Best Montreal Comfort Food Restaurants
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There’s nothing better to combat the winter blues than sitting down and having some delicious, warm, comforting food, especially since you can hide all of the damage under big sweaters for the next 4 months. Whether it’s poutine, bagels, or chocolate that you prefer, we’ve got you covered.
The temperature has started to drop and, let’s be honest, it’s only going to get worse. Luckily, the perfect way to fight those winter blues is with delicious, hot pho. Lien’s beef pho and imperial rolls will completely rejuvenate you and make you forget that you had to risk frost bite just to get there.
Dishes here are definitely a little different than your normal brunch fare, but they’re also totally delicious. You can't go wrong with their maple fried french toast and chicken, topped with cinnamon sugar and maple syrup.
Poutine is the classic Canadian comfort food, and with over 30 kinds of poutine available 24/7, Le Banquise knows what's up. Every dish is over the top in the best way possible. So if you order the T-Rex poutine, you’re not just going to get a bit of beef, pepperoni, bacon and sausage, you’re going to get a mountain.
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Technically it’s in Verdun, but Blackstrap is worth the trip. This is the best place to get amazing BBQ’d ribs, brisket, and even fried mac n cheese. That’s right, they have balls of mac ’n cheese that have been breaded and deep fried. Prepare to have your arteries clogged and love it.
Dinette Triple Crown
If you’re looking for some southern comfort foods then Triple Crown is the place to go. After eating their crispy fried chicken, mashed potatoes, and biscuits you might just want to move to Texas and never come back.
2020 Crescent & 19 Sainte Catherine E.
Boustan is the place to go for schwarma in Montreal. It’s cheap, has solid portions and the food is amazing. They also have quite a few vegetarian options for those people who don’t eat meat. But whatever you get, make sure you ask for it fully dressed.
1116 St. Catherine O.
Deli food just has a way of making you feel at home. Reuben's beef dip & fries are amazing, but it’s the monstrous Big Bang that blows everything else away. The giant sandwich is made up of one pound of smoked meat on rye bread with mustard. Dig in.
Deville has perfected the art of modernized diner food. From their Shepherd’s Pot Pie to the Bacon Weaved Meatloaf to their to-die-for milkshakes, you’ll be sure to satisfy that comfort food craving.
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93 Mont-Royal E.
Brunch just can’t be beat - it’s a fact. And Beauty’s does brunch better than most. Their specialty is a Montreal style bagel with cream cheese, lox, red onions and tomatoes, but you also can’t go wrong with their mac ’n cheese. Make sure to go early because this place gets PACKED on any day of the week.
What says comfort more than deep fried dough covered in delicious toppings? Not a whole lot. At Léché’s you can get all kinds of gourmet donuts, from the classics like the Boston cream to something a little different, like their maple bacon donut. All are amazing, and all will change you forever.
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Dominion Square Tavern
For those that like their comfort food a little more British, then this gastropub is the place to go. You can have a Sunday roast dinner (just like mum used to make), bangers and mash, or some unreal corn fritters.
This tiny Italian restaurant in the McGill ghetto has some of the best pizza in Montreal. The crust is that perfect thick-but-not-too-thick, and the cheese is out of this world. Their specialty is a 5 cheese white pizza that will hit the spot every time. Bonus: incase you don’t want to venture outside in the cold, they have free delivery!
Juliette et Chocolat
1615 Sainte-Denis & 3600 Sainte-Laurent
Chocolate makes you feel better - it’s science! And Juliette et Chocolat knows how to do chocolate. Whether it’s their hot chocolate, something from the dessert bar, or a chocolate crepe, you really can’t go wrong.
Queues de Castors (Beaver Tails)
127 De La Commune E.
There’s a reason they’ve been a Canadian classic for almost 40 years. You can have their beaver tail shaped dough fried and topped with the most delicious combinations you could ever think of. Cream cheese icing, Skor and maple syrup? Yes please.
Edwinas Grilled Cheese
5204 Sherbrooke O.
Bread and cheese - two of the greatest inventions in the world, and when you put them together, it’s unbeatable. Edwinas takes it to the next level with their selection of gourmet grilled cheeses, but what tops it off is their Fronut - a fromage donut. Sounds strange, but trust, it’s amazing.
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1627 Sainte-Catherine O. & 2001 Sainte-Denis & 1500 Atwater & more
An iconic Montreal sandwich shop, Dagwoods is the place to go if you’re craving a cheap and filling sandwich. Some people may say it’s overrated, but you can’t deny that after a 12” sub with fresh cut meat, smothered in their classic sauce, you feel a little bit better.
3820 St. Laurent
Burger Royal prides themselves on serving organic, fresh, hormone free and local food, so you can feel like you’re doing something good for yourself while gorging on burgers. Their Hangover burger is a must. It comes with monterey jack cheese, caramelized onions, egg, bacon, lettuce, tomato, spicy mayo and honey mustard.