10. Fairmount Bagel
Right next door to Kem CoBa is Fairmount Bagel, the famous Montreal bakery that has been slinging out “the tastiest bagels in the world” (according to their website) since 1919. Grab a bag of your sesame seeds, your poppy seeds, and your everythings, and you’re good to go.
11. The Lobster BLTA at Deville Dinerbar
Deville Dinerbar is a stylish late-night eatery in downtown Montreal and one of the best things to order off their menu is the tall but tasty Lobster BLTA—chilled Nova Scotian lobster salad and Black Forest bacon on a brioche bun. It was much better than this grainy 2014 iPhone photo.
12. Vladimir Poutine
My award for best restaurant concept goes to Vladimir Poutine and its menu of dishes named after authoritarian-style leaders past and present. Poutines on the roster included the Vladimir (smoked meat and Russian dressing), the Mao Tse Tung (foie gras mousse and duck magret), the Rasputin (homemade gravy), the Mussolini (Italian sausage), the Kim (pork belly), the Napoleon (foie gras) and the Fidel (lobster bisque). They also have a Trump burger, natch.
13. The Montreal Benny at Eggspectation
Come to Eggspectation (multiple Montreal locations) for the clever wordplay, stay for the bevy of delicious egg-related brunch dishes. In my quest to incorporate smoked meat into all my meals, I, of course, ordered the Montreal Benny.
14. Juliette & Chocolat
For the chocolate lovers, Juliette & Chocolat (multiple locations) is a recommended visit. They specialize in all sorts of creative chocolate-based concoctions. I thoroughly enjoyed my ice cream “POP” bar. I believe this is the “Janis JoPOP,” which they describe as “speculoos, dipped in melted dark chocolate, drizzled with white chocolate and topped with brownie bits and Oreo crunch.” Take another little piece of my heart, baby.
What are Cachitos? According to the website of this cozy Venezuelan eatery on Saint-Catherine, the Cachito is “a typical Venezuelan bread that is characterized by the slight sweetness of its dough and by its traditional filling of shredded ham and/or cheese.” The best Hot Pockets ever, basically.
16. Gibeau Orange Julep
A creamy and refreshing Orange Julius-style drink, ordered at a food counter shaped like a gigantic orange? Oui, yes please!
Gibeau Orange Julep is a bit outside of Montreal proper, but if you find yourself on the road out there, definitely set your sights on the oversized orb and grab a hot dog with the signature beverage.
17. Marché Jean-Talon
Montreal has a fine stable of public markets and Marché Jean-Talon might be the best of them all. Great spot to wander around and see where your appetite takes you.