The 411 Off of decarie, on Queen Mary, is an old neighbourhood that has been undergoing some changes. The area is gentrifying so that means old buildings disappear and new condos show up – whether this is a good thing or not is another discussion but I’m just here to talk brunch and breakfast. My friend moved there recently and has been going to this little spot called restaurant Queen Mary. Right off the bat, she told me that it’s more of a greasy spoon than the places I go to but that doesn’t mean I haven’t reviewed a greasy spoon nor am I opposed to reviewing them. The greasy spoon often gets a bad rep but it serves a vital purpose of providing filling food, quickly and on the cheap end. You can settle up to the counter to order your dish, down it with some coffee and then pay $5 and be full. Lets keep in mind most brunches can in some cases come close to $20 when you factor in your dish, coffee, taxes and tip.
At 1st glance As I was calling my friend asking where this place is, she said look for the table outside with and kept asking myself…what table? But trust me you will know it when you see it: lawn furniture outside, men on it smoking and chilling. The inside has plants by the windows a counter by the grill at the front. The menu is on the wall by the door. Now, a classic Montreal greasy spoon needs its fixture and that is no exception here where you will find an older Greek man working the grill, cash, and coffee. The best thing is that if you look at the end of the room you can see an old TV from the 80’s setup so he can see while he works. That, to me, is amazing. None of this LCD screen for the patrons stuff – we’re kicking it old school with a tv so he can watch the soccer game.
Food Most items on the menu are between $3-$5 and there is a mish mash which is $7 but that’s as expensive as it gets and coffee is $1.20 that comes with free refills. The menu can be found on the right hand side of the grill on the wall near the door covering most of the classics:
We started with combo number one ($6.35) which was two eggs, two pancakes and choice of bacon ham or sausage. The pancakes come on the side and comes with a plate of butter and a glass of maple syrup. The glass was a glass you would literally put drinks in which made this extra awesome – no frills, you get your syrup. The pancake itself was thick yet fluffy and there was lots of syrup and butter, none of these little plastic containers. So, if you want to drown your dish in maple syrup after slathering it with butter no one will try to stop you. The eggs are straightforward and the bacon was tasty. This dish gives you a whole lot of food and doesn’t charge you that much which is always nice to experience, definitely an option for those with a big appetite and a light pocket.
My friend ended up having the two egg dish ($3.85) which came with potatoes and fruit. This dish was straightforward and simple with the fruit selection being traditionally adequate and the normal potatoes were tasty and filling. The price is really good considering you get a dish you can get full on and it comes in well under five dollars.
My main dish which was the Greek omelette ($5.50) that came with large portions of feta, tomatoes all in an omelette. There were potatoes and fruit on the side which, if you consider the fact that it’s a little over five dollars, is quite impressive. The Greek omelette was tasty and the feta was noticeable and I still can’t get over the price.
Vegetarian Although not a healthy spot, there are vegetarian options and enough to have some choice. There is nothing remotely vegan, gluten free or health food based here, so don’t even ask.
Wrap up As greasy spoons go, Restaurant Queen Mary delivers taste, generous portion size and low prices, all the wining factors in a greasy spoon.
| 5502 Queen Mary ,
Mon-Fri 6:00 – 15:00
Saturday 6:00 – 14:00
Sunday 6:00 – 13:00
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