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thesolodiner Jun 1, 2009 05:37 AM

Help, please... I'm in Montreal once a month; my home base is Old Montreal. Same pattern every time: I go to Eggspectations on St. Jacques, regret it deeply, wander around, find nothing, end up at IGA supermarket buying yogurt. I'm embarrassed to admit it happened again this morning.

There must be a decent breakfast option within walking distance of, say, the cathedral.... Suggestions?

PS - Today's Eggspectations disaster involved a server who pretended I wasn't sitting there. After waving and trying to make eye contact for 20 minutes, I bolted.

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    eatmyheartout Jun 2, 2009 07:48 PM

    Olive & Gourmando is fantastic however it can get pretty crowded... They have delicious baked goodies, Illy coffee and yummy sandwiches...but if you are in the mood for eggs, etc, this ain't the place.

    If you are willing to travel the extra distance, go west on Notre-Dame to McKiernan's (just before Atwater Market)...This is my favourite spot...a NY-style luncheonnette with amazing brunches, staff is cool, all foodies...and with summer on its way, the terrasse should be opening soon.

    Now if you want to stay close and just want the basic eggs'n bacon, check out greasy-spoon Louigi on McGill. I think Vallier across the street is also serving brunch on week-ends, I haven't tried it yet!

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      FoodNovice Jun 21, 2009 12:52 PM

      I just had an excellent brunch at l'Arrivage, the restaurant on the top floor of the archaeology museum, Pointe à Caillière- I haven't seen it mentioned on this board before as a brunch spot, but they had a pretty extensive menu with a number of egg-related options, as well as daily specials. I'll definitely go back. And we enjoyed the great view over the port.

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        immaterialgirl Oct 15, 2010 01:44 PM

        Ooooooh l'Arrivage - I went to a wedding reception there recently and the food (and view) was fantastic - great brunch suggestion! Might give it a try this weekend...

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        foodinspace Oct 15, 2010 02:58 PM

        I've never been to Louigi but I quite like the next place up: Plaza McGill on the southwest corner of McGill and Notre-Dame. Decent bacon'n'eggs and very good service.

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        madi Jun 1, 2009 08:20 PM

        how about the titanic on st-pierre

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          wilmagrace Jun 2, 2009 06:34 PM

          i also recommend olive and gourmando; le cartet but for more options try

          jardins du nelson especially hidden terrace in back, they have music on weekend but check times if that interests you http://www.jardinnelson.com/english/dejeuner.pdf

          pierre calvet, when i went with family, service was good and it has a charm of old world but better to have company than dine alone as very quiet place with those thick stone walls http://www.pierreducalvet.ca/english/...

        2. carswell Jun 1, 2009 08:23 AM

          You've got some good suggestions above. I'd also add Café Santé Veritas. www.cafesanteveritas.com

          1. buzz_sapien Jun 1, 2009 08:09 AM

            I would try Le Cartet on McGill or try this one - they have great pastries...

            Restaurant À Propos
            300 Rue Notre-Dame E
            Montréal, QC H2Y

            1. Alyson777 Jun 1, 2009 08:00 AM

              You can also check out Holder at 407 McGill street, Reservations: 514 - 849 - 0333
              http://www.restaurantholder.com/

              Also not too far from Old Montreal is Griffintown and I quite enjoy their brunch.

              Griffintown
              1378, rue Notre Dame O.
              Montreal,

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                SnackHappy Jun 1, 2009 08:17 AM

                Note that the OP is looking for breakfast not brunch. I don't know about Griffintown Cafe, but Holder opens at 11:30am on weekdays and 10am on weekends. That's not very convenient for breakfast.

              2. kpzoo Jun 1, 2009 05:40 AM

                Ick, Eggspectations!

                Have you tried Olive & Gourmando on St-Paul and Le Cartet on McGill? Not sure if le Cartet does brunch on weekdays & Olive & Gourmando is closed Sun & Mon. And there's always dim sum in Chinatown (Kam Fung or Ruby Rouge).

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                  sweettoothMTL Jun 1, 2009 06:39 AM

                  Cartet doesn't have their great week-end brunch menu during the week, but they do have breakfast menu that is still very satisfying. Both good classics suggested above, worth the detour. Depends what you are expecting for breakfast, but if you don't want to go to far, Claude Postel (http://www.claudepostel.com/en/index....), croissant and other breakfast pastries, is simple, quick and pretty good.

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                    torontrealais Jul 27, 2009 08:21 PM

                    Thesolodiner: Speaking of poor waiters, I've had one too many bad experiences with inattentive waiters at Le Cartet. Their food and atmosphere are top notch, their service much less. Their take-out food also isn't memorable, so make sure you sit down and enjoy their weekend brunch the fully appreciate it.

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