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Where to Get a Brilliant Weekday Breakfast in Montreal

Corn waffles with smoked salmon, tofu scramble, and ricotta bacon pancakes for takeout all week long

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While Montreal restaurants of all stripes have had to adapt in major ways to a year plus of COVID-19 restrictions (including over nine months of closed dining rooms), the city’s breakfast joints have arguably faced some of the largest hurdles. A year and a half ago, typing “eggs benny” or “French toast” into the search bar of a delivery app on a Wednesday morning might have seemed like a pointless endeavour, but the new “adapt or fail” reality has led to a proliferation of breakfast options available for both takeout and delivery.

Montreal’s weekend brunch options have remained plentiful throughout the pandemic, but this map is all about weekday breakfasts. So, if after more than a year of being stuck at home, the motivation to even toss some bread in the toaster and fry an egg on a Monday morning is lacking, this map is for you. Every entry is open the majority of weekdays (and in most cases, on weekends too), offering takeout and/or delivery.

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Note: Restaurants on this map are listed geographically.

1. Régine

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1840, rue Beaubien Est, Montreal
QC H2G 1L6, Canada
(514) 903-0676
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The fabulously popular Régine offers a whopper of a breakfast menu as of 9 a.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Its quality menu, known for being fancier than standard Montreal breakfast diner fare, hasn’t suffered from the transition to takeout either. Available on UberEats, DoorDash, SkipTheDishes and their own website, the menu includes items like corn waffles with smoked salmon, grilled cheese with duck, and a hearty “Sugar Shack brunch.” Régine’s sister café, Janine, also offers a full breakfast and brunch menu on all major delivery platforms.

2. La Grand-Mère Poule

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2500 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H1Y 1G2, Canada
(514) 725-4419
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Family-friendly La Grand-mère Poule’s menu is vast and covers all manner of (French-infused) North American breakfast staples, from omelettes, Benedicts, and hash brown skillets to pancakes and French toast. There’s even a “Little Chicks” children’s menu featuring teddy bear pancakes and plenty of chocolate sauce. Order for takeout on the restaurant’s website or for delivery on DoorDash or SkipTheDishes.

3. Le Vieux Vélo

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59, rue Beaubien, Montreal
QC H2S 1R1, Canada
(514) 439-5595
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Vieux Vélo’s Marc Arsenault and Kyra Foort are eggs Benedict specialists, going beyond the classics with variations like bacon, avocado and brie, or a grilled veggie option with tangy pesto hollandaise. These dishes — plus others like pancakes with strawberries and a tofu scramble, for the hollandaise-averse — are all reasonably priced and can be found on UberEats and SkipTheDishes.

4. Byblos

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1499 avenue Laurier Est, Montreal
QC H2J 1H8, Canada
(514) 523-9396
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A Persian coffeehouse with daily breakfast, Byblos keeps a small menu replete with Middle Eastern flavours: omelettes with feta or dates or halym, a steaming, cinnamon-based bowl of cream of wheat. Open at 10 a.m. for takeout all week, except for Mondays.

5. Larrys

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9, avenue Fairmount Est
H2T 1S4, Canada
(514) 503-1070
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The tidy all-day dining project from the Lawrence crew rejigs the essence of the original restaurant with a café-buvette vibe. Larrys is open for breakfast at 9 a.m., seven days a week, with a menu that’s focused on simple English breakfast fare. Place an order for pickup or delivery on Montreal-based online ordering system Chk Plz.

6. Bagel Etc

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4320 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2W 1Z3, Canada
(514) 845-9462
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Early risers rejoice: the lockdown hasn’t stopped this breakfast landmark on the Main, which was favoured by Montreal’s troubadour poet laureate Leonard Cohen, from serving up a range of Montreal diner classics from 8 a.m., seven days a week. Bagel Etc’s menu is chock full of Benedicts, French toasts, and pancakes, all of which can now be found on DoorDash, SkipTheDishes and UberEats.

7. Hélico

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2009 Avenue de la Salle, Montréal
QC H1V 2K6, Canada
(514) 543-3543
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The early morning menu at Café Hélico, the sister establishment of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Hélicoptere, is simple yet satiating. Start the day with Hélico’s house granola and yoghurt, a breakfast sandwich, or one of the café’s many caffeinated beverages.

8. Le P'tit Rustik

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4057 Rue Drolet, Montréal
QC H2W 2L5, Canada
(514) 883-5667
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Tucked away in a small space near the corner of Drolet and Duluth, this hidden gem has been serving tasty breakfast bites in the Plateau since 2017. Le P’tit Rustik specializes in bognettes — crispy potato fritters that originated in the Alps — but also serves a mean eggs bennie, as well as a number of other fresh, flavour-packed breakfast and brunch dishes. Place an order on DoorDash, UberEats or Sunch.

