Brunette's Sud-Ouest Montreal food guide
Clarke Café (2483 Centre St)
Clarke Café is a charming Italian inspired breakfast & lunch spot in Pointe-Saint-Charles. The space is bright and open, with touches of their signature green that customers have come to recognize them for. The walls are lined with photos of owner Frank’s family which will make you feel right at home while devouring one of their delicious sandwiches. The freshly baked bread used to make the sandwiches may very well be responsible for the fame that Clarke Café has amassed. If that’s not enough to have you craving a Clarke sandwich, keep in mind that they have some of the fastest and friendliest service in town. Buon appetito! (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for takeout).
Le Café Bloom (1940 Centre St)
Located in a cozy rustic-modern establishment in Pointe-Sainte-Charles, Le Café Bloom serves up coffee & tea with a menu that boasts fresh and locally sourced meals and sweets. They take great pride in the presentation of their menu items- and it shows. The service is fast and respectable, making Le Café Bloom an overall fantastic place to stop by and grub! (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for takeout).
Florence (2425 Centre St)
Whether you’re craving a warm beverage during the frigid Montreal winters or a refreshing and beautifully presented homemade soft serve cone on a hot day, Florence has got you covered. Located in a cozy space in Pointe-Saint-Charles with eccentric art on the walls and the iconic corner with a potted hanging fern where everyone snaps a pic of their decked out cones. Don't miss out on trying this spot. (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for takeout).
Joe Beef (2491 Notre-Dame St W)
Joe Beef is a Montreal staple and an absolute must try. It’s a relaxed & old-school restaurant that serves some of the best steaks and seafood in the city. If you’re looking to visit it at some point when restrictions are lifted, it’s best to book a reservation fast, because business at Joe Beef is always booming. (Until then, they’re currently only open for curb-side pickup and delivery.)
Lili and Oli (2713 Notre-Dame St W)
Lili and Oli is a small, chic cafe in a great spot surrounded by shops and other local restaurants. They always seem to be busy which shouldn’t come as a surprise considering their espresso is a delight to behold, and they create some exquisite latte art. If coffee isn’t something that you’re into, they also have amazing muffins, croissants, cookies, and danishes. The best part of Lili and Oli? It’s a dog-friendly establishment! (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for takeout).
Vin Papillon (2519 Notre-Dame St W)
This rustic-chic tapas style wine bar shares the same owner as Joe Beef, so you know it has to be good. If you’re looking to visit when COVID restrictions are lifted, keep in mind that it’s a first come first serve establishment, and one of the most sought after food experiences in the city. It’s all worth it in the end- the food is remarkable, and satisfaction doesn’t begin to describe the quality of service at Vin Papillon. (Currently only open for curbside pickup and delivery.)
September (2471 Notre-Dame St W)
September Surf Cafe is a laid back modern-industrial cafe in Little Burgundy with some of the friendliest staff around. They offer a variety of different breakfast and lunch food items, whether you’re craving something sweet or savoury you’re guaranteed to be pleased. It wouldn’t be a cafe without coffee and tea- and there’s an assortment to choose from. Visitors of the establishment commend the taste in music because it ties the surfer vibe of the restaurant together making the entire experience a 10/10. (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for takeout).
Arthurs Nosh Bar (4621 Notre-Dame St W)
Arthurs Nosh Bar has become a go-to for foodies in the Montreal area. The owner and founder, Raegan Steinberg, was inspired to open this establishment by her late father Arthur who was passionate about experiencing all of the good eats that the community had to offer. To keep Arthur’s legacy alive, the restaurant is proud to be known for its cozy atmosphere and its large selection of delicious food. They’re classified as a Jewish deli and offer some amazing Jewish eats, so you can expect some earth-shattering schnitzel and latkes.
Satay Brothers (3721 Notre-Dame St W)
If you’re looking for a place bursting with flavour and culture, you have to try out Satay Brothers. The dishes are traditional and authentically flavourful. Not only is the food great, but the service is fast and amiable despite there almost always being a line. If you get the chance to eat in when COVID restrictions lift, the establishment is decorated colourfully and eccentrically. (For now, they currently offer curbside pickup and delivery.)
Bucky Roosters (3981 Notre-Dame St W)
When you think fried chicken, usually a cute and trendy aesthetic isn’t the first thing that comes to mind, but Bucky Roosters has their branding down to a T. Their pristine branding isn’t all that they do well – they put their own twist on the fried chicken classics, making every single one of their menu items to die for. Every bite is melt in your mouth juicy and has the perfect amount of crispiness. (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for takeout and delivery.)
Foiegwa (3001 Notre-Dame St W)
Morning or evening, Foiegwa offers a large selection of beautifully plated brunch and dinner options. The restaurant itself is bright and lively; they have plants in every corner, a huge mirror wall to liven up the space and caricatures of celebrities lining the walls. The kind staff brings this vivacious establishment together, making it a phenomenal dining experience overall. (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for curbside pick-up and delivery.)
