa... that aren't listed on the ARRQ's website here? http://cuisinederue.org/food-trucks/

                                                                                                                                            1. Much more interesting article on food trucks than the Vice one: http://www.montrealgazette.com/entert...

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                                                                                                                                              1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                Yes! This!

                                                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                  It's true that food trucks are not part of Canadian culture. Here's hoping! But I would still like more ethnic eats because it's weird for the city to decide who gets to represent the gastronomic landscape. That should be for the consumer to decide. It's their wallets they're speaking with, after all.

                                                                                                                                                2. Lucky Truck review
                                                                                                                                                  (start a new subtree for each truck)

                                                                                                                                                  Guedille de crevettes et légumes marinés: nordic shrimp in a light mayo sauce with celery and something. Thin crusted roll that was too heavy for this, I would have preferred a toasted hot dog bun. I finished it and I would eat it again if it was free, 7/10.

                                                                                                                                                  Poutine de canard confit: I had this before last year and it's still the same mess. Thin fries don't belong in a poutine. The duck was decent and the sauce edible. I didn't finish it and I would hesitate to eat it again even if it was free, 6/10.

                                                                                                                                                  Limonade à la lavande (2.5$): medium strength lemonade with a lavender syrup. This was a good combo all around and fares well with all the ice melted. I would pay for this again next week, 8/10.

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                                                                                                                                                  1. re: marblebag

                                                                                                                                                    When reviewing trucks , we should also write where they were parked,when you got the food (i.e. lunch rush hour) and how long it took to order and get the food.

                                                                                                                                                    I think those are as important as the food.

                                                                                                                                                    Thanks

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Maximilien

                                                                                                                                                      Prices too please!
                                                                                                                                                      S.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                                        These trucks are part of the standard rotation this summer so where they park changes. You can use this map for all the standard locations.

                                                                                                                                                        https://maps.google.com/maps/ms?msid=...

                                                                                                                                                        For LuckyTruck I forgot the prices.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                                          The sandwiches were $8-10, the poutines were $11, side of fries was $4.

                                                                                                                                                      2. re: marblebag

                                                                                                                                                        I was there today at lunch. Got there at 11:45 and waited nearly 15 minutes for my poutine to be ready, they seemed very unorganized and suuuper slow.

                                                                                                                                                        I had the special banh-mi poutine and the lemonade. The poutine definitely wasn't even near worth $11. My friend had the veggie sandwiches and those were pretty good.

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: foodie8

                                                                                                                                                          at $11 their poutine better be as big and delicious as a fresh one from la banquise

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                            The pulled pork was okay, but for the quantity $11 is crazy. I figured the duck confit with fois gras merited the price tag...unfortunately this one did now.

                                                                                                                                                        2. re: marblebag

                                                                                                                                                          I tried Lucky's Truck yesterday. So far, they are my only disappointment on the food truck scene. This is the only truck I would agree to use the word "scam" to describe them.

                                                                                                                                                          I had the végé burger (which is actually 2 sliders) for 9$. One slice of beet topped with fried goat cheese (unnecessary, doesn't bring anything to fry that) and a few leaves of arugula. Not bad of course, beets and goat cheese always work, but absolutely not worth 9$.

                                                                                                                                                          Also saw the size of the poutine everyone was ordering. Crazy small for 11$.

                                                                                                                                                          Avoid this one...

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                            I had the pulled beef from the Diablo stand tonight - their bbq sauce was tasty as was the meat but the bread was a bore. Pas de Cochon still has the best pulled meat sandwich on the scene imo.

                                                                                                                                                            Also had a cone at the Pastaga ice cream truck. It was refreshing but the flavours were really mild - it reminded me of a McDonalds soft serve. Still, I'd get it again if I saw the truck on the street some place.

