As the end of summer approaches, I feel the urge to get out and enjoy the good weather while it lasts. So, yesterday I headed over to NDG to check the Monkland Street Fest, enjoy the sunny day and have some street food. Aside from the usual sidewalk sales, face painting and live bands, some food trucks joined the party this year. P.A. & Gargantua, Landry & Filles Snack-Bar Sur Roues and Pas D’Cochon Dans Mons Salon were there to feed the hungry crowd.
I’m still a bit skeptical when it comes to some of the food trucks out there. From what I’ve tried, I find that, in general, most of them are offering overpriced and tiny portions. But that doesn’t mean I don’t want Montreal’s meals on wheels food service to flourish. So, why not give it a try?
My first stop was at P.A. & Gargantua. Their specialties are gourmet grilled cheese sandwiches. Their menu ranges from the Basic Grilled Cheese ($6) to Veggie ($8) and Bacon with Shallots Confit ($9). This time, I choose the Con Carne with Chilli ($9).
Basically, a grilled cheese filled with minced meat and chilli. I really loved the idea of having beans inside my sandwich. It was actually pretty tasty but, to be honest, I was expecting more filling. I was also curious to try P. A. & Gargantua’s famous Strawberry-Rhubarb grilled cheese. Unfortunately, it wasn’t available yesterday. Maybe some next time.
Next stop was at Pas d’Cochon dans mon Salon. From the crew from La Salle à Manger, this food trailer is out on the street for a while serving amazing BBQ and fresh oysters. But their top selling item is the Pulled Pork Sandwich. This is definitely a must-eat.
For $7, you get this huge bun full of succulent and tender meat covered with a delicious sweet-tangy smoky barbecue sauce. Just a warning: this sandwich is a beast. So don’t be shy to ask a fork if you don’t want end up with sauce all over your face.
For desserts, I went check what Landry and Fills had to offer. I start with some homemade popsicles. I tried two different flours: watermelon and plum ($3 each). Both were delicious and extremely refreshing. Exactly the kind of treat I was looking for. I also had Landry and Fills’ Choco-Raspberry Crémeux ($4). Nothing outstanding, but still a fairly good dessert if you’re a chocolate addicted like me.
Landry and Fills’s menu also contains some savory options, mostly home-style dishes focusing on fresh and local products such as the Shrimp Ploye. I was not really familiar with the Ploye concept but the staff explained me that it is essentially a pancake of both buckwheat and wheat flour usually cooked only on one side. It sounded tempting but I was already full after that pulled pork sandwich. Hopefully, I’ll have the chance to catch up with Landry et Filles at least one more time before the end of the food truck season.
Monkland street is closed from Girouard to Draper until Sunday, August 25 at 8PM. If you hurry up, you can still show up. So, what are you waiting for? Go out and enjoy the weather!
P.A. & GARGANTUA
Mobile Food Truck
PAS D’COCHON DANS MON SALON
Mobile Food Truck