Having a good butcher is essential to all meat-eaters. Not only do butchers provide better quality meats than what you'd get prepackaged at a grocery store, there's also that quaint and cute quality that comes from visiting your local butcher. If you don't have a go-to butcher yet, we've fashioned a list of some of the best butchers Montreal has to offer. Check 'em out.
Atwater Market owns it when it comes to butchers. Jean Talon is great for cheese, but Atwater owns the butcher scene, with two great shops to get your meat. Boucherier de Tours is famous for French cuts and very enticing specialty products. Boucherie A. Belager et Fils has been around for over 90 years, and with a reputation among even the best chefs, you know its got good stuff.Family-run and friendly, Chez Vito is Mile End's best butcher shop. Pre-marinated steaks and homemade sausages, along with anything else you may need, are all available. So is some solid coffee if you need a quick pick me up while gabbing your meats.Super cheap and delicious, Boucherie de Paris is perfect for students, and everyone else. Along with a full butcher counter, Boucherie de Paris has delicious sandwiches and imported French products, all at very fair prices.A frontrunner in the "who has the best smoked meat" debate, Quebec Smoked Meat is fast, affordable, and also boasts what some claim as the best brisket in the city. Grab a smoked meat sandwich with Polish mustard and see if Quebec Smoked Meat can hold its own against Schwartz's.You can get sandwiches at almost any butcher, but where can you get a bag of ribs to go ad ready to eat on the fly? Well, at Boucherie Lawrence, which serves a big bag of ribs for $12, a loaf of sourdough bread included. Accessible and serving locally raised animal, as well as all other products from local producers, Bouchereri Lawrence is the modern local meat shop.Technically PA is a supermarket, and not solely a butcher, but they do have a butcher counter, and no one can argue against the amazing deals PA offers on everything in the store. A one stop shop for fresh and cheap produce, dairy, and meats, PA does it all.Get some great Alberta steaks at Charuterie Fairmount, along with amazing bacon and anything meat-related. The dried sausages in the window add to the atmosphere of this local butcher with friendly staff and great products.From basics to specialty cuts, Boucherie AGA has a huge selection of meats. You'll be able to find any cut you're looking for, along with an array of specialty products, such as Sarullo extra virgin olive oil imported straight from Italy.
Atwater Market: Boucherie de Tours + Boucherie A. Belanger et Fils
Boucherie de Paris
Quebec Smoked Meat
Did your favourite butcher make the list, or was it left out? Either way, tell us so in the comments below.
La Maison Onyx is a pop-up that will run between July and October, giving marginalized chefs a stage to showcase their culinary expertise. Up first is Saint-Henri's Tropikàl Restobar, a Caribbean and Afro-Latin restaurant, which will be there from July 7 to July 27.
Tropikàl will be followed by Maquis Yasolo, an Afro-Québécoise restaurant in Saint-Henri. Later, MasterChef Canada’s Marissa Leon-John of Elle Jay’s Private Dining and Afro-Vegan chef Evy Mendes of Cantine Toca Toca will be serving up delicious eats.
La Maison Onyx is an initiative by DESTA Food, a Black youth network and non-profit business incubator for Black businesses.
According to a DESTA Food statement, La Maison Onyx will feature street food-style menus using local Quebec products, chef-led market tours at Jean-Talon Market, and on-site food demonstrations.
More chefs and Montreal restaurants will be announced in the coming weeks and months.
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MTLàTABLE is back with set menus at your favourite eateries!
MTLàTABLE is back this year, and around 100 Montreal restaurants are participating in the city-wide food festival between June and October. You can get three-course meals at some of the city's best eateries starting at $20.
MTLàTABLE has revamped its format for 2021 complete with table d'hôte menus, fresh local produce and prizes you can win for simply dining out.
You can filter your preferences by neighbourhood, price, cuisine and more.
Contests & weekly draws
Each meal you buy at the festival's participating restaurants makes you eligible to win one of five weekly draw prizes like a $50 SAQ gift card and a $75 pre-paid VISA card to spend at the participating restaurants.
There are also eight 'Food & Fun Packages' to be won throughout the event, which include two nights in a Montreal hotel.
All you have to do is scan a restaurant's QR code every time you visit to earn a 'fork' and participate in the weekly draw.
Quebec-grown produce & food products
This year's edition of the festival will also focus on fresh seasonal harvests in Quebec, with recipes tailored to in-season produce.
In June and July, restaurants will serve dishes with beets from the Montérégie region, strawberries from Île d’Orléans and raspberries from the Eastern Townships, as well as broccoli from the Capitale-Nationale region, zucchini from the Laurentians and other green vegetables from Quebec.
In August, field tomatoes, leeks, blueberries, and green beans from across the province — from Bas-Saint-Laurent to Lanaudière — will adorn restaurant plates across Montreal.
In September and October, the fall harvest begins, and restaurants will serve soups and stews that include Quebec carrots, morels, oyster mushrooms, eggplants and acorn squash.
Autumn brings the return of apples to Quebec orchards, and restaurants will make use of locally-grown apples on their dishes toward the end of the festival.
Why You Need To Go: Pizza Adamo is well known for serving some of the best pizza in Saint-Henri. You may have to give the smoked meat, pickle and mustard pizza a chance — it's as surprising as it is delicious.
Why You Need To Go: Just when you thought pizza couldn't get any more exciting, Les Garnements proves you wrong. Not only do they have bright and colourful dough, but the toppings are too good to be true: cheese sticks, fried chicken, kimchi, giant pieces of bacon... yes, please.
Why You Need To Go: Michigan is a new pizza counter inspired by the Detroit Style Pizza (DSP). It features a square or rectangular shape, soft and light dough, and a crispy edge of caramelized cheese. In short, it melts in your mouth.
Why You Need To Go: During La Pizza Week 2021, Alto's Meat Lover won first prize in Montreal, according to public votes, and also placed third in Canada. With pepperoni, capicollo, smoked meat, bacon, minced meat, ham and Sicilian Italian sausage, it's not hard to imagine why it won.
Why You Need To Go: Pizza is not only a meal, it can also be a decadent dessert with Montreal Pizz'Cookies, which makes sweet pizzas. Cookies 'n' cream, Kinder Bueno, Kit Kat, S'mores... There's something for everyone.