- Unfortunately for us Quebecers, there are many famous chain restaurants that we don't get to have in our province.
- With this in mind, MTL Blog made a map of the closest famous chains that can be found in Ontario - so you know exactly where to go next time you take a road trip!
- Read below to find out which food chains that are worth making your way to Ontario for!
No road trip is complete without some greasy meals throughout your drive. And, although Quebec has some pretty great restaurants, Ontario has a number of famous chain restaurants that haven't yet made their way to our province. This map will help guide you and your stomach through a fattening and delicious drive towards a food coma - and Ontario.
I love living in Montreal and am also very proud to be from Quebec. However, throughout Ontario, there are more American chains, due to the language laws in Quebec that make it more complicated for English chains to open. Sometimes this just doesn't seem fair.
Many of us find peace on road trips and since Ontario is so close, a lot of Montreal locals decide to choose a destination within that province. Throughout Ontario, there are a ton of cool chains to try out if you're not in the mood to cross the American-Canadian border.
However, it's not only American food chains that Ontario has, the province also has some Candian chain restaurants, so you'll be getting to tase all of North America on this food-inspired road trip!
So, why not check out some of these iconic and well-known establishments that we don’t have at home?
Buckle up kids, we're going for a drive!
Where: 4471 Innes Rd, Orléans, ON
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours
If you love a good serving of fried chicken, this chain is totally worth the drive.
Where: 94 College St W, Belleville, ON
Distance From Montreal: 3 hours and 40 minutes
Pizza Nova is one of my latest pizza discoveries and it brings take out pizza to new levels. If you are looking for an excuse to go on a road trip, pizza is a great reason!
Where: 50 Rideau Rue #201C, Ottawa, ON
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours and 10 minutes
There are few things I love more in life than a bowl from Chipotle with salad dressing on the side! Seriously, the addiction is real and worth the 2 hours and 10-minute commute.
Jimmy The Greek
Where: 1200 St Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours and 10 minutes
This home-cooked fast Greek food chain is one that everyone loves, including other Greeks!
Where: 320 W Hunt Club Rd, Ottawa, ON
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours and 36 minutes
This chain of bakeries and coffee shops is known for its fresh, quality foods at affordable prices. If you love sandwiches, soups and baked goods, you should drive to Panera and check it out for yourself.
Where: 1499 St Laurent Blvd, Ottawa, ON
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours and 15 minutes
Red Lobster specializes in seafood dishes and, of course, lobster! And, in just a short drive you can experience the hype for yourself and taste what the well-known establishment has to offer.
Where: 474 Hazeldean Rd Unit #14, Kanata, ON
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours and 45 minutes
Founded in 1964, this American food chain can be found throughout Ontario.
Most famous for its mozzarella sticks, roast beef, and curly fries, this eatery is a must for anyone who loves fast food.
Where: 80, 101 Weston Rd #101, Toronto, ON
Distance From Montreal: 5 hours and 40 minutes
Panda Express has been serving fast food Chinese dishes to satisfied customers since the early ’80s. And, if you have never tried it, why not take a weekend road trip to Toronto and add it on your to-do list!
Where: 155 Kingston Rd E, Ajax, ON
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours and 57 minutes
Applebee’s has always been on my foodie bucket list but have yet to try it out for myself.
Maybe the fact that there is one close to home means that their beef nachos with salsa verde are going to hit my lips (and my hips) sooner than I think!
Chuck E. Cheese
Where: 75 Consumers Dr bldg j, Whitby, ON
Distance From Montreal: 4 hours and 50 minutes
When I was a kid, all I wanted for my birthday was to celebrate it at Chuck E. Cheese. Now that I have grown up, it's still all I want!
Lone Star Texas Grill
Where: 4110 Innes Rd, Orléans, ON
Distance From Montreal: 2 hours and 5 minutes
Lone Star Texas Grill has hands down some of the best fajitas I have ever had. So yes, it's worth the 2-hour drive!
Fat Bastard Burrito
Where: 70 Division St, Kingston, ON
Distance From Montreal: 3 hours and 7 minutes
I was really excited to learn that just a little over 3 hours from Montreal lives a Fat Bastard Burrito.
Seriously, who doesn’t love burritos?
Where: 700 Brookdale Ave, Cornwall, ON
Distance From Montreal: 1 hour and 28 minutes
Swiss Chalet can be compared to St. Hubert (sort of). So, if you're a fan of chicken, you got to try it out for yourself!
They say that life should taste as good as Swiss Chalet… And yes, I believe it really should!
Where: 1325 Second St E, Cornwall, ON
Distance from Montreal: 1 hour and 34 minutes
Yogen Früz is one of my favourite treats whenever I am in Ontario. There is something about their frozen yogurt that keeps you wanting more!
Where: 709 Yonge St, Toronto, ON
Distance From Montreal: 5 hours and 26 minutes
I must be honest, I have never eaten Chick-Fil-A as I do not agree with its anti-queer ideologies. However, according to CNN, it is set to stop funding anti-LGBT organizations, which is a step in the right direction.
I must say, those who have eaten the chicken from there, they say it's quite impressive!
Where: Ultramar Gas Station, 715 Limoges Rd, Limoges, ON
Distance from Montreal: 1 hour 42 minutes
Coffee Style has been serving up warm coffee and sweet treats since 1963. But, what I love most is its all-day breakfast!
Where: 21 Hastings St N, Bancroft, ON
Distance from Montreal: 4 hours and 50 minutes
If you love fried chicken, you're going to love Dixie Lee. The company has been serving satisfied customers since the early ’60s and for those who haven’t tried it, you have no idea what you are missing.