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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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    Maximilien RE: Glaff May 2, 2013 09:53 AM

    LOL, crowdfunding for a food truck!!!

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      catroast RE: Maximilien May 2, 2013 10:39 AM

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

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        Peaches to Poutine RE: catroast May 2, 2013 10:45 AM

        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?

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          Shattered RE: catroast May 2, 2013 01:42 PM

          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.

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            Peaches to Poutine RE: Shattered May 2, 2013 02:39 PM

            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?

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              Glaff RE: Peaches to Poutine May 2, 2013 02:54 PM

              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?

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                Peaches to Poutine RE: Glaff May 2, 2013 04:50 PM

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

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

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                  chilipepper RE: Glaff May 2, 2013 05:21 PM

                  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)

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                    Peaches to Poutine RE: chilipepper May 3, 2013 03:45 AM

                    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.

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                  marblebag RE: Peaches to Poutine May 2, 2013 04:58 PM

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

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                    Peaches to Poutine RE: marblebag May 2, 2013 05:10 PM

                    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.

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                      Fintastic RE: marblebag May 2, 2013 09:53 PM

                      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.

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                        Peaches to Poutine RE: Fintastic May 3, 2013 03:46 AM

                        Ah, Austin.

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

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              OliverB RE: Glaff May 2, 2013 10:42 AM

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

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                catroast RE: OliverB May 2, 2013 10:46 AM

                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.

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                  Glaff RE: catroast May 2, 2013 11:27 AM

                  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.

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                  InterFoodie RE: OliverB Jun 10, 2013 03:31 PM

                  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'.

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                    Maximilien RE: InterFoodie Jun 10, 2013 03:58 PM

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

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                      Shattered RE: InterFoodie Jun 10, 2013 05:56 PM

                      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.

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                        catroast RE: InterFoodie Jun 10, 2013 08:07 PM

                        cheese truck vs restaurant requiring 1 month reservation

                        rude how exactly?

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                      Glaff RE: Glaff May 2, 2013 11:33 AM

                      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

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                        Glaff RE: Glaff May 2, 2013 01:02 PM

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

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                          catroast RE: Glaff May 3, 2013 05:03 AM

                          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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                            Glaff RE: catroast May 3, 2013 05:20 AM

                            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...

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                              catroast RE: Glaff May 3, 2013 05:30 AM

                              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.

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                                Shattered RE: catroast May 3, 2013 05:41 AM

                                "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.

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                                Peaches to Poutine RE: Glaff May 3, 2013 05:35 AM

                                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.

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                                  Glaff RE: Peaches to Poutine May 3, 2013 05:42 AM

                                  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?

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                                    catroast RE: Glaff May 3, 2013 05:50 AM

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

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                                      Peaches to Poutine RE: Glaff May 3, 2013 06:32 AM

                                      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.

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                                        Glaff RE: Peaches to Poutine May 8, 2013 06:43 AM

                                        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."

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                                          EaterBob RE: Glaff May 8, 2013 07:11 AM

                                          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...

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                                            Fintastic RE: EaterBob May 8, 2013 08:50 AM

                                            The timing of these articles is uncanny.

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                                Glaff RE: Glaff May 3, 2013 06:11 AM

                                New foodtruck starting tonight at Parc Olympique:

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

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                                  marblebag RE: Glaff Jun 23, 2013 11:06 AM

                                  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.

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                                    catroast RE: marblebag Jun 23, 2013 11:35 AM

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

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                                      lagatta RE: marblebag Jun 23, 2013 01:16 PM

                                      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.

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                                        marblebag RE: lagatta Jun 23, 2013 02:43 PM

                                        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.

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                                        marblebag RE: marblebag Jul 6, 2013 06:37 PM

                                        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$

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                                          marblebag RE: marblebag Sep 12, 2013 02:30 PM

                                          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.

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                                        scipie RE: Glaff May 3, 2013 07:24 AM

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

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                                          Glaff RE: Glaff May 3, 2013 08:02 AM

                                          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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                                            catroast RE: Glaff May 3, 2013 08:31 AM

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

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                                              Glaff RE: catroast Jun 7, 2013 11:14 AM

                                              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...

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                                                catroast RE: Glaff Jun 7, 2013 11:20 AM

                                                that's a pretty disappointing menu.

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                                                  Shattered RE: Glaff Jun 7, 2013 02:51 PM

                                                  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.

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                                                    Glaff RE: Shattered Jun 7, 2013 03:29 PM

                                                    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.

