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Montreal Brunch Spots

Best Montreal Brunch Spots

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Montreal Brunch: Only the Best
Ask ten Montreal residents where's the best place to brunch and you'll get ten markedly different answers. Some are willing to linger in lineups as legendary as the brunch spots while others can't bare the wait lest the pain of caffeine withdrawal set in. This list has something for everyone, including those looking for something a little different from eggs and bacon, so get out there and enjoy these top Montreal brunch spots.

1. Cosmo's

Montreal brunch at Cosmo's diner.
Photo by Flickr user vomsorb
Cosmo's lives up to the legend: amazing service, the best in greasy breakfast fare, cheap prices and the spatial ability to listen in on any conversation in the diner, right in the heart of N.D.G. With ten stools, one counter top and modest terrace space out front, customers are served fast and with family-run warmth that should never go out of style. Be aware, weekend lineups are probable by 10 a.m. and guaranteed by noon but they wind down by mid-afternoon before closing time, between 4 p.m. and 5 p.m. Be sure to order Cosmo's Creation Sandwich, made with eggs, cheese, bacon, thick salami, tomato, lettuce AND the bread of your choice.

Location: 5843 Sherbrooke West, corner of Draper; (514) 486-3814
Getting there: Vendôme Metro

2. Sparrow

Montreal brunch. Sparrow's red velvet waffles.
Photo courtesy of Sparrow
Trend hunters aching to be scene (all pun), here's a bar/pub/brunch spot for ya. One part British pub, one part hipster haven, Mile End's The Sparrow has peeps buzzing about its laid back vibe adorned with scones, crumpets, homemade doughnuts, red velvet waffles (see photo) and Huevos Divorciados (anti-glutenoids will love it) with items varying by season. Previous offerings include caramelized Norwegian whey cheese and grilled asparagus with poached egg on brown toast with hollandaise sauce. Anticipate lineups and a crowd leaning heavily towards twenty and thirty something. Brunch served on Fridays, 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. and weekends, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: 5322 St. Laurent, corner of Maguire; (514) 690-3964
Getting there: Laurier Metro

3. Prohibition

Montreal brunch spots, the best in the city.
Photo © Evelyn Reid
Anything on Probihition's brunch menu is a must-try dish, from the shakshouka to the huevos rancheros, though three dishes are especially outstanding. The Bulgarian Benedict features two poached eggs served atop a generous dollop of garlic yogurt mixed with sheep’s feta and doused with paprika oil. Toasted baguette is served alongside to scoop up any remaining yogurt and feta. Meanwhile, the maple fried challah bread French toast served with a piece of fried chicken, cinnamon sugar and maple syrup will blow your mind. Mark my words. I have NEVER tasted French toast this good. My dining companion added he'd take that any day over a cronut. And the house-cured salmon gravlax served on a sesame bagel with scallion cream cheese and topped with a generous portion of cherry tomato and caper salad is a gem, better than standard lox. And prices are delightfully reasonable, ranging from $10 to $14 per dish, which is great value when comparing them to competitor prices for comparable quality.

Location: 5674 Monkland, corner of Oxford; (514) 481-8466
Getting there: Villa-Maria Metro

4. L'Avenue

l'avenue restaurant montreal brunch
Photo © Evelyn Reid
I remember I first went to the Plateau's l'Avenue just to see the bathrooms (you'll see what I mean when nature calls). Quaint and creative, l'Avenue is casual dining upscaled, from l'Avenue's trademark service to the effort staff puts into design and presentation, down to the edge of every plate. Large portions of omelettes, poached joys and fruit at affordable prices served well into the afternoon hours, l'Avenue is a sure bet for a great brunch in Montreal, although several sources claim they've been resting on their laurels too much in recent years and that the place is just not what it used to be. And don't get cranky if you see a lineup. They're not as bad as they used to be but just in case ... you've been warned.

