Montreal offers a wide variety of brunch options, and the breakfast sandwich has been increasingly popular at restaurants throughout the city. This should come as no surprise as it’s the culmination of two great things: sandwiches and breakfast. We've picked our favourites for you.
Bagel Etc is everything you want in a breakfast restaurant. They serve up all of the classics along with some tasty creations in a funky, diner atmosphere. They boast a mean breakfast sandwich on a classic Montreal bagel. Their huevos rancheros are also noteworthy. Don’t let the Sunday brunch line-up deter you; the service is fast, friendly and efficient.
If you’re still having the Montreal bagel versus the New York bagel debate, stop at the St-Viateur Bagel & Café on Mont-Royal, and it will all be settled once you have a bite of one of their bagel sandwiches. We recommend the traditional smoked salmon and cream cheese bagel as well as the À la Coque Deluxe: omelette, grilled ham, cheese, lettuce and tomato with pesto or mayo.
A true foodie destination located in Old Montreal, Olive et Gourmando is always packed, and with good reason – the food is darn good. Whether braving the crowds to dine in, or just grabbing a bite to go, be sure to order the “Poached egg on your face” Panini. The runny poached eggs, the speck, the herbs and mayo, and the slow roasted tomatoes make for a sandwich you won’t soon forget. Be sure to grab plenty of napkins — as the name suggests, it can get messy.
Any one of the baked goods offered at De Farine et D’Eau Fraîche is well worth the detour to the Gay Village. The classic egg, bacon and cheese breakfast sandwich is prepared on a fresh, homemade English muffin and is melt-in-your-mouth delicious.
Open since 1942, Beauty’s is a landmark on the Montreal brunch scene. Beauty’s offers a wide variety of breakfast and lunch options, along with delicious smoothies. The Beauty’s Bonjour sandwich is worth the Sunday brunch line-up you may encounter. It’s the classic eggs, bacon and cheddar cheese, served on a Montreal bagel. Every bite is a taste of heaven.
This small N.D.G. diner is a Montreal institution and the very definition of a greasy spoon. The Creation sandwich at Cosmos includes egg, salami, tomato, lettuce and a generous amount of cheese, enough to make you wish you did more exercise. For best results, order with a side of potatoes. Well worth the detour if you’re looking for a hefty breakfast that won’t break the bank!
La Bistrote on Notre-Dame, in Griffintown, boasts a friendly atmosphere for a quick breakfast or lunch. Their Western Sandwich is particularly noteworthy, made with eggs, bacon, cheese, peppers, green onions and basil-mayo on ciabatta bread, all at a reasonable price. Another classic deliciously served up is the smoked salmon bagel, with cream cheese, onions and capers.
This place is one of Montreal’s hidden gems. Located on Sherbrooke Street East, they serve a delicious cup of coffee to go along with their bagel sandwiches. They’re all prepared on Montreal St-Viateur bagels, so you know you can’t go wrong. Try Le Montréalais if you want to feel like a local; it’s made with egg, cream cheese, ham, lettuce, tomato, cucumber and Swiss cheese.