Breakfast, Lunch and Dinner on the Cheap in Montreal

What's New — By Zanni Davis on April 29, 2010 at 11:23 pm

Montreal’s restaurant selection is only rivaled by New York or San Francisco in terms of variety. Everything from greasy spoons to extravagant five star dining, Montreal has choices for every cuisine and price point. Since we can’t possibly feature all of these in one post, here is a list of places you can try for breakfast, lunch, or dinner that won’t leave your tummy or your wallet empty.

Breakfast

For something a little off the beaten path head to Cluny ArtBar. The converted warehouse is industrial chic with spectacular breakfasts and brunch. Let the tasty and ever changing seasonal menu of breakfast standards be your muse and wash it all down with a cafe au lait. You will be inspired to search the city after this fulfilling meal.

Lunch

After the hours of sightseeing or that trek through Mont Royal you should have rebuilt your appetite. You absolutely cannot miss eating at Schwartz’s Delicatessen, a Montreal landmark. This is the place to have a traditional Montreal style smoked meat sandwich, similar to a Jewish deli pastrami in New York. What Schwartz’s lacks in ambiance and hospitality it makes up in its towering sandwiches and perfectly fried french fries. The line is usually large so go before you are starved and your patience will be justly rewarded.

Dinner

After a day scheduled around eating you are probably thinking how could I possibly fit in dinner? Well you better save room because Laloux is waiting for you. Its French cuisine with Montreal flair all done inexpensively. The atmosphere is super romantic with a distinct Parisian vibe, sit on the terrace in summer and enjoy a lovely white wine from their extensive, mostly French wine list.

Dessert

We wouldn’t let you eat all day and then not include a sweet dessert! You can’t miss out on another Montreal institution, Rockaberry. If Marie Antoinette had said “Let them eat pie!” instead of cake she would have been talking about this place. Of course Rockaberry’s wasn’t around in 17th Century France, but you get the gist. Flavors like Toblerone, Oreo Fudge and Chocolate Banana Split will have you coming back to try a new slice every day. They also serve up coffee, cocktails, wine and beer if this is just the start to your sweet night.

Images: Moriza/Flickr, Joel Mann/Flickr, Photo Courtesy of Laloux Restaurant, David Leggett/Flickr

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