The East End of Montreal is probably one of the most underrated areas of the city. But the fact is, the east end is not only awesome (okay, I may be biased) but it also has the convenience of having everything you need just a short drive, bus ride, metro trip or walk away. Whatever you’re craving, the east end has got your back. The east end cares! So let’s get into the restaurants you just have to try while you’re in the east end. And, to make it that much easier for you, I’ve broken it down based on what you may be craving. YOU ARE WELCOME!

Photo cred - O Cantinho

1. If you’re craving Portuguese food: O Cantinho

If you want dinner at a snazzy restaurant where you have to dress up, well, this is NOT the place. It's a tiny and casual location, but what it does offer is quality food. Their menu, though small, offers a wide variety of options at various price points. I tend to gravitate toward the febras de porco everytime. Now, everyone knows that we Portuguese know how to make a kick-ass chicken (which is also delicious at this restaurant). But, if you're feeling bold, I would highly recommend the grilled octopus. It is to die for!


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2.  If you’re craving Latin American: Melchorita

If you are new to Peruvian cuisine, welcome to the dark side! Also, WHAT TOOK YOU SO LONG?! Fear not, young grasshopper, this place is the perfect place to get you started. Their menu is extensive and has something for everyone, whether new or more seasoned to Peruvian cuisine. If you are looking for something authentic, I would highly recommend one of their ceviches. However, if you aren’t very big into seafood, and the carnivore in you is seeking a little somethin’ somethin’, I would suggest the lomo saltado, which never disappoints.


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3. If you’re craving some appetizers or tapas: Tapeo

Have you ever been to a party and filled up on the hors d’oeuvres before the main meal is even served. And you’re just like, “man, I could make a meal just out of that!” Well, that is the entire premise of this restaurant. Their menu is filled with appetizer options. Go with your girlfriends, order some wine to have with your calamari, chorizo, and garlic shrimps and you’ll wind up with a night you’ll never forget... Or maybe one you’ll never remember (depending how much wine you order).


4. If you're craving some Greek: Nostos

This place, similar to Cantinho, is small but offers authentic Greek cuisine at a reasonable price. Once you’ve worked up a good appetite shopping at Marché Central, head on over to Notos and get yourself some souvlaki and tzatziki sauce. Make sure some feta is present somewhere in the meal. You’ve earned it! After all, shopping is a workout, right?


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5. If you’re craving some Asian fusion: Phuket

Phuket is the kind of place where you go in, thinking you know what you want, and then get drawn in by all the other menu options. Went in wanting sushi, came out with some chicken teriyaki leftovers. And it is a bring your own wine. BONUS!!! Am I right?


Photo cred - Yelp

6. If you’re craving all-day breakfast: Hawgs Deli & Bar

Hawgs never fails to please. It is open 24 hours and, though they have an extensive menu, I always go for their breakfast. I usually go with the classic bacon, eggs, and potato breakfast. And, I don't know about you, but breakfast is the kind of meal I can eat all day, everyday and so, I am very thankful that Hawgs is in my life.


Photo cred - Yelp

7. If you’re craving something greasy: Deli Plus

Now, I cheated a little here because I've never actually gone into this restaurant but I have ordered in from them more times than I care to admit.  It. Is. Awesome!  Your typical greasy spoon.  I would highly recommend their subs. Definitely drool worthy!


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8. If you’re craving some poutine: Poutineville

Some of you may have never heard of Poutineville. And to you, I say, “have you been living under a rock?!” Anyways, there is one on Belanger, which is close enough that I am able to include it in this list, which is lucky for you because, if you haven’t been, you need to get there ASAP. Poutineville not only has your classic as well as specialty poutines, but they also allow you to create your own! Do you want French fries or crushed potatoes? What kind of cheese would like? And while we’re at it, pick whatever meat and veggie toppings you’d like! It is poutine, RE-INVENTED!


Photo cred - Prima Luna

9. If you’re craving some Italian: Prima Luna

Now, if you know me well enough, you know that I’m not big on pasta. But even I can admit that Prima Luna is definitely a must-try for fine Italian cuisine. It’s Italian-friend approved. Need I say more?


Photo cred - Trip Advisor

10. If you’re craving some sushi: Yoko Sushi Lounge

I have had the misfortune in my life to be one of the only people I know to like sushi. Seriously, with the exception of about 4 people, no one else in my life really like sushi, which means I don’t often get to eat sushi. But when I do, and I’m in the east end, a visit to Yoko is definitely made. It has an amazing ambiance and the sushi just can't be beat anywhere else in the east end. How can you go wrong really?


Photo cred - Yelp

11. If you’re craving some dessert: Gastronomia Roberto

Not a whole lot of people know about this place, which is a damn shame! Once you are done stuffing your face with all the delicious food listed above, go to Roberto’s and have some refreshing gelato. I am guilty of going in to get a litre of their baci ice cream, which is my number one most recommended item on the menu. It is what dreams are made of! Roberto’s also has a delicious Italian restaurant upstairs as well as a deli right next door. Talk about convenient!

Do you agree? Are there any East End restaurants you feel should be on this list?

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