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Toasteur, Le
950 Roy E. Montreal 527-8500
1310 Laurier E. Montreal 526-5111

Breakfasts from 7 a.m. until 6 p.m.

I have not been to the Laurier branch but it is on my list, if the one on Roy is any indication. Good solid (stolid?) breakfasts, beer too, sandwiches maybe some other stuff. I had the toaster special omelet. It was huge. certainly enough to tide me through to dinner. Several eggs, cheese, ham, veggies, potatoes, toast and decent coffee—as much as I could drink. The most expensive dish on the menu, I think, at $10. The place is small and comfortable, slightly higher level than a diner, not quite worthy of naperie for a restaurant.

The menu features normal fare. The key is that, like a dozen other places in the plateau, breakfast has become an important meal. Rents are getting higher, the community is still pretty poor. Lots of artists, people on welfare. If you are going to eat out, then a great joint that features very good breakfasts all day long is key to the community.

I have been to a few of these places. Some are overclassed fern bars that got lost on their way to Toronto. Others are leaning toward California—fruit and frillies on every plate. I mean, I ordered a bagel—toasted, butter—and coffee, in one of these places. it came with three slices of melon and a lettuce garnish. I sent it back.

Not Le Toasteur—good, honest, stick-to-your-ribs. Less cholesterol than Le Beanerie or Cosmos. More substantial than Second Cup. Un "vrai de vrai." —
Reviewed by Barry Lazar

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