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Diners and snack bars—or casse-croûtes as they’re better known by francophones—in Montreal are so beloved that it’s hard to say what came first: The “Belle Province” nickname or the fast-food chain of the same name. Regardless, diners have held a strong foothold over the years in this city where the words “open since” carry as much weight as a celebrity chef de cuisine or a foie gras-embellished menu. Beloved for the wide range of cheap eats that includes (but is far from limited to) Montreal’s best poutine, burgers and hot dogs, each one has its own mythology, rules, and regulars.
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