In 2013, Montreal’s long-time ban on food trucks was finally lifted, and now the city’s mobile culinary scene is growing rapidly, with new trucks being introduced regularly.
The handiest way to sample many in one fell swoop? Attend North America’s largest gathering of trucks (40 to 50) the first Friday of every month at Olympic Park (until late fall).
Here are six can’t-miss trucks.
This hometown favourite was a driving force behind bringing street food back to Montreal. Crowds of hungry customers line up patiently at the lime green truck for the crowd-pleasing tacos. A sure bet is the curried lamb tacos—a popular choice that perfectly balances heat with flavour. Pair it with Grumman’s sweet, tangy hibiscus juice.
Fans of chef Martin Picard’s inventive take on Quebecois cuisine are in luck—the fare at his popular food truck is just as delicious as the food served in his bricks and mortar restaurant. His poutine has become an instant food truck classic, combining fresh cheese curds, a traditional gravy and a foie gras gravy, and French fries, topped with exquisitely seared chunks of foie gras.
What happens when you bring together authentic Belgian waffles and Montreal’s renowned smoked meat? One of the delicious culinary creations of Gaufrabec. Crispy on the outside, yet fluffy on the inside, the made-to-order waffles are divine on their own, but Gaufrabec piles on a stack of smoked meat for a truly decadent treat. You also don’t want to miss the sweet waffle varieties—go for the one smothered with Belgian chocolate.
This food truck serves up some of the city’s best pastries, including massive, buttery, cake-like donuts that are hand-dipped in glazes like chocolate—put the salted caramel donut on top of your must-eat list. The menu has been carefully crafted by pastry chef Rémy Couture, winner of the Food Network’s Donut Showdown in 2014.
If you’re craving meatloaf just like mom used to make, head to Landry & Filles. This food truck is famous for its meatloaf sandwiches paired with cheddar cheese and tomato compote. The recipe comes from the three co-owners’ mothers, so you know it’s legit.
This vegan food truck proves that street food can be healthy and delicious. The folks at The Green Panther offer all vegan, organic creations that include an elevated version of a falafel sandwich, served with shredded cabbage and carrots, pickle slices, sprouts and creamy tahini.