Where to eat when on Montreal's Main

Montreal’s fabled Saint-Laurent Boulevard, though once the city’s nightlife artery, has severely declined in recent years following prolonged road work that saw many businesses close up shop as restaurateurs and chefs took their business and talents elsewhere. Fret not though - amid the turmoil, one can still find a few gems here, from mainstays to newcomers.

Restaurant Burger Royal

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3820, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X6

If freshly ground, beefy, juicy burger patties are up your alley (why wouldn’t they be?), be sure to hit up Burger Royal - without a doubt one of the best burger joints in town. They use fresh products, make their own patties, and source beef and poultry that is free range, grass-fed, and free of hormones and antibiotics.

Restaurant Big In Japan

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3723, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2V7

Comforting Japanese brasserie fare and a great late-night dining option. Our favorite here is the Garrett Dog sandwich, packed with fried chicken and potato salad (yes, you read that correctly: potato salad inside a sandwich).

Coco Rico

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

Montreal’s first Portuguese rotisserie, around since the ’70s, dishes out chicken and spare ribs. A cheap, dependable option if you don’t feel like cooking.

Icehouse

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51 Rue Roy E, Montréal, QC H2W 2S3

Texan chef Nick Hodge blessed us Montrealers with the opening of this Tex-Mex “hole” in a hidden Plateau corner just off of Saint-Laurent. Help yourself to some fried chicken, tacos, burritos and his bourbon lemonade -; you’re in for a treat.

Schwartz's

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3895, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9

In business since 1928, this smoked meat pioneer is a Montreal landmark and Canada’s oldest deli. Let the permanent, inescapable lineup in front be the judge!

Restaurant Jano

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3883, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9

Considering we are in Little Portugal territory, it’s not surprising to find a couple Portuguese joints on our list. Jano is yet another spot where one can sample a wide variety of grilled meats (chicken, beef, pork, rabbit, quail) or fish in an inviting atmosphere with a warm glow.

Every passing year confirms the death of fine dining as we once knew it.  Small, affordable, made-to-share plates have cut across all cuisines and eased their way into the upper echelon of Montreal’s newcomers for 2017.  Fall may be creeping in on us soon, but there’s still plenty of time to try one of our suggestions below – the places that caught our attention, for better or for worse. (Added suggestions by Kelsey Rolfe)
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]
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