So unless you’ve been living under a rock or in Valleyfield, there isn’t much left to tell you that you don’t already know about the Montreal food truck scene. Trailblazing and forging the way to make serving food from independent proprietors have been the once one and only food truck in montreal Grumman78… I mean if you don’t count the retrofitted canteen trucks that show up on construction sites selling microwavable, prepackaged sandwiches and burritos and stale Hickory Sticks.
The food truck conundrum has been in the news and media for months if not years now and only up until recently has anything really been done in fully legitimizing the presence of mobile food in Montreal. However, now it was made possible by the founding of the Association des restauranteurs de rue du Quebec (Quebec Street Food Association) headed by the amazing team behind the Grumman78 truck.
So what does this mean? In a nutshell, starting this THURSDAY June 20th until September 29th, These awesome trucks will be able to set up shop at nine different locations in the downtown area (Ville Marie borough) to facilitate you smashing your face with awesome delicious and inspired food truck fare brought to you by some of Montreal’s most creative minds.
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In no particular order, here is the full roster of Montreal food trucks:
Montreal first marquee food truck. The pioneer in mobile food, the team behind Montreal’s big green taco truck opened the doors and plowed the roads for everyone behind them. Serving up Mexican tacos with a unique Quebec flare; queso fondito chorizo or Quebec lamb curry tacos, the menu is always changing.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Grumman78
Twitter – https://twitter.com/grumman78
Landry & Filles
Deemed a “Snack bar” on wheels, Landry & filles will see their dishes inspired by their mom’s home cooking and recipes; such as sloppy joes and fried chicken.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/LandryetFilles
Twitter – https://twitter.com/landryetfilles
P & A Gargantua
The quintessential grilled cheese truck with variations that include smoked butter and bacon.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pagargantua
Twitter – https://twitter.com/pa_gargantua
The burger based food truck of Nouveau Palais is actually a repurposed RV; hence winnebego + burger = Winneburger. Serves up a bunch of different burger combinations as well as offers a vegetarian option at all times.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/nouveaupalais
Twitter – https://twitter.com/NouveauPalais
Serving up comfort food and traditional crowd pleasing dishes like burgers, grilled cheeses and an awesome duck confit poutine with foie gras and red wine sauce.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/luckystruck
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LuckysTruckMTL
Saigon, Je me Souviens
Asian flavour representitive in the Montreal food truck game serving up tastes of Vietnam such as spring rolls, banh mi and tapioca pudding.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/saigonjemesouviens
Twitter – https://twitter.com/SaigonQC
Marché 27 Tartare bar’s food truck, they are mobilizing their famous homemade chips and tartars to the streets of Montreal.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Route27FoodTruck
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Route27foodtruc
Fancifying hot dogs, Chaud Dogs is offering hand-crafted, gourmet style hot dogs. 100% all beef links with unique toppings made with local, seasonal ingredients and homemade condiments.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/ChaudDogs
Twitter – https://twitter.com/chauddogs
Spawn of the Mile-end’s Fabergé, this truck focuses on fries and glorious dipping sauces. Fried in high-quality vegetable oil, these fries are vegetarian friendly.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/RouxFoodTruck?fref=ts
Norman Luncheonette Urbaine
Norman and Olivier offer exactly what is printed on their trailer, BEEF. Serving up their, “B’oeuf sandwich”, or steak and egg sandwich, their top priority is the freshness and quality of their meat.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/NORMAN-LUNCHEONETTE-URBAINE/457220224360241
Our only truck dedicated to Indian cuisine, Guru is serving their famous butter chicken, vegetarian samosas out of their Bollywood inspired motif trailer!