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                                                      catroast RE: Glaff Jun 7, 2013 07:20 PM

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

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                                                        Maximilien RE: catroast Jun 10, 2013 08:02 AM

                                                        Gee-Whizz ... tough crowd...

                                                        Let them adjust...

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                                                    twinkie83 RE: Glaff Jun 7, 2013 07:44 PM

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

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                                                      mangoannie RE: twinkie83 Jun 8, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                      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.

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                                                        catroast RE: mangoannie Jun 8, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                        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

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                                                      EaterBob RE: Glaff Jun 8, 2013 08:25 AM

                                                      Blork will buy it!

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                                                        hungryann RE: EaterBob Jun 8, 2013 05:30 PM

                                                        :D

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                                                          SourberryLily RE: hungryann Jun 10, 2013 06:41 AM

                                                          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.

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                                                            Glaff RE: SourberryLily Jun 10, 2013 06:56 AM

                                                            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?

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                                                              Ghostquatre RE: Glaff Jun 10, 2013 09:36 AM

                                                              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.

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                                                              AlexCV RE: SourberryLily Jun 10, 2013 09:41 AM

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

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                                                                Shattered RE: SourberryLily Jun 10, 2013 02:47 PM

                                                                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.

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                                                                  Peaches to Poutine RE: Shattered Jun 11, 2013 04:58 AM

                                                                  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."

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                                                        C70 RE: Glaff May 3, 2013 07:54 PM

                                                        smoothies and coffees... come on!

                                                        no desire to eat at any of them.

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                                                          Glaff RE: C70 May 4, 2013 05:16 AM

                                                          Then don't go look for them.

                                                          What is missing in your opinion?

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                                                        foodinspace RE: Glaff May 3, 2013 02:12 PM

                                                        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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                                                          Glaff RE: foodinspace May 3, 2013 02:39 PM

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

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                                                            The Chemist RE: foodinspace May 15, 2013 03:47 PM

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

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                                                              lagatta RE: foodinspace Jun 23, 2013 09:19 AM

                                                              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.

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                                                              Glaff RE: Glaff May 7, 2013 11:01 AM

                                                              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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                                                                catroast RE: Glaff May 7, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                "Parc du Mont-Royal near the statue"

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

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                                                                  kpaxonite RE: catroast May 7, 2013 11:19 AM

                                                                  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

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                                                                    Glaff RE: kpaxonite May 7, 2013 11:28 AM

                                                                    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.

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                                                                      SourberryLily RE: Glaff May 7, 2013 11:46 AM

                                                                      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?

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                                                                        twinkie83 RE: SourberryLily May 7, 2013 12:43 PM

                                                                        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

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                                                                          SourberryLily RE: twinkie83 May 7, 2013 01:19 PM

                                                                          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!

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                                                                            catroast RE: SourberryLily May 7, 2013 01:27 PM

                                                                            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!?

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                                                                              twinkie83 RE: catroast May 7, 2013 02:18 PM

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

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                                                                                catroast RE: twinkie83 May 7, 2013 02:21 PM

                                                                                that's very unlikely

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                                                                                Shattered RE: catroast May 8, 2013 08:01 AM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                        catroast RE: kpaxonite May 7, 2013 11:37 AM

                                                                        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.

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                                                                          Glaff RE: catroast May 7, 2013 11:50 AM

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

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                                                                            cherylmtl RE: Glaff May 7, 2013 03:50 PM

                                                                            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.

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                                                                      Glaff RE: Glaff May 7, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                                      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.

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                                                                      twinkie83 RE: Glaff May 7, 2013 01:15 PM

                                                                      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)

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                                                                        EaterBob RE: Glaff May 7, 2013 08:48 PM

                                                                        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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                                                                          catroast RE: EaterBob May 7, 2013 08:55 PM

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

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                                                                            Glaff RE: EaterBob May 7, 2013 09:43 PM

                                                                            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.

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                                                                            Glaff RE: Glaff May 11, 2013 02:14 PM

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

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                                                                              chilipepper RE: Glaff May 11, 2013 03:26 PM

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

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                                                                                twinkie83 RE: chilipepper May 11, 2013 03:55 PM

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

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                                                                              mangoannie RE: Glaff May 13, 2013 10:05 PM

                                                                              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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                                                                                marblebag RE: mangoannie Jul 14, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                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.