                                                                                                                                                        3. Le Tuk Tuk

                                                                                                                                                          Went there yesterday afternoon. Not sure if it was because of the holiday, but there was virtually no line, and I had my food in less than 5 minutes after ordering.
                                                                                                                                                          Papaya Salad - This was very good. Perfect sourness, not too much sweet and spicy. Very refreshing on a hot day. Decent portion for the price ($7)
                                                                                                                                                          Chicken Pad Thai - This was mediocre. I like my Pad Thai a bit more wet/saucy. I found the noodles were also sticking together. The flavors were excellent, I just would prefer a bit more sauce. A very generous portion, although it was put in a small container, which made the noodles stick together even more. ($9)

                                                                                                                                                          I would go back if they're in the area.

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                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Stax88

                                                                                                                                                            Do you know which restaurant operates this truck?

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: hungryann

                                                                                                                                                              from what i got, it's a catering business and they don't have a restaurant, only a kitchen

                                                                                                                                                          2. I just posted about the Montreal Food Truck Festival on the Festivals 2013 thread. Apparently, it will be taking place July 13-27, 2013 right next to Just for Laughs.

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: captain_vegetable

                                                                                                                                                              Where did you see this? There is nothing on the events calendar on cusinederue.org nor is there anything on JFL websites for this year

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gds514

                                                                                                                                                                http://www.hahaha.com/fr/bouffons

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                  This link is from 2012.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: gds514

                                                                                                                                                                    No... Bouffons Montréal is the new name, was called Souk last year. And most of these trucks didn't exist 2 months ago.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                      The Au Pied de Cochon tweeted that they are taking a break this week to do this JFL event next weekend.

                                                                                                                                                                  2. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                    That's it, thanks! I searched and searched the JFL site and couldn't find it. Good work. :-)

                                                                                                                                                                  3. re: gds514

                                                                                                                                                                    I haven't been able to find any concrete info on this years event either, but it's been held in the past in conjunction with the JFL festival (on St Catherines St between St Urbain / Place-des-arts). Referred to as the food "souk" here's some info from last year:
                                                                                                                                                                    https://www.facebook.com/SoukAJustePo...
                                                                                                                                                                    http://www.tourisme-montreal.org/blog...

                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: gds514

                                                                                                                                                                      More info about Bouffons Montreal at JFL:

                                                                                                                                                                      http://cuisinederue.org/event/bouffon...

                                                                                                                                                                      July 13-27, Rue Balmoral corner Mayor

                                                                                                                                                                      There's a link with more info about each participating food truck.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: kpzoo

                                                                                                                                                                        Before the negative nellies tear into the event, I'd like to post that I've already stopped in on Bouffons twice and it's been great both times. This is a much better arrangement than last year's location on St. Catherine and the PdA terrasse - the food is better (and cheaper) too! No longer does 2 ounces of thin gazpacho cost you $6!

                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Fintastic

                                                                                                                                                                          I agree with the new layout. Lots of room to lounge around. Go and get AC at Tim Hortons if you are really hot.

                                                                                                                                                                          Where is the stand from Daren Bergeron though.

                                                                                                                                                                  4. Just went to Bouffons Montréal over my lunch hour. MUCH better organized than last year and not very crowded, either. By 1:10 PM, there was absolutely no lineup in front of the PdC truck (the one that had the biggest lineup when I first started making my rounds) and many trucks/cantines had little to no lineup while I was there from 12:30-1:30ish.

                                                                                                                                                                    I plan to go there lots this week... Beats an indoor food court, even if it's ridiculously hot outside. I figure it's bound to get busier soon, but until then, WOO HOO!!

                                                                                                                                                                    What I tried (we could have tried more places but we were trying to be reasonable):

                                                                                                                                                                    Chaud Dogs - Corndog. Really tasty, great sausage and casing was light and flaky. But... jalapeno? Cheddar? Really? Didn't taste either. Big serving and certainly tasty, but not entirely worth the $7... 7/10 (would order again, but want to try something else next time)

                                                                                                                                                                    Le Meatball - Greek Meatballs. Whoa, HUGE serving. Huge. Two medium-sized meatballs, on a bed of crunchy pita chips, with a decent serving of greek (no feta) salad and house made tzaziki. Absolutely delicious and good value for the $7 price tag. 9/10 (I can haz moar, plz?)

