Known as one of the premiere dining destinations in all of North America, Montreal is an enviable fusion of the economical and sophisticated, the ethnic and avant-garde, modern delights and classic dishes. No matter your taste, this city has what you're looking for.
When in Montreal, there are a few local specialties that are as much a part of the city's culture than the French language. The two most famous are poutine and smoked meat sandwiches (beef brisket). Poutine is French fry-based dish smothered in gravy, cheese, and a meat of some sort, although vegetables are an alternative. Every local has their favorite restaurant, but La Banquise is basically the first and best; otherwise, you can find this heap of cholesterol and calories pretty much anywhere. Also of interest are the smoked meat sandwiches made famous by institutions like Schwartz's or Smoked Meat Pete, where big and tasty brisket sandwiches take center stage. If you aren't into waiting in a long line for a sandwich, there are also plenty of delis around the city, so don't despair.
For those that want to buy their own food, the Atwater and Jean-Talon Markets are huge and popular. Jean-Talon in particular is close to a number of inexpensive eateries, include a number of quality ethnic establishments. Then again, if you're one to find a prominent neighborhood and window shop, then head to the Plateau. Just west of downtown, centered around boulevard Saint-Laurent and rue Saint-Denis, there are bagel institutions (another Montreal specialty) like Fairmount Bagel, ethnic go-to's like Chao Phraya, and a ton of eateries than run the gauntlet between.
Because of Montreal's place as an international city, any traveler will have no trouble finding dishes that speak both of Montreal and of a variety of cultures, as well as numerous take-out and pizza options for the monetarily challenged. For more information, check out our restaurant listings and consider Montreal for your next foodie trip.