It was early, we were tired and we were very hungry. We were in Montreal and looking for a place to eat breakfast. We searched online for “the best place to eat breakfast in Montreal” and decided on L’Avenue. The reviews warned us about long lines and advised us to get there before opening and although it was already 9am, we were now set on trying this restaurant.
It wasn’t hard to find the restaurant’s location since we could see the lineup as we turned onto the street. (At the point when the picture above was taken, we were still by the light post on the left-hand side of the photo.) By the one hour mark, we contemplated leaving but by then, we were committed. If you do happen to try this restaurant we, like the rest of the reviews, recommend you get there as early as possible but if you don’t, we recommend you stick around and wait – It’ll be worth it.
A Meal At One of the Best Places to Eat Breakfast in Montreal
Approximately an hour and a half after we first stepped in line we were ushered into a completely packed, narrow dining area. The décor was colourful and fun, the menus and waiters were predominantly French, and the smells emanating from the kitchen were tantalizing. We were waited on fairly quickly and although it was early, it was the weekend and the bar was open and drinks seemed to be flowing. We managed to get by on the minimal French we know and as per usual, ordered two different meals: pancakes and French toast.
Crepes Bacon et Cheddar: Pancakes with bacon, cheddar cheese, sautéed apples and maple syrup – $12.89 CDN
At first we were conflicted. Bacon, cheese and apples on pancakes sounded both brilliant and crazy at the same time. When we tried it, we found that it was a great blend of sweet and savoury. We would never have thought to put those ingredients together but they worked wonderfully. The syrup may have made it a little too sweet by the end, but it was delicious overall.
Pain Grillé Français, Peches et Granola: French Toast with peaches, granola and a peach reduction syrup – $13.98 CDN
We were a little more confident with this choice and it turned out to be just as good as the pancakes. The different textures of the peaches and granola were a perfect contrast and while there was little that was savoury about this dish, the sweetness was not overpowering, even with the syrup.
Somehow, the combinations of ingredients in both dishes created explosions of perfectly blended flavours that left us both wanting more long after we had demolished our breakfasts. The meal left us satiated and we were glad we had waited in line.
If you are not sitting in a booth, the tables themselves are only inches apart and while this may lead to some people feeling crowded, we happened to strike up a pleasant conversation with the couple next to us and were glad for the chance to meet new people and discuss their experiences as Montreal residents.
We had an amazing overall experience and would highly recommend eating here at least once for breakfast/brunch. We would love to try dishes from the rest of the menu, for lunch or dinner, and have added this to our list of places to try again should we have the opportunity.
We also found out L’Avenue was featured on at least one TV show, and if you know us, we always enjoy learning about and hunting down restaurants on shows like “You Gotta Eat Here” or “Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives” and determining for ourselves just how good they are! We’ve already stopped by Stoney’s Bread Company in Oakville, Ontario and 11th Street Diner in Miami so we can add L’Avenue to this list and keep on the hunt for more!
Have you been to L’Avenue or any other “As Seen on TV” restaurant? If so, comment below and tell us about your experience!
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