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Back to Breakfast @ Place Milton

Posted by Kim / August 28, 2008

20080827_placemilton1.jpgBefore university students flock back to classes, I managed to squeeze in a visit to one of the more popular breakfast joints in town. Place Milton, in the heart of the McGill ghetto, often sees lines on Saturday and Sunday mornings that puts Schwartz’s to shame, and mostly for good reason. The breakfasts here are filling, cheap, and perhaps most importantly, perfectly delicious.

I used to order a standard two eggs with ham, which comes with toast, potatoes and coffee. This time, I skipped that in favour of the ham and cheese stuffed French toast, and while this wouldn’t be a permanent order of mine, it was a nice change! The great abundance of cheese just oozed out of the sandwich, melted into salty ham. With a healthy dose of table syrup (real maple syrup costs extra), this savoury-sweet meal was a wonderful morning treat.

20080827_placemilton2.jpgAlso on my plate were the potatoes, some of my favourite breakfast potatoes in the city. Big wedges of potatoes, grilled perfectly with a liberal dose of spices, make these a must-have any time of year.
20080827_placemilton4.jpgMy co-diner went the more traditional route, ordering what has to be the largest breakfast on the menu. Two eggs, back, sausage, a thick slice of ham, potatoes, toast and pancakes! Again, everything was cooked very well: the bacon not too crispy or soggy, the sausages simple and lightly spiced, the pancakes fluffy and a little sweet.
20080827_placemilton3.jpgOh, and it’s all you-can-drink-coffee that is also pretty decent.

I used to eat here more often, but as I get older, I am growing less interested in eating breakfast with herds of university young’uns. My recent visit back reminded me that I should ignore that fact more often, and eat a Place Milton breakfast more regularly, especially in the nice weather when I can sit out back in the shady, green terrace.

Place Milton
220, rue Milton
(514) 285-0011



gkatch / August 28, 2008 at 01:18 pm
I can agree about the great price and atmosphere. But I gave up eating there.

Too many times the potatoes were undercooked, almost crunchy, but still burnt. That piece of oblong charcoal in the photo was once a sausage. The coffee is just brown water.

I can only guess that the griddle is kept much too hot, which may speed up orders, but to the detriment of the food.

I could only recommend the house or Italian omelette, hold the potatoes and toast.
kim / August 29, 2008 at 12:12 pm
"The piece of oblong charcoal in the photo" was actually a tasty and juicy sausage! I know this because I ate it.
Sarah / September 1, 2008 at 01:51 pm
oh mama.. I've been living in Banff for a few months now, and we are really lacking in breakfast places. These pictures are torture.
I always loved how Milton would give you pancakes.. on their own little plate. No mushy yokes all over the place.
And those potatoes... I want to lick my screen.
Claire / September 3, 2008 at 06:10 pm
For me, it's all about the pancakes. They are the perfect density. Almost like a thick crepe. They're not all cakey and crumbly like most. Oh man, I could go for some right now.
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