Montreal has a strong eating tradition. Mixing its French heritage, with Canada’s multicultural buffet of food options, Montreal is the best of the best when it comes to eating in Canada. While finding the highest rated, award winning, or most popular restaurants is easy thanks to various apps, websites, and blogs, finding those niche spots that locals love can be a little bit tougher. Thankfully, Montreal-based travel agency FlightHub has been in Montreal for almost four years and has some wonderful insight on some lesser known spots that you should definitely consider checking out
5843 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
A total hole in the wall in Montreal’s NDG neighbourhood, Cosmos is a staple of the breakfast scene for those in the know. It may be small, greasy, and loud, but it’s the perfect spot for that hangover breakfast, no matter what time of day. FlightHub recommends their hash browns, calling them the best in the city, along with their speciality mishmashes, which take all your breakfast favourites and smashes them together. Also, this place is super cheap, with breakfast for two only surpassing $20 if you plan on being comatose for the rest of the day.
5674 Av de Monkland
A southern food heaven, Prohibition, one of the new joints on this list, features robust meals that have a down south feel to them. In addition to great dinner options, Prohibition’s brunch features a more international feel with unique dishes on a semi-spontaneous menu. FlightHub recommends Prohibition for a date night or small gathering.
4006 Rue Ste-Catherine Ouest
The opposite of Prohibition, Imadake is one of the most raucous restaurants in the city according to FlightHub. This loud-mouthed Japanese spot features a menu loaded with japanese favourites like raw fish dishes and soups. You want to have a party? Imadake has already beat you to it as you are sure to hear a resounding chorus of bartenders commanding tables to do sake bombs. Literally, the most fun I’ve had at a restaurant.
4634 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
The king of meatballs. Campanelli not only features one of the best meatball subs in the city, but also some of the best sandwiches period. Their accompanying store also allows you to stock up on unique and high-end fashion while waiting. Also, top notch coffee.
5889 Rue Sherbrooke Ouest
As the name suggests, you won’t find much here but tacos. With that being said, holy cow, these are easily the best tacos in Montreal by a mile. These turbo authentic, extremely filling tacos are extremely well priced. This place is a super simple, super delicious, and no strings attached hole in the wall goodness.
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Keith Holland is the Community Manager for Momentum Ventures in Montreal, Quebec and a graduate of Toronto, Ontario’s Humber College Journalism Program.