Guys, if anyone understands the struggle of eating out on a budget, it's me. Trust.
I go out to eat very often, and honestly, I'd be seriously broke AF if I didn't figure out any tricks to save some money when it comes to dining in a Montreal restaurant. Alright, I'll be honest... I don't have any super sly tricks.
It's all good old fashioned research and trial and error, guys. And because I'm a really good person (don't worry, that was a joke, I know I'm not), I've decided to share all these awesome spots with my favourite people. AKA, you guys.
But I'm even going to take it one step further for y'all. Instead of just throwing a bunch of inexpensive spots at you guys, I've decided to separate this by price point. Because, trust, I've been at the stage where you're pretty down for some food... but you've only got, like, $5 to spare.
No judgements on that though, friends. Some people will spend that $5 on shots; some will save it; and others will blow it on the best falafel they've ever tried in their lives. Whatever floats your boat. Whatever makes you happy. You do TF out of your life.
So, sit back, relax, and let me tell you guys some pretty awesome places to eat out, depending on how much money you're down to spend on a meal.
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Notorious for being one of the best and most inexpensive spots for a falafel (or several!) in Montreal, this restaurant legit never disappoints!
For about $5, you can enjoy anything on the menu at this super popular Plateau spot.
Specializing in seriously delicious Asian dishes, like squid balls and bao buns, this spot has tons of options that hit at just under the $5 mark.
This downtown Montreal spot is famous for their extravaggent drinks, plus $5 dishes.
For $5, $7, or $9, you can enjoy things like mac and cheese, burgers, tacos, and desserts at this St. Denis spot.
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Situated near Concordia University, this Indian restaurant is ace at serving delicious and wholesome food for roughly $10 a dish.
This Italian food cafe in downtown Montreal serves up tasty and traditional eats, most of which come in at the $10 mark or under.
A porchetta sandwich is kind of like the Italian version of pulled pork - and trust, these guys do it right. Sandwiches go for about $10, with sides coming in at under the $10 point.
The Mon Cafe
This spot in Old Montreal speclaizes in breakfasts, coffees, and pastries; no matter what you pick, everything is awesome, and shouldn't run for much more than $10.
This Plateau bakery is known for their beyond delicious baked goods (looking at you, life-changing croissants), but their sandwiches and soups are on a level of their own too.
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Ma Poule Mouillee
It's my theory that you can get legit any dish on the menu here for under $20. Their poutine, for example, is legendary and won't cost more than $15; their grilled squid costs a little more, but is also what dreams are legit made of.
Arepas, anyone? Known for their beyond tasty, fresh arepas and beautiful terrasse, this St. Laurent spot serves up delicious and fairly priced food.
El Rey Del Taco
Here, dishes won't cost you much more than $20 - especially their fresh and authentic tacos, which come in fours and cost about $11.
Super fresh and flavourful poke bowls are served at this downtown poke emporium. A bowl will set you back less than $20, which sounds like a super fair deal to me!
Qing Hua Dumplings
Real talk: dumplings are my favourite thing, and Qing Hua does them up super right. A basked of steamed dumplings hits at roughly $15, so go ahead and go nuts.