9. Chez José Café

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173 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1H4, Canada
(514) 663-2381
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Little Portugal’s Chez José was the place for Plateau residents to grab a breakfast sandwich and a smoothie to go long before the pandemic made takeout a necessity. Head to Chk Plz (or DoorDash, SkipTheDishes or UberEats) from 9:30 a.m., Thursday to Tuesday, to order from Chez José’s menu of Portuguese- and Mexican-inspired breakfast plates and sandwiches (with plenty of vegetarian options on offer).

10. Le Cartet

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106 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada
(514) 871-8887
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The breakfast menu currently on offer at Le Cartet merges the sleek Old Montreal bistro’s gift for  beautifully presented, updated classics with a simplicity that lends itself to delivery and takeout. The menu includes four kinds of grilled cheese (including one with duck confit and another with avocado and veggies), two scrambled egg dishes, various pastries, and other small bites. Look for Le Cartet on Chk Plz, SkipTheDishes, and UberEats.

11. Café Joe

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3068 Rue Saint-Antoine O, Montréal
QC H4C 1A5, Canada
(514) 906-1233
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Despite a change of ownership in 2018, the menu at this neighbourhood mainstay of Saint-Henri has remained largely the same: daily breakfast and lunch menus every day of the week (except Mondays) from 8 a.m., now available on SkipTheDishes and UberEats. Simple, effective, and cheap.

12. Arthurs

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4621 Notre-Dame O, Montreal
QC, Canada
(514) 757-5190
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Not a Jewish deli but inspired by one, Arthurs Nosh Bar has been a huge daytime hit since opening in 2016. Pre-pandemic, brunch lines at the St. Henri spot often stretched far along Notre-Dame; these days, Arthurs’ menu of hearty comfort food, which includes cottage cheese pancakes with bananas and maple, eggs and salami with latkes and a breakfast sandwich served on a challah roll, can all be ordered right to your doorstep, using Chk Plz, UberEats or DoorDash.

13. Cosmos

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5843 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal
QC H4A 1X4, Canada
(514) 486-3814
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The legendary NDG diner Cosmos, founded by the late Tony “Man of Grease” Koulakis, opens Wednesday to Sunday at 7 a.m. — yes, even during these pandemic times — for pulse-quickening hangover breakfasts. Although the Koulakis family sold the diner in 2020, the new owners haven’t veered far from Cosmos’ menu, on which potatoes (in the form of delightfully crispy hash browns) are king. You can find Cosmos on DoorDash, UberEats, and SkipTheDishes.

14. Well

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4567 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1W8, Canada
(514) 494-4477
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Well offers a breakfast-focused menu with globally-inspired takes on café staples both sweet (ricotta pancakes with bacon, chocolate and cherry waffles) and savoury (huevos rancheros, chachouka, breakfast tartiflette). Dishes are available for delivery on DoorDash.

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1. Régine

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

The fabulously popular Régine offers a whopper of a breakfast menu as of 9 a.m., Wednesday to Sunday. Its quality menu, known for being fancier than standard Montreal breakfast diner fare, hasn’t suffered from the transition to takeout either. Available on UberEats, DoorDash, SkipTheDishes and their own website, the menu includes items like corn waffles with smoked salmon, grilled cheese with duck, and a hearty “Sugar Shack brunch.” Régine’s sister café, Janine, also offers a full breakfast and brunch menu on all major delivery platforms.

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

2. La Grand-Mère Poule

2500 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal, QC H1Y 1G2, Canada

Family-friendly La Grand-mère Poule’s menu is vast and covers all manner of (French-infused) North American breakfast staples, from omelettes, Benedicts, and hash brown skillets to pancakes and French toast. There’s even a “Little Chicks” children’s menu featuring teddy bear pancakes and plenty of chocolate sauce. Order for takeout on the restaurant’s website or for delivery on DoorDash or SkipTheDishes.

2500 Rue Beaubien E, Montréal
QC H1Y 1G2, Canada

3. Le Vieux Vélo

59, rue Beaubien, Montreal, QC H2S 1R1, Canada

Vieux Vélo’s Marc Arsenault and Kyra Foort are eggs Benedict specialists, going beyond the classics with variations like bacon, avocado and brie, or a grilled veggie option with tangy pesto hollandaise. These dishes — plus others like pancakes with strawberries and a tofu scramble, for the hollandaise-averse — are all reasonably priced and can be found on UberEats and SkipTheDishes.

59, rue Beaubien, Montreal
QC H2S 1R1, Canada

4. Byblos

1499 avenue Laurier Est, Montreal, QC H2J 1H8, Canada

A Persian coffeehouse with daily breakfast, Byblos keeps a small menu replete with Middle Eastern flavours: omelettes with feta or dates or halym, a steaming, cinnamon-based bowl of cream of wheat. Open at 10 a.m. for takeout all week, except for Mondays.

1499 avenue Laurier Est, Montreal
QC H2J 1H8, Canada

5. Larrys

9, avenue Fairmount Est, H2T 1S4, Canada

The tidy all-day dining project from the Lawrence crew rejigs the essence of the original restaurant with a café-buvette vibe. Larrys is open for breakfast at 9 a.m., seven days a week, with a menu that’s focused on simple English breakfast fare. Place an order for pickup or delivery on Montreal-based online ordering system Chk Plz.

