Shaking the dust off an old classic
Since 1949 Dusty’s has been serving some filling breakfast food, and although the decor may not have changed much over the last 50 plus years, neither have the prices, making Dusty’s a wallet friendly place to go. The venue can be missed if you don’t know where it is, which is mainly due to the fact that there is no sign. I don’t know if there ever was one to begin with, and if there was, I have no idea where it disappeared to.
At 1st glance
When you first walk up to Dusty’s you can’t help but notice this giant wood acorn; I have no clue why it’s there or what it is supposed to represent but it does the job of acting as a landmark to tell you that you have arrived at your desired destination. The interior has vinyl banquets, drawings on the wall, and a couple short order seats. This adds a certain old school charm to the venue, although the washrooms could do without it.
The menu does a good job of covering most of the brunch food groups and is fairly priced. You will be hard pressed to find a downtown place that offers as much choice as they do and for the prices they list. Dusty’s has one of the largest omelette options with 18 of them ranging from $5.50 to $9.50. There are 3 French toast choices ranging from $5.50 to $8.50 and 3 pancake options from $5.50 to $8.50. Your normal egg plate has 5 options from $4.00 to $11.50 and the fruit health options range from grapefruit ($1.50) to a fruit plate with choice of cottage cheese or yogourt ($10.50). The omelettes are served with fries, which are quite good and are one of the items Dusty’s is known for. The Strawberry Banana omelette ($7.50) took a while to get a handle on if I liked it or not, but in the end, and when it cooled off, I came around and became a fan. I particularly liked the way they fused those 2 ingredients in an omelette which is something I did not think could be easily done. The tomato omelette did not really stand out but for $5.50 you can’t go wrong. There are also some other items like blintzes which are a nice way to change up the menu. Coffee was $1.50 and was a bottomless cup which always brings a caffeinated smile to my face. One downside of the menu was the lack of fruit sides along with the dishes; with its old school dinner style I was not shocked by this but that doesn’t mean there can’t be any.
The staff was friendly, although I had to juggle flaming knives to get a refill on my coffee and the very thought of the difficulty of getting another one was enough to keep me from asking again. Besides that one hiccup our server was quite nice and our food arrived really quick.
If you are vegetarian then you have quite a few options; most of the omelettes are vegetarian and the health section even offers some vegan choices, although limited.
For the price, Dusty’s is a good choice, just don’t expect anything fancy. Make sure you bring cash since they do not accept credit cards or Interac. There is an ATM inside, but it’s one of those evil ones that charges a lot. One thing that should be mentioned is that my previous comment on the washroom being ghetto is actually putting it nicely. If there is anything they need to change it is the washrooms. Although I only saw the men’s room I can only imagine that the women’s washroom is equally as bad.
| 4510, avenue du parc
Montreal, QC H2V 4E3
Mon- Sun 7 A.M. to 7 P.M.
|Bottomless Cup Of Coffee||YES|
Tomato omelette ($5.50)
Strawberry Banana omelette ($7.50)