I love brunch. It is one of the best things about the weekend! And it would seem that I am far from the only Montrealer with a love of dining out between the hours of “just-opened-my-eyes” and “time-to-make-lunch”. There seems to be a breakfast restaurant on just about every street corner (usually with a name using a play on the word EGGS or OEUFS! I swear I have seen them all!)

But, as much as I love brunch, I am just so totally “egg-and-bacon-ed” OUT! (Well, not that I ever eat bacon, but you know what I mean!). All of these EGGSsomething restaurants are pretty much the same. So, I went on a hunt to find some interesting brunch places that put a unique spin on the classic brunch menu. Here are some of my top findings:

BEST IN OLD MONTREAL

Seasalt & Ceviche: ummmmm, you had me at Ceviche! Not only can you find delectable menu selections such as “half lobster with poached eggs and torched hollandaise” and “crab cakes benedict”, but there is a daily “chef’s ceviche” that changes with the chef’s mood. If that wasn’t enough to convince you to check it out, their signature “Rosé All Day” philosophy definitely should! Plus, with the summertime festivities about to hit the streets of Old Montreal, you can digest that delicious brunch by strolling around the Old Port! Sounds like a perfect Sunday to me!

Seasalt & Ceviche

351 Place Royale, Montréal, Quebec H2Y 2V2

Website : https://seasaltcevichebar.com/

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/seasaltceviche/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/seasaltceviche/

BEST HIPSTER SPOT

Restaurant L’Avenue: Let your imagination guide you as you enter a creative space with graffiti walls and funky décor. Resto L’Avenue is a fun, quirky spot for chilling, conversing, and of course, brunching! With funky mimosas such as blueberry-basil and strawberry-watermelon, and with mouth-watering milkshakes like Nutella-raspberry and matcha-vanilla, the food almost takes a backseat to the drinks! WAIT! I said ALMOST! I won’t spoil the joy of discovering the quirkily-named breakfast dishes but I will say this: try the Shakshuka!

Resto L’Avenue

922 Mont-Royal Est, Montréal

3612 Notre-Dame Ouest, Montreal

1180 Place Nobel, Boucherville

Website : http://restolavenue.ca/accueil

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/Lavenueresto

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lavenueresto/

BEST SCENIC DRIVE OFF ISLAND

Le Cozy Café: Brunch is more than just food. Brunch is an experience. It can be enjoyed as a family outing, as a romantic date, with friends, or even solo. But the one important thing about brunch is to take the time to experience it fully. Which is precisely why I decided to add an off-island option. Le Cozy Café, in Hudson, is a hidden gem. As the name proclaims, it is ultra-comfy (there are even a couple of tables with couches instead of chairs!) and provides a space full of luxurious warmth in order to fully immerse yourself in the brunch experience. Oh! And with menu items such as Grand Marnier French Toast and Goat Cheese Poutine (yup! Poutine for breakfast totally happens!), Le Cozy Café is a clear brunch winner!

Le Cozy Cafe

484 Main Road, Hudson, Quebec

Website : https://lecozycafe.com

Facebook : https://www.facebook.com/lecozycafe/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/lecozycafe/

- Sarah Birtwistle

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