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Randall Brodeur

The Best Breakfast Sandwiches in Montreal

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| Randall Brodeur

Breakfast is the most important meal of the day. When some type of sandwich situation is involved, the old adage makes sense. Every new Montreal restaurant with a breakfast or brunch service seems to have a sandwich on the menu — if not an entire sub-menu devoted to sandwiches. At the same time, some of the city's seminal casse-croûtes, delis and diners still crank out respectable ham-and-eggers and bagels with lox and cream cheese. It all makes for a vibrant breakfast sandwich scene. Consider, if you will, these 30.

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Olive et Gourmando

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The “Poached egg on your face” panino from this popular Old Montreal spot involves spicy poached eggs with herbs and mayonnaise, Comté cheese, speck, and slow roasted tomatoes.

Beauty's Luncheonette

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The Beauty's Bonjour puts egg, bacon and cheddar cheese in a bagel. Then there's the Special, a Montreal classic: cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomato and onion on a bagel. Not a bagel fan? Fine. Swap for Russian black, seeded rye, challah, whole wheat, white bread or a roll.
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Lawrence

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Brunch powerhouse Lawrence serves up a hefty sausage and egg roll on weekends.

Maison Publique

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A version of a breakfast sandwich typically makes its way on Maison Publique's robust weekend brunch menu. The star ingredient can vary from bacon to bison's tongue.
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Dépanneur Le Pick-Up

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Hipster sandwich central in Mile-Ex keeps it simple with a fried egg BLT. Le Pick-Up's breakfast pierogi plate, on the other hand, deserves a spot on another map.
B&M, a longtime diner standby with outposts on Somerled, Sherbrooke and Saint-Viateur, serves a bagel sandwich for breakfast with egg, bacon, cheddar, lettuce and tomato. Your classic take on bagels, lox and cream cheese too.
This venerable greasy spoon slash coronary inducer is the home of the famous Creation sandwich. Eggs, bacon, all-beef salami, Kraft cheese, tomato and lettuce with a mere 15 types of bread to choose from.
EVOO in Saint-Henri has strong breakfast sandwich game. There is the BLT with confit chicken, heirloom tomato, back bacon, lettuce, milk bread and spicy mayo and a classic fried egg sandwich with homemade peppered sausage, cheddar cheese and a hash brown.

Maison Boulud - Ritz-Carlton

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One of the finest burgers in Montreal is on the weekend brunch menu at Maison Boulud. The DBGB Burger has rillons, Morbier, arugula and tomato compote. Or go nuts and order the DB Burger with braised short ribs, foie gras and black truffle mayo.
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Patati Patata

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Patati Patata's approach to the breakfast sandwich (think eggs, bacon and tomato) is as fundamental as the corner casse-croûte's burgers and poutine.

Chez José

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This homey sandwich shop makes a respectable omelette sandwich and opens daily at 9:00 a.m.

Chez Chose

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Sunday brunch at this Quebec-style bistro from chef Marie-France Desrosiers includes a grilled cheese sandwich with smoked duck and cranberry sauce.

Le Chien Fumant

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The brunch menu says, simply, "croque-monsieur" and "madame", but Le Chien Fumant's take on the classic sandwich is atypical. There may, for example, be half a lobster in there. Pictured, the restaurant's “Club sandwich de la ferme.” Holy cow.

La Croissanterie Figaro

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This Outremont café, a fixture since the 1980s, serves up croque-monsieur-style croissants daily as of 7 a.m.

Arts Café

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The breakfast sandwich from Mile End's Arts Café layers a fried egg, guacamole, arugula, spinach and cucumber, with a choice of bacon or ham. The popular brunch spot, open daily, also has a Fairmount bagel with salmon gravlax, marinated shallots, caper berries, tomato and cream cheese on the menu.

Fabergé

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This wildly popular brunch restaurant has an entire menu section devoted to breakfast sandwiches (though to be fair, that includes a crêpe and a burrito). The Delux sandwich is a bit of a DIY affair. Choose your bread, meat and cheese to go along with egg, lettuce, tomato and house mayo. Natch, you can add pulled pork for an extra $3.

