Ambiance : Lively

Mains : $5 to $14.35

Beer jug : $12.95

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Started by Luigi Di Lallo back in 1929, the first Dilallo Burger was born in Ville-Émard. Over the next 90 years, three other branches have opened where everyone continues to come and eat some great diner food – in Sainte-Catherine, Jean-Talon Market and the St-Henri neighborhood.

Now owned by Gilles Meloche, Robert Meloche and Monique Sigouin, the St Henri restaurant opened during a time when the neighborhood was gentrifying: « Our Dilallo location opened in the days when St-Henri was blue-collar district known for its industries and lots of people from the area worked in the textile industry. So at the time, it was an ideal place that guaranteed a good regular clientele, « says Éric Meloche, Manager. And since then, Dillalo has grown into a Montreal landmark.

Dilallo fulfills the concept of a snack bar serving quality fast food in a warm, family-oriented atmosphere: « We are somewhat like a beacon of traditions. Our clientele are very loyal and we get many customers coming from all over Quebec who want to taste our classic dishes, » Eric explains. Some staff members have been working here for over 40 years, which greatly contributes to the friendly, somewhat old-school atmosphere at Dilallo.

The owners are behind the current look inside Dilallo. The space seats 32 with another 20 on the terrace. It is all very welcoming and unpretentious, maybe reminding you of stopping in at a roadside diner – casual, with a friendly staff who make you feel part of the family once you’re inside.

As we want, the St Henri menu offers the one and only ‘Buck Burger’, the classic made famous by Luigi himself, cooked on his same custom stoves. The burger is still made from the original recipe using Canadian beef and dressed with Italian capicole, lettuce, onions, tomatoes, mustard, relish, cheese and Luigi’s personal touch of homemade peppers. « What makes the Buck Burger stand out from others are these mixture of tastes, and it is really juicy! The pepper adds a small kick of heat just enough so that it does not overwhelm the rest of the burger’s taste. You can choose how you want your bun, from ‘wet’ (using the flavored steam from the cooking beef patty), ‘dry’ (toasted) or ‘dipped’ (in the juices from the peppers), » explains Eric. The Buck Burger is on our list of the best burgers in Montreal and by the way, another signature element is that it is always served upside down. Also on the menu are a number of traditional snacks to choose from like subs, poutines, other burgers, hotdogs, and more. There are also some beers, wines and cold drinks available.

« Day after day, what we love is the very warm and family atmosphere that you feel around you. Tradition is what drives everything here. We serve classic and timeless dishes to our loyal and very kind customers! » adds Eric.

The bottom line is if you want one of Montreal’s best burgers, head to Dilallo Burger in St Henri for the classic Buck Burger. The place is friendly and without any airs and graces. And as a bonus, you may even catch sight of a few chefs from some of Montreal’s well-known restaurants who drop in at Dilallo before starting work or on a day off. What more proof do you need!

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