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                                                                                Glaff RE: Glaff May 29, 2013 12:58 PM

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

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                                                                                  mangoannie RE: Glaff May 29, 2013 07:37 PM

                                                                                  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!

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                                                                                    Glaff RE: mangoannie May 29, 2013 08:01 PM

                                                                                    Indian truck?

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                                                                                      mangoannie RE: Glaff May 30, 2013 04:55 PM

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

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                                                                                    Glaff RE: Glaff Jun 4, 2013 05:50 PM

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

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                                                                                    mangoannie RE: Glaff Jun 4, 2013 07:06 PM

                                                                                    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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                                                                                      Maximilien RE: mangoannie Jun 5, 2013 04:06 AM

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

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                                                                                        BLM RE: Maximilien Aug 29, 2013 09:47 PM

                                                                                        This site at times is so frustrating to navigate.

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                                                                                        Glaff RE: mangoannie Jun 7, 2013 11:38 AM

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

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                                                                                        mangoannie RE: Glaff Jun 6, 2013 05:57 PM

                                                                                        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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                                                                                          SourberryLily RE: mangoannie Jun 7, 2013 06:58 AM

                                                                                          What were the prices like?

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                                                                                            Ghostquatre RE: mangoannie Jun 8, 2013 11:52 AM

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

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                                                                                              catroast RE: Ghostquatre Jun 8, 2013 11:54 AM

                                                                                              " portion size was good for a lunch."

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

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                                                                                                Ghostquatre RE: catroast Jun 8, 2013 11:57 AM

                                                                                                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).

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                                                                                            Glaff RE: Glaff Jun 7, 2013 03:36 PM

                                                                                            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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                                                                                              mangoannie RE: Glaff Jun 7, 2013 08:14 PM

                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                catroast RE: mangoannie Jun 7, 2013 08:59 PM

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

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                                                                                              Maximilien RE: Glaff Jun 10, 2013 08:11 AM

                                                                                              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 ...

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                                                                                                JerkPork RE: Glaff Jun 11, 2013 07:33 AM

                                                                                                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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                                                                                                  Glaff RE: JerkPork Jun 11, 2013 07:59 AM

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

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                                                                                                    lorie RE: Glaff Jun 12, 2013 01:49 PM

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

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                                                                                                      Shattered RE: Glaff Jun 12, 2013 10:20 PM

                                                                                                      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!!!!

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                                                                                                        kpaxonite RE: Shattered Jun 13, 2013 05:09 AM

                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                          SourberryLily RE: kpaxonite Jun 13, 2013 05:46 AM

                                                                                                          well said

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                                                                                                            Glaff RE: kpaxonite Jun 13, 2013 07:23 AM

                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                              Shattered RE: Glaff Jun 13, 2013 08:00 AM

                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                SourberryLily RE: Shattered Jun 13, 2013 08:24 AM

                                                                                                                I agree that it's a rip-off.

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

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                                                                                                                  catroast RE: SourberryLily Jun 13, 2013 09:41 AM

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

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                                                                                                                    Glaff RE: catroast Jun 13, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                      Ghostquatre RE: catroast Jun 13, 2013 12:36 PM

                                                                                                                      socialism vs free market libertarianism

                                                                                                                      the business owners are the scamming lobbyists
                                                                                                                      the city is pawns

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                                                                                                                    Glaff RE: Shattered Jun 13, 2013 09:06 AM

                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                      JerkPork RE: Glaff Jun 13, 2013 12:16 PM

                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                        twinkie83 RE: JerkPork Jun 13, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                        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

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                                                                                                                          SourberryLily RE: JerkPork Jun 14, 2013 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                          Exactly my opinion as well.

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

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                                                                                                                  maj54us RE: Shattered Jun 13, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                    catroast RE: maj54us Jun 13, 2013 12:45 PM

                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                    Plateaumaman RE: Shattered Jun 17, 2013 05:54 PM

                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                      marblebag RE: Shattered Jun 19, 2013 09:27 AM

                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                  sophie.brunet RE: Glaff Jun 19, 2013 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                    jay_81k RE: sophie.brunet Jun 19, 2013 10:13 AM

                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                      Glaff RE: jay_81k Jun 19, 2013 12:14 PM

                                                                                                                      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...

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                                                                                                                        jay_81k RE: Glaff Jun 19, 2013 02:01 PM

                                                                                                                        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...

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                                                                                                                          Glaff RE: jay_81k Jun 19, 2013 02:29 PM

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

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                                                                                                                      saved94 RE: sophie.brunet Jun 19, 2013 12:04 PM

                                                                                                                      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!

