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Landry et Filles, Nomade SO6, Chaud Dogs, Grumman 78, Zoe’s

A version of this article was first written for the Tourisme Montreal blog.

I wrote an updated 2014 comprehensive article here.

The street food movement in Montreal is still in its embryonic stage. The city has recently lifted a 66-year ban on street food and has actively been working on a pilot project, which will be put to the test this coming summer.

Last year, a handful of avant-garde trucks roamed the streets of Montreal all summer long, parking at the many outdoor festivals and events taking place around town. Most of last year’s trucks – including crowd favourites Grumman78, Nouveau Palais’s Winneburger, Pas d’cochon dans mon salon and Monsieur Crémeux – are already back on the streets this season doing the same thing.

The whole street food movement in Montreal can be a bit complicated to understand so I will try and simplify it as much as possible. There are basically two groups of trucks, those with permits from the city (27 of them) and those without. The trucks with permits can be found rotating around the following 9 pre-determined spots, seven days a week, from June 20 to September 29 (amendment: a decision was made on September 12th to prolong this project until November 3rd), from 7AM to 10PM:

  • Mont-Royal Park near the belvedere (2 spots)
  • Mont-Royal Park near the Sir George-Étienne-Cartier monument (2 spots on the west side of Parc Avenue)
  • Square Victoria (2 spots on the north side of Saint-Antoine West, west of Gauvin street)
  • Place du Canada (2 spots on Cathedral street, south of René-Lévesque Boulevard West)
  • Cité du multimédia (2 spots on de la Commune West, south of the Brennan and Prince streets intersection)
  • On Victoria near the McCord Museum (1 spot on the east side of Victoria street, between Sherbrooke Street and President-Kennedy)
  • On McTavish near McGill (1 spot on the west side of McTavish, north of Sherbrooke Street)
  • Place Émilie-Gamelin (3 spots)
  • On Peel near the ETS (2 spots on the east side of Peel street, between Saint-Jacques and Notre-Dame)
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Landry et Filles, P. A. Gargantua, Nomade SO6, Lucille’s, Au Pied de Cochon

Trucks with a city permit:

  1. Alexis Le Gourmand
    Not yet determined
  2. L’Assommoir Mobile
    Not yet determined
  3. La boîte à fromages
    Raclette
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  4. Camion Au Pied de Cochon
    Doughnuts, pork sandwiches, foie gras poutine
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  5. Cartel Mobile
    International street food items
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  6. Chaud Dogs
    Hand crafted gourmet hot dogs
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  7. Lucky’s Truck
    Duck poutine, mac and cheese arancini, shrimp rolls, ice cream sandwiches, whoopie pies and more
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  8. Gaufrabec
    Waffles
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  9. Le Gourmand Vagabond
    French-inspired sandwiches
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  10. Grumman ’78
    The original taco truck
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  11. Landry & Filles
    Stuffed ployes, a type of pancake or crêpe
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  12. Lapin!
    Not yet determined
    Follow them on: Facebook
  13. Lucille’s Seafood Company
    Lobster rolls, oysters, sustainable fish and seafood
    Follow them on: Twitter
  14. Nomade SO6
    Artisanal, all-natural sausages
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  15. Ô soeurs volantes
    Not yet determined
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  16. P.A. & Gargantua
    Gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  17. La Panthère Mobile
    Vegan food
    Follow them on: Facebook
  18. Phoenix 1
    “Comfort & eclectic cuisine” – ie, braised pork, tandoori chicken, etc.
    Follow them on: Facebook
  19. Le point sans g
    Gluten-free food
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  20. Le Quai roulant
    Surf & turf with artisanal sausages from Ils en fument du bon
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  21. Route 27 (from Marché 27 restaurant)
    Meat and fish tartares, fries, salads
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  22. Roux (from Fabergé restaurant)
    Fries and dipping sauces, sandwiches
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  23. St-Viateur Bagel
    Bagels
    Follow them on: Facebook
  24. Le Super Truck
    Fried chicken, chicken burgers, etc.
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  25. Le TukTuk
    Thai food
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  26. Winneburger (from Nouveau Palais restaurant)
    Hamburgers
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  27. La Sandwicherie Zoe
    Gourmet sandwiches and bites
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
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Saignon je me souviens (photo © Saigon), Meatball MTL, Mr Crémeux & Dispatch Coffee (photo © Dispatch)

The others:

