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Jan 6, 2009 08:05 AM

Breakfast in... Verdun?

Maybe this is a totally dumb question, given that Verdun isn't exactly on the list of hotspots in Montreal, but why is it that I can't seem to get a decent breakfast here? I've tried two neighbourhood spots, mostly wanting to find a decent place I could walk to, rather than schlepping out to the Plateau/downtown/NDG/wherever, and they were both terrible. (You can read the whole story on my blog, if you're curious: http://shoestringmontreal.wordpress.c...


A couple of people have recommended Rex Pizza for breakfast, to which my initial response is "WTF? Pizza for breakfast?" Is this place actually any good, and do they serve breakfast foods or what?

Any other Verdun rec's would also be appreciated!

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  1. I had luck on Hickson, I believe the place is called Garaga. I can't remember the exact intersection but if you head east on Rue Cool and then turn South on Hickson, it's only a few blocks. They have a nice terrase and the food was decent.

    Hope this helps,


    1. Well, it may not be a hotspot yet, but it sure seems to be an up-and-coming hotspot! I know a few folks who live there and I'll try to ask them first-hand about breakfast reccos soon. In the meantime, have you seen this Gazette piece from last fall about cool places to eat/shop in Verdun?

      The rise of Verdun

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      1. re: kpzoo

        Asked a Verduner (Verdunite?) friend for recs and she strongly recommended a diner called La Belle (on Verdun and De L'Eglise), as well as Garage (Hickson near Wellington), and failing that, she also mentioned a retro-sounding crepe place kitty-corner to Garage. Good luck!

        1. re: kpzoo

          La Belle is short for the fast-food chain La Belle Province. They do standard greasy-spoon brekkie, good for hangovers :)

      2. Recently ran across a "what I love about Verdun"-type interview with Louis-François Marcotte (chef/owner of Simpléchic and Le Local) in which he mentioned two possible candidates: Lefebvre & Filles Bouchées de Bonheur (3539 Lasalle, 514 766-3564) and Bao Bab (4800 Wellington, 514 509-1334). You'd want to call and ask about hours and food, though. There's also L'Art du Pain (3729 Wellington, 514 227-2425) for what sounds to be a bread/pastry and tea/coffee style breakfast.

        Edit: Just found the interview

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        1. re: carswell

          Hmm. I've been to Baobab, but they are mostly just a café--some sandwiches were available, but there wasn't a huge selection, and definitely no breakfast unless you're just looking to grab a muffin. The coffee is tasty but pricey; I think it may all be Fair Trade. I'll try your other suggestions, though, thanks!

          1. re: carswell

            Unfortunately, L'art du pain is long gone. I was addicted to their croissants and their algerian (?) almond pastries. And i don't usually even like almond pastries.

            If anyone knows where the owner/baker is, I beg you let us know. those croissants were amazing.

          2. Having just moved to Verdun, I was asking myself the same question..
            I tried La Terasse and thought it was OK.. my gf's omelette was made with Velveeta (not good) and my bacon tasted kind of funny. We were amazed to see that everybody in the restaurant seemed to know eachother.. not sure I'll go back there..
            Then we tried Crescendo on the corner of Lasalle and Desmarchais. We loved it! They have a nice very nice terrasse (be ready to wait for a table) and the food and service were excellent!! Of course you pay a bit extra than your usual diner.. probably due to the cool location, but it's well worth it!

            1. I really like the Nu Art café, 3780 Wellington. Friendly, with changing local art on the walls, a funky decor and a lot of delicious breakfast choices every week-end. They have interesting combinations, crepes, omelettes, etc. There's a little terrace, great for sunny days. I always find that we carry a smell of fried potatoes when we leave, but it doesn't stop us from going back!

              The rest of the menu has a lot of vegeterian options, and tarot readings some evenings. A cool place!