The Best Restaurants in Mile-Ex, Montreal

Montreal skyline | © Taxiarchos228 / WikiCommons
Montreal skyline | © Taxiarchos228 / WikiCommons
Photo of Emily Paskevics
10 December 2017

There’s a lot of buzz around the Mile-Ex neighborhood in Montreal, which is emerging from its industrial origins toward a trendier reputation—though it still has a bit of mystery about it. Officially called the “Alexandra-Marconi” district, Mile-Ex lies north of Mile End, from Parc Avenue to Clark Street, between Jean-Talon and the train tracks. If you’re looking to explore the foodie scene in Mile-Ex, here are some restaurants to get you started.

Dépanneur Le Pick Up

Sandwich Shop, Canadian, Fast Food, Vegan, Vegetarian
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Dépanneur Le Pick Up takes its inspiration from Montreal’s abundance of “deps,” or corner convenience stores. You can browse through a variety of items, from locally made jams and spreads to organic wines, handmade zines, and store-branded T-shirts, while waiting for your lunch order. You can get classic sandwiches as well as vegan “pulled pork,” salads, and burgers. There are also breakfast options.

Manitoba

Restaurant, Contemporary, Canadian, Wine, Beer, $$$
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Deer steak
Deer steak | © AnneCN / Flickr

The motto of Manitoba in Mile-Ex is manger sauvage, or “eat wild.” This restaurant is tucked away on a side street, making it feel like a local secret. Small and quaint, with simple décor, Manitoba serves dishes that are inspired by, and make use of, elements of Quebec’s wild heritage. You can try rare items such as seal, deer, and boar, in addition to other creative concoctions that range from appetizers to desserts.

Marconi

Restaurant, Contemporary, European, Vegan, Vegetarian, $$$
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Cocktail
Cocktail | © Jens Theeß / Unsplash
Marconi offers a number of small creative dishes, many designed for sharing, and house-crafted cocktails. The restaurant, which focuses on seasonal products and ingredients, features an open kitchen and a busy bar. Although small, this place is always buzzing. You’ll find Marconi nudged between Mile-Ex and Little Italy.

Restaurant Mile-Ex

Restaurant, Fast Food, Seafood, Wine, Beer, Cocktails, French, $$$
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Restaurant Mile-Ex is a tiny spot that seats around 25 hungry customers at a time. Inspired by street food and fresh seafood cuisine, you’ll find a number of unusual, snackable items on their chalkboard menu—think seared calamari and cauliflower, burnt leek with sautéed whelks, or mussels with blue cheese and fries. There’s also the big “Motherf***er Burger,” which you can order as a simple, double, or heart-stopping triple. The Mile-Ex also offers catering services.

Dinette Triple Crown

Restaurant, American, Contemporary, $$$
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Dinette Triple Crown is all about Southern comfort food, meaning that it’s got a full menu of all things crispy, deep-fried, and delicious. The fried chicken is the most popular choice, but there’s also mac and cheese, sandwiches (try the “Big Nasty”), and smoked brisket. If none of this heavy, greasy goodness is your thing, there’s usually a seasonal salad on the menu.

Le Diplomate

Bar, Restaurant, Contemporary, Canadian, Wine, Beer, Fast Food, Vegetarian, $$$
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Le Diplomate is off the beaten track, which is rather reflective of the Mile-Ex neighborhood itself. Known for its relaxed and unpretentious atmosphere and its unconventional and generally tapas-style dishes, this is a great place to head to if you want to explore some new and inventive flavor combinations in both your food and your drinks.

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