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                                                                                                                        Chocolatesa RE: saved94 Jun 19, 2013 12:44 PM

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

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                                                                                                                        Chocolatesa RE: sophie.brunet Jun 19, 2013 01:57 PM

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

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                                                                                                                          marblebag RE: sophie.brunet Jun 23, 2013 04:29 AM

                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                            Fintastic RE: marblebag Jun 23, 2013 01:56 PM

                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                              marblebag RE: Fintastic Jun 23, 2013 02:45 PM

                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                            jay_81k RE: sophie.brunet Jun 30, 2013 11:50 AM

                                                                                                                            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..

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                                                                                                                              EaterBob RE: jay_81k Jun 30, 2013 12:17 PM

                                                                                                                              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. :-)

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                                                                                                                                jay_81k RE: EaterBob Jun 30, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                EaterBob RE: jay_81k Jul 2, 2013 04:22 PM

                                                                                                                                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...

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                                                                                                                                  catroast RE: EaterBob Jul 2, 2013 05:41 PM

                                                                                                                                  have you ever had either?

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                                                                                                                                    EaterBob RE: catroast Jul 2, 2013 05:59 PM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                    jay_81k RE: EaterBob Jul 2, 2013 09:03 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                      Fintastic RE: jay_81k Jul 2, 2013 09:37 PM

                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                        jay_81k RE: Fintastic Jul 2, 2013 10:15 PM

                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                          SourberryLily RE: jay_81k Jul 3, 2013 06:49 AM

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

                                                                                                                                          Does it look better in real life?

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                                                                                                                                            jay_81k RE: SourberryLily Jul 3, 2013 11:12 AM

                                                                                                                                            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...

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                                                                                                                                              SourberryLily RE: jay_81k Jul 3, 2013 02:14 PM

                                                                                                                                              was it good?

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                                                                                                                                                jay_81k RE: SourberryLily Jul 3, 2013 09:06 PM

                                                                                                                                                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. Chocolatesa RE: Glaff Jun 19, 2013 12:25 PM

                                                                                                                                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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                                                                                                                                  Glaff RE: Chocolatesa Jun 19, 2013 12:57 PM

                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                    marblebag RE: Chocolatesa Jun 23, 2013 02:50 PM

                                                                                                                                    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.

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                                                                                                                                      mtlstreetfood RE: marblebag Jul 4, 2013 06:33 AM

                                                                                                                                      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. Chocolatesa RE: Glaff Jun 19, 2013 12:51 PM

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

                                                                                                                                     
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                                                                                                                                      Chocolatesa RE: Chocolatesa Jun 19, 2013 12:57 PM

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

                                                                                                                                       
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                                                                                                                                      Maximilien RE: Glaff Jun 19, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                                                                                      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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                                                                                                                                        Glaff RE: Maximilien Jun 19, 2013 02:24 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                          Peaches to Poutine RE: Maximilien Jun 19, 2013 02:54 PM

                                                                                                                                          Holy cats, go La Panthere Verte!

                                                                                                                                        2. Chocolatesa RE: Glaff Jun 19, 2013 03:43 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                            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/

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                                                                                                                                              Glaff RE: Glaff Jun 20, 2013 07:51 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                Chocolatesa RE: Glaff Jun 20, 2013 10:49 AM

                                                                                                                                                Yes! This!

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                                                                                                                                                  Peaches to Poutine RE: Glaff Jun 20, 2013 11:24 AM

                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                  marblebag RE: Glaff Jun 23, 2013 04:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                  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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                                                                                                                                                    Maximilien RE: marblebag Jun 23, 2013 05:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                    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

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                                                                                                                                                      chilipepper RE: Maximilien Jun 23, 2013 06:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                      Prices too please!
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                                                                                                                                                        marblebag RE: chilipepper Jun 23, 2013 10:57 AM

                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                          foodie8 RE: chilipepper Jul 11, 2013 03:49 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                        foodie8 RE: marblebag Jul 11, 2013 03:48 PM

                                                                                                                                                        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.

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                                                                                                                                                          catroast RE: foodie8 Jul 11, 2013 03:51 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                            foodie8 RE: catroast Jul 11, 2013 03:59 PM

                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                          Glaff RE: marblebag Jul 27, 2013 07:30 PM

                                                                                                                                                          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...

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                                                                                                                                                            catroast RE: Glaff Jul 27, 2013 08:03 PM

                                                                                                                                                            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.

