Montreal’s food culture is different from every other North American city. In general, the food culture in Montreal feels more European than American. Over the years, Montréal has slowly forged its own culinary identity. Below are some of Montréal’s specialties.
You cannot visit Montreal without trying a poutine. A poutine is a delicious mixture of fries, sauce and cheese. In the basic recipe for poutine, French fries are topped with fresh cheese curds, and covered with brown gravy or sauce. Some restaurants offer poutine with such additions as chicken, bacon, or Montreal-style smoked meat, although these are not as common. Poutine Dulton, which is offered in a few places, is made with ground beef, onions, and sausages. Some such restaurants even boast a dozen or more variations of poutine. For instance, more upscale poutine with three-pepper sauce, Merguez sausage, foie gras or even caviar and truffle can be found
“Bring your own wine” restaurants
Although the city of Montreal contains hundreds of restaurants that are worth checking out, special attention must be paid to “bring your own wine” restaurants. Many forests believe that you can only find these restaurants in the plateau Mont-Royale. But there are also a number of these restaurants in downtown Montreal as well as old Montreal.
Smoked meat restaurants
There is nothing like a smoked meat sandwich with the pickle on the side. If you’ve never had a smoked meat sandwich, then you need to head on to St. Laurent Boulevard and grab a table at Schwarz’s. This restaurant is an absolute must, often with long lineups that spill over onto St. Laurent Boulevard. Schwartz has been part of Montreal’s culinary experience Since 1928.
Montreal is known for having some of the best bagels in all of North America. Two of Montreal’s most popular destinations for bagels are Fairmount Bagel and St-Viateur Bagel. Both open 24 hours and both are located in the mile end district.