(Originally written August 8, 2014)
Meet la poutine matinale, a before-lunchtime version of the Quebec tradition, as served at popular Outremont brunch spot Faberge. This place packs peppers, onions, cheese curds and an egg on top of hash browns smothered in hollandaise. I even paid extra to add bacon–because face it, everything’s better with bacon!
La poutine matinale, $12 (add $2 for bacon) @ Faberge, 25 avenue Fairmount Ouest, Montreal, PQ
OK, so this wasn’t my first meal of the day. (I had, like, a bagel or something beforehand.) But you almost don’t need dinner after chomping down on La T-Rex at legendary diner La Banquise. With ground beef, pepperoni, bacon and hot dog atop a bed of poutiney goodness, you actually hafta chew through a couple layers of meat just to get to the fries, gravy and curds. And yes, that is their signature La Banquise beer in the background. 😉
La T-Rex, $9.75 (regular), $14.95 (large) @ La Banquise, 994 rue Rachel Est, Montreal, PQ.