Ah, The City of Saints—La Belle Ville—Canada's glorious cultural capital. There's no better place to have a Canadian experience than in this great city. And there's no better place to begin your day than the gourmet cafe, Le Gros Jambon.
It all happened so fast, but I remember ordering poutine, lobster eggs Florentine (yeah, for real), a cheeseburger, and a pint—for breakfast. A departure from my usual scoop of Greek yogurt and granola, but I don't hold my bones when I visit Montreal. Our friendly chef/server kindly mixed us up a cocktail of homemade vodka and fresh-squeezed lemonade—I cried tears of joy, kissed him on the mouth, and promised to finish everything on my plate. He drew us a map of his favorite watering holes, and told us to give him a ring when his shift ended—but that's a story for another time.
Because of Flash Parker's recommendation here on AFAR, one of my first stops in Montreal was Le Gros Jambon. After having driven into Montreal from upstate New York we were ready for a hearty lunch, and boy did we find it.
The fried chicken with biscuits and maple butter was too good not to snap a photo of. The poutine and smoked meat sandwich were equally comforting and delicious. The decor was lively and whimsical, with images of the owner's son in funny situations with various food items lining the walls among other kitsch signage and objects.
It was the perfect cozy spot to introduce us to Montreal.