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Jan 28, 2009 02:18 PM

What's the best place for breakfast in Montreal

I've just moved back to Montreal after being away 30 years. The city and many of the places I knew have changed or are gone

So.....what is the best place for breakfast during the week or even on the weekends?

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    1. Hiya, welcome back! This is a good fairly recent thread on the subject that you could try as a starting point. Need any more info, feel free to clarify!

      Looking for Breakfast

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      1. re: kpzoo

        If you want an El Salvadoran breakfast (a tad different from your bacon and eggs), I'd suggest Iris on Jarry just east of St. Laurent.
        Papusas, chicharon, tamales, plantain, horcheta, etc.

        1. re: kpzoo

          Thank you for the help. I did do a search. But I can see that I must of still been having computer troubles because it did not bring up anything. Thank you for the link.

          mea culpa!

        2. I'm probably the only person on the board who doesn't like the breakfast at either reservoir or Byblos. I will recommend L'Avenue on Mont Royal instead. They serve a variety of conventional things, like a mean eggs benedict, to less conventional items. My friends who I have taken there have always been happy and the food seems consistently good and the price is very fair. The servers can be a bit cold, but I think this is almost calculated as it's kinda a 'hot spot', if you know what I mean. Get there early though, it fills up fast. And even if you don't have to use the washroom, check it out anyway. It's bizarre in a wonderful way.

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          1. re: The Chemist

            I never understood the attraction of L'Avenue. Mediocre food at best and always packed so one can't linger and enjoy brunch without feeling guilty about all the people queuing up to get in. Far better to go across the street to Cafe Eldorado where the food is much better, the servers friendly and the coffee way better than L'Avenue. All in my humble opinion of course.

            Bagel Etc. on St Laurent / Marie-Anne is also an excellent spot. My fave there is Heuvos Rancheros - and the Art Deco interior is very special.


            1. re: pyropaul99

              Seconded (as if it's necessary :P) Bagel Etc. is my go-to breakfast spot.

              1. re: afoodyear

                I consider myself to be quite the breakfast maven. My top 10 are

                1. Beauty's on Mount Royal
                2. B & M restaurant (summerled or Sherbrook st West
                3. Universal (St Denis)
                4. L'Avenue on Mount Royal St East
                5. Bagel Ect.,,, (st Laurent)
                6. Cafe Cherier ( St Denie)
                7. St Viateur bagel on Monkland St
                8. Dusty's on park
                9. La senzala on Bernard (Brazilian brunch)
                10. GriffinTown ( new) Notre Dame near mountain street

                1. re: Alyson777

                  Re: Top Ten Breakfast Places.. Top Prices for average food at Beauty's.........Don't ask for a Poached egg .....They don't make them.

                2. re: afoodyear

                  Try the new restaurant the SPARROW on St Laurent for Brunch it is great!

                  Also Griffintown is good for brunch..

                  1. re: Alyson777

                    Second the Sparrow. Had breakfast there while visiting last weekend, thanks to a rec on this Board. We had orange/grapefruit juice, scones and clotted cream, smoked salmon and scrambled eggs, chanterelles/ fried egg on soda bread, capuccino. Simple, fresh and delicious.

                    We also enjoyed the croissants (plain, almond, chocolate) at Patisserie Fous Desserts.

                3. re: pyropaul99

                  Too bad that you have had bad experiences there. Everything I have gone the food has been great, and I am really picky about breakfast. Once is was a tiny bit coldish, but other than that, nada. I will try the places you mentioned though!

                  Yeah, I do agree that they rush you out to turn the tables, but I can't really blame them for trying to make money. Most places will do the same on Sunday brunch.

                  1. re: pyropaul99

                    Third for Bagel Etc. The blintzes are delicious and it's nice to get a bagel sometimes instead of toast. Cozy atmosphere too.

                    1. re: pyropaul99

                      Haven't tried Cafe Eldorado, but went to L'Avenue with a friend from out of town the other day. We both loved the breakfasts. He had the Chorizo Omelette and I tried the Chorizo Eggs Benedict. WOW! No complaints. Busy, but no crazy crowd Weds. morning and not crazy lines (about 10:30am). Couldn't finish the potatoes, as good as they were. Second time there. Love this place.

