Best of MTL 2013: Food & Drink


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Like it or not, we’re in the age of the foodie. Sure, Montrealers have always been serious about grub, but our current obsession with it is unprecedented. Just look to the Habs intro video, where ubiquitous Joe Beef co-owner Dave McMillan’s mug is included in a sequence of local luminaries, to see why. Our archaic street food laws were finally relaxed this year. We have decent (if not always authentic) barbecue and tacos. Caffeine-addled hipsters now get their fix on pour-over brews from third-wave joints. And we debate the age-old question of Schwartz’s vs. the Main (No. 1 and No. 2, respectively, in Best Smoked Meat) in the same breath we do Kazu vs. Imadake (first and second in Best Japanese). But despite our worldlier outlook, we still get shit wrong. That’s why Bartek Komorowski is here to critique our rankings and to teach us all a lesson in taste (in his column Culinary Dictum, immediately following these results in the paper and expanded digital download).

Best New Restaurant
1 Dinette Triple Crown (6704 Clark)
2 EVOO (3426 Notre-Dame W.)
3 Blackstrap BBQ (4436 Wellington)
4 Satay Brothers (138 Atwater)
5 Maison Publique (4720 Marquette)

Best New Food Trend
1 Food trucks
2 Tacos
3 Vegan
4 Doughnuts
5 Mexican

Best Pub Grub
1 Ye OIde Orchard (various locations)
2 Burgundy Lion (2496 Notre-Dame W.)
3 Notre Dame des Quilles (32 Beaubien E.)
4 McKibbins Irish Pub (various locations)
5 Irish Embassy Pub & Grill (1234 Bishop)

Best Cheap Eats
1 Patati Patata (4177 St-Laurent)
2 Nilufar (1923 Ste-Catherine W.)
3 Cosmos (5843 Sherbrooke W.)
4 La Belle Province (various locations)
5 Notre Dame des Quilles (32 Beaubien E.)

Best Late-Night Eats
1 La Banquise (994 Rachel E.)
2 Nouveau Palais (281 Bernard W.)
3 Notre Dame des Quilles (32 Beaubien E.)
4 Chez Claudette (351 Laurier E.)
5 Boustan (2020A Crescent)

Best Breakfast
1 Le Vieux Vélo (59 Beaubien E.)
2 Bagels Etc… (4320 St-Laurent)
3 Sparrow (5322 St-Laurent)
4 Chez Cora (various locations)
5 Cosmos (5843 Sherbrooke W.)

Best Food Truck
1 Grumman ‘78
2 Dispatch Coffee
3 Nouveau Palais’s Winneburger
4 Pas d’cochon dans mon salon
5 Marché 27

Best Delivery
1 Chak Wow (438-862-6134)
2 Pizza Pizza (514-737-1111)
3 Chef on Call (514-844-2044)
4 Velo Burrito (438-765-7868)
5 Domino’s Pizza (various numbers)

Best African
1 Le Nil Bleu (3706 St-Denis)
2 East Africa (5893 Sherbrooke W.)
3 La Khaima (142 Fairmount W.)
4 Au Tarot (500 Marie-Anne E.)
5 Au Coin Berbère (73 Duluth E.)

Best Caribbean
1 Le Jardin du Cari (5554 St-Laurent)
2 Caribbean Curry House (6892 Victoria)
3 Cuisine Caraïbe Delite (4816 Parc)
4 Mango Bay (1202 Bishop)
5 Anancy (6587 Somerled)

Best Chinese
1 La Maison Kam Fung (1111 St-Urbain)
2 La Maison VIP (1077 Clark)
3 Mon Shing (90 de la Gauchetière W.)
4 Beijing (92 de la Gauchetière W.)
5 Qinghua (1676 Lincoln)

Best Eastern European/Russian
1 Euro-Deli Batory (115 St-Viateur W.)
2 Stash Café (200 St-Paul W.)
3 Mazurka (RIP)
4 La Caverne (5184 Côte-des-Neiges)
5 Chez Boris (5151 Parc)

Best French
1 L’Express (3929 St-Denis)
2 Les Deux Singes de Montarvie (176 St-Viateur W.)
3 Le P’tit Plateau (330 Marie-Anne E.)
4 Toqué! (900 Place Jean-Paul-Riopelle)
5 Au Pied de Cochon (536 Duluth E.)

