Photo cred - Ethan Adeland
There are several things that all citizens of Montreal know to be true, and one of these things is that hot dogs are deeelish and should be available anywhere, at any time. Luckily, this city isn't lacking in choices when it comes to everyone's favorite sausage in a bun. We've rounded up the best of the best so that you can quickly and easily find some hot dogs, when the craving hits you.
Montreal Pool Room
1217 Boulevard Saint-Laurent
Montreal's famous greasy spoon has been around since 1912 and is known, among other things, for the fact that they don't have pool tables. The signature Montreal hot dog isn't boiled or grilled - it's steamed. A steamed hot dog on a steamed bun aka a 'steamie'. To really get the full steamie experience, order it all dressed (onions, relish, coleslaw, mustard) and a side of greasy, delicious fries. Montreal Pool Room's steamies are definitely hard to beat - in fact, arguments have broken out regarding whether they have the best steamies in Montreal. We'll let you decide.
Decarie Hot Dog
953 Boulevard Décarie
If you've never been to Decarie Hot Dog, you're definitely doing something wrong with your life. Pretty much right across the street from Cote-Vertu metro in Ville Saint-Laurent, this tiny diner should be a staple in any Montrealer's life. This is not the type of place that you sit down at - it's get in, order a double-double (2 french fries and 2 hot dogs) and get out. The staff is amazing, super friendly and you really feel like you're part of the family when you're there. It goes without saying that their steamies are among the best in the city!
25 Mount Royal Ave E
We've already raved about Dirty Dogs, but we figured you needed a reminder. They officially opened their own storefront just a few days ago, on April 26th, and business has been booming ever since. The thing about Dirty Dogs is that their menu is incredibly creative - try the Denis Coderre (a fine herb sausage with coleslaw, mustard, onions and bagel seeds) or the Bernie Mac (cheddar bacon sausage with mac & cheese, green onions and crispy bacon). Your mouth's watering right now, isn't it?
Time to get a little fancy, Montreal. Chaud Dogs is a food truck you'll be seeing all over the city tomorrow and they specialize in, you guessed it, gourmet hot dogs. Everything is homemade (down to the condiments) and their menu changes weekly based on what products are available from local suppliers. Some of the hot dogs they featured last summer include Chilly Cheese Dog, Cubano Hot Dog, 'Tokyo' Pogo, Hot Dog 'Puttanesca' and so much more. Their season begins this Friday, May 2nd, at the Olympic Stadium.
Lafleur restaurants are scattered around the city and are pretty much one of the most convenient options on our list. Lafleur offers several kinds of hot dogs - the signature Montreal steamie, the Michigan (michigan sauce, cheese, onions), the Supreme (cheese and bacon) and the old-fashioned grilled hot dog. Lafleur is one of the best late-night munchies options because of their prime locations and affordable prices.
Did you really think we wouldn't have Costco hot dogs on this list? Let's be honest here - no one can leave Costco without getting a hot dog and soda for $1.50. We've even wondered if we could get a membership card just so we can eat there. If someone can find out and let us know, that'd be great. A quarter-pound of beef, boiled, and served on a delicious bun with all the condiments your heart desires - it's love at first bite.
La Belle Province
La Belle Province is really the city's go-to spot for drunken meals, munchies, a quick bite.. okay, let's cut to the chase, we'll basically go to La Belle Province any and every time, if it's an option. Ordering hot dogs here doesn't require much thought - always get at least two, all dressed (mustard, relish, onions and cabbage) with a poutine and a drink. Plain, simple, cheap and really, really delicious.
3700 Notre-Dame Ouest
This place just may be St. Henri's best-kept secret. Walking into A.A. is like a blast from the past - a real old-school style diner, with the awesome, greasy food to go with it! It's all about the 'slaw and the sausage at A.A. Don't even think about adding the slightest bit of ketchup or mustard.
9191 Cavendish Blvd
Oh, Ikea. You spoil us. Not only do we get to lose ourselves in your maze-like floor plan, but you also offer us delicious hot dog goodness at the end of it all and for dirt, dirt cheap. Ikea really is like going to a magical land - you can get stuck there for hours, but it's always fun and there's always a happy, hot dog-based ending.
1909 Avenue Canadiens-de-Montreal
Alright, so maybe they're a little (a lot) over priced, but the hot dogs here aren't bad at all. It almost seems unorthodox to not have one in hand (and a beer in the other) when watching our beloved Habs play. In this case, it's not about them being the best in the city; it's about the experience - screaming fans, watching the Bruins lose (this is a legitimate prediction), and the pure, addictive joy of hockey.
7700 Boulevard Décarie
82 years later, Montreal is still loving our giant orange. Besides the incredible and addictive orange drink, the hot dogs here are pretty damn good. The best part about the Julep is that you feel like you've gone back in time to the 1950s. Eat in your car or at one of the picnic tables outside, on a beautiful summer day, and take in the local scenery (aka, the highway). On the very nicest days, Montreal car lovers bring out their hot rods and fancy rides.
3041 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest
This diner is a Montreal favorite and for good reason. A few years back, they updated the decor, but the hot dogs have stayed just as delicious as always. Definitely go for coleslaw on your hot dog and you'll be loving life. A late-night spot with really great prices make this diner a must, especially if you're a student!