There are so many restaurants in Montreal that it can be hard to decide where, or what, to eat. There are just so many options: Montreal is a melting pot of different cultures, and the city offers a wide variety of cuisines.\nMany people who come to the city find themselves overwhelmed with choice. We've tried to make this choice a little easier by rounding up a list of the must-tries in the city.\nWhether you're a tourist, new to the city or have lived here your entire life, here is a list of the foods you can't leave Montreal without trying.\nEditor's Choice: 11 Montreal Restaurants That Opened In 2020 That You Have To Order From\nMontreal "steamies"\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by I love Mtl (@i_love_mtl)\nThe classic Montreal hot dog is a favourite for a reason: the soft, chewy bun with a steamed sausage and some delicious condiments make for the ultimate summer classic.\nOrange Julep\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Heather Legge (@heather_.ashley)\nThis institution is so iconic in the city that it's hardly necessary to explain why it deserves a spot on this list. Their iconic drink, made with oranges, dairy and egg whites, has been around since the restaurant's opening in 1932.\nYou can watch our video about the famous store here.\nPortuguese chicken\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Ma Poule Mouillée (@mapoulemouillee)\n"Portuguese chicken" may not be exactly synonymous with "great Montreal food." But Montreal has a thriving Portuguese community, and we have a ton of restaurants that offer Piri-Piri chicken. Romados and Ma Poule Mouillée are two favourites.\nTwo Chow\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by @missnewfoodie_\nAlright, before you get mad at me in the comments, this is a list of the foods you can't leave the city without trying, not the best food in the city. Because is there anything more #MTL than scarfing down some $2 noodles after a night out on St-Lo?\nBagels\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Joffe // Jo (@oneina_millennial)\nOf course, this list wouldn't be complete without this entry. Whether you're team St-Viateur or team Fairmount, you have to agree on one thing: Montreal bagels are the best.\n"New Canadian" cuisine\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by David Hayfield McMillan (@joebeefmtl)\nThere has been a revival in classic Canadian cuisine. Restaurants like Joe Beef and Manitoba are championing the farm-to-table approach and re-kindling our interest in classic recipes.\nSmoked Meat\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Adrian Leung (@carfield76)\nInstitutions like Schwartz's have given Montreal a worldwide reputation for smoked meat. The delicious, tender meat is served hot or cold in rye bread, with mustard and (optional) pickles. A true delight.\nPoutine\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Michael Hartford (@mthartford)\nObviously, this Montreal mainstay is included on the list. Though the cheesy, gooey dish is found in diners across Canada, the best poutines are undoubtedly in Quebec. Some of the best poutines are in the least glamorous locations: think small, family-owned diners.\nQueue de Castor\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Vivian Wang (@weywey.wang)\nYes, this company has locations throughout Canada, but the pastry is everywhere in the city: one of the busiest locations is in the Old Port, where tourists line up at all times of the day to get a sweet treat.\nRotisserie Chicken\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by St-Hubert (@sthubert)\nThere's a lot of great chicken in the city. If Portuguese chicken isn't your thing, you should give regular old rotisserie chicken a try. Though it isn't the best chicken in town, St-Hubert is a Québécois classic and something that we've all eaten at some point.\nNatas\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Ma Poule Mouillée (@mapoulemouillee)\nThanks to the abovementioned Portuguese community, the city is #blessed with a ton of spots to eat great natas. Read this article for our favourites.\nBoustan\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by BOUSTAN (@boustanrestaurant)\nAgain: this may not be the best food, but it sure is a Montreal classic. Shawarma after a night out? Yes, please.\nStreet food\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Montreal Food Trucks (@mtlfoodtrucks)\nMontreal has no shortage of street food: food trucks line the streets in the Old Port. We even have a monthly event dedicated to food trucks, called First Fridays.\nDonut holes\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Mr.Puffs (@mrpuffscanada)\nThe ever-popular Timbit and all of its imitators have a special place in the heart of Montrealers. If Tim Hortons isn't your deal, try a donut hole at Mr. Puffs, a Montreal-based company.\nMaple-syrup derived products\nView this post on Instagram A post shared by Lachance Maple Syrup (@lachancemaplesyrup)\nThough Canada is generally synonymous with maple syrup, the bulk of the sweet syrup is produced in Quebec. We have a ton of maple syrup products like cookies, butters and toffee. It's the best if you have a sweet tooth.