The Best Steamé Hotdogs in Montreal

Visit La Belle Province for a delicious steamé
Visit La Belle Province for a delicious steamé | © imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo
Photo of Tess Boissonneault
10 September 2020

Those unacquainted with the beloved Montreal steamé might initially dismiss it as “just a hotdog.” However, the steamé is so much more than a sausage in a bun in Canada: it is a savory morsel – topped with mustard, chopped onion and coleslaw – that embodies French-Canadian culture and will never set you back more than a couple of dollars. Below are some of the best greasy spoons in Montreal for grabbing a true steamé.

Nouveau Système

Diner, Canadian
Map View

Nouveau Système is an institution in Montreal’s Rosemont-La Petite-Patrie borough, serving up high-quality junk food since 1962. While the now-retro diner serves up one of the city’s best poutines, it also has a mouthwatering steamé with all the trappings, or tout-garni as they say in Quebec.

Chez Claudette

Diner, Canadian
Map View
A unique restaurant called Chez Claudette in downtown Montreal, Quebec Province, Canada.
© imageBROKER / Alamy Stock Photo

Located in Montreal’s hip Mile End neighborhood, Chez Claudette is an unpretentious casse-croûte (diner or snack bar) that has been open since the 1980s. You’ll often find it at its busiest in the late hours of the night, as bar-goers fill up on a wide selection of poutines and the ever-reliable steamé hotdog. A particular highlight of Chez Claudette’s offering? It’s one of the only greasy spoons in the city to offer a vegetarian steamé option.

Greenspot Restaurant

Deli, Diner, Canadian
Map View

There is hardly a diner in the city that doesn’t make an excellent steamé, and Greenspot in St-Henri is no exception. The lively deli has been around since 1947 and is the perfect place to grab a cheap steamé hotdog and fries after a day by the Lachine Canal. For those after a more elaborate dog, Greenspot also has some more indulgent options, such as a Michigan hotdog.

Gibeau Orange Julep

Diner, Fast Food
Map View
Gibeau Orange Julep - Montreal - Canada
© Adwo / Alamy Stock Photo

Gibeau Orange Julep is a landmark in its own right. The eatery, which opened in 1932, is housed in a large orange dome that has become an iconic part of Montreal’s cityscape. Though best known for its eponymous creamy orange drink, the roadside eatery is also a mainstay for Montrealers looking to enjoy a steamé hotdog and some poutine.

Montreal Pool Room

Diner, Canadian
Map View

On Saint-Laurent Boulevard in the city’s Quartier des Spectacles, Montreal Pool Room has been making steamé hotdogs and fries for over a century. Though its prices have inevitably risen since it opened in 1912, it’s still one of the best spots in town for a cheap, greasy meal. Its all-dressed steamé is thought by many to be without rival.

La Belle Province

Diner, Canadian
Map View

La Belle Province, also known as Belle Pro by Montrealers, is a fast-food chain found only in Quebec, la belle province itself. Whether you’re looking for a bite to eat after a night out or start to get hungry on a road trip, there is always a trusty Belle Pro nearby where you can satisfy your craving with two steamés and some poutine, usually in a retro-diner setting.

These recommendations were updated on September 10, 2020 to keep your travel plans fresh.

Cookies Policy

We and our partners use cookies to better understand your needs, improve performance and provide you with personalised content and advertisements. To allow us to provide a better and more tailored experience please click "OK"