Best Greek
1 Milos (5357 Parc)
2 Arahova (various locations)
3 Marathon Souvlaki (various locations)
4 Mythos (5318 Parc)
5 Tripoli (679 St-Roch)

Best Indian
1 Bombay Mahal (1001 Jean-Talon W.)
2 Indian Curry House (996 Jean-Talon W.)
3 Pushap (various locations)
4 Chef Guru (various locations)
5 Mysore (4216 St-Laurent)

Best Italian
1 Pizzeria Napoletana (189 Dante)
2 Bottega Pizzeria (65 St-Zotique E.)
3 Da Emma (777 Commune W.)
4 Nora Gray (1391 St-Jacques)
5 Lucca (12 Dante)

Best Japanese
1 Kazu (1862 Ste-Catherine W.)
2 Imadake (4006 Ste-Catherine W.)
3 Mikado (various locations)
4 Big in Japan (3723 St-Laurent)
5 Soba (5227 Sherbrooke W.)

Best Korean
1 Omma (177 Bernard W.)
2 Bulgogi House (2127 Ste-Catherine W.)
3 5000 Ans (various locations)
4 Chez Bong (1021 St-Laurent)
5 Miga (432 Rachel E.)

Best Latin-American
1 La Carreta (350 St-Zotique E.)
2 Arepera du Plateau (4050 Bullion)
3 La Chilenita (various locations)
4 Bocadillo (various locations)
5 Los Planes (531 Bélanger)

Best Mexican
1 Ta Chido (5611 Parc)
2 El Rey del Taco (232 Jean-Talon E.)
3 Carlos & Pepe’s (1420 Peel)
4 Tequila Taco House (2 Sherbrooke E.)
5 La Matraca (4607 St-Denis)

Best Middle- Eastern
1 Boustan (2020A Crescent)
2 Kaza Maza (4629 Parc)
3 Damas (5210 Parc)
4 Rumi (5198 Hutchison)
5 Amir (various locations)

Best Portuguese
1 Rotisserie Romados (115 Rachel E.)
2 Chez Doval (150 Marie-Anne E.)
3 Ferreira Café (1446 Peel)
4 Piri Piri (various locations)
5 Portus Calle (4281 St-Laurent)

Best Spanish
1 La Sala Rosa (4848 St-Laurent)
2 Club Espagnol (4388 St-Laurent)
3 Pintxo (256 Roy E.)
4 Casa Tapas (266 Rachel E.)
5 Tapeo (511 Villeray)

Best Thai
1 Chao Phraya (50 Laurier W.)
2 Thailande (88 Bernard W.)
3 ChuChai (4088 St-Denis)
4 Chak Wow (delivery only, 438-862-6134)
5 Bangkok (1616 Ste-Catherine W.)

Best Vietnamese
1 Restaurant Pho Tay Ho (6414 St-Denis)
2 Café Saigon (1280 St-André)
3 Pho Lien (5703 Côte-des-Neiges)
4 Pho Bang New York (1001 St-Laurent)
5 N’guyen (1612 Fleury)

Best Bagel
1 St-Viateur Bagel (various locations)
2 Fairmount Bagel (74 Fairmount W.)
3 D.A.D.’s Bagel (5732 Sherbrooke W.)
4 Brossard Bagel (various locations)
5 Beaubien Bagel (828 Beaubien E.)

Best BBQ Chicken
1 Rotisserie Romados (115 Rachel E.)
2 Rotisserie le Chalet Bar-B-Q (5456 Sherbrooke W.)
3 Coco Rico (3907 St-Laurent)
4 Rotisserie Portugalia (34 Rachel W.)
5 Serrano Bar-B-Q (161 St-Viateur W.)

