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Bistro du Marché:

A Farmer's Breakfast

RESTAURANT COMFORT FOOD V.S.L. MODERATE <$20

The Pitch

Tucked away in a hidden section of the big-box store mecca known as Marché Central is a little-known breakfast-and-more spot conveniently named Bistro du Marché.  A relative of ours recommended this eatery about a decade ago; since then we've been hitting it up occasionally for some pre-shopping morning grub – be it in the same car-friendly complex or its neighbor the Rockland Centre.

tagged:  EARLY BIRD TAKE THE CAR

The Mood

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Although the sunlight-flooded dining room seldom fills up during the early weekend shift, the bistro is quite popular with blue-collar workers – presumably due to the vicinity of the Metropolitan Autoroute.  Otherwise, you are bound to run into a handful of families with kids from the neighborhood – as ours accompanied us today.

tagged:  BRING THE KIDS WORKING-CLASS HANGOUT

The Food

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The restaurant's cohabitation with the Quebec Produce Growers Association seems to hint at a farm-to-table collaboration between the two bodies – although we could not confirm this.  The breakfast menu lists the usual suspects found at countless other dejeuner/dîner spots; variations of omelettes and benedicts are followed by crepes, french toast and other "classics".  For later in the day, a brunch menu adds croques, paninis and burgers.

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$11.35

$11.35

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Portobello & Swiss Omelette

"served with fresh fruit, home potatoes & country bread"

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$8.95

$8.95

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2 Eggs & Crepes

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$10.95

$10.95

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Mr. Viateur

"2 eggs on bagel with old-fashioned ham & cheddar, served with home potatoes & fresh fruit"

The Service

Although we don't expect sharp, polished service at a breakfast joint, we have noticed deterioration on that front over the years here.  The motherly matante types from years ago have been replaced by a mixed-age staff that is often brusque and quasi-inept.  Our choice of table was rejected with a snap, while our waiter had to be repeatedly reminded for staples such as butter, syrup and coffee refills.

tagged:  DO YOU MIND?

The Verdict

Granted the egg-centric breakfast/lunch angle has been done to death around town, the Bistro du Marché does have a minor edge on the competition with its non-chain-y vibe and farmers' connection – assuming that's your shtick.  Otherwise, the offering is standard-issue fare; with the standout being the deliciously fresh fruit accompanying most plates.

tagged:  PLAN B.

Price per person:  $11.92

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Montreal restaurant and bar reviews brought to you by two regular guys who like to eat and drink.  We will go anywhere and we will say it like it is.

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