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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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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Olive et Gourmando

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351, rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal
QC H2Y 2A3, Canada
(514) 350-1083
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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.

2. Beauty's Luncheonette

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93 ave. du Mont-Royal Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2S5, Canada
(514) 849-8883
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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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3. Lawrence

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5201 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 503-1070
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Brunch powerhouse Lawrence serves up a hefty sausage and egg roll on weekends.

4. Maison Publique

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4720, rue Marquette, Montreal
QC H2J 3Y6, Canada
(514) 507-0555
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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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5. Dépanneur Le Pick-Up

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7032 rue Waverly, Montreal
QC H2S 3J2, Canada
(514) 271-8011
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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.
6200 Avenue Somerled, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 488-1555
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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.

7. Cosmos

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5843 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal
QC H4A 1X4, Canada
(514) 486-3814
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.

8. EVOO

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3426 Notre Dame West, Montreal
QC H4L 1P2, Canada
(514) 846-3886
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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.

9. Maison Boulud - Ritz-Carlton

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1228 Rue Sherbrooke, Montreal
QC H3G 1H6, Canada
(514) 842-4224
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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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10. Patati Patata

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4177, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H1W 2Y7, Canada
(514) 844-0216
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.

11. Chez José

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173 Duluth Est, Montreal
QC H2W 1H4, Canada
(514) 845-0693
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This homey sandwich shop makes a respectable omelette sandwich and opens daily at 9:00 a.m.

12. Chez Chose

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1879 Bélanger, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 843-2152
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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.

13. Le Chien Fumant

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4710, rue de Lanaudière, Montreal
QC H2J 3P7, Canada
(514) 524-2444
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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.

14. La Croissanterie Figaro

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5200, rue Hutchison, Montreal
QC H2V 4B5, Canada
(514) 278-6567
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This Outremont café, a fixture since the 1980s, serves up croque-monsieur-style croissants daily as of 7 a.m.

15. Arts Café

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201, avenue Fairmount Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2M8, Canada
(514) 274-0919
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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.

16. Fabergé

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25, avenue Fairmount Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2L9, Canada
(514) 903-6649
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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.

17. St-Viateur Bagel & Café

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1127 ave. du Mont-Royal Est, Montreal
QC H2J 1X9, Canada
(514) 528-6361
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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.

18. Régine Café

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1840, rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
QC H2G 1L6, Canada
(514) 903-0676
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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.

19. Nouveau Palais

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281 rue Bernard, Montreal
QC H2V 4K8, Canada
(514) 273-1180
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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.

20. Les Entretiens

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1577, Av. Laurier Est, Montreal
QC H2J 1J1, Canada
(514) 521-2934
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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.

21. Labarake / Caserne à Manger

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3165, rue Rachel Est, Montreal
QC H1W 1A3, Canada
(514) 521-0777
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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.

22. La Binerie Mont-Royal

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367, Av. Mont-Royal E, Montreal
QC H2T 1R1, Canada
(514) 285-9078
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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.

23. Chez Lévêque

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1030 Ave. Laurier Ouest, Outremont
QC H2V 2K8, Canada
(514) 279-7355
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Chez Lévêque ups the ante with a foie gras and Brillat-Savarin breakfast sandwich. Not for the faint of heart.

24. Café Titanic

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445 rue Saint-Pierre, Montreal
QC H2Y 2M8, Canada
(514) 849-0894
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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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25. Marché G. Lalime

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6436 boul. St-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 273-4477
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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.

26. Larrys

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9, avenue Fairmount Est
H2T 1S4, Canada
(514) 503-1070
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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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27. Marché La Pantry

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4207 Rue Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal
QC H4C 1R4, Canada
(514) 312-9655
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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.

28. Gonzo Café

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919 Duluth E, Montreal
QC H2L 1B7, Canada
(514) 802-4739
Gonzo's hilariously-named Struggle sandwich barely contains two eggs, bacon or ham, lettuce, tomato, cheddar, and smoked chipotle adobo sauce. Zesty.

1. Olive et Gourmando

351, rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC H2Y 2A3, Canada
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.
351, rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal
QC H2Y 2A3, Canada

2. Beauty's Luncheonette

93 ave. du Mont-Royal Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2S5, Canada
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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.
93 ave. du Mont-Royal Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2S5, Canada

3. Lawrence

5201 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC, Canada
Brunch powerhouse Lawrence serves up a hefty sausage and egg roll on weekends.
5201 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC, Canada

4. Maison Publique

4720, rue Marquette, Montreal, QC H2J 3Y6, Canada
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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.
4720, rue Marquette, Montreal
QC H2J 3Y6, Canada

5. Dépanneur Le Pick-Up

7032 rue Waverly, Montreal, QC H2S 3J2, Canada
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.
7032 rue Waverly, Montreal
QC H2S 3J2, Canada

6. B&M

6200 Avenue Somerled, Montreal, QC, Canada
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.
6200 Avenue Somerled, Montreal
QC, Canada

7. Cosmos

5843 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal, QC H4A 1X4, Canada
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.
5843 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal
QC H4A 1X4, Canada

8. EVOO

3426 Notre Dame West, Montreal, QC H4L 1P2, Canada
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.
3426 Notre Dame West, Montreal
QC H4L 1P2, Canada

9. Maison Boulud - Ritz-Carlton

1228 Rue Sherbrooke, Montreal, QC H3G 1H6, Canada
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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.
1228 Rue Sherbrooke, Montreal
QC H3G 1H6, Canada

10. Patati Patata

4177, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H1W 2Y7, Canada
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.
4177, boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H1W 2Y7, Canada

11. Chez José

173 Duluth Est, Montreal, QC H2W 1H4, Canada
This homey sandwich shop makes a respectable omelette sandwich and opens daily at 9:00 a.m.
173 Duluth Est, Montreal
QC H2W 1H4, Canada

12. Chez Chose

1879 Bélanger, Montreal, QC, Canada
Sunday brunch at this Quebec-style bistro from chef Marie-France Desrosiers includes a grilled cheese sandwich with smoked duck and cranberry sauce.
1879 Bélanger, Montreal
QC, Canada

13. Le Chien Fumant

4710, rue de Lanaudière, Montreal, QC H2J 3P7, Canada
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.
4710, rue de Lanaudière, Montreal
QC H2J 3P7, Canada

14. La Croissanterie Figaro

5200, rue Hutchison, Montreal, QC H2V 4B5, Canada
This Outremont café, a fixture since the 1980s, serves up croque-monsieur-style croissants daily as of 7 a.m.
5200, rue Hutchison, Montreal
QC H2V 4B5, Canada

15. Arts Café

201, avenue Fairmount Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2M8, Canada
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.
201, avenue Fairmount Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2M8, Canada

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16. Fabergé

25, avenue Fairmount Ouest, Montreal, QC H2T 2L9, Canada
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.
25, avenue Fairmount Ouest, Montreal
QC H2T 2L9, Canada

17. St-Viateur Bagel & Café

1127 ave. du Mont-Royal Est, Montreal, QC H2J 1X9, Canada
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.
1127 ave. du Mont-Royal Est, Montreal
QC H2J 1X9, Canada

18. Régine Café

1840, rue Beaubien Est, Montreal, QC H2G 1L6, Canada
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.
1840, rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
QC H2G 1L6, Canada

19. Nouveau Palais

281 rue Bernard, Montreal, QC H2V 4K8, Canada