Canada isn't privy to some of the greasy delights available to our American neighbors to the south. Adding insult to injury, Quebec as a province also lacks some of the other fast food chains found in the rest of Canada. Well MTL Blog is voicing its woes. Here are five fast food chains that better make their way to Montreal and add to our collective waistline.
1. Jack In The Box
One thing sets Jack In The Box apart from any other burger joint in Montreal: all day breakfast. 15+ menu items will fill out your breakfast, brunch, and brinner, so you can basically eat fried eggs and melty cheese 24 hours a day. JitB is no slouch in all other foods either, with an entire menu devoted to burgers, chicken, tacos, munchies (hell ya grilled cheese!) and...salad. There's enough elixir-like grease at JitB to make up for that last part, I swear.
Macaroni and cheese is the drunk food of the future, and while NYC has caught on, Montreal is still a little bit behind. A branch of S'MAC (an abreevs of Sarita's Macaroni and Cheese) would change all that and take Montreal to cheesey 3am heaven. 12 types of M&C are on the S'MAC menu (including creative creations like Masala, Cajun, and Buffalo Chicken) with vegan options and the choice to build your own with tons of ingredient options. Montreal just needs more cheese, and you can't argue with that.
3. Ajisen Ramen
In terms of trendy food, ramen has made a splash in the Montreal food scene, but a fast food-style ramen joint like Japan's Ajisen Ramen would bridge the gap between the fancy/overpriced ramen already here and the 1 dollar-style staple of the student-diet. Affordable, filling, and friggen tasty, there's a reason why Ajisen Ramen has become a worldwide noodle vendor. Toronto has two locations, so Montreal needs at least three.
4. Square Pie
Pie is the best form for any food to come in. Naysayers can suck it, because it's true. Pie, and especially transportable hand-pies, are the best. Enter Square Pie, Britain's premiere handpie fast food chain. Savory pies go next level at Square Pie with tons of savory options (vegetarian too) and a bunch of classic British sides to boot. Montreal's TA Pie is a substitute, but everyone in Montreal needs more pie.
Cheap salty treats are in low supply in Montreal (not counting bagels), and that's why the city needs one of Germany's most popular pretzel bars, Ditsch. Crispy on the outside, fluffy on the inside, and easily as big as your face, Ditch's pretzels are praised by Germans, and as the inventors of the food, they must know their shit. And did I mention the fantastic fusion that is the pizza pretzel? Colour me convinced.
To keep things a little varied, here's one for the health-conscious among us...that is if any are reading this post. While I disagree with the concept of getting salad at a fast food joint, Chop't is my only exception, because they specialize solely in salads. Super trendy, and delicious, these are not your standard garden salad. Mandy's is already doing it well in Montreal, but the city could use more sensational salads to balance out all the poutines.
Montreal has gotten some new burrito joints (M4, Burrito Shop) but I don't think anything can fill the void of the infant-sized burritos served at Chipotle. If you've ever ventured to Toronto or the States, you know what I'm talking about. Juicy, affordable, and gigantic, Chipotle does burrito like no other.
In-N-Out Burger is a California-only burger joint, so we shouldn't feel TOO bad that Montreal doesn't have one. Regardless, we totally should since In-N-Out serves up a classic burger grilled to perfection and served with all the traditional condiments. There is also a 'Not So Secret Menu' where delectable variations can be made, such as the 4x4, with, you guessed it, four stacked beed patties to fill your mouth and your arteries.
This is not the vitamin supplement place you may have walked by in Montreal. If anything, it is the polar opposite. Adam Sandler's Little Nicky was right to cite Popeye's as 'fucking awesome!' because it fucking is. Don't think of Popeyes as a KFC clone, 'cuz this chicken is kickin' and is in a league all its own. Signature sides like mashed potatoes and biscuits grace the greasy menu, as does the fan favourite popcorn shrimp. Cruchy, tender, and hella greasy, Popeyes is the fried chicken joint Montreal needs.
10. Rices To Riches
Rice pudding isn't for everyone, but if you like it, well, you LOVE it. Rice to Riches is like the rice pudding equivalent to Ben and Jerrys, with over twenty different flavours ranging from Understanding Vanilla to Coast to Coast Cheesecake and Waltz of Wild Berries. Over ten toppings are also available to switch it up and constantly make a unique and sweet divine treat.