In 2012, Dispatch Coffee established itself as the first portable espresso truck in Montreal. The company’s mission is to promote sustainable coffee and products, offering a multitude of espresso-based drinks through their uniquely customized truck, as well as their catering service. The truck is cozy and inviting, with a menu that extends beyond coffee and into a multitude of sweet and savoury bites. One such item is the warm toasted bread, with several delicious spreads to choose from. Additionally, pastries are available for those looking for something sweet to accompany their drink, such as croissants with butter or strawberry strudel. The pricing on the menu is fairly reasonable for students, with drinks ranging from $2.25 to $5.50, and food items ranging from $1.75 to $3.75. The Dispatch Coffee food truck is perfect for a short break of quality caffeinated drinks and a quick bite.
Where: To find out more about Dispatch Coffee or the location of their truck, check out their Facebook page at facebook.com/dispatchcoffeemtl
As the first food truck in Montreal since 2010, Grumman is recognized for its role in bringing mobile food back to the streets of Montreal. The location and menu changes daily; each day, Grumman offers three different taco options to encourage customers to try a new variety. One such menu offered a vegetarian taco made with beans and feta cheese, a beef taco, and a curry lamb taco for $5.00, $6.00, and $7.00 dollars respectively. Although tacos are Mexican in origin, Grumman draws upon flavours from different cultures to create eccentric variations. Depending on the day, they also offer a dessert option; a popular, highly recommended choice is the tomato and corn bread.
Where: Grumman usually rotates through 13 main locations. The best way to find the food truck is to follow them on Facebook at facebook.com/Grumman78.
Monsieur Félix & Mr. Norton
If you have a sweet tooth and like to indulge in gourmet desserts, Monsieur Félix & Mr. Norton (F&N) is a must try. Originating in Montreal in 1985, F&N has evolved from one shop into 45 stores and a food truck. The company’s solar- and propane-powered food truck offers delicious cookies on the streets of Montreal, with specialty variations ranging from “Ménage à Trois”, a cookie with dark, white, and milk chocolate chunks, to their “Dark Chocolate Chunk,” a decadent cookie for all dark chocolate lovers out there. F&N also offers delightful ice-cream sandwiches, with the customer’s cookie choice acting as the outer layers of the sandwich. In addition, F&N has brought cupcakes to its mix of desserts, with an array of flavours like the popular Ménage à Trois, to the Caramel Fleur De Sel. F&N adds colour and happiness in the form of unique treats to the food truck scene of Montreal, and is definitely something to look out for.
Where: Follow their twitter account at twitter.com/FelixAndNorton to keep tabs on the truck’s whereabouts.
Das Food Truck
When Stefan Jacob and Annie Clavette started the Das Food Truck earlier this year, they based it off of the idea that quality German food was missing from the landscape of the food truck community. Some of the most popular items on the menu are schnitzel and poutine, which is made with veal stock, caramelized onions, and bacon. The DBL, a bread-less sandwich that uses chicken instead of the buns, has bacon, sweet braised cabbage, cheese, and Das Food Truck’s special sauce. The DBL is one of the truck’s most popular items and comes highly recommended. Das Food Truck also serves a delicious and refreshing German drink, Apfelschorle, an apple soda that goes perfectly with the transition to Autumn weather. Hunger is a useful tool when visiting the Das Food Truck—the portions are generous and the food is irresistible.
Where: Visit their Facebook page at facebook.com/dasfoodtruck, where locations are posted every morning.
Deli Vieux Port
There is no better place to get a classic fix of Montreal smoked-meat and poutine in the summer than at Deli Vieux Port Food Truck. The truck is perfect for a cheap, quick, and filling meal during a nice stroll in the beautiful summer weather. The crowd favourite is the Smoked Meat Poutine, but Deli Vieux Port also offers classic British comfort food, such as a Fish and Chips option for those who wish to venture outside of traditional Montreal fare. Annie Labrosse, the manager of the food truck, noted the positive feedback from customers.
“People are very happy to see the truck back,” said Labrosse. “We used to have trucks years ago, so it brings back memories for older customers, and the younger crowd is happy because it’s different.”
Where: Currently in its second summer of business, Deli Vieux Port Food Truck is parked seven days a week from 11 a.m to 11 p.m, right by the intersection of Commune Est and Jacques-Cartier in Montreal’s Old Port.
The Moozoo truck serves refreshing gelato, frozen yogurt, and fresh smoothies to tourists and locals alike in Old Port. While the truck is convenient for those on- the-go, there is a larger variety of choices if you walk across Rue de la Commune Est to Moozoo’s permanent location located in close proximity to the truck at 133 Commune Est. At the Old Port food truck, MooZoo typically offers two flavours of frozen yogurt, as well as two of their gelatos, rotating them so that each day is unique. In addition to the gelatos and smoothies, MooZoo offers “Beaver Bites,” small donut holes that are soaked in the frozen yogurt or gelato of your choice and then drizzled with caramel andchocolate hazelnut sauce. Such a treat is strongly recommended for summer days—particularly as a refreshment when travelling around Old Port.
Where: Located in Old Port right off of the intersection of Jacques Cartier and Commune E.