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Nov 6, 2010 08:12 AM

Montreal weekend lunch/brunch options (not too eggy)

My husband and I enjoy going to a resto for lunch or brunch on Saturday and Sunday, but we always rotate between the same restos. "Nice" means good food, don't care too much about service, preferably close to a metro but not necessary since I can drive. My husband doesn't like eggs, but I do. Any new suggestions?

Here's where we currently go to (and would recommend):
Olives et Gourmando
Dimsum at La Maison Kamfung or Ruby Rouge
Sparrow (more my cup of tea than his)
St-Viateur Bagels (with a visit to Petits Gateaux for cupcakes afterwards)
Chez Schwartz
The Main (husband likes this better than Schwartz's, but I prefer Schwartz's brightness)
Hamel Fromagerie in Jean-Talon Market (nice cheeseplate)
Eggspectation (more of a last resort - the closest one we go to is at Place des Arts, though I think the one by Guy Concordia is better. Husband likes the BLT)


St-Viateur Bagel
231 Rue St-Viateur Ouest, Montr, Montreal, QC , CA

Jean-Talon Market
7075 Avenue Casgrain, Montreal, QC H2S, CA

1661 Boul De L'avenir, Laval, QC H7S2N5, CA

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    Kaza Maza

    1. Most breakfast places offer a LOT of choices that do not have eggs. There is always a huge selections of belgian wafflse, crepes, pancakes, french toast, bagels, etc...

      Lemeac, Olive et Gourmando, DimSum (either at Kam Fung or Ruby Rouge both are good), The Sparrow, St-Viateur... these are all good choices. I like REservoir for drinks and supper with my friends but never tried their brunch.

      Olive et Gourmando
      351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

      1. A few you didn't mention that come to mind:

        Le Cartet
        Le Jurançon
        Cocktail Hawaii
        Le Dépanneur Café
        La Salle A Manger (haven't tried it but heard good things)

        Le Jurançon
        1028 Rue Saint-Zotique E, Montreal, QC H2S1N2, CA

        Le Cartet
        106 Rue McGill, Montreal, QC H2Y, CA

        2 Replies
        1. re: mainsqueeze

          For a change, you could venture out to Bernard street, Café Souvenir, Enfants Terribles,
          both have a good brunch.

          1. re: superbossmom

            that strip on bernard is a bit of a mess right now with road construction similar to mess on parc, but all the more reason to support these businesses, and its getting frosty so terraces have shut down. These restos may be somewhat far for someone in downtown hotel now that winter is approaching but the places were full today with brunchers.

            I went to mamie clafoutis on van horne (outremont metro stop) today and there was hardly any room to sit in their upstairs area so called tea room (no service, you take up your food on tray), does a brisk business on weekends and most enjoying their nonegg brunches. I enjoyed for 2nd time pizza slice, thincrust, poireaux covered in lots of melted goat cheese -they call them tartes, $3+ a slice
            Goat cheese and leeks tart
            Tomato and 4 cheeses tart
            and other kinds but sold out today

            the st denis branch i have not yet visited but could be of interest to tourists as downtown (sherbrooke st metro), on their site, now in english they say they will be building a tea garden

            and a little video on one on vanhorne

            prices, and photos of products are in order section....

        2. My Mexican friend invited me to meet him at Iris, a Salvadoran restaurant on Jarry just east of St. Laurent, for brunch awhile back. They don't serve "brunch" per se, but we ate at 10:30am so I called it brunch.
          They have traditional breakfast items (bacon and eggs), but being a pupuseria, other interesting choises can be had. Pupusas, chicharron, house hot sauce, plantain, etc etc. Its also common to see fellow diners having a beer with breakfast.

          I'm sure other latin restos would offer similar breakfasts for a change-up.