Memories have a big impact on the definition of comfort food. Whether you attach these flavors to childhood moments, school, drinking parties, hard times, or joyous times, there are many reasons to succumb to the temptation to enjoy these dishes.
Of course, there are so many variations for everyone of what comfort food is to them, but we've gathered the places that give you an idea of the most popular ones in Montreal right now.
Will you find your comfort food of choice there?
4167, rue St-Denis, Montréal, H2W 2M7
In the Quebec tradition, what could be better than a well-made brunch with favorites like bacon, ham, sausages, baked beans, potatoes, eggs, and toast? They prepare several dishes and serve as many typical Quebecois dishes on-site or to take away.
1345, rue Ontario E, Montréal, H2L 1R8
If you love mac and cheese as comfort food, take it to the next level with Macbar & fromage, which offers a multitude of variations, each as gourmet as the next. Enjoy it on site on Ontario Street East or take it away.
6704, rue Clark, Montréal, H2S 3E9
Every fried chicken lover must pass by this address. A South American restaurant in the Mile End, it offers some of the best fried chicken in the city, with mashed potatoes and a brown sauce that makes for a great comfort food dish.
89, rue de La Commune E, Montréal, H2Y 1J1
A gourmet tavern that welcomes you as if you were family, we fill up with comfort food with their Jack ribs, onion soup, fish and chips, or a brunch plate.
68 Ave. Fairmount O, Montréal, H2T 2M2
Look no further for the best and most affordable gnocchi in town, this is where it's at. The combination of their tomato sauce, gnocchi, parmesan, and basil in a take-out box will warm your heart come rain or shine.
3041, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, H4C 1N9
Many generations have passed through the Greenspot for all its comforting Quebec dishes served with decadence. This institution was established in 1974 with long opening hours to fill all the services: breakfast, lunch, supper, and all times in between.
Make your own sauce at your table by combining soy sauce, vinegar, and chili oil to dip their wonderful dumplings in. Pair it with their cucumber salad and/or wonton soup for the full experience!
2518, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, H3J 2H4
Whether you've been to Mexico or not, El Gordo's tacos will make you feel like you've been there! This neighborhood taqueria will be happy to serve you typical and generous tacos, burritos, and fajitas. The atmosphere is great to spend an evening in good company.
1059, rue Gilford, Montréal, H2J 1P7
When the basis of what makes you feel good is melting cheese, here is a restaurant that will meet your expectations. Fondue, raclettes, pie, and hot stone grill cheese are served individually or in groups.
Fries, hot dogs, hamburgers, poutine, pogos, and mayo sauces. If one or more of the items are making you feel good, head to one of the many locations of Frite Alors. They have many ingredient combinations that will give you exactly what you want!
4675, boul. St-Laurent, Montréal, H2T 1R2
For many Europeans, tacos have often ended (or started) many a festive evening and therefore become food to remember good times. Snatch serves gourmet tacos that are entirely homemade and cooked in a wood-fired oven, giving them a wonderful braised flavor.
3981, rue Notre-Dame O, Montréal, H4C 1R2
From brunch to your late-night meal, fried chicken is featured in all its forms. Burgers, buckets with different pieces, poutine, mac and cheese, croquettes, waffles, nacho, and more... all with chicken! As if that wasn't enough, complete your meal with milkshakes and cakes!
One of Montreal's specialties is its famous smoked meat. Reuben's prepares it perfectly and serves it in many forms in addition to the classic deli dishes such as hot sandwiches, grills, kinds of pasta, and pizzas.
Lola Rosa is the perfect representation of vegetarian comfort food. If you want to indulge in the hearty dishes that this type of cuisine offers without feeling too guilty, Lola Rosa is there for you! With its oven preparations (quiche, tomato pie, lasagna) as well as its simmered dishes (chili, curry), you won't be disappointed and neither will your stomach. It is also possible to order take-out so that you can stay comfortable in your favorite pajamas.