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BLM Aug 11, 2007 11:20 PM

Where's great pancakes at breakfast or brunch establishment in Montreal? It's very hard to find a good one. Preferably buttermilk pancakes(for the plain variety) and/or blueberry pancakes.

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    paulerino Dec 12, 2007 10:53 AM

    Come on guys, B&M at Somerled/Grand (used to be Monkland) has great fluffy pancakes with/without blueberries.

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      bomobob Dec 12, 2007 10:56 AM

      Am I the only one who thinks BM is a really ill-advised choice for a restaurant name? Just puttin' that out there.

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        carswell Dec 12, 2007 11:13 AM

        What a difference an ampersand makes...

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          bomobob Dec 12, 2007 11:18 AM

          Nope, doesn't help.

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          crispy1 Dec 14, 2007 05:38 AM

          I have always thought this to be a bizarre choice of name.... however I work in the medical profession.

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        phoenikia Dec 11, 2007 08:33 PM

        Renoir at the Sofitel serves the best blueberry pancakes I have ever eaten.

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          ORNES Dec 12, 2007 09:04 AM


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            C70 Dec 12, 2007 01:19 PM

            yeah Beautys does use fresh blueberries all year, which is more than I can say for many other brekky joints.

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          cutelittlebirdie Dec 11, 2007 08:25 PM

          Le Vieux St-Laurent at St Laurent and Duluth has fairly good ones, the best I've found at a restaurant so far. But I'm going to agree with the others that making your own is still the best bet.

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            Mr F Dec 11, 2007 08:46 AM

            You might want to give ArtJava a shot. Also Bagel etc. (weekends only), though as I recall nothing spectacular.

            1. mainsqueeze Dec 10, 2007 12:07 PM

              I've had decent ones at Reservoir, except the sweet brunch on their menu changes weekly, so they're not always available.

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                swissfoodie Dec 10, 2007 12:11 PM

                That would have been my recommendation as well. They are small, not mealy and the toppings interesting.

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                silvertint Dec 10, 2007 10:34 AM

                Pancakes anyone ??? I was just watching Unwrapped on FoodTv, they were profiling "The Original Pancake House" out of Portland, looks amazing !!! Where can one get something good in Montreal ??? Thanks

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                  bomobob Dec 10, 2007 11:33 AM

                  My house:)

                  Honestly, I've never had superlative pancakes at any breakfast place I've ever gone to in Montreal. Sad, really. I never order then either, but I see and taste them when other people do, and they really don't cut it.

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                    cherylmtl Dec 10, 2007 11:40 AM

                    Okay, so we're all coming over to your place for pancakes and ribs ;-)

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                      bomobob Dec 10, 2007 11:52 AM

                      And Thai curry and tom yum.

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                        morebubbles Dec 10, 2007 12:00 PM

                        count me in!!:)

                        I haven't found good pancakes either, unfortunately. A pet peeve of mine is fake maple syrup, which just doesn't cut it. So instead, I make buttermilk pancakes at home as well.

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                          bomobob Dec 11, 2007 04:59 AM

                          Ah yes, Telephone Pole Syrup. You do find that a lot in the states, but there is just no excuse for it here.
                          However, the NE US seems to have a much higher percentage of good pancake places than here, maybe due to the long diner tradition. Noonmark Diner in Keene Valley, NY, Steve's in Middlebury, VT, and Peg's in N. Woodstock, NH really stand out.
                          Fluffy is always the key, for me. But fluffy without so much baking powder that you walk around for the next two hours feeling like you just cleaned a blackboard with your tongue.

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                            rillettes Dec 12, 2007 10:11 AM

                            Noonmark's is great, if you can ever get a seat. And put up with the horrible service.
                            I never even think of ordering pancakes in a resto, but if you do like fluffy pancakes and don't mind making them at home, here's a great trick:
                            Separate the eggs, add the yolks to the wet mixture and incorporate with the dry. Whip in a separate bowl the egg whites until you get soft peaks, and fold in to the rest of the mixture.

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                        maisonbistro Dec 10, 2007 03:30 PM

                        Can I come too??? I'll bring my "secret" recipe ribs and we can compare. What the heck, I'll also make pancakes and we can have a pancake- off.

                        Seriously though, they require few ingredients and not too many skills - the best pancakes are always homemade!!

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