Ashley Joseph is a born-and-bred Montrealer, devoted Joni Mitchell fan and freelance writer/editor, in that order. She does not live in an igloo but does have a weakness for poutine and All-Dressed Ruffles and definitely says ‘eh?’ too often. Her work has appeared in VICE, Reader’s Digest, Ad Age, FASHION Magazine, and anywhere else she can weigh in on food, wine, culture and travel.
Ma Poule Mouillée in Le Plateau is one of the best spots in the city for Portuguese rotisserie chicken.
Our 26 favorite places to eat and drink in Montreal.
Blackstrap is the best option for classic barbecue in Montreal, and it’s worth the trip to Verdun with a few friends for the generous portions.
Foodchain is located between two huge malls in Downtown and it’s a great choice when you need something healthy to refuel.
You’re going to find a line at Kazu in Downtown, but you should stay and wait because their Japanese comfort food is well worth it.
Pumpui is a Thai spot in Little Italy and is one of the best places for a casual dinner in the area.
You’ll drive by this large orange in Mont Royal on your way from the airport, but it’s worth a stop for a steame and their signature frothy drink.
Dinette Triple Crown in Mile Ex has the best picnic set up in the city - grab a basket of Southern dishes and head to the park across the street.
Montreal is known for smoked meats and since you shouldn’t leave without trying some, head to Snowdon deli in Cote-des-Neiges.
Pizzeria Gema’s Neopolitan-style pizza and house-made charcuterie and custard make this Little Italy spot great for sharing with a few friends.
Park is a high end Japanese restaurant in Westmount that’s good for celebrations, but never feels too fancy.