9, avenue Fairmount Est
H2T 1S4, Canada

6. Bagel Etc

4320 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2W 1Z3, Canada

Early risers rejoice: the lockdown hasn’t stopped this breakfast landmark on the Main, which was favoured by Montreal’s troubadour poet laureate Leonard Cohen, from serving up a range of Montreal diner classics from 8 a.m., seven days a week. Bagel Etc’s menu is chock full of Benedicts, French toasts, and pancakes, all of which can now be found on DoorDash, SkipTheDishes and UberEats.

4320 boul. Saint-Laurent, Montreal
QC H2W 1Z3, Canada

7. Hélico

2009 Avenue de la Salle, Montréal, QC H1V 2K6, Canada

The early morning menu at Café Hélico, the sister establishment of Hochelaga-Maisonneuve Hélicoptere, is simple yet satiating. Start the day with Hélico’s house granola and yoghurt, a breakfast sandwich, or one of the café’s many caffeinated beverages.

2009 Avenue de la Salle, Montréal
QC H1V 2K6, Canada

8. Le P'tit Rustik

4057 Rue Drolet, Montréal, QC H2W 2L5, Canada

Tucked away in a small space near the corner of Drolet and Duluth, this hidden gem has been serving tasty breakfast bites in the Plateau since 2017. Le P’tit Rustik specializes in bognettes — crispy potato fritters that originated in the Alps — but also serves a mean eggs bennie, as well as a number of other fresh, flavour-packed breakfast and brunch dishes. Place an order on DoorDash, UberEats or Sunch.

4057 Rue Drolet, Montréal
QC H2W 2L5, Canada

9. Chez José Café

173 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal, QC H2W 1H4, Canada

Little Portugal’s Chez José was the place for Plateau residents to grab a breakfast sandwich and a smoothie to go long before the pandemic made takeout a necessity. Head to Chk Plz (or DoorDash, SkipTheDishes or UberEats) from 9:30 a.m., Thursday to Tuesday, to order from Chez José’s menu of Portuguese- and Mexican-inspired breakfast plates and sandwiches (with plenty of vegetarian options on offer).

173 Avenue Duluth E, Montréal
QC H2W 1H4, Canada

10. Le Cartet

106 Rue McGill, Montréal, QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

The breakfast menu currently on offer at Le Cartet merges the sleek Old Montreal bistro’s gift for  beautifully presented, updated classics with a simplicity that lends itself to delivery and takeout. The menu includes four kinds of grilled cheese (including one with duck confit and another with avocado and veggies), two scrambled egg dishes, various pastries, and other small bites. Look for Le Cartet on Chk Plz, SkipTheDishes, and UberEats.

106 Rue McGill, Montréal
QC H2Y 2E5, Canada

11. Café Joe

3068 Rue Saint-Antoine O, Montréal, QC H4C 1A5, Canada

Despite a change of ownership in 2018, the menu at this neighbourhood mainstay of Saint-Henri has remained largely the same: daily breakfast and lunch menus every day of the week (except Mondays) from 8 a.m., now available on SkipTheDishes and UberEats. Simple, effective, and cheap.

3068 Rue Saint-Antoine O, Montréal
QC H4C 1A5, Canada

12. Arthurs

4621 Notre-Dame O, Montreal, QC, Canada

Not a Jewish deli but inspired by one, Arthurs Nosh Bar has been a huge daytime hit since opening in 2016. Pre-pandemic, brunch lines at the St. Henri spot often stretched far along Notre-Dame; these days, Arthurs’ menu of hearty comfort food, which includes cottage cheese pancakes with bananas and maple, eggs and salami with latkes and a breakfast sandwich served on a challah roll, can all be ordered right to your doorstep, using Chk Plz, UberEats or DoorDash.

4621 Notre-Dame O, Montreal
QC, Canada

13. Cosmos

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

The legendary NDG diner Cosmos, founded by the late Tony “Man of Grease” Koulakis, opens Wednesday to Sunday at 7 a.m. — yes, even during these pandemic times — for pulse-quickening hangover breakfasts. Although the Koulakis family sold the diner in 2020, the new owners haven’t veered far from Cosmos’ menu, on which potatoes (in the form of delightfully crispy hash browns) are king. You can find Cosmos on DoorDash, UberEats, and SkipTheDishes.

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

14. Well

4567 Rue Wellington, Verdun, QC H4G 1W8, Canada

Well offers a breakfast-focused menu with globally-inspired takes on café staples both sweet (ricotta pancakes with bacon, chocolate and cherry waffles) and savoury (huevos rancheros, chachouka, breakfast tartiflette). Dishes are available for delivery on DoorDash.

4567 Rue Wellington, Verdun
QC H4G 1W8, Canada

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