  1. Café Larue et Fils (formerly Caffè Della Via)
    Coffee (espresso, lattes, etc.)
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  2. Dic Ann’s Hamburgers
    Old-fashioned hamburgers
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  3. Dim Sum Mtl
    Dim sum
    Follow them on: Facebook
  4. Dispatch Coffee
    Coffee and treats
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  5. Fous Truck (from Fous Desserts pâtisserie)
    Pastries and desserts
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  6. Guru
    Indian food
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  7. Le Cheese Truck
    A cheese truck using local cheeses
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  8. Les Brigands
    Tourtières (Quebec meat pie) and other pies
    Follow them on: Facebook
  9. Meatball Montreal
    Gourmet meatballs
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  10. Monsieur Crémeux (from Pastaga restaurant)
    Soft serve ice cream with homemade toppings
    Follow them on: Facebook
  11. Norman Luncheonette Urbaine
    “B’œuf sandwich, bœuf et œuf” – Beef and eggs sandwiches
    Follow them on: Facebook
  12. Pas d’cochon dans mon salon (from La Salle à manger restaurant)
    Pulled pork sandwiches, oysters, salads
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  13. Saigon je me souviens
    Vietnamese food
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  14. Smoothfruit
    Smoothies
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
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Mother Shuckers oysters, takoyaki & paletas

The following are not food trucks per say but you will find them at street food events around Montreal this summer:

  1. Mother Shuckers
    Oysters
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  2. La Catrina
    Paletas
    Follow them on: Facebook | Twitter
  3. Takoyaki Montreal
    Takoyaki (Japanese street food)
    Follow them on: Facebook

How to track down the trucks this coming summer:

Google Map > Refer to this handy map by my friend and fellow blogger Eve of all 9 spots chosen by the city of Montreal where trucks with permits will be parked this coming summer.

Montreal Food Trucks Twitter list > Subscribe to my twitter list of all food trucks (with or without permits) to track them down at any minute of the day (trucks usually tweet their location). I will be updating it on a regular basis.

Streetfood Mtl Website > Check out which trucks are out on any specific day and where they are located.

Streetfood Mtl App > Download this app and track down the trucks from your mobile device.

Cuisine de rue website > Track down all food trucks (with or without permits) and their whereabouts at any given moment and take a look at the monthly schedule of events organized byt the ARRQ (Association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec).

City of Montreal website > Check this page everyday to track the trucks with permits that will be parked at the 9 spots listed at the beginning of this article.

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First Fridays at the Olympic Stadium

Below is a list of a few events happening around town, which will include the presence of some food trucks:

First Fridays
Every first Friday of the month, you will find 20 or so food trucks gathered at Montreal’s Olympic Stadium from 4PM until 11PM.

Esplanade financière Sun Life du Stade Olympique
Secteur 800 et 900

Bouffons Montreal at the Just for Laughs Festival
About 30 trucks will be gathered at the Just for Laughs festival from July 13th to July 27th, from noon until 11PM.

Balmoral street, corner Mayor

Rosemont-Petite Patrie association
The Association des restaurateurs de rue du Québec (ARRQ) has teamed up with the Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie boroughs to include food trucks in some of their planned summer events. Here’s a preliminary run down of these events. Keep in mind that more will be coming.

Movie nights at the park:

  • July 16th at Parc Jean-Duceppe
  • July 23rd at Parc Lafond
  • July 30th at Parc Maisonneuve
  • August 6th at Parc Petite-Italie

L’autre Marché Angus, Rosemont
Every Thursday from June 20th, l’Autre Marché Angus welcomes 3 different food trucks, which will be on site from 11AM.

2600 rue William Tremblay
The market is open every Thursday from June 20 to September 26, from 3PM to 7PM

The Lachine Canal
The Lachine Canal is home to two street food events this summer:

The Canal lunches take place every day between 11:30AM and 2:30PM Several food trucks rotate around these 4 specific spots along the Canal: the intersection of De La Commune and Mills, Bassin Peel, Îlot des écluses and Îlot de Charlevoix. To find out which trucks will be present on any specific day, check out the ARRQ’s Facebook page

Ce soir, le Canal is the second event along the Lachine Canal. It takes place every Thursday and Saturday, between 4:30PM and 8:30PM at the same spots mentioned above.

Place Émilie-Gamelin
Place Émilie-Gamelin was last year’s success story when it comes to street food. Downtown workers and tourists alike flocked to the many food trucks parked there for lunch every day. This year is no different. From June 20th to September 30th, Place Émilie Gamelin will welcome several food trucks, from Monday to Friday and from 11AM to 2PM.

The Old Port
Montreal’s Old Port is already home to a few more permanent and seasonal food trucks such as Muvbox, Porchetta and Mister Felix and Mr Norton. This summer will see the addition of a Dic Ann’s food truck dispensing their famous burgers with spicy sauce.

Montreal’s food trucks will also be present at a few other events this summer, such as Festival Juste pour rire and Omnivore Festival.



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