Cheap eats: Affordable Montreal restaurants

Whether you’re trying to save for a big purchase, or simply like your restaurants to be affordable, Montreal has plenty of budget-friendly options that will fill you up with good food at a reasonable price.

Al-Baghdadi

1
1624 av Lincoln, Montréal, QC H3H 1G9

Think made-to-order manakish – topped Levantine flatbreads – baked in a brick oven, Middle Eastern desserts and shisha (hubbly bubbly). Go for breakfast, lunch, afternoon tea or a late-night snack. A favorite concoction of ours is the sujouk – spicy beef – man’ousheh with extra cheese; at $3.50, it’s a steal!

Restaurant Boustan

2
19 rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2X 1K3

Montreal’s favorite Lebanese shawarma pusher may have expanded of late, but the original Crescent location is still where it’s at. Get those famous shavings of spit-grilled beef in pita format for $5.25 and find out what all the fuss is about while keeping your bank account happy. A tidbit of advice for Concordia University students: save on food here so you can afford those lattes and mochaccinos.

Brigade Pizzeria Napolitaine

3
1428 rue Stanley, Montréal, QC H3A 1P7

Montreal has seen a slew of authentic Neapolitan-style pizzerias open of late. None of them emphasize customization and low pricing the way Brigade does. Start with one of their base pies and top if off with whatever tickles your fancy from Quebec ricotta and Italian provolone to cremini mushrooms and marinated eggplant. However, to keep your bill in single digits, stick to one of their bases.

Campanelli Boulangerie

4
4634 rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H4C 1S4

This popular Italian sandwich and coffee slinger has certainly played a part in Saint-Henri’s rejuvenation in recent years. Stop by for fantastic, affordable sammiches made with the finest cold cuts and ingredients. A must-try is the meatball sandwich combining a zesty tomato sauce, provolone and seasoned veal polpette in ciabatta bread. Capiche?

Coco Rico

5
3907 boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9

Montreal’s first Portuguese rotisserie – around since the 70s – dishing out chicken, spare ribs and – of course – natas. A cheap, dependable option on The Main if you don’t feel like cooking. At $10.99 for the whole chicken, you’re competing with supermarket prices!

GaNaDaRa

6
1862 boul de Maisonneuve O, Montréal, QC H3H 1J8

Discover this nondescript Chinatown 2 locale, which recently underwent an invigorating facelift. Highlights here include the ramyeon – a Korean version of ramen soup – and pajeon – Korean pancakes. Be wary of the TV set playing Asia’s latest music videos – unless that’s your shtick! With heaping bowls and dishes barely scratching the $10-mark, both your stomach and wallet will be satisfied here.

Joe's Panini

7
1404 rue Drummond, Montréal, QC H3G 1V9

A 24-hour panini stand that’s been fixing up McGill students and others for decades, Joe’s is mostly known for its signature spicy grilled chicken sandwich, although the menu also includes various Italian deli cuts as well as a couple of out-of-place items such as gyros and burgers. With sammiches priced between $5 and $8, no wonder this place has survived as long as it has.

L'Gros Luxe

8
2472 rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, QC H3J 1N5

Back in 2014, L’Gros Luxe landed on the scene with the promise of “luxurious” comfort food that’s accessible to all. The resto/café/bar with multiple locations boasts a menu of reimagined bar grub along with whimsical cocktails – chief among which are outrageously garnished bloody Caesars. As for nosh, starters such as wings, tacos and nachos are followed by burgers, grilled cheeses and burritos; all spruced up with international touches. Both food and drink are aggressively priced, as advertised, with literally only one item breaking the double-digit mark.

Restaurant Momesso

9
5562 ch Upper-Lachine, Montréal, QC H4A 2A7

The ultimate dude place, Momesso is a sports-themed submarine shop that’s been family-run since 1978. Order your sub with sausage, chicken, steak or pepperoni and match that up with a pint or pitcher of beer – nothing wrong with that! Go for the half-size 7-inch version for $6-$8 and you’re in business.

UniBurger

10
302 rue Ontario E, Montréal, QC H2X 1H6

When the popular La Paryse closed in 2012, many were left longing for its iconic burger. It wasn’t long before Uniburger filled that commercial space to the satisfaction of burger lovers all over. You can’t go wrong with those simple classic burgers made with freshly ground 100% AAA beef. And when the priciest item on the menu sells for $7.49 – crossing over to fast food territory – you have a winning formula on your hands.

Cinko

11
1641 rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2X 3K3

A quint-dollarama of sorts, everything edible at Quartier Latin’s quirky Cinko sells for a flat fiver. This contemporary casse-croûte suggests a seasonal, international comfort fare with the likes of chili bowls, cobb salads, Portuguese chicken, tacos, burgers and hot dogs. UQAM students; rejoice!

It comes as no surprise that Montreal’s local food movement is a force to be reckoned with. As a result, scores of chefs have jumped on the bandwagon; some do it out of an ideological drive, others to satisfy an increasingly demanding and scrutinizing clientele. The following list of restaurants place an emphasis on sourcing locally, relying heavily on nearby farms, game and fishing. [Image credit: iStock]
Montreal’s rich and complex dining scene goes through its fair share of fads and trends every couple years. Of late, we’ve witnessed an explosion in Japanese izakayas, which were followed by Neapolitan pizzerias and more recently taquerias. The following list showcases our city’s various takes on the Mexican staple, from its most traditional form to experimental renditions that are bound to amaze. [Image credit: iStock]
Setting aside the purported health benefits of consuming animal flesh in its pure, unadulterated form, it can actually taste absolutely fabulous! Far from pushing restaurants that suggest a chiefly raw menu, the following list is simply a roundup of spots serving standout raw dishes – excluding sushi – from tartares and crudos to tatakis and ceviches. [image credit: iStock/MiguelMalo]
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