Casual Eats in Montreal
So we've hit up the usual suspects, APDC, Joe Beef and Schwartz's. We've also eaten bagels at St. Viateur and Fairmount and supplemented it with some great ice cream at Kem Coba. Olive and Gourmando for a fun atmosphere and tasty pastries. We've loved all of it but are in need of some more casual options for Sunday and Monday and Tuesday lunch.
Maybe some dim sum (not sure where)? Brunch at Lawrence? Dinner options?
I've probably eaten at Soy (across the street from Lawrence) 50 times in my life and I still can't find something wrong with the place. They are open for lunch on weekdays. Nothing fancy, but you get a reasonably priced Asian meal. We usually skip the dessert and go get an cone at KemCoba.
Super casual, but I would recommend burgers at Burger de Ville (on St Laurent, just up from Lawrence but on the other side). A burger each, and maybe share the de Ville salad, or some fries, and you have a delicious dinner for two for less than $20.
Amelio’s, 201 Milton - Montreal style pizza
Binerie Mont Royal, 367 Mont Royal O - The origins of APDC
Briskets, 1093 Beaver Hall - Extremely Good Alternative Smoked Meat
Dinette Triple Crown, 6704 Clark - North Carolina style BBQ
FCO di Fiumicino, 451 Viger - Roman Style Pizza
Minhota, 3959 St Laurent - Portuguese family restaurant
Chez Nouri, 10 des Pins O - Iranian Lunch counter
Nouveau Palais, 281 Bernard O - Not quite casse croute
Petit Alep, 191 Jean Talon E - Serious Syrian
Pataterie Chez Philippe, 1877 Amherst - real casse croute
La Soupiere, 5th Floor The Bay - Straight out of the 60s
Titanic, 445 St Pierre - A superior cafeteria in Old Montreal
Tous les jours, 1689 Mont Royal E - Quebecois family restaurant
Wilensky's Light Lunch, 34 Fairmount O - Almost as iconic as the Oratory or the Olympic Tower
If you are in old Montreal I'd recommend :
Brit and Chips for fish and chips
Gros jambon for brunch and lunch
Cartet for breakfast
Holder for breakfast (try Carter first)
I like Stash Cafe for polish food
Binerie Mont-Royal is near Mont-Royal and Saint-Denis. That intersection is the heart of the plateau so you have a few good choices for casual:
Aux Vivre for Vegan and Vegetarian
Lola Rosa on park for vegetarian
Santropol for hipster sandwiches
Schwartz and Main's deli for smoked meat
Ramanos, Portugalia and Jano for grilled chicken
La banquise for poutine
Le chien fumant for breakfast
Lawrence for breakfast
Beauty's for breakfast
Ta pies for australian pies
Kouaig Amann for pastries
Tried Le Cartet for breakfast and it was fairly run of the mill. Ordered scrambled eggs with asparagus served with fruit and duck fat roasted potatoes. Nothing I couldn't create at home and the fruit had a dried outer layer similar to what you see when you cut a piece of fruit and let it sit out for an hour. A little pricey for what you get. I would go to Olive and Gourmando over Le Cartet every time.