                    2. re: The Chemist

                      Thanks for this. I tried L'Avenue because of your write-up. Excellent!

                    3. Where are the best eggs benedict in Montreal?

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                      1. re: hungryann

                        My favourite (that doesn't mean best) is at Fruits Folies served with smoked salmon.

                        3817 Rue St. Denis, Montreal, PQ
                        Phone: 514-840-9011

                        1. re: pyropaul99

                          I used to go there all the time for the eggs benedict but now they are under new management and the food is inconsistent. Sometimes it will be great, other times terrible. I wish that they would go back to the way they were... Also, they got rid of my favorite servers (we were regulars for maybe a year) and replaced them with who I can only assume are family or friends who don't match up really.

                          1. re: pyropaul99

                            What about the classic version, i.e. no smoked salmon?

                            1. re: hungryann

                              Yeah, that's what I always had; Traditional. I like smoked salmon, but fish and runny eggs together (and eggs Benedict MUST be runny!) kind of puts me off.

                              When we used to go, it was always perfect: Yolks liquidy, muffins toasted, hollandaise lemony, and potatoes crispy... after a while, it was a real lucky day if all of these things came together.

                              There is nothing more tragic than when your regular breakfast dive starts to degrade.

                              Also, I learned a lot of French when I frist moved here by interacitng with the staff... now they are replaced. Boo.

                              Now, I tend to make my own eggs benidict. That way I know it's perfect! =D It's probably the thing that I am most picky about when I eat out. Some things (steak, burgers, etc.) are just so personal to taste, that I can't leave it up to anyone else! =D


                              1. re: The Chemist

                                The "complet" brunch from Aux Vivres is amazing... yes it is vegan, but they sure do know what they are doing! Today I was feeling a bit under the weather and not in the mood to sit in a busy restaurant, and to my delight I was able to order ahead, pick up my meal and eat brunch in the comfort of my own home.

                                1. re: queen of tartar

                                  I second that! I find the standard egg-based breakfasts in this city to be boring at best, at least since the Sala Rosa stopped serving brunch, but the "complet" at Aux Vivires is excellent! Sweet potatoes, tempeh bacon, tofu scramble and fresh cornbread...mmm. Give it a try, you might be surprised. My very carnivorous brother says it's his favourite breakfast joint.

                            2. re: pyropaul99

                              Does the menu still list their eggs benedict made with "hollandaise" It's made from powder, but if you like that stuff I guess their benedict is decent.

                            3. re: hungryann

                              I had the most sublime eggs benedict experience at Holder. It was delicious; the eggs were very well done and I remember the english muffin wasn't too toasted, so I didn't have to fight to eat the egg and muffin in one bite. It's also a wonderful place to have brunch in, they give you really good jam (not out of a plastic container) and they have a great variety of waffles, pancakes, etc.

                            4. Try The Beauty on Mont Royal by Saint Urbain.

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                              1. re: rabbijohn

                                It's Beauty's & many folks on these boards would not recommend it at all. It's heyday has long since passed & IMHO people only go there for nostalgia reasons & not for the food.

                                1. re: RhondaB

                                  peple sad same things 25 years ago. it is the same as it was then.

                                  1. re: RhondaB

                                    Have to disagree. I love Beauty's. Not everyday, but once or twice a year. They make very good juice and I just love the food.

                                    1. re: Frenchie

                                      just a heads-up: they mix tropicana into the "freshly squeezed" OJ.

                                      that being said, I love their blueberry pancakes, and anything chicken there. the chicken salad sandwich on russian rye is YUMMY. they used to put a bit of dill in it, and it makes the sandwich.

                                  2. re: rabbijohn

                                    Beauty's is amazing but you forgot to mention way over priced for what they offer. Most breakfast places give fruit on the plate.. Beauty's doesn't The Bacon is also super salty