This Plateau lunch counter is as close as you can come to a American-style diner in Montreal. It was opened in 1942 by Hymie Sckolnick, who can still be seen on his trusty stool at the counter, but he’s passed his management tasks on to his son and lovely granddaughter. On weekends, the lineup out the door is explained by the plump omelets and incredible challah French toast, smothered in local maple syrup. Lunch lovers won’t want to miss their mac’n’cheese served with a side of house salad (their dressing is addictive), or their deluxe Club salad: it’s like a club sandwich without the bread, with chicken, bacon, cheese and a mountain of veggies. Perk: most dishes come with a bagel.