There’s been quite a bit of controversy surrounding the lifting of the ban on street food in Montreal. As food trucks are only allowed to exist if they have a production kitchen or a restaurant it makes it hard for the lower classes to open a food truck when in other cities that’s what food trucks are all about. Vice seems to think it is a “Symbolic Fuck You to Poor People and Immigrants” and while I understand that Montreal’s food trucks aren’t accessible for someone starting with a low income the aim seems to be different then normal street food. It’s less about the standard hot dog you find at a food stand and more about culinary fusion, independent local businesses, and high food quality. So yes it doesn’t have the accessibility that is normally possible with street food but it does allow local business to thrive. And this might just be the first step in allowing more accessibility to food trucks.
I’m now going to shut up about the politics and tell you what you really want to hear: where to eat until your face is stuffed like a pig at a county fair.
Do you ever go by the motto “Every Tuesday should be Taco Tuesday” then Grumman ’78 is the place to be. The first taco truck in Montreal, there food is light, fresh and splattered with spices. Their Tacos curry d’agneau is the most delectable lamb tacos I’ve ever laid my mouth upon. Go eat one and see for yourself.
Next up was Dim Sum.
“Dim Sum MTL is my new favourite hangover food. Indulging in a sampler platter of steamed shrimp dumplings, pork meatball, and steamed BBQ pork bun. All three varieties of dim sum were delicious, and dressed with soy sauce and sriracha, it was a perfect, salty alternative to the classic diner hungover meal. Each type of dim sum we sampled was made larger than I’ve ever seen- each dumpling lasted at least 2 bites, and the meatball and bun were 3-biters, so don’t worry- you get a really good bang for your buck at this truck. Though I’d never seen Dim sum on the go, this guy clearly knows what he’s doing.” – Dahlia Snaiderman
Want to stick some balls in your mouth? Well Meatball Montreal has the best meat for your mouth to wrap itself around in Montreal. I got the classic meatball drizzled in tomato sauce topped with fried cheese and fresh basil. Serious cheese-gasm. You can also pimp up your dish by getting the pimped classic which comes with parmesan fondue. Can someone say PIMP JUICE?
“Our last stop for salty food was Apollo. The grilled cheese we tried here was fancy as fuck- Brie and duck confit. Though the inside was slightly colder than we’d have liked, the melty Brie and mad flavourful duck were amazing unexpected grilled cheese fillings. The other varieties looked extremely appealing as well, creative and cheesy, but by this point of the day we were ready to waddle home.” –Dahlia Snaiderman
If you want to be taken back to your days of gallivanting around Paris Marius et Fanny Patisserie Provencale is the place to go. Their shtick is Macarons not Macaroons, so shut up and learn the difference.
Now that you’ve just eaten 10 pounds of food and you want a second dessert hit up Guafrabec. There’s chocolate banana waffles are like gizz in your mouth…. Okay there actually much more tasty than that. Seriously though I haven’t had waffles this mouth-watering since I was last in Belgium.
And the finish things off for your evening hit Dispatch for some delicious espresso prepared by ever-gorgeous Late artists. While Vice seems to think the new food truck crisis is ONLY helping upper-class restaurants, the coffee game is a little different. Dispatch is a small truck that can only exist at festivals for the moment. It’s the little guy that’s trying to compete with the coffee lord (Starbucks.) Check out there schedule here and hit em’ up to support your local coffee workers.
Just For Laughs had a whole village of food carts to comp on and I left the festival grounds feeling like the food cow just crushed me.
Delicious Diablos Fried Pickles w/ garlic dip
Pastaga refreshing Ice Cream Drank
Photo Credits: Nicola Storey