McKiernan (5524 Rue Saint-Patrick #200)
McKiernan is a rustic and homely little gem tucked away in an industrial corner on the canal. The space inside is big, and spacious, but the decor offers a sense of coziness. It’s difficult to choose an item off of the menu because everything looks and tastes amazing, and the portion sizes are always substantial. (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for curb-side pick-up and delivery.)
Street Monkeys (3625 Wellington St)
At Street Monkeys, the atmosphere is literally vibrant. A large neon sign is the main focal point of the bar, surrounded by exotic plants making it an enjoyable place to visit. However the decorations aren’t the only thing that’s photo worthy. The Cambodian style food is artfully plated, and they offer some unique cocktails if that’s something you’re into. The dishes don’t just look great, they taste great too! (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for curbside pick-up and delivery.)
Loïc (5001 Notre-Dame St W)
This wine bar is a go-to if you’re looking for somewhere to try that’s a little bit more unique. Loïc is 2 levels, and the outside of the building is just as beautiful as the inside. The staff are always immediately friendly and welcoming, and the energy of the crowd is known to be high-spirited (pre-covid times, of course.) Although COVID currently restricts in-dining, it shouldn’t stop you from grubbing on some of their fantastic bar-eats, and sipping on some of their distinctive imported wines. (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for curb-side pick-up and delivery.)
Sumac (3618 Notre-Dame St W)
Looking for some killer Mediterranean food in Saint-Henri? Sumac is the place. Business is always booming, and the quality of the food alone should sell you on a visit, but if it doesn’t, it’s important to also keep in mind that their service is impeccable. Similar to all of the best restaurants in Sud-Ouest, they take pride in the appearance of the establishment, fronting an industrial-chic ambiance. (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for curb-side pick-up and delivery.)
Beba (3900 Rue Éthel)
Beba is a neighbourhood Argentinian food spot in Verdun. Their menu consists of food made with the freshest & most flavourful seasonal ingredients. In pre-COVID times, you could always expect Beba to have a full house on the weekends, but that doesn’t stop the service from being attentive and friendly. The ambiance really ties the entire experience together, making it another Montreal-must-try. (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for curb-side pick-up and delivery.)
Tuck Shop (4662 Notre-Dame St W)
Looking for something a little bit more upscale? Tuck Shop has got you covered. The interior of the establishment has a moody-industrial bistro vibe to it, and the menu is as eclectic as they come (expect weekly menu changes!). Tie it all in with their signature cocktails, and it’s a Montreal foodies dream. (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for curbside pick-up and delivery.)
Elena (5090 Notre-Dame St W)
Elena might only have a couple of years of experience under their belt within the Montreal restaurant industry, but that hasn’t stopped them from becoming one of the most beloved spots in Sud-Ouest. If you’re looking for some pizza from an authentic pizzeria, you have to check out Elenas – it’s enviable. (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for curb-side pick-up and delivery.)
Foxy (1638 Notre-Dame St W)
This Griffintown spot is recognized for its charcoal-grilled seafood & wood-fired steaks (among many other mouthwatering options) all made with high quality ingredients and served in an upscale bistro setting. (pre-COVID, of course!) But don’t worry – they’ve adapted the menu so that you can experience Foxy to its fullest potential from the comfort of your own home. (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for curbside pick-up and delivery.)
Monopole (782 Wellington St)
Monopole is a gorgeous industrial-chic spot that you can find in Griffintown. The portions are generous, and when the establishment is open for seating, they have a spot right by the kitchen so that you can watch the chefs do their magic. The wine is Monopoles greatest selling point though – they take great pride in their collection, and if you’re lucky, you might be able to check out their cellar. Monopole tends to have a crowd, but that doesn’t stop them from providing their guests with the fastest and kindest service. (For now, they currently offer takeout and delivery.)
Otto (2695 Notre-Dame St W)
Bar Otto is a Japanese restaurant located in the Little Burgundy neighbourhood, and is the newest restaurant of the Otto hospitality family. The decor of the establishment is earthy and dusky, with an overall sumptuous vibe. The aesthetic isn’t the only elegant part about the restaurant – the food is equally as elegant, plated to perfection, and absolutely scrumptious. (For now, they currently offer takeout and delivery.)
Mano Cornuto (988 Ottawa St)
Mano Cornuto is one of Montreal's most favourite Italian culinary discoveries. The restaurant is modest & simple in the best ways possible; their fresh food is flavourful & not over the top, and their decor is a perfect mix of ‘minimalist-retro-modern’ that fits the laid back cafe vibe perfectly. The staff strives to make you feel as though you’re at home, providing overall friendly and fast service. (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for curbside pick-up and delivery.)
Lloydies (4601 Notre-Dame St W)
Lloydies is one of the best Caribbean options you will find in Montreal (and the standard is pretty high!) They offer bold and delectable plates representative of the cultures traditional cuisine. The establishment is small and typically bursting at the seams with customers who are excited to get their Lloydies fix. While you wait for your food (which doesn’t typically take very long despite the high demand,) you’ll have the time to really absorb the mid-century modern aesthetic that has been subtly established in order to create the best dining experience possible. (As a result of COVID restrictions, they’re currently only open for curb-side pick-up and delivery.)
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