Street food returns to Montréal

It seems like a lot of people were happy to see the return of street food in Montréal today:

 

In a hurry for Montréal street food

In a hurry for Montréal street food
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After 66 years, street food will be once again available in Montréal. From today (20th June) until the 29th September, 27 vendors (see end of post for full list) will be rotating between 9 locations in the city (click on the map for details of exact locations).

Montreal Food truck locations

Food truck locations

Since the trucks will be required to rotate between the various locations (a great idea to ensure fair competition between vendors and variety for customers) the city has made available a Calendar on the Ville de Montréal website. I checked this morning to see who would be where at what time. I made a point of having lunch before leaving so I wouldn’t be tempted to try each menu ;-)

Being the first day of the pilot study, it appeared that only 5 locations would be occupied today; Place du Canada, Peel street, The Cité du Multimédia, Square Victoria and Mount Royal. I decided to visit the first 3.

Nomade So6 par Accords at Place du Canada

I have to say, I love the name Nomade So6 (with the So6 being pronounced Saucisses – clever). No need to guess that their specialty is hot dogs – but like all the vendors selected, the food is not your traditional street fare but more of the gourmet variety.

Nomade So6 par Accords

Nomade So6 par Accords
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Street food at Place du Canada

Street food at Place du Canada
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Nomade So6 par Accords at Place du Canada

Nomade So6 par Accords at Place du Canada
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For once it does seem that the City really planned this through and got their act together – complete with designated food truck street markings.

New street markings

New street markings
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You may have noticed that I messed up with the ISO after a couple of shots. I must have pressed the button and turned the dial my mistake and didn’t even think that having to close the aperture and shoot at high speed was an issue – at least in most cases the exposure wasn’t too bad – just a bit grainy…I really should pay more attention at times:-(

Anyway, moving on…

P.A. & Gargantua on Peel Street

P.A. & Gargantua were down on Peel Street next to the ETS campus serving fresh local comfort food.

P.A. & Gargantua food truck on Peel street

P.A. & Gargantua food truck on Peel street
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P.A. & Gargantua food truck on Peel street

P.A. & Gargantua food truck on Peel street
ISO 1100 – 17mm – f9 – 1/500 sec

 

Peel Street

Peel Street
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Le point sans g and Saigon at the Cité du Multimédia

The City’s Street Food calendar calendar did mention that Le point sans g would be there, but not Saigon, so that was a bonus (although I don’t see them listed in the 27 participants, so they may have been crashing the party). I know my girlfriend will be checking out Le point G since they specialize in gluten free dishes (hence the sans g in the name) :-) Seems like gluten free is in demand as they had sold everything by the time I passed by.

Le point sans g at Cité du Multimédia

Le point sans g at Cité du Multimédia
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Le pointe sans g

Le pointe sans g
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The 27 selected food truck operators

Alexis Le Gourmand
Boîte à Fromages
Camion Pied de Cochon
Cartel Mobile
Chaud Dogs
Cuisine Lucky’s Truck
Gaufrabec
Grumman 78
L’Assommoir Mobile
La Panthère Mobile
Landry & filles
Lapin!
Le Gourmand Vagabond
Le point sans g
Le Quai roulant
Le Super Truck
Le Tuktuk
Lucille’s
Nomade So6 par Accords
Ô sœurs volantes
P.A. & Gargantua
Phoenix 1
Route 27
Roux
St-Viateur Bagel
Winneburger
Zoe’s

I’m happy to see the return of street food to Montréal and hope the pilot project confirms to those in charge that there is nothing wrong with having food served out of a truck and that this will become a permanent feature of Montréal.

I will be planning to check out the other venues over the coming weeks.

Thanks for stopping by. Until next time.

- Martin

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