Last updated April 30, 2016
In a city known for its lively food scene, it isn't surprising to find a varied group of curious and critical food bloggers keeping tabs on restaurants as well as the wider world of ingredients, markets and cooking generally.
Only in Montreal will you find multiple blogs devoted to that most choice of fast food specialties, poutine. Poutine Chronicles and The Poutine Pundit review poutine offerings so that you need never be without a notion where to find a good poutine in all its squeaky cheese glory.
Mr. Lew's Great Burger Search looks for the best hamburgers and other fast food.
Cartoonist Hasemeister has a food blog called Fast Food Fred with quick amusing looks at fast food options, mostly in and around Montreal but occasionally further afield. Good pix of the restaurant signs, too. In French. (This is the man with a Flickr set of images of the ubiquitous Italian chef we've all seen on a pizza box.)
Eater has come to Montreal with a vengeance and gives a sly, somewhat sardonic look to our food and eating habits. It makes lists of hottest restaurants and does a weekly sweep of notable reviews, as well as tracking openings, closings and general news connected with the restaurant business.
Chowhound has a Quebec discussion board that is more often than not focused on Montreal, as people ask, answer and debate questions about restaurants and cookery. All in English, being part of a site operated by Americans, and has several stalwart commenters who can be relied on for interesting opinions. Also keeps lists of openings and closings.
514eats.com is the work of two "regular guys" who like to eat and drink and write about it. Presumably Montreal Food Divas provides a more female approach to the subject. Montreal Maven claims to know about the Montreal lifestyle, including food. Sebastien Robillard also takes the lifestyle angle, often focusing on food (and in English). Zuuchini ponders both food and skin care; Eating Out Montreal is restaurant notes from an ITHQ grad in restaurant management.Eat With Eva explores cultures through food; 2direct@montreal does some high-end resto reviewing.
One of the most delightful Montreal food blogs used to be ...an endless banquet, run by A.J. Kinik and professional chef Michelle Marek. These two get around, so not all the entries were about Montreal, but many were. Their master lists A to M and N to Z encapsulated a vast amount of knowledge, both on the best places to eat and to source excellent and recherché groceries, so I'm maintaining these links even if the information may have drifted out of date over time. The more recent version of their blog on Squarespace is focused more on recipes and cooking than on the Montreal scene particularly.
The Metro free paper has a lively food section which almost counts as a blog.
Chomp Chomp used to be Jeremy and Vinita's resto guide on a page at McGill. It's kind of charmingly Web 1.0 but lists a lot of places – alas, still with no dates on their reviews.
Blogs come and go, none faster than those started by people who think they're going to want to write about what they eat.If I notice a food blog's been neglected for awhile, I'll remove it from this page. Likewise, if the focus of a blog shifts permanently away from Montreal, it doesn't belong here. Finally, if a blog focuses on home cooking with no particular Montreal angle, it doesn't really fit on this page even if it's written here.
Also, please keep in mind that not all food bloggers constantly update their content. Don't make big plans to go to any restaurant mentioned in a blog without calling first to make sure it's still in business, and will be open when you're hoping to visit.
I could wish all food bloggers would do two things: date their blog entries – especially restaurant reviews – and say a little something about who they are. I don't mean they need to post an entire CV, but it would be nice to know whether a blog's being written by someone with professional background in the business.
If you have any news of new, revived or defunct food blogs, please email me.