These are the limited dining options, if you really must travel
At this time of year, Montrealers are usually headed to the airport in large numbers to visit friends and family abroad, or, for snowbirds, to escape the winter chill. This year is markedly different, with Premier François Legault just yesterday urging the province’s residents to refrain from travel during the holiday period. As a result, Montréal-Pierre Elliot Trudeau International Airport’s food and beverage landscape looks quite different, too. Any few highlights from previous years have mostly been shut down — not even Starbucks is operating.
Until now, this guide provided direction on the best bets for eating on premise; this time, the barometer is much lower. This is simply a list of the select few places — no matter how mass-produced or unappealing — that are still serving, should you find yourself in need of some sustenance before or after necessary travel.
This guide is divided up into four sections — the public area (open to non-travellers), and then Canadian, international, and United States departures. Spoiler: the last of these has been scrubbed of nearly all dining options.
Java U: Montreal-based cafe chain with breakfasts, soup, sandwiches and wraps, salads, and pastries — better than most other coffee options [Near United States check-in]Paramount: A Canadian chain doing a range of Lebanese-leaning options like shawarma, falafel, and salads [Near international and domestic security]Subway: Its former spokesperson Jared Fogle may be in prison, but this sandwich chain is still something that exists [International arrivals]Tim Hortons: The cheapest thing in the airport — burnt hair-tasting coffee, doughnuts, and pastries in every iteration of “maple” [Domestic arrivals]
Pork & Pickle/Official
Restricted Zone: Canadian Departures — Gates 1 to 51
Java U: See above [Gate 1]
YUL Pizza: Pizza, breakfast pizza, salads, and snacks, all served relatively quickly [Gate 2 and Gate 51]
Tim Hortons: See above [Gate 3]
Pork & Pickle: Perhaps the best bet on this list — a Southern barbecue spot, or at least the airport chain version of it. Expect lots of smoky meat (ribs and brisket), and generally heavier comfort fare like burgers, and mac and cheese, although it might weigh travellers down a little for a flight. [Gate 4]
Bistrot: It actually leans more towards a casual café than formal bistro food, but there’s pasta, soup, crepes, and more [Gate 48]
La Biscuitery: Cookies and coffee, pretty much [Gate 50]
Camden: Health-food oriented fare that can also cater to plenty of allergies and intolerances: think sandwiches and salads [Gate 50]
Restricted Zone: International Departures — Gates 52 to 68
Café Montréal Bagel: Fairmount bagels served up in sandwich form with classic toppings — it’s tough to screw that up [Gate 52]
Java U: See above [Gate 52]
U-Bar: Standard airport bar with cocktails, and pub-leaning food such as pizza [Gate 53B]
BistrotSee above [Gate 59]
Restricted Zone: United States Departures
While the Canada–US land border remains closed to non-essential traffic, travellers are still able to fly south. But with air travel still at record lows, so are dining options in this part of the airport. All that’s open is Le petit comptoir à sandwich, a small sandwich counter by the folks of Crescent Street Italian restaurant Wienstein & Gavino’s, located near Gate 79.