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/traiteur.guru
Twitter – https://twitter.com/traiteurguru
Boite a Fromage
This unique truck serves “fromage raclette sur pommes de terre” – melted cheese on ground apples… I mean potatoes. Ever changing menu with different toppings some of which are, braised beef and maple caramelized onions.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/boiteafromagesquebec
Twitter – https://twitter.com/boiteafromages
Camion au Pied de Cochon
Coming straight to you from the evil minds that brought Au Pied de Cochon to the world, comes the gluttonous feast on wheels. Offering diners both sweet and savoury dishes such as their famous foie gras poutine and a rumoured, pork tongue smoked meat doughnut sandwich.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/CamionPDC
Pas d’cochon dans mon salon
The name in itself is quite the mouthful, and that’s how this truck is going to leave you. The Fleet’s hallmark pulled pork truck features a whole suckling pig and piles and piles of pulled pork doused in their signature BBQ sauces.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Pas-dcochon-dans-mon-salon/226828727344075
Twitter – https://twitter.com/Pas_d_cochon
Meat rolled up into balls. Meatball Montreal is serving meatballs of all sorts, made from chicken, beef, pork and even vegetarian options that are said to be better than your grandma’s.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MeatballMontreal
Twitter – https://twitter.com/meatball_mtl
Lucille’s oyster dive in NDG brings your their mobile BBQ and raw bar trailer.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Lucilles-Oyster-Dive/200515528427
Twitter – https://twitter.com/oysterblood
Luring their customers with the intoxicating smell of waffles, this truck is serving up authentic Belgium style waffles cooked to order. Sweet variations with Belgium chocolate sauce and seasonal fruits, or savoury waffles with cheese and spinach, the menu is always changing.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Gaufrabec-inc/160771750617802
Twitter – https://twitter.com/GAUFRABEC
A play on words, this sausage truck focuses on high quality, homemade grilled sausages and original accompaniments. All sausages are made with nitrate and preservative free pork shoulder.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/NomadeSo6
Twitter – https://twitter.com/nomadeso6
Montreal’s first mobile espresso truck offering socially responsible coffees and delicious pastries.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/dispatchcoffeemtl
Twitter – https://twitter.com/dispatchcoffee
Creation of Chef Martin Juneau, this ice cream truck serves up classic flavours and treats; caramel sundaes and banana splits, as well as homemade signature soft serve flavours.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/MonsieurCremeux
To battle the summer heat comes the Smoothfruit – serving healthy exotic fruit juice blends made to order. Packed full of vitamins and energy each smoothie is made to order and is ready in 60 seconds!
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/Smoothfruit
Twitter – https://twitter.com/smoothfruit
Named after the motorbike taxis in Thailand, the menu is inspired by the chef’s hometown of Bangkok, bringing traditional dishes from the busy streets of southeast Asia to the pot-hole filled ones of Montreal.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-Tuktuk/305669992876736?fref=ts
Twitter – https://twitter.com/letuktuk
Offering classic street food dishes using local produce, meats, and artisanal cheeses.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/SuperTruckMTL
Twitter – https://twitter.com/supertruckmtl
Dim Sum MTL
When was the last time you were walking down the street and thought to yourself… damn, I wish I had some dim sum right about now… PROBLEM SOLVED.
“Our authentic and creative dimsums are suitable for everyone: meat, fish, shellfish, vegetables and herbs with exotic spices. Gourmet, delicious, but also healthy and balanced, our dim sum will let you discover new flavours from China, through our original recipes.”
Mediterranean-inspired sandwiches and “updated street food”, the reincarnated “Mangoire” truck, this yellow beast serves up dishes inspired by Yiayia’s cooking.
From Patisserie Fous Desserts comes the mobile croissant and chocolate bar; served with homemade preserves and fine cheeses and coffee brewed to order.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/FousDesserts?fref=ts
Twitter – https://twitter.com/FousTruck
Le Cheese Truck
A menu dedicated to all traditional cheesy classics, such as mac and cheese, grilled cheese, cheese and cheese.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/lecheesetruck
Twitter – https://twitter.com/LeCheeseTruck
Point Sans G
This truck caters to the street food fans who eat gluten-free. Offering ready to go meals that respect this dietary restriction with tasty dishes such as a baked sweet potato stuffed with pulled pork, or a veggie quinoa burger.
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/Le-point-sans-g/373260342795161
Twitter – https://twitter.com/lepointsansg
Food trucks to come:
Cafe Laurue & Fils
To find out where each truck will be, I highly suggest following them on twitter as they make announcements of where they’ll be and and what’s on the menu. Also reference the official ARRQ calendar here!
Make sure to check out the official website of The Quebec Street Food Association to keep up to date on news and calendar dates of which festivals and events your favourite food truck will make an appearance at: http://cuisinederue.org and their official Facebook page here.
Happy street eating!