With the cold at our doors, the urge to snuggle and eat comforting meals is upon us. When we talk about comfort food, we think about plentiful meals, simmering dishes that emanate comforting smells, dishes that remind us of our childhood memories. Here is a list of restaurants where you can satisfy this craving for comfort food.
Le MTL Resto + Bar
The MTL is a small charming neighbourhood bar that deserves to be known. With a cocktail menu showcasing 100% Quebec products and comedy nights to make you laugh, a brand new menu awaits you with, a delicious whiskey onion soup. So comforting!
The Taverne Gaspar is well known in the Old Montreal because it is part of the Auberge du Vieux-Port. They have a capacity of over 100 people, the stonewalls inside the establishment bring an old and warm cachet style atmosphere. Known for their "fish & chips" and their Jack Daniel's sauce ribs, you can enjoy the tavern every day of the week to escape winter.
Reuben's Deli is a must in Montreal. Open since over 30 years now, this downtown restaurant promises the best smoked meat sandwich, high quality steaks and other hearty and comforting meals such as the classic poutine. Reuben's has earned its place in the hearts of Montrealers especially on cold winter days.
Located in the effervescent Griffintown neighborhood, Mauvais Garçons offers creative dishes that will warm your heart. With a seasonal changing menu, their small location will certainly charm you. The Mac and Cheese lovers out there are going to be really happy, because their homemade recipe is definitely a must. Speaking of essentials, since autumn is the oyster season, you can enjoy them at 1$ each during happy hour!
Located not far from the Jean Talon market, the Brasserie Harricana will charm you with the beauty of its places, but will comfort you with its cuisine. Grilled cheese, beer marinated ham, whole grilled chicken, are some of the dishes we are all craving when autumn arrives. No needs to cook since you only have to go to the Harricana to enjoy them.
La Binerie is well known to the Plateau Mont-Royal residents because of their brunch which is served throughout the day. Open since 1938, La Binerie doesn’t only offer brunches; it is also possible to eat the most comforting meals such as shepherd's pie, meatball stew and black pudding.
Au Pied de Cochon
No need to say much about the Au Pied de Cochon restaurant. I think this place is probably THE reference when it comes to comfort food. Everything you could want in terms of good junk food that warms the heart. In addition to the restaurant, did you know that there is a Au Pied de Cochon sugar shack every year?
If we think of comfort food, meatballs certainly have their place in that category. At the Meatball House you will be served a wide variety of meatballs with the possibility to have them in a bowl or inside a sandwich. Their lunch specials allow you to enjoy all their delicious meatballs, because they are all available at 7$ for 3 instead of their regular price. The side of polenta is a must try!
With their Spanish-inspired cuisine, Mesón's staff welcome you in a warm and vibrant vibe in the heart of Villeray’s neighborhood. The cocas (flat breads from the Catalanas) that are served at Mesón are popular because the dish is really nice to share. There is also a dish that is generally quite popular in Spanish cuisine; yes, I am talking about paella!
Lola Rosa offers the perfect vegetarian comfort food. If you want to let yourself be tempted by the hearty dishes offered by this type of cuisine without feeling too guilty, Lola Rosa has your back! With its “from the oven” goods (quiche, tomato pie, lasagna) and delicious stews (chili, curry), neither you or your stomach won’t be disappointed. It is also possible to order takeout at Lola Rosa to allow you to stay comfortably in your favourite pyjamas.
Broue Pub Brouhaha
The name says it; the Broue Pub Brouhaha is a pub where you can enjoy a good beer with friends while tasting their creative and personalized tavern style dishes. They specialized their smoking rooms dishes; there are ribs, smoked meat, smoked duck and other delicacies. Their pizzas made with homemade beer dough goes perfectly with their homemade microbrewery beers!
As soon as you open the door of Chez Tousignant, you immediately feel the happiness and the comfort that a true casse-croute provides. The smell of french fries and hamburger patties on the grill immediately warms the heart. You will also find all your comforting favourites like poutine, pogo, cheeseburger and club sandwich!
Le Chien Fumant
Le Chien Fumant, is very popular with people who work in the restaurant industry because their kitchen closes at 2am, which offers them the opportunity to enjoy a good after work meal. You will have a different kind of comfort food that could be classified as fancier, but that still remains very accessible and unpretentious. Being inspired by local and fresh ingredients, their menu changes regularly according to their new arrivals!
The decor conceived in the resto-bar Notre Société, is very enchanting with its colorful lighting and its many plants. Their menu includes dishes such as Mac and Cheese, beef sliders, as well as several types of tartare and tacos. You can enjoy a relaxed dinner, but later in the night it gets louder so you can enjoy the night!
The Mile Public House is a pub where you gather with friends to have a good time as if you were in the comfort of your own home. The menu offers options such as popcorn chicken, nachos, chicken wings and of course poutine to satisfy your craving for comfort food. It is also possible to spend more hectic evenings with their DJs during the weekend.
Pub Barils et Ardoises
The Pub Barils et Ardoises focuses on local products by offering local products in its dishes and a fine selection of Quebec brewery beers. If you want to eat a delicious fish and chips, a generous plate of bavette or a good burger, this place is perfect for you.
Pub La Chienne à Jacques
You will be received at the Pub La Chienne à Jacques as if you were at home, in a very warm atmosphere and decor. On the menu, fried chicken and waffles, burgers, pizzas, pasta dishes and poutine that you can customize. Small advice, save so space for desserts!