My favourite meal of the day? Hands down, breakfast. Whenever I can, I have breakfast in the morning, at noon and at night. Why? Because I'm a grown up and I can.
While I'm a fan of a good old fashioned dish of eggs, bacon, pancakes, sausages, potatoes, beans, etc., etc., I also enjoy the occasional out-of-the-norm breakfast extravaganza. I should also point out that I am a strategic eater when it comes to doing breakfast at a restaurant: I only eat things I can't cook for myself. This usally means eggs benedict, fancy over-stuffed crepes, and massive mountains of fruit I would have never had the patience to chop up.
I'm always on the lookout for a breakfast place with a fresh spin on the-best-meal-of-the-day, so I was lucky to have an exquisite creperie close to my old place. After having moved away from the area a year ago, I hadn't been in quite some time. One weekend, BF and I paid our good ol' creperie a visit only to find it closed. I was a little sad but I noticed that the sign had been replaced by "La Dinette" which was opening soon. I peeked inside and it looked absolutely charming - I was definitely going to follow that up.
After stalking La Dinette on Facebook for a few weeks, they posted their menu and announced their opening: waffles, crepes and grilled cheeses. Helllll-ooo way to my heart!
Opening weekend, we popped on over and stuffed our faces - and it did not disappoint! First things first, the best way to describe La Dinette is electic and quaint. Their location is in a strip mall on Sherbrooke east so it's very easy to miss. The restaurant itself is small, and the decor is adorable. The staff is absolutely friendly - it's a big part of the reason I love going there because aside from the awesome food, it's a very warm experience which is hard to come by nowadays.
They get you started with a nice coffee (cappuccino, espresso, whatever your caffeinated little heart desires) and then ask you the first tough question: which entrée would you like? Entrée for breakfast?! Madness! Sweet, delicious madness! You can choose between a macaroni salad or a potato salad. Both are super yummy, though I personally preferred the potato salad cause... well... I love potatoes in all forms. Warning: the entrées are generous portions so maybe share one with your partner in dine (depending on your appetite.)
Then comes the even harder part: choosing your main course. I ordered the pulled pork + caramelised apples + cheedar + sunny side-up grilled cheese while the BF had the braised ham + Oka cheese + grilled peppers + spinach grilled cheese. Mine was SUPER delicious - the combination of sweet and salty was mind-blowing. BF enjoyed his a lot too - lots of overwhelmed eye-rolling and heaving breathing on his part.
All the meats included in the sandwich are cooked fresh throughout the day at the chef's other restaurant, bon-D.
By the end of it all, I was hella full. I actually only ate half of my sandwich and took the rest to go. We've been back quite a few times since then (as you'll notice by the sheer amount of images in this post) and I unfortunately tend to gravitate toward grilled cheeses cause, well, I like my melted cheese. I definitely will make an effort to try out those waffles next time because they look downright tasty. And they're made fresh on the spot which (surprisingly/sadly) isn't all that common in your usual breakfast joint.
It goes without saying, I highly recommend a trip to La Dinette, with a very FIRM suggestion to order the heavenly pulled pork grilled cheese. The location is a little off the beaten path, though as someone who used to live in that area, it's a much needed addition to the neighborhood. Also, if you're looking for a unique and intimate venue for a party, they cater and take reservations for the whole place.
You can check out the full menu, or you can just head over there ASAP and pig out.
La Dinette Montréal-est
7066A, rue Sherbrooke E
Montreal, QC, H1N 1E6
If you're making your way via public transit, it's across the street from Radisson metro.