10 Must-Try Montreal Food Trucks
The street food ban that has kept food trucks out of Montreal since the late ’60s is slowly lifting, with over 30 trucks hitting the streets. From mouth-watering pulled pork to to Thai treats, here are ten trucks worth tracking down.
Landry & Filles
Landry & Filles is a “snack bar on wheels” that aspires to pay tribute to Quebec’s culinary traditions while instituting new classics. Chef Marc Landry, who has worked in some of the city’s best kitchens, including Au Pied de Cochon and Kitchen Gallerie, goes back to his Quebecois roots with this effort. Partnering up with Josée-Ann Landry and Lisa-Marie Veillette, Landry has created a truck with the feel of an old-fashioned lunch counter, serving up stuffed ployes, a type of pancake popular in New Brunswick, as well as sandwiches (their meatloaf varitety is already famous) and salads.
(Photo: Courtesy of Landry & Filles)
P.A. & Gargantua
If you’re a grilled cheese fan, then the gourmet and decadent melt-in-your-mouth masterpieces at P.A. & Gargantua are sure to seduce you. Made with Île-aux-Grues cheddar, P.A.’s sandwiches feature homemade goodies like slow-cooked brisket, chili or beer-braised shallots. They’re a far cry from your ordinary, orange-cheese-on-white-bread versions, but just as comforting and more than satisfying.
(Photo: Mayssam Samaha)
Fancy a classic Montreal steamy? If so, then this may not be the spot for you. Chaud Dogs produces handcrafted gourmet hot dogs using only the best local and seasonal ingredients, supporting and working closely with farmers and suppliers to bring you some of the best dogs in the city. Menus are designed around what’s available at the market and everything is made in-house. But you can forget mustard and ketchup – these beauties are topped with such unusual and delicious ingredients as caviar, bone marrow, even escargots.
(Photo: Courtesy of Chaud Dogs)
Nomade S06 is all about sausages – the kind that are all-natural, made with high quality ingredients and married with unique flavour combinations, from smoked meat to peanut and cilantro to spare ribs. Basically, the best kind of sausages. Toppings are as gourmet as can be, with options like green bean salad with spicy peanut sauce, onion sour cream with potato rostï, and yellow beet ketchup. This grey truck with its striking logo will be wandering the streets of Montreal all summer, but you can also find their delectable frankfurters in a more permanent location at the Atwater Market.
(Photo: Mayssam Samaha)
Vanilla soft serve ice-cream with maple syrup and homemade cracker jack, anyone? That’s exactly the kind of delicious concoctions this truck will be serving up all summer long. Vanilla soft serve is always on the menu but toppings change often and are always lip-smacking good. This truck from the team behind restaurant Pastaga was a crowd-favourite last year and is sure to be again this year, especially once warm weather arrives.
Track this truck:
(Photo: Mayssam Samaha)
If you find yourself in need of a little pick me up, Dispatch Coffee will come to your rescue. Montreal’s first mobile espresso truck serves seriously addictive hot and cold brews, as well as delectable pastries. Dispatch is committed to sourcing sustainable coffee and they take their craft seriously. Founder Chrissy Durcak already had her truck on the road last year and has garnered quite the following among caffeine addicts and coffee snobs alike ever since.
(Photo: Courtesy of Dispatch Coffee)
Montreal’s first Thai food truck, Le Tuktuk (pronounced took took) takes its name from a motorized tricycle used as taxis in Thailand. Specializing in Thai cuisine, Le Tuktuk serves up everything from green papaya salads to Pad Thai to sticky coconut rice desserts. Chef Max is at the helm of this rolling feast and has been cooking since the age of 16, first in his native Thailand and then in Montreal for the past 5 years. The cuisine hails mainly from the central and North East regions of Thailand, which makes for an exciting mix of tantalizing flavours and textures.
(Photo: Courtesy of Le Tuktuk)
The Fous Desserts truck is a great addition to Montreal’s mobile food landscape for all the sweet tooths out there. They’ll be serving up their signature desserts and pastries, including their famous croissants, which are rumoured to be some of the best in Montreal. Expect to see the Fous Truck out bright and early, ready to cater to the hungry breakfast crowds. After all, a fresh croissant makes for the perfect breakfast on the go!
(Photo: Courtesy of Fous Truck)
Camion Au Pied de Cochon
Montreal’s most famous restaurant now has a food truck! The Au Pied de Cochon truck will be dishing out sweet and savoury donuts that are sure to please. On the sweet side, these deep-fried delicacies will be filled with your choice of pastry cream or seasonal fruit, and used as the “bread” in a mind-blowing pork sandwich for those seeking something savoury. Rumour has it that the now famous PdC foie gras poutine might even make an appearance from time to time. Foodies can only hope…
(Photo: Courtesy of Camion Au Pied de Cochon)
La Panthère Mobile
Feeling a bit overwhelemed by all the meaty fare on offer at Montreal’s food trucks? Don’t fret, La Panthère Mobile has arrived. Organic and environmentally-conscious is the name of the game at this resto on wheels, from local fave for veggie fare La Panthère Verte, with hearty offerings (like their famed falafel sandwich) to satisfy even the most carnivorous of eaters.
(Photo: Courtesy of La Panthère Verte)