Location: 922 Mont-Royal East, corner of St. André; (514) 523-8780
Getting there: Mont-Royal Metro

5. Lawrence

Montreal brunch hot spots. Lawrence.
Photo courtesy of Lawrence
Barely a block away from Sparrow is another brunch buzz generator, Lawrence. Must-haves? The lemon doughnuts, french toast, and an authentic English breakfast with bangers, blood sausage, bacon, beans, potatoes, eggs, etc., courtesy of Gordon Ramsay trained chef Marc Cohen. Other options, depending on the week, may include lobster roll and smoked mackerel with sauerkraut. Prices are on the high side: count on spending roughly $15 to $25 per person, taxes included. As with Sparrow, anticipate lineups and a crowd leaning heavily towards twenty and thirty something. Brunch served weekends only, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: 5201 St. Laurent, corner of Fairmount; (514) 503-1070
Getting there: Laurier Metro

6. Leméac

Montreal brunch hot spots. Leméac.
Photo courtesy of Leméac
Looking for a chic, polished, hoodie-free ambiance for your next brunch? Try Leméac, a French bistro on Laurier known for consistently getting it right. And try the poached eggs, smoked salmon and Spanish caviar on blinis (see photo). Also, consider getting a fruit plate to share as it comes with a pleasantly unusual assortment of produce, including doughnuts and soft cheese reminiscent of labneh. Count on sleek, skilled service, albeit cold and haughty at times, an experience which left me wanting. Prices are high: expect to spend $15 to $30 per person, but the product delivers in turn.
Location: 1045 Laurier West, corner of Durocher; (514) 270-0999
Getting there: Place-des-Arts Metro; Bus 80

7. Gryphon d'Or

Montreal brunch spots you'll love include Celtic fare signed Gryphon d'Or.
Photo © Evelyn Reid
Looking for the polar opposite of Leméac? Maybe something with a Celtic edge? Gryphon d'Or bakes -- at least arguably -- the very best scones in Montreal. And I don't know of any other joint that serves eggs Benedict on house-baked cheese scones with house-brewed Guinness sauce. It's SUBLIME.
Location: 5968 Monkland, corner of Royal; (514) 485-7377
Getting there: Villa-Maria Metro

8. Beautys

Montreal brunch hot spots. Beautys Luncheonette.
Photo courtesy of Beautys
A breakfast/lunch joint a few blocks from Mount Royal Park open since 1942 and made famous in the '70s by Mordecai Richler's The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Montreal has only one Beautys and the lineups are fierce on the weekends. Get there before 10 a.m. or you will wait a while for a table, easily an hour, but you'll also savor some of the city's best bagels and lox. Generous with the side fruit, Beautys prices are not amazing but all of their breakfast items are, so you won't be disappointed.
Location: 93 Mont-Royal West, corner of St. Urbain; (514) 849-5908
Getting there: Mont-Royal Metro

9. Kam Fung

Montreal brunch hot spots. Kam Fung dim sum.
Photo courtesy of Kam Fung
A nice alternative to traditional brunch, some of Montreal's best dim sum used to be at Lotte, the once Days Inn Furama Hotel restaurant, but they closed shop in 2009 even though weekends were a full house. What to do? Consider another Chinatown dim sum institution five blocks west: Kam Fung. In addition to requisite dim sum regulars -- shrimp, pork, scallop varieties -- Kam Fung also offers fried counterparts, chicken's feet (don't knock it til you try it), meatballs with tangerine, assorted sweets, you name it. Get there before 11 a.m. for a prime table close to push-cart action. Dim sum available every day 7 a.m. to 3 p.m. Also in Brossard.
Location: 1111 St. Urbain, corner of René-Lévesque; (514) 878-2888
Getting there: Place d'Armes Metro

10. Le Cartet

The best Montreal Brunch. Le Cartet.
Photo courtesy of Le Cartet
With foodie friends from out of town? Bring them to Old Montreal's Le Cartet. Offering sleek interior design and a mini-food market with jams, chocolate, specialty goods and meals-to-go, Le Cartet brunches scream freshness and trend, plates complete with complimentary extras you don't see every day, like sides of stuffed figs, sweetbread and fresh-squeezed orange juice. At roughly $15 a platter, smaller à la carte options like croissant with ham or french toast range from $6 to $12. Steep, yes. But you get what you pay for, though portions won't have belts unbuckling. Add a mimosa to the mix for $5. Brunch weekends only, from 9:30 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Location: 106 McGill, corner of Wellington; (514) 871-8887
Getting there: Square-Victoria Metro

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