Best Burger
1 Five Guys Burgers and Fries (various locations)
2 Buns (various locations)
3 Nouveau Palais (281 Bernard W.)
4 Le Gourmet Burger (1433 Bishop)
5 Patati Patata (4177 St-Laurent)

Best Falafel
1 La Panthère Verte (various locations)
2 Boustan (2020A Crescent)
3 Nilufar (1923 Ste-Catherine W.)
4 Amir (various locations)
5 Rumi (5198 Hutchinson)

Best Fish & Chips
1 Brit & Chips (various locations)
2 Comptoir 21 (various locations)
3 Burgundy Lion (2496 Notre-Dame W.)
4 Fiddler’s Green Irish Pub (1224 Bishop)
5 McKibbins Irish Pub (various locations)

Best Fries
1 Patati Patata (4177 St-Laurent)
2 Lafleur (various locations)
3 McDonald’s (various locations)
4 Nouveau Système (323 Beaubien E.)
5 La Belle Province (various locations)

Best Hot Dogs
1 Lafleur (various locations)
2 La Belle Province (various locations)
3 Montreal Pool Room (1217 St-Laurent)
4 Decarie Hot Dog (953 Décarie)
5 Café Sardine (9 Fairmount E.)

Best Noodles
1 Noodle Factory (1018 St-Urbain)
2 Just Noodles (various locations)
3 Soupe et Nouilles (1871 Ste-Catherine W.)
4 Ramen Misoya (2065A Bishop)
5 Nudo (1055 St-Laurent)

Best Pizza
1 Pizzeria Magpie (16 Maguire)
2 Pizzeria Napoletana (189 Dante)
3 Bottega Pizzeria (65 St-Zotique E.)
4 Domino’s Pizza (various locations)
5 Pizza du Parc (4827 Parc)

Best Poutine
1 La Banquise (994 Rachel E.)
2 Poutineville (various locations)
3 Chez Claudette (351 Laurier E.)
4 Le Resto du Village (1310 Wolfe)
5 Chef Guru (various locations)

Best Ribs
1 Bâton Rouge (various locations)
2 Bar-B-Barn (1201 Guy)
3 Bofinger (various locations)
4 Blackstrap BBQ (4436 Wellington)
5 Restaurant le Boucan (1886 Notre-Dame W.)

Best Sandwich
1 Dagwoods (various locations)
2 Café Santropol (3990 St-Urbain)
3 Dépanneur le Pick-Up (7032 Waverly)
4 Aux Vivres (4631 St-Laurent)
5 Notre Dame des Quilles (32 Beaubien E.)

Best Seafood
1 Milos (5357 Parc)
2 Sirène de la Mer (various locations)
3 La Sala Rosa (4848 St-Laurent)
4 Garde Manger (408 St-François Xavier)
5 Le Bremner (361 St-Paul E.)

Best Smoked Meat
1 Schwartz’s (3895 St-Laurent)
2 The Main (3864 St-Laurent)
3 Dunn’s Famous (various locations)
4 Lester’s Deli (various locations)
5 Smoke Meat Pete (283 1st Ave, Île Perrot)

Best Soup
1 SoupeSoup (various locations)
2 Dagwoods (various locations)
3 Marché Soupson (149 Jean-Talon W.)
4 Pho Bang New York (1001 St-Laurent)
5 Café Santropol (3990 St-Urbain)

Best Souvlaki
1 Arahova (various locations)
2 Souvlaki George (6995 Monkland)
3 Marathon Souvlaki (various locations)
4 Souvlaki Village Grec (654 Jean-Talon W.)
5 Villa du Souvlaki (5347 Sherbrooke W.)

