Nestled among antique shops on Notre Dame Street, this vintage-style café is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner. While the front of the restaurant may go unnoticed, Griffintown Café is hiding a charming little terrace out back that will make you want to eat your meal a little slower just to stick around. Live Jazz and Blues play during dinner from Thursday to Saturday; bring someone special and they’ll ask “how did you know about this place?”
The menu has a touch of Southern inspiration, with Mexican egg dishes meeting classic Canadian breakfast in the am. If you’re unsure what to get, try the Mac n’ cheese; this dish is so popular, it’s served from morning until evening (except the breakfast version is served with bacon and poached eggs). I know what you’re thinking – why didn’t I think of that?
Dinner has some solid options, including an organic salmon tartare, gourmet burgers and lobster salad. The menu is short, but there’s a main dish to please almost everyone – except vegetarians. The cocktail menu is constantly changing but always makes use of their extensive Bourbon collection. Try the Wild Turkey Lemon cocktail; yes, it sounds like Thanksgiving dinner, but vegetarians can enjoy this one - Wild Turkey is a brand of Bourbon.
Don’t expect a loud and crazy atmosphere; this little café is a go-to spot for a laid-back, intimate experience at any hour.
Must-try: Mac n’ cheese with aged Île-aux-Grues cheddar, Swiss Gruyère and Bierbrier ale.
Think twice if: you’re going out with a large group. The atmosphere and seating arrangement of the restaurant works best with groups of four or less. Nobody wants to be yelling across the table during live music.
Bonus: Amazing coffee from their espresso machine. Just don’t expect free refills!
1378 Notre-Dame West
Reader CommentsJim Walker posted the following reply on 10/3/2011;
This is a great article. I am going to try to make it downtown and try them out. I think breakfast would be the best for me, I like trying new good breakfast places.