Nothing can stop Montrealers from getting their summertime snacks. Faced with the closure of dine-in service, El Gordo in Little Burgundy has converted into a cute little taco takeout window right on rue Notre-Dame ouest, just a few short blocks from the popular green banks of the Lachine Canal. The window is open every day of the week.
The "Tacos on the Street" counter opened in mid-May and the restaurant confirmed to MTL Blog that it will continue to serve customers even after dining rooms open in the Montreal area on June 22.
El Gordo plans to reopen its dining room, too, but hasn't set a definitive date.
In the meantime, passersby can choose from a tasty selection of menu items.
In addition to mouthwatering tacos, the El Gordo window serves nachos, guacamole, and churros.
For $3, customers can also pick up a lemonade to complement their savoury meals.
According to the latest Facebook post from the restaurant, takeout Corona and Modelo beers cost $6.
The window is open from 2:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m., Monday to Thursday, 2:00 p.m. to midnight Friday, 12:00 p.m. to midnight Saturday, and 12:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. Sunday.
It closes when it rains.
El Gordo isn't the only Sud-Ouest institution to turn to summertime takeout service, either.
After customers scarf down their tacos and nachos, they can head west along the canal to the Riverside Bar, which has opened a special ice cream truck on a lawn on the north side of the waterway.
The bar itself is still closed (there's no word yet on when bars can reopen), but the truck has become a popular hangout spot in a particularly beautiful stretch of the canal next to the ruins of the old Canada Malting plant.
The truck serves ice cream from Thursday to Sunday.