                                                                                                                                                                    Cremy - caramel doughnut. Delicious, fresh, huge, mighty tasty. Heavy, but, hey, it's a freakin' donut. I brought it on myself by eating this on a ridiculously hot day. But, hey, at least I shared it with a friend! 8/10 (worth ordering again)

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                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: lawyergirl77

                                                                                                                                                                      I had a doughnut (pistachios) from Crémy today. I'll use the same words to describe them: delicious, fresh, HUGE and tons of crispy pistachios on top, but not too heavy actually...

                                                                                                                                                                      Do you know if he makes them at his pastry shop?

                                                                                                                                                                    2. The Gazette's put together a Twitter list of Mtl food trucks if anyone wants to follow them that way:

                                                                                                                                                                      https://twitter.com/mtlgazette/food-t...

                                                                                                                                                                      1. Nice post about Bouffons Montreal with menus and prices from most food truck: http://jasminecuisine.blogspot.ca/201...

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                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                          finally, a blog that include prices!

                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Glaff

                                                                                                                                                                            Some of the menu items changed this week - noticed it at PA Gargantua, Chaud Dogs and Meatball - but the prices are largely the same.

                                                                                                                                                                            A seriously great blog post. I don't know why Bouffons hasn't gotten that much press this year. Did the Gaz or La Presse even review it?

                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: lawyergirl77

                                                                                                                                                                              Chaug Dogs changes their menu weekly. The only item they keep is the corn dog. I think many of the trucks will be changing their menu now and then - which is a smart strategy to keep customers coming back for more. Agree, great blog post about the festival!

                                                                                                                                                                          2. Are the trucks at Bouffons open whatever the weather, or do they close during heavy rain/thunderstorms?

                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: unlaced

                                                                                                                                                                              It's up to each truck methinks-one rainy night, some packed up and left, others stuck it out.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: chilipepper

                                                                                                                                                                                Thanks chilipepper! I am planning to stop by tonight - hopefully the skies are clear!

                                                                                                                                                                            2. Finally tried it.

                                                                                                                                                                              PdC : Tried the poutine fois gras at PdC for 8$. Comes in what looks like a brie wood "box". Very small portion, about 5-6 big bites. It was my first time trying fois gras poutine and while it was good it's not my thing. Size too small for the price too.
                                                                                                                                                                              Would not buy again,

                                                                                                                                                                              EuroPolonia: Tried the hamburger at 5$. Was quite good, and filling enough. Had some nice peppers in it. Would buy it again.

                                                                                                                                                                              1. Grabbed a bibimbap hot dog from chaud dog. The hot dog itself was excellent. Great casing and great flavor. Perfectly cooked. The dog comes with 4 toppings, pickled carrots, bean sprouts, kale and an omelette. All the toppings were great, but they were spread out (i.e. 1/4 of the dog had each topping). I'd love it if they could incorporate all the toppings into the omelette so there is an even distribution over the entire dog.

                                                                                                                                                                                Great home-made soda too.

                                                                                                                                                                                8/10. Would go there again.

                                                                                                                                                                                1. Tried the APdC boxed meal for $22:
                                                                                                                                                                                  - pork-in-a-donut sandwich
                                                                                                                                                                                  Not sure what the sliced meats were(next time I'll ask!) but tasted a lot like smoked meat. A tad on the dry side but pouring the remaining sauce from the poutine fixed that. Donut was yummy, as was honey mustard sauce, all was warm.
                                                                                                                                                                                  - foie gras poutine
                                                                                                                                                                                  Delicious; gooey cheese curds on the bottom, fries, sauce and three small pieces of slippery, jiggly foie on top. Warm too.
                                                                                                                                                                                  - strawberry and cream-filled donut. So good.
                                                                                                                                                                                  - strawberry soda. Bleh. Too sweet.
                                                                                                                                                                                  Would have loved bigger poutine and will order again; ditto for sweet donut. Will order sandwich again but not for awhile. No soda for me.
                                                                                                                                                                                  It was cool, cloudy and windy and after the lunch rush so only waited a few minutes.
                                                                                                                                                                                  All in all, quite satisfied.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. tried meatball montreal in the evening. really good but i doubt i'd go back unless they give a 3rd meatball while keeping the same price. anyway, that's me ;p

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                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                                                                      I saw the meatball truck last night - which meatball did you try, was it "the classic"? I was thinking of going to try them tomorrow... I was wondering what the "pimped" version was as well. I asked the guy and his answer was incoherent, even when I asked him to repeat it.