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                                                                                                                                                          Stax88 RE: Glaff Jun 25, 2013 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                            hungryann RE: Stax88 Jun 25, 2013 11:53 AM

                                                                                                                                                            Do you know which restaurant operates this truck?

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                                                                                                                                                              twinkie83 RE: hungryann Jun 26, 2013 10:54 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                            captain_vegetable RE: Glaff Jul 4, 2013 02:20 PM

                                                                                                                                                            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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                                                                                                                                                              gds514 RE: captain_vegetable Jul 9, 2013 09:23 PM

                                                                                                                                                              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

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                                                                                                                                                                Glaff RE: gds514 Jul 10, 2013 06:13 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                  gds514 RE: Glaff Jul 10, 2013 08:37 AM

                                                                                                                                                                  This link is from 2012.

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                                                                                                                                                                    Glaff RE: gds514 Jul 10, 2013 08:44 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                      marblebag RE: Glaff Jul 10, 2013 10:14 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    kpzoo RE: Glaff Jul 11, 2013 08:18 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                    mtlstreetfood RE: gds514 Jul 10, 2013 06:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    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...

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                                                                                                                                                                      kpzoo RE: gds514 Jul 12, 2013 05:59 AM

                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                        Fintastic RE: kpzoo Jul 14, 2013 09:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                        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!

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                                                                                                                                                                          marblebag RE: Fintastic Jul 15, 2013 10:58 AM

                                                                                                                                                                          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.

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                                                                                                                                                                    lawyergirl77 RE: Glaff Jul 16, 2013 10:40 AM

                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                      Glaff RE: lawyergirl77 Jul 26, 2013 09:38 PM

                                                                                                                                                                      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?

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                                                                                                                                                                      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...

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                                                                                                                                                                        Glaff RE: Glaff Jul 22, 2013 06:50 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                          twinkie83 RE: Glaff Jul 22, 2013 02:52 PM

                                                                                                                                                                          finally, a blog that include prices!

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                                                                                                                                                                            lawyergirl77 RE: Glaff Jul 23, 2013 05:28 AM

                                                                                                                                                                            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?

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                                                                                                                                                                              mtlstreetfood RE: lawyergirl77 Jul 23, 2013 07:14 AM

                                                                                                                                                                              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!

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                                                                                                                                                                            unlaced RE: Glaff Jul 23, 2013 06:21 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                            Thanks!

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                                                                                                                                                                              chilipepper RE: unlaced Jul 23, 2013 11:32 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                unlaced RE: chilipepper Jul 23, 2013 11:48 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                              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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                Stax88 RE: Glaff Jul 24, 2013 06:13 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                  chilipepper RE: Glaff Jul 24, 2013 12:44 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                  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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                    twinkie83 RE: Glaff Jul 25, 2013 12:18 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                    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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                                                                                                                                                                                      morebubbles RE: twinkie83 Jul 25, 2013 06:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                      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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                        lawyergirl77 RE: morebubbles Jul 25, 2013 06:14 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                          twinkie83 RE: morebubbles Jul 25, 2013 02:57 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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

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                                                                                                                                                                                        twinkie83 RE: Glaff Jul 27, 2013 01:17 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                        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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                                                                                                                                                                                          lawyergirl77 RE: twinkie83 Jul 27, 2013 04:05 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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!)

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                                                                                                                                                                                          catroast RE: Glaff Jul 27, 2013 06:25 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                          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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                                                                                                                                                                                            twinkie83 RE: catroast Jul 28, 2013 01:32 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                            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

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                                                                                                                                                                                              BLM RE: twinkie83 Aug 29, 2013 09:49 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                            EaterBob RE: Glaff Sep 5, 2013 05:14 PM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                              berbatov RE: EaterBob Sep 23, 2013 09:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                EaterBob RE: berbatov Sep 23, 2013 12:15 PM

                                                                                                                                                                                                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.

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                                                                                                                                                                                              jonhall RE: Glaff Sep 6, 2013 06:47 AM

                                                                                                                                                                                              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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                                                                                                                                                                                                SnackHappy RE: jonhall Sep 6, 2013 06:57 AM

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

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                                                                                                                                                                                                  luism RE: jonhall Sep 6, 2013 06:57 AM

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

                                                                                                                                                                                                  Apparently, it's on.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    twinkie83 RE: jonhall Sep 6, 2013 01:45 PM

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

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

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