Quebecois “casse-croûte” dining has always been a part of Montreal’s food scene. And now, even the city’s best chefs are getting in on the action by going back to basics and reinventing old favourites like poutines, steamies, and burgers – which is fine by me because each time I visit home, all I want to do is indulge in these staples. Want to know where to get fast food in Montreal from eateries spearheaded by the city’s top chefs? Keep reading to find out.
Comfort food meets Portuguese classics
Chef: Carlos Ferreira
Chic: Ferreira and Taverne F
Portuguese chicken has been a Montreal fave for decades now thanks to its flourishing community. Restaurateur Carlos Ferreira is now a contender in the Portuguese chicken race with his brand new eatery, Campo. With its rustic, cafeteria-style decor, lunchtime hosts downtown’s office workers, while locals fill the small space up on evenings and weekends. From hot sandwiches, to a poutine topped with São Jorge cheese and chouriço chips, and nata for dessert, they even serve draft Portuguese wine!
Traditional Quebecois faves
Chefs: Stefano Faita and Michele Forgione
Chic: Impasto and Gema Pizzeria
Casse-Croûte: Chez Tousignant
This casual yet refined diner became a hit on its first day. Lead by Yann Turcotte alongside Michele Forgione and Stefano Faita of Impasto and Gema, this quintessential Quebecois diner will leave each of its seasoned Canadian patrons feeling nostalgic. From classic burgers, to hot dogs, poutines, rotisserie chicken, doughnuts, and milkshakes – all made in-house – this no-fuss joint excels in comfort food.
Canadian fare with a hint of French terroir
Chef: Jérôme Ferrer
Casse-Croûte: Jerry Ferrer
Having set up shop in several neighbourhoods in and around the city, Jérôme Ferrer’s “casse-croûte du terroir” (of top restaurant, Europea) takes Montreal staples to a whole new level. With burgers and poutines topped with foie gras, duck confit, or lobster, and a grilled cheese slathered in truffle cream, order a glass of Bordeaux to complement your meal and end it with a crème brûlée for dessert.
What’s your go-to fast food in Montreal? Have you tried these eateries yet? Let me know below!