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FOOD AND DRINK

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10 Food Trucks to Try in Montréal

From poutine and grilled cheese, to dim sum, delectable sweets and oysters on the half shell, Montreal’s food truck scene should not be missed.

It took a while for Montreal to get food trucks, mainly because people presumed the winter would be an impediment. We shouldn’t have worried: since their launch in 2013, the down months are made up for with insatiable appetites during the rest of the year. There are dozens upon dozens of successful food trucks now from May 1 to October 31 (and a few sporadic appearances later in the year), with monthly meet-ups at the Olympic Stadium plaza called First Fridays, daily food truck stations at lunchtime to feed office workers throughout the city, and gatherings at every major social event – from Montreal Alouettes games to the YUL EAT food festival in September to summer festivals like Osheaga, Heavy Mtl, Just For Laughs and the Fashion & Design Festival.

Here are 10 trucks to saddle up to tout de suite.

Dim Sum Montréal

Waiting for the weekend for dim sum can be torture. No more: get them anytime of the week at this food truck, which makes a wide variety of delectable dumplings both steamed and fried, as well as skewers and Imperial rolls. Must-order: the pork and shrimp sui mai.

http://www.dimsummontreal.com/

Grumman ‘78

Take a chance you won’t regret and order the more far-out flavours of tacos that made this truck (and the restaurant it originated in) famous. Other Mexican-inspired treats include salads, papas, sweet potato fries and juice-in-a-bag. Must-order: the Bahn Mi pulled pork tacos.

http://www.grumman78.com/en/

Courtesy Au Pied de Cocho

Camion Au Pied de Cochon serves up junky classics dressed up to the nines.

Le Cheese

Yes, a food truck entirely dedicated to the dairy delicacy. This meals-on-wheels serves everything from a sultry mac’n’cheese to a wide variety of grilled cheeses, cheese steak sandwiches and for dessert, deep-fried cheesecake. (Heart attack not included.) Must-order: the cheesy tater tots.

https://www.facebook.com/lecheesetruck

CRémy mobile

Pastry chef Rémy Couture has taken his award-winning sweet treats on the go. His famous donuts share the menu with a homemade version of Jos Louis (like a Québécois Mae West, but more chocolaty), lemon tart, caramel squares and more. Must-order: everything.

Find the schedule here.

Landry & filles

The hearty, homey fare of this truck has made it legendary. Dishes like the salmon Ploye (a thin crepe stuffed with salmon gravlax, fennel, capres, cream cheese and egg) sit beside items like fried chicken and rethought Caesar salad. Must-order: the meatloaf sandwich.

http://landryetfilles.com

Courtesy Panthère Mobile

Panthère Mobile serves best falafel sandwich you’re likely to eat this side of the Middle East.

Panthère Mobile

This mobile version of among the city’s most beloved vegan restaurants serves the best falafel sandwich you’re likely to eat this side of the Middle East. Other popular items include the ever-changing and delectable choice of salads, and their cookies. Must-order: the Chic Kebab.

https://www.facebook.com/lpvmobile

Lucille’s

The original oyster dive restaurant in NDG is a scene unto itself. And it isn’t every day you can enjoy oysters from a food truck! For those who prefer their seafood cooked, there are lobster rolls, crispy fish tacos and more. Must-order: a fresh-shucked dozen on the half shell.

http://lucillesoyster.com

Ô sœurs volantes

The “sœurs” in question also run a catering business and create a line of dishes and spice mixes that’s distributed in local grocery stores. Their goodies on-the-go include a variety of meatball trios, both meaty and vegetarian, with salad and wedge potatoes. Must-order: the pouding chômeur (bread pudding) for dessert.

Find the schedule here.

Published Wednesday, September 16th 2015

Header image credit: Camion Au Pied de Cochon

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