Beautys is one of those Montreal classics that has stood the test of time in the Plateau. This diner has sat on the corner of St Urbain and Mont-Royal since 1942. In the heart of Montreal’s Jewish garment district, Hymie and Freda Sckolnick started serving food to the workers of nearby factories. This busy lunch counter served the fastest and best diner fare in the city.
It grew so popular at lunch that they began opening on weekends, and Sunday brunch in Montreal was born. Their son joined them in the 1960s, but by then Beautys was well known by Montrealers from outside the Plateau. It was no longer a lunch counter that was mainly occupied by the Jewish garment workers. Still in the same location, Hymie is still at Beautys, with his son and granddaughter. But now tourists and locals from all over flock to sit in Beautys’ worn out booths and seats.
Diva #1 first went to Beautys as a kid, with her uncle visiting from Toronto. Even as a child she felt like she was going back in time to an important piece of Montreal history. Usually Diva #1 has the Beautys special, which is smoked salmon and cream cheese on a bagel with red onion and tomato. Always with a freshly squeezed orange juice – just like when she was a kid!
On this visit we ordered another favourite, the Superbeautys, two eggs, which we had over easy to keep that diner feel, with bacon and sausage and their famous home fries. It definitely hit the spot! The Superbeautys also comes with pancakes, fluffy and simple, this dish encompasses every aspects of typical diner fare, but made well. Not too greasy, no substitutions allowed, it was delicious.
Diva #1 was celebrating a birthday with Senior Diva and Aunty. Senior Diva ordered the blueberry pancakes, which reminds Diva #1 of her childhood. As a kid she always ordered blueberry pancakes when her family would go for brunch. At Beautys they were fluffy and stuffed full of blueberries. Perfect with a little bit of maple syrup.
Beautys is known for their Mish Mash omelette, another signature dish of theirs! The Mish Mash has hot dog, salami, green peppers and fried onions. A classic brunch dish that any Beautys virgin should try! Aunty ordered the Santorini omelette (we’re such a damn Greek family) with feta cheese, grilled red peppers, spinach and red onion. She loved it but if it’s your first time at Beautys go for the Mish Mash omelette, it’s a classic!
Chopped liver, blintzes with fresh fruit and sour cream, and potato latkes are a few of the interesting Jewish delicacies available at Beautys. Waffles, mac n’ cheese, burgers, salads, sandwiches and melts are on the more “lunch” like portion of the menu. In true diner fashion they are also known for their shakes, or smoothies, but we didn’t order one on this visit.
And if Beautys isn’t Montral-esque enough for you, they serve their signature dishes with bagels, not toast, and not just any bagels, but from St-Viateur Bagel, for that quintessential Montreal feel. If you’re craving traditional diner fare, check out this Montreal landmark. This isn’t the place that you go for a fancy brunch where you would order eggs benedict or crêpes, this is traditional diner fare and home of the classic Montreal brunch.
Our Rating: Always on Thursday
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