St-Viateur Bagel & Café

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The foremost pusher of bagel sandwiches in Montreal opens daily at 6 a.m. Smart. Also smart: the À La Croque Deluxe with omelette, ham, lettuce, tomato and pesto or mayo.

Régine Café

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Régine Café is open every day for breakfast, a rarity in Montreal, and has two sandwiches on the menu. The Chic Croissant, with scrambled eggs, ham, sharp cheddar and creamed spinach, and the Grilled Cheese, with the requisite Île-aux-Grues cheddar, caramelised onions and mango chutney on pistachio bread. You can add duck confit to that.

Nouveau Palais

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The Mr. Breakfast at Nouveau Palais, available for weekend brunch, is a bacon and egg biscuit handful with tomato, lettuce, cheese and mayo.

Les Entretiens

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The 35-year-old Café Les Entretiens, open daily for breakfast, makes three simple sandwichs ouverts on your choice of baguette, brown bread, bagel or croissant. Hard to top the one with ham, egg and Swiss.

Labarake / Caserne à Manger

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This relative Rosemont newcomer has a few brunch sandwiches on offer. There is a pulled pork burger with apple sauce and red onions, a gonzo club sandwich with herb omelette and Cornish hen, and a croque-monsieur which you can m'dame for an extra $2.

La Binerie Mont-Royal

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The legendary Binerie, the oldest restaurant in the Plateau, serves a "Chummy" for breakfast every day as of 6 a.m. The club-style sandwich incorporates two scrambled eggs, bacon, tomato slices and mayonnaise and comes with home fries and, yes, beans. sur trois tranches de pain club blanc ou brun.

Chez Lévêque

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Chez Lévêque ups the ante with a foie gras and Brillat-Savarin breakfast sandwich. Not for the faint of heart.

Café Titanic

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This 25-year-old Old Montreal café, caterer and sandwich shop, open weekdays, whips up affordable breakfast sandwiches ($5.50) stuffed with egg, cheese, and ham or bacon.
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Marché G. Lalime

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This family-owned dépanneur plus, a Little Italy staple since 1959, preps pies, salads, and has a damn fine breakfast sandwich in the Fameux Club Matin.
The sausage and egg breakfast sandwich at Larrys (pictured here with the restaurant's pikelets) is what you've always wanted a McMuffin to be. It's available daily at Lawrence's smart little complement as of 8 a.m.
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Marché La Pantry

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The trio behind this new wave Saint-Henri grocer, bakery, and sandwich shop was previously involved at Ludger. Now, at Marché La Pantry, Julien René Aubin, Marilyn Surprenant , and Hayley Smirnow have shed cocktails and raffish bar food for hangover-cure breakfast sandwiches, doughnuts, and, soon, soft serve ice cream.

Gonzo Café

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Gonzo's hilariously-named Struggle sandwich barely contains two eggs, bacon or ham, lettuce, tomato, cheddar, and smoked chipotle adobo sauce. Zesty.

Olive et Gourmando

The “Poached egg on your face” panino from this popular Old Montreal spot involves spicy poached eggs with herbs and mayonnaise, Comté cheese, speck, and slow roasted tomatoes.

Beauty's Luncheonette

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The Beauty's Bonjour puts egg, bacon and cheddar cheese in a bagel. Then there's the Special, a Montreal classic: cream cheese, smoked salmon, tomato and onion on a bagel. Not a bagel fan? Fine. Swap for Russian black, seeded rye, challah, whole wheat, white bread or a roll.
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Lawrence

Brunch powerhouse Lawrence serves up a hefty sausage and egg roll on weekends.

Maison Publique

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A version of a breakfast sandwich typically makes its way on Maison Publique's robust weekend brunch menu. The star ingredient can vary from bacon to bison's tongue.
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Dépanneur Le Pick-Up

Hipster sandwich central in Mile-Ex keeps it simple with a fried egg BLT. Le Pick-Up's breakfast pierogi plate, on the other hand, deserves a spot on another map.

B&M

B&M, a longtime diner standby with outposts on Somerled, Sherbrooke and Saint-Viateur, serves a bagel sandwich for breakfast with egg, bacon, cheddar, lettuce and tomato. Your classic take on bagels, lox and cream cheese too.

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