Café Local – Local secret no more
Tucked away on Saint Viateur street is Café Local. This is a nice little spot that offers a brunch menu to a street that does not have too many brunch options. With its nice large corner terrace, ample interior and narrow but plentiful windows, it makes for a nice place to escape in the summer and grab a bite and have a coffee.
At 1st glance
The terrace is the first thing you see and in the summer it’s the first thing to get filled up. It is nice and large and as a bonus, you can get some people watching done as you eat. When you walk in you notice a nice wooden but modern décor as well as a large bar to your left. The menu is posted outside so if you are curious you can check it out before you walk in. When we went there was lots of space inside but the terrace was almost full.
The menu has some good options and the average dish is anywhere form $10-$12 which puts it at par with other breakfast places. The menu will cover most items like egg dishes, pancakes, waffles, French toast; although, there is not a ton of options for some of these choice leaving the menu quite fixed in this aspect. They do have a kids menu priced in the $5 range which is a nice thing. The menu is as follows:
We started off with a Vegetarian eggs Benedict ($11.95) which was served on a St Vateur bagel as opposed to a English muffin (or a normal bagel since St Viateur bagels are my favourite). The dish came with potatoes and fruit on the side. The eggs Benedict had cream cheese, roasted red peppers, oven dried tomatoes, grilled zucchini, caramelized onions and topped with hollandaise sauce. The sauce was an interesting consistency as it was thick but not lumpy and it looked odd when put on top of the red peppers but it worked well with this dish. The taste of this vegetable inspired dish was very light and summer like while still being filling which is a nice thing to see so you can enjoy something that does not sink to the bottom of your stomach but still be full.
I ordered the chocolate waffle ($10.95) comprised of a Belgian waffle topped with chocolate hazelnut spread, adorned with fresh fruit , maple crème anglaise and crushed walnuts. This dish also came with a side of fruit cup. The topping was very tasty and the crème anglaise worked well with the hazelnut spread. The waffle was a little crispier on the outside although, to be fair, this is a feature of Belgian waffles. All this to say I would have liked a softer, fluffier waffle. The dish was very tasty but I fought through the bites so the toughness distracted from my enjoyment of the dish.
Our waitress was very nice and she was thorough in her explanation of the dishes. She followed up on us frequently and our coffee was never empty making for a happy patron.
The menu is very vegetarian friendly with the majority of the main options being without meat. The dishes also came as some creative varied options like huevos rancheros, waffles and other eggs Benedict. These dishes are not vegan but for vegetarian it’s not to have a menu that is not meat centric.
Overall, Café Local is a nice spot to check out and the terrace is perfect on a nice sunny day. The vegetarian eggs Benedict is a tasty unique dish. I was not 100% sold on the waffles but if you like a crispy waffle then maybe you would be a fan. If you live in the area you likely know this place already, but if you’re not, check it out and then go walking around in the area; it’s a nice way to spend a few hours.
| 200, Rue Saint-Viateur Ouest
Saturday-Sunday 11:00am – 16:00pm
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