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Mar 12, 2014 10:25 AM

Food Trucks 2014

The new list is out here http://www.shutupandeat.ca/2014/03/12...

I'm hoping they get the maps updated soon too.

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  1. I heard a radio show on CBC-1 this morning. Apparently the city of Montreal is asking the foodtruck people to offer lower priced menu items.

    Excuse my french, but the city can go F**K themselves.

    Don't get me wrong, I'd love r-e-a-l streetfood and cheap eats, but the city made their bed, now SUCK IT UP.

    "The food truck vendor will have to be a tax-paying Montreal restaurant owner or caterer, they'll have to prepare their food at their home base and heat it up and have it ready for serving in the truck, they'll have to apply for a permit, they can't set up in direct competition with another restaurant and they can't serve any old junk food

    "Maybe someone's going to come in with poutine and a very special type of poutine, we'll have to wait and see. We're going to leave that to our creators and our restaurants and our chefs to come up with the different types of food they want to present," Mayor Michael Applebaum told reporters at a news conference, adding it must say "Montreal" and represent its international gastronomic reputation."
    -CJAD 800 reporting

    "and they can't serve any old junk food"

    Oh, NOW they want 'cheap' as well?

    Yo, Montreal, you shoulda thought of that before setting up the ridiculous regs.
    Eat it.

    14 Replies
    1. re: porker

      Never heard of a projet pilote haven't you? Cause that's what it was last year (and probably still will be this summer).

      1. re: porker

        last year was a pilot to test the market for food trucks. it was a hit. about the price, i am sure that it was from customers feedback. let's face it, some of the trucks did charge a ridiculous price

        i have no problem with the city asking patrons to lower the price or offer cheaper items

        1. re: porker

          If I remember correctly, the city wanted to have food truck serve "real food", not "fast-food" (hotdog, ... ) so the food and the prices were set accordingly.

          I don't know how all of that worked out in the end; I've not tried any of them, and I don't know how the food actually was.

          1. re: Maximilien

            This is exactly my point
            "...the city wanted to have food truck serve "real food", not "fast-food" (hotdog, ... ) so the food and the prices were set accordingly."
            Only now are they realizing that their criteria has a cost and IMO, are hyprocritical in asking the vendors to lower the costs.
            In other words, its the city's CRITERIA which necessitates high prices.

            1. re: porker

              but most trucks did offer fast-food at a non fast-food price. the only thing missing was the red sausage meat

              1. re: twinkie83

                Not true. If you don't see the difference in quality between a normal fast food place and most of these food trucks you probably haven't tried them.

                The problem with prices, for me, was not with the quality of the food, but with the portion size.

                1. re: Glaff

                  Dic Anns? How did they get a permit?
                  Their beef patties aren't any better than McDonalds.

                  1. re: JerkPork

                    Dic Ann's truck never sold anything in the street, only at Vieux Port which in this case falls under federal jurisdiction and was not part of the city projet pilote

                    1. re: westaust

                      Dic Ann's is adding a second Dic Ann's food truck debuting this spring for events & festivals. This year there will be more Montreal food trucks operating(maybe 10 more than last year).

                  2. re: Glaff

                    i did see the difference. i don't expect cheap hotdogs at 99 cents but more than $6 for one? that's ludicrous

                    but then, it comes up to your point, portion size for the asking price

                    anyway, what most food trucks are offering is considered fast food. it may be made with quality ingredients or comes with foie gras but it doesn't change what it is

            2. re: porker

              Mayor Applebaum? how old was that interview?

              1. re: ishungry

                The quote was probably from when the pilot project was launched. So last spring?

                  1. re: stak

                    Yeah it was last year at the start-up (pilot).

              2. In French on LaPresse+:

                Reviews of the current food trucks. ( more to come)


                Can't say that I'm impressed by the different offerings. (I have no comment on the prices)

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                1. re: Maximilien

                  I went to Dasfoodtruck when it was at the McCord spot (near my office). I thoroughly enjoyed it and didn't think that the pricing was out of whack (at least, as compared to the other food trucks).

                  BUT - Lord, did it ever take a long time to get our food...

                  1. re: Maximilien

                    I've tried Dasfoodtruck, Chaud Dogs, Pied de Cochon and PA Gargantua and was happy each time. I was disappointed with Fous Truck; with little effort, I could make my own croissant-brie-ham sandwich. I'm still waiting for Grumman's to arrive at the Dawson location.

                    To avoid line-ups, I always arrive at 11:30; so far, this strategy has worked.

                      1. re: Maximilien

                        I have be SO disappointed with the food trucks. There is not one I would go out of my way to track down or wait in a long line for. Prices are high, portions small, and in my opinion nothing to go crazy over. If Satay bros had a truck I would def get excited. Went to Los Angeles last year and experienced Koji BBQ truck, this guy started the entire food truck trend with Korean Mexican tacos. It was amazing. Then tried Ludo truck by chef Ludo lefevbre. Seriously the best fried chicken of my life. I feel like the food trucks here are missing something.

                        1. re: Crispyporkbelly

                          I am so glad you said this so that I can speak my mind: if we are to enjoy our food trucks and still have them make the money it takes for them to want to continue then Montreal cannot have them dispersed around the city like fire hydrants...I don't understand (outside of special events) why these trucks are not given a place to set up as a 'destination tourist attraction and for Montrealers' in a park like setting with all the trucks there at one time. This would encourage people to go and be able to sit at tables the city would provide or just park space to piknik...I am totally against how it is happening now in specific areas of montreal - IMHO for these trucks to do good business I just don't see how they are profitable as they are now.

                          The last 2 trucks I went to had not one person in line and very few already eating.

                          1. re: blondee_47

                            why don't you run for city council?

                            it's been repeatedly stated that there are numerous food truck events through out the city all summer long. of course they will disperse at other times. maybe some vendors don't want to be stuck next to 25 competitors at all times (at JFL there are inevitably winners and losers). in case you weren't aware, the city does consult with the vendors and considers their viewpoints. have you bothered asking any of the vendors how it's going? Toronto attempted exactly what you are suggesting and it was an utter failure and is still a source of mockery.

                            1. re: frogsteak

                              well, you see I didn't know that. Then I question the owners, who obviously know what they are doing, as to whether they feel they are making enough money. Because in the end if they don't then we all lose.

                              So you could be right about being parked all together but I would imagine the crowds that would be gained as a 'destination' for all can't be worse than a lonely food truck parked on Metcalfe above De Mainsonneuve on a Saturday afternoon and be absolutely void of any foot traffic.

                              Maybe the popular trucks and those that are financed by big restos would not want it but what about those struggling even when their food is great.

                              Also price reflects, in some instances, the cost of eating there as opposed to a comfortable restaurant.

                              As for city council...my big mouth is only good at home.:))

                              1. re: blondee_47

                                the real problem is that vendors do not get to choose their location - not that they are dispersed. having said that, that metcalfe location is often busy busy busy.

                          2. re: Crispyporkbelly

                            Wow this year has really been a disappointment for me , even more than last year! Every time I try to go to one I either cant find it or they aren't even there! And the ones I did find werent as good as last year. I had the Duck salad sandwich at Super truck which I really enjoyed last year, but this time there was absolutely no meat in it! And today I tried au pied du cochon which was my favorite one last year, but this year they took away the sandwich and the duck legs and replaced it with basically a hot dog and some fried pork ears. WIll not be returning as neither was impressive. Instead of improving them I feel like they have taken a step backwards.. Any other ones worth trying ??