Last year’s food truck pilot project was a big hit on the streets of Montreal. People gathered and waited in line for their favourite street fare and the program was extended by about a month due to its popularity. The project has been improved upon and is back this summer with better schedules, more locations and even more trucks. If you want to know where to find Montreal’s food trucks and what they’re serving, this guide to food trucks and street food in Montreal is for you…
This year’s street food season will run from May 1 to October 5, 2014. The city has granted permits to 30 food trucks, which will be scheduled to appear at 14 pre-determined locations in and around downtown, from 7am to 10:30pm, seven days a week. A daily calendar is posted on the city of Montreal website but it’s worthy to note that the truck owners are free to make up their own schedule and may not be parked at their scheduled location all day.
Here’s a list of the 14 pre-determined locations:
Seven days a week:
- Cité du multimédia (De la Commune West corner Brennan)
- Dawson College (Atwater Avenue corner De Maisonneuve West)
- McCord Museum (Victoria corner President-Kennedy)
- Parc Médéric-Martin (De Rouen street corner Du Havre)
- Place d’Armes (Saint-Jacques street corner Saint-François-Xavier)
- Quartier de la santé (Saint-Denis street south of Viger East)
- Rue Lambert-Closse (south of Boulevard René-Lévesque West)
- Square Dorchester (Metcalfe street around the park)
- Square Phillips (Cathcart street around the park)
- Square Victoria (Saint-Antoine West, between Square-Victoria and Saint-Alexandre)
- Concordia University (Mackay street north of De Maisonneuve West)
- Mont-Royal Park (Parc Avenue, across the Sir George-Étienne Cartier monument)
- Near Parc Bellerive (Fullum street north of Notre-Dame Street East) on the days of the La Ronde fireworks (June 28, July 5, 12, 16, 19, 23 and 26 and August 2)
- Place Émilie-Gamelin, every Thursday from May 22 onward
Below is the list of the 30 food trucks with city permits with links to their websites or Facebook pages:
- Alexis Le Gourmand
- Boîte à Fromages
- Les Brigands
- Café Larue & fils
- Café mobile Dispatch
- Camion Au Pied de Cochon
- Chaud Dogs
- Le Cheese
- Dim Sum Montréal
- Fous’Truck, bar à croissants
- Le Gourmand Vagabond
- Grumman ’78
- Landry & filles
- Lucky’s Truck
- Nomade So6
- Ô sœurs volantes
- P.A. & Gargantua
- La Panthère mobile
- Pas d’cochon dans mon salon
- Phoenix 1
- Le point sans g
- Le Quai roulant
- Le Super Truck
- Le Tuktuk
As you can see, the choice and variety is wide and caters to all tastes. We look forward to giving all these trucks a try this summer and here are some of the trucks that have particularly peaked our interest:
Dispatch Coffee & Café Larue et Fils: Both these coffee trucks did not get their city permits last year so we are thrilled to see them on the streets of downtown Montreal this summer. Dispatch will be serving 3rd wave coffee and decadent, fresh pastries from Hof Kelsten. Larue’s smooth coffees, Les Pops made-in-Montreal all-natural popsicles and gourmet pastries and sandwiches served out of their cute vintage blue truck are not to be missed.
Dasfoodtruck: Their specialty is the schnitzel, coated in panko (Japanese breadcrumbs), lemon zest and secret spice mix. The DBL – a double schnitzel sandwich with cheese and bacon in the middle – has become a staff and crowd favourite. Also, schnitzel poutine!
Europolonia: This adorable truck will be serving a variety of hand-made vegetable and meat pierogies served with sauerkraut and sour cream.
CRémy Mobile: The famous Montreal pastry shop now has a food truck serving sweet and savoury “big” donuts made fresh every day and filter coffee from Toi, Moi et Café.
Geneviève Grandbois: Who doesn’t like a roaming chocolate truck that caters to your every craving, especially if those cravings include a crazy and decadent chocolate-banana sandwich?
Ta pies: The cute café/bakery selling gourmet Australian savoury pies and desserts now has its very own food truck! We’re looking forward to trying some of the delicious meat pies, which have become (Australian) actor Hugh Jackman’s favourite snack when visiting Montreal.
In addition to the list of 30 trucks with city permits listed above, the following ones will also be roaming the streets of Montreal and serving food in other boroughs (outside of the downtown core) as well as festivals and in and out-of-town events.
- Bagel St-Viateur
- CRémy Mobile
- Traiteur Guru
- L’assommoir mobile
- Monsieur Crémeux
- Norman luncheonnette urbaine
- Route 27
- Saigon je me souviens
- Le smoking BBQ
- Ta pies
- Fous truck
- Meatball Montreal
- Lola’s Petits Gâteaux
- Pizza No 900
- Zeste Mobile
- Camion Queues de Castor
- Geneviève Grandbois
On top of the city’s pre-established locations, some of Montreal’s food trucks will also be present at a few other events this summer:
First Fridays: Every first Friday of the month, many food trucks gather at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium from 4 to 11pm. In addition to the trucks, there are DJs and street performers present at this “largest gathering of food trucks in Canada”.
Bouffons Montreal: The Just for Laughs festival is always a great opportunity for many of Montreal’s street food to gather up in one spot for a few days and do what they do best: feed the hungry crowd.
Les Survenants: Last year, four editions of these events happened around town. A “caravan” of food trucks along with street performers, musicians and other artists takes over a neighbourhood for a day. Watch for this year’s still unscheduled editions.
The Lachine Canal: The Canal lunches were a big hit last summer. They are back this summer with two locations to start (the intersection of De La Commune and Mills and Îlot de Charlevoix) for a daily dose of food trucks. To find out which trucks will be present on any specific day, check the Association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec’s website.
The Old Port: Montreal’s Old Port is already home to a few more stationary food street food options such as the Muvbox Lobster Roll and Porchetta, Monsieur Félix & Mr. Norton and Dic Ann’s. This summer will see the addition of Café Vito, a much-needed café dispensing great Italian-style espresso and delicious iced lattés.
Projet pilote Rosemont-La Petite Patrie: A pilot project is on this summer in the Rosemont-Petite Patrie borough. Targeting the area’s lunch crowd, 5 locations have been predetermined to receive one food truck each every day of the week from 11h30AM to 2:30PM. A sixth location (right near bar Alexandraplatz in the heart of the Mile Ex) will welcome a food truck Thursday to Saturday, 5PM to 9PM. Check the schedule on the ARRQ website.
That’s a lot to remember, so let’s make this simple: here’s a Google Map of where the trucks will be this summer and a Montreal Food Trucks Twitter list (trucks usually tweet their location), the Streetfood Mtl Website and Streetfood Mtl App, and finally the Association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec website and its handy monthly schedule of ARRQ events.
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