Restaurant L’Avenue // The Indecisive

Birthday brunch! I found this restaurant on a list of top brunch spots in Montreal. I ordered the “indecisive” because I was being indecisive on what I wanted. They have a vast menu with some gluten free {GF} options, which is great since my friend is GF!

The indecisive comes with eggs, your choice of french toast, two choice of meats, potatoes and your choice of bread. I decided to order the strawberry & nutella french toast with ham, bacon and bagel. I also ordered the strawberry + watermelon mimosa.

Overall, it was all very delicious. I thought it was very filling, I was not hungry until it was time to go out for dinner. Which is unusual when I eat brunch. I loved the atmosphere of the restaurant! They have graffitied walls and the bathroom has a blacklight.

Le Blueboy // Churros

Le Blueboy is very American-inspired, but it was a cute little place. I saw churros on the sign outside of the restaurant and knew I had to go there for a little snack. I ordered the smallest churro size, which was 3 churros and I added a size of chocolate Oreo sauce. The chocolate Oreo sauce was actually more of a white chocolate with Oreo chunks. It was pretty tasty. I would have gone back if I had the time to do so!

Else’s // Mac + Cheese with Pulled Pork

For my birthday dinner, we went to Else’s. It’s a quaint little pub. It was very busy when we popped in, but managed to get a table very quickly. It’s very dark - as that is the ambiance, but there are candles on the tables for light. I ordered a margarita and the mac + cheese with pulled pork. Let me tell you - it was one of the BEST mac + cheese’s that I’ve ever had. It was very delicious and filling. Since it was dark, I couldn’t really tell what the sauce was they had on top and thought it was BBQ sauce. We went back to Else’s for dinner another night before we left {yes! it’s that good!!} and found out the sauce was their hot sauce - but it tasted really good. Which means a lot from me who has a low tolerance for hot / spicy foods.

Tim Hortons // Donut + White Hot Chocolate

Everyone talks about Tim Hortons when they talk about Canada. So, of course it was on my list. We went and it reminded me a lot of Dunkin Donuts. Tim Hortons is the Dunkin Donuts of Canada {Sorry, Canada}. Perk: They have white hot chocolate.

Le Marquis Sans Gluten // Blueberry Tart

Since Montreal has some great GF shops, my friend, D, was on a mission to go to as many as she could. First one on the list was Le Marquis Sans Gluten. I decided to try the blueberry tart. It was good for being gluten free.

Note: If you go here, they only accept Canadian dollars or Canadian Debit

La Touché - Bar á Café // Tuttie Frutti Tea + Croissant

While walking around we decided to pop into another café. I ordered a tea and croissant. The croissant was very flaky and perfect.

Nyk’s // Brie + Pear App & Duck Confit Poutine

We stumbled upon Nyk’s while looking for restaurants along St. Catherine’s. It happened to be on a side street that we veered off to look at a building. After making sure it is a GF restaurant, we decided to give it a try. It reminded me of a pub in Dublin, which I love.

We decided to order the brie + pear appetizer, which was ah.mah.zing. I didn’t eat the pears because I’m not a pear fan, but the brie was so good. They also give a complimentary bread basket. Bread paired with brie = winning. Canada is known for poutine, so I decided to try it - even though I’m not a huge gravy fan. Poutine is fries, gravy and cheese curds. I decided to get the duck confit poutine because it was a birthday vacation, so why not splurge a little? I was glad that I got the duck confit. The duck was superb. I wasn’t overly in love with my poutine. It was good, but not 100% in love with it.

Café des Arts // Hot Cider

We needed to get some coffee for my coffee loving friend, so while we were exploring Old Montreal, we found Café des Arts in Marché Bónsecours. I ordered hot cider and it came with a cinnamon sugar rim. It was the perfect drink to start the morning with.

Cookie Stéfanie // Bacon Grilled Cheese

After some exploring, we discovered Cookie Stéfanie {GF} was right around the corner from where we were. We popped in to get lunch. I ordered the bacon grilled cheese. It was good, but not the same as getting a bacon grilled cheese on regular bread.

Poutineville // Cheeseburger with Mini Poutine + Fried Cheesecake

For dinner, we headed to Poutineville since it had GF gravy so D could try it. I decided to go with the cheeseburger and mini poutine. I figured since I was at Poutineville, I needed to try their poutine. I’m glad I got it as a side with my dish because i’m just not that in love with poutine. Sorry, Canada. I was not planning on getting dessert as we had dessert at our AirBnB, but the waitress mentioned fried cheesecake and the game was changed. I had to get it and was so glad I did. It looked like a burrito. I never knew I needed fried cheesecake before, but now it’s all I want.

Juliett + Chocolat // White Hot Chocolate + Red Moon Tea

After one of our meals, we needed to kill time before our next activity, so we popped into Juliett + Chocolat for coffee. They had white hot chocolate, so of course I ordered a cup of it. I also ordered red moon tea after my cup of white hot chocolate.

Note: Montreal is known for speaking french, however, many restaurants ask if you would like French or English menus.