Best Steak
1 Moishes Steakhouse (3961 St-Laurent)
2 The Keg (5 Place Ville Marie)
3 Steak Frites (various locations)
4 Joe Beef (2491 Notre-Dame W.)
5 Queue de Cheval Steakhouse (1234 de la Montagne)

Best Tapas
1 La Sala Rosa (4848 St-Laurent)
2 Pinxto (256 Roy E.)
3 Casa Tapas (266 Rachel E.)
4 Taza Flores (5375 Parc)
5 Club Espagnol (4388 St-Laurent)

Best Vegetarian
1 Aux Vivres (4631 St-Laurent)
2 La Panthère Verte (various locations)
3 Lola Rosa (various locations)
4 Lumière du Mile End (214 Bernard W.)
5 ChuChai (4088 St-Denis)

Best Locally Brewed Beer
1 Dieu du Ciel
2 St. Ambroise
3 Brutopia
4 Cheval Blanc
5 Benelux

Best Bakery
1 Boulangerie Guillaume (17 Fairmount E.)
2 Première Moisson (various locations)
3 Patisserie de Gascogne (various locations)
4 Samos Bakery (201 Beaubien E.)
5 Le Paltoquet (1464 Van Horne)

Best Coffee
1 Café Myriade (1432 MacKay)
2 Café Olimpico (124 St-Viateur W.)
3 Starbucks (various locations)
4 Café Club Social (180 St-Viateur W.)
5 Café Névé (151 Rachel E.)

Best Non-Chain Coffee
1 Café Olimpico (124 St-Viateur W.)
2 Café Myriade (1432 MacKay)
3 Café Club Social (180 St-Viateur W.)
4 Pikolo Espresso Bar (3418 Parc)
5 Café Névé (151 Rachel E.)

Best Teahouse
1 Camellia Sinensis Teahouse (various locations)
2 David’s Tea (various locations)
3 Maison de Thé Cha Noir (4646 Wellington)
4 Fuchsia Epicerie Fleur (4050 Coloniale)
5 Thé Kiosque (1428 Mackay)

Best Fromagerie
1 La Fromagerie Hamel (various locations)
2 Fromagerie Atwater (134 Atwater)
3 Fromagerie Copette et Cie (4650 Wellington)
4 La Foumagerie (4906 Sherbrooke W.)
5 La Vieille Europe (3855 St-Laurent)

Best Ice Cream
1 Le Glacier Bilboquet (various locations)
2 Ripples (3880 St-Laurent)
3 Kem CoBa (60 Fairmount W.)
4 Havre aux glaces (various locations)
5 Dairy Queen (various locations)

Best Chocolates/ Sweets
1 Juliette et Chocolat (various locations)
2 Cocoa Locale (4807 Parc)
3 Chocolats Geneviève Grandbois (various locations)
4 Suite 88 (1225 de Maisonneuve W.)
5 Chocolats de Chloé (546 Duluth E.)

Best Butcher
1 La Maison du Rôti (1969 Mont-Royal E.)
2 Latina (185 St-Viateur W.)
3 Spécialité Slovenia Boucherie Charcuterie (3653 St-Laurent)
4 Charcuterie Fairmount (3833 St-Laurent)
5 Boucherie & Epicerie Soares & Fils (130 Duluth E.)

Best Vegetable/ Fruit Stand
1 Jean-Talon Market (7070 Henri-Julien)
2 Fruiterie Mile-End (5686 Parc)
3 Atwater Market (138 Atwater)
4 Fruiterie Val-Mont (2147 Mont-Royal E.)
5 Maison Sami T A Fruit (8200 19E)

Best Organic Produce Store
1 Marché Tau (4238 St-Denis)
2 Rachelle-Béry (various locations)
3 Bio Terre (201 St-Viateur W.)
4 Frigo Vert (2130 MacKay)
5 Mondiana (3960 Bélanger)

Best Fishmonger
1 Poissonnerie Nouveau Falero (5726 Parc)
2 Poissonnerie du Marché Atwater (138 Atwater)
3 La Mer (1840 René-Lévesque)
4 Odessa Poissonnier (4900 Molson)
5 Poissonnerie Aqua Mare (7070 Henri-Julien)

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