At this iconic diner, you’d be right to deduce that a long line means good food, as it has since 1942. On Saturdays and Sundays the breakfast line often wraps around the corner and down the street. If you’re lucky, Beauty himself (a bowling nickname for the 90-year-old owner, Hymie Sckolnick) will see that you have strong coffee and a banquette seat as quickly as possible. The bagels are local, from St-Viateur Bagel, and the orange juice is fresh-squeezed. Loyalists debate which of the two signature dishes is more quintessentially Montréal: the Mish-Mash omelet with hot dog, salami, fried onion, and green pepper, or Beauty’s Special, a bagel sandwich with lox, cream cheese, sliced tomato, and onion—Beauty calls it their “Big Mac.” If you want a delicious, home-cooked slice of Montréal, get in line!
- Leslie Brokaw, Erin Trahan, Matthew Barber