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Aug 8, 2003 01:17 AM

Breakfast: Beautys

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I've heard wonderful things on this board about Beautys. Got a few questions, though:

Where is it located?
How long can I expect to wait on a weekend at about 10am?
What's good on the menu? Anything to avoid?

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  1. BEAUTY'S: 930 Mont-Royal W. Montréal Tel : 514-849-8883.

    I like to go with the "mishmash" for breakfast.

    To be honest, this is not my favorite breakfast joint in Montreal. It definitely has a long history, but you can get a much better deal elsewhere.

    If you do not have any grease allergies, then you should pay a visit to "Cosmo's" on Sherbrooke st. West, before Royal. It's basically a counter, although they have tables set up outside during the Summer. Now THEY know how to make a MishMash, although "The Creation" is also excellent. For far less than $10, you will have a breafast to remember.

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    1. re: Gordon

      Location of Beauty's: It's on Rue Mont-Royal; take the Metro to Mont-Royal, then take the Rue Mont-Royal bus west (toward mountain). It's just a few blocks before the mountain (Mont Royal); ask the bus driver.

      menu: I really liked the mishmosh omelet with trademark Montreal bagels; you might also want to get a smoothy

      10AM: could be a wait on weekends; we went earlier

      Comments: I loved Beauty's when I was there, it's a real throwback to an earlier time, incredibly well run, comfortable, with good food.

      Another great breakfast place: L'Avenue, also on Rue Mont-Royal but this time 2-3 blocks east of Mont-Royal Metro (does not accept credit cards); get the two eggs (comes with delicious potatoes, fruit, bread or bagel, a really full plate

      1. re: Gordon

        I definitely agree with Gordon... After a few bad experiences I stopped going to Beauty's altogether. The food is average and the manager (Larry) is a complete ass. Notice how he kicks people out when they're still eating -- gotta crank in more business! I'm not surprised that many other people I know have also stopped going. The lineups will die out in a couple years, and so will this formerly good restaurant. For a much better experience, go to Chez Cora, Avenue, Cosmos, Republique, just to name a few. All more reasonably priced -- and you can finish your meal and your coffee refill without getting pushed out the door.

        1. re: Gordon

          I've only bothered going to Beauty's twice - found it to be a major rip-off and the service was bad too, so it got crossed off my list pretty quickly.

          Take Gordon's advice and go to Cosmo's instead - it will rock your world and is about half the price of Beauty's (though it only has 11 seats in winter, so be prepared to queue up a bit, and best to wait till summer for groups larger than 2). The old-school atmosphere and the nice family that runs it make a trip to Cosmo's way more special than your average Cora's (or Beauty's).

        2. Super Beautys 2 or the Beauty's Special which is a bagel, lox, cream chesse and tomato.

          Sckolnick family is there everyday supervising. Very special place.

          1. Beauty's is very good, but after all it's only a diner,
            not a shrine. isnt it strange that we think of something as simple as a real food cooking diner now as something amazing. fake foods are taking over everywhere else these days. go to Denny's sometime and you'll see.

            i had a delicious real waffle with two eggs when i was there. most places these days reheat (read microwave) and even deep fry those 'rubber' waffles they buy from the food factories in Siberia or somewhere. god knows what's in them.

            1. I went there with my girl friend one saturday morning, there was a clueless old man sitting at the door, and his son, the owner. I ordered a 9$ piece of french toast, with sirup that had more water than maple in it, terrible, I ordered the eggs, disgusting, I ordered pancakes, and they crumbled in my fork, I asked for my money back for the pancakes…the waitress, who couldn’t have more than a 40 IQ walked to the owner…the owner and the extemely old man, looked at us together, with disgust, and shook their heads…waitress comes back, and says, “the pancakes are good, you can’t get your money back” disgusting attitude, disgusting service, and the worst breakfast I’ve had in over a decade. These guys won’t get away with this much longer. I left there disgusted, paying 50$ for the worst breakfast I’ve EVER eaten,

              Everyone that goes there, hasn’t got a clue, they’re all over 60 and they’ve never tasted a good breakfast in their lives.

              SAVE YOUR MONEY.

              These guys are crooks, hoping they’re old reputation sticks…

              Save your time and money, these guys pray to rip off tourists and clueless regulars.


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              1. re: terrible

                I agree. If you like queues, being rushed and potatoes that are amazingly both burnt and undercooked, by all means, get yourself to Beauty's as soon as possible.

              2. Gonna have to agree with what's been said. This place is nothing but an ugly diner living off its reputation. The lineup is long, the service is poor, the staff are rude, the place is tiny, crowded, and the food is boring. My friends and I go out for breakfast all the time; we've tried dozens of places and never have we been so utterly blown away by a poor experience.

                It started off well. The "old man" at the front door was very friendly while we were waiting in line. Once we were seated the fun was over.

                I hate to be one of those people. In fact, I'm not one of those people. This was a special case. If you want more info feel free to send me a message.