                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: morebubbles

                                                                                                                                                                                        Pimped = the classic (marinara) on top of fondue Parmesan. I really wanted to try it!!

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: morebubbles

                                                                                                                                                                                          i got the classic. didn't felt like paying an extra $2 for more cheese but that's me. anyway, 2 golf size meatballs on top of 2 tiny slices of baguette with marinara and freshly grated parmesan. it's great for an appetizer but as a meal, there's better around

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. was looking to try the diner first but the girls kept on talking to each other and some dude on the side. they didn't seem to care that customers were waiting to be serve so i walk away. that was simply bad form. made my way to supertruck instead. wanted to try the fried macaroni but they were out so i got the pork belly instead. reminded me of my mom's recipe except without the heat. it could have used some spicy.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                                                                          You didn't miss anything with the diner. Microwaved & blah food. The only true "miss" out of the trucks we visited (and we visited almost all of them!)

                                                                                                                                                                                        2. I checked out the JFL site today and tried a few different trucks. I've been meaning to check out Chaud Dogs for some time but unfortunately the $7 hot dog was disappointing. I appreciate that each component is made artisanally but the frank was bland and dry. I couldn't taste any seasoning at all! No matter the origins of the ingredients, a $2.50 street dog in Toronto is much better.

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                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: catroast

                                                                                                                                                                                            tried their dog too and i agree. the toppings were tasty but the frank was a disappointment. they should offer a "toppings in a bun" dish. i would definitely eat just that

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: twinkie83

                                                                                                                                                                                              I agree with you two exactly. The other stuff great(toppings & bun), the dog itself absolutely tasteless.

                                                                                                                                                                                          2. in case you thought it was better (or easier) elsewhere...
                                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.nytimes.com/2013/09/05/nyr...

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                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: EaterBob

                                                                                                                                                                                              Does this mean it's "as bad" or "as difficult" in NYC as Montreal - or just expensive? As far as I can tell, the bulk of the criticism wrt the food truck regime in Mtl has been targeted at the bureaucratic nightmare involved and the unnecessary rules and regulations surrounding it, which basically just perpetuate the original problem - that the resto lobby in Mtl. has too much sway with councillors to protect their business.

                                                                                                                                                                                              I'm getting from the article that it's expensive in NYC but everything is relative...and most things are exorbitantly expensive in NYC, particularly when it comes to starting businesses. It's a barrier to entry - you need to come up with big amounts of startup capital - but the article seems to suggest you can still turn a profit, and that other than the costs to obtain a license to sell in a particular spot, there isn't an undue amount of red tape.

                                                                                                                                                                                              Just my $0.02

                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: berbatov

                                                                                                                                                                                                It can mean whatever you would like it to mean.

                                                                                                                                                                                                "The bulk of the criticism wrt the food truck regime in Mtl has been due" to tiny portions of lousy food costing too much money, as far as I can tell.

                                                                                                                                                                                            2. Does anyone know if they will still be having the 1st Friday at the parc olympique tonight? Is there a site with more info?

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: jonhall

                                                                                                                                                                                                Here's the link with the info: http://calendrier.parcolympique.qc.ca...

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: jonhall

                                                                                                                                                                                                  http://calendrier.parcolympique.qc.ca...

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Apparently, it's on.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. re: jonhall

                                                                                                                                                                                                    it's on tonight and there's supposed to be a last one in october

                                                                                                                                                                                                  2. Has anyone tried the Phoenix truck ? it seems like I never see it around the usual spots.