Posted on May 30th, 2010 by .

There is nothing that closes off a killer night out like a burger, some greasy fries and a soda. The fat and carbs from neon-bathed diners help to absorb the evening’s over-consumption, thus reducing the potential of an inconvenient hangover.

In fact, the restorative properties of poutine, for example, have been proven by scientists. And by “scientists” I mean “frat-boys-who-study-leisure-sciences.” And I wouldn’t necessarily trust that crowd, but their research has been an integral contribution to formulating a perfect party night. The last leg of an epic evening often ends with comfort food.

Here are 5 Montréal greasy spoons to keep your adventures fuelled.

La BANQUISE –  (994 Rachel East) – Voted #1 “Best Late-Night Eats” by Montréalers, La Banquise is Montréal’s poutine institution. In fact there are poutines that you never knew existed, such as the Kamikaze Poutine (Merguez sausage, hot peppers and Tabasco). Or if your gurgling stomach can’t take the heat, they have classic poutine down to an art form. Simple and delicious.

Le CLUB SANDWICH (1578 Sainte-Catherine East) – This classic style diner in the Gay Village features tons of table space and the comforting pulse of dance remixes. In the summer, stretch out under the stars on their patio. Go for the club sandwich. Obviously.

RAPIDO (4494 St. Denis) – The spacious orange/brown/pink booths provide the perfect cocoons to for those feeling over-stimulated from techno music excess. Expect truck-stop portions (select from the 24-hour breakfast menu) and the good chance of a crusty Russian waitress. Unlimited coffee and snarkiness included.

PIZZERIA ANGELA (1662 de Maisonneuve West) – Throughout the streets of Montréal, you’ll find “$0.99” pizza joints scattered like Celine Dion albums at a used record shop. If you’re in a pinch, they’ll suffice. However if you’re hankerin’ for quality, Angela delivers a crispy crust and generous toppings. No seriously, she’ll deliver it if you want.

AL-TAIB (2125 Guy Street) – The hot Lebanese bakery famous among students and 24-hour party people, this is a great choice for cheap, but delicious eats. The Manakish is a mainstay of the bakery, but they also serve up pizza and salads. Finish up with fresh baklava. It’s Arabic fast food done right.


This post also appeared on MatadorNights (the site covering the world’s best nightlife and eats).


  1. Cliff

    / Aug 24th

    I’m an ex- Montrealer living in Vancouver. I recently went back and passed a Carribean restaurant called Kiano on 1433 City Councillors 1 block east of the downtown Bay store. Thy had the most mind-blowing poutine- (Jamaican) jerk chicken poutine!

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