Santa Barbara is another great Montreal brunch near Beaubien to add to your list of favourites. Besides the (long) wait, I loved everything about this Sunday outing. It’s also the perfect pit stop for brunch before heading out to Jean Talon market just a block away.
The menu is a short one-pager which is already refreshing and makes it easier to choose, especially for indecisive people like me. All the dishes have fun names after jobs like mathematician, architect, electrician… So if you do hesitate still, pick what you always wanted to do when you grow up !
Our first choice was the architect, a healthy option with poached eggs on toast accompanied by some greens and avocado. Simple but tasty and nicely executed. Looked delicious.
Our second choice was the artilleryman, which, as its name indicates, is a little bit more consistent! This sweet and savoury crepe was filled with cheddar, apple, bacon and maple syrup. A very original variation from traditional brunch fare (but be ware if you don’t like cinnamon because the menu doesn’t provide any warning and I am not a big fan…) Cinnamon aside, I think you’ll love this.
Bright and sunny spot with a lot of character. Friendly staff. Definitely a good vibe. They also have a room in the back which can be privatized for birthday or events.
Come outside of rush hours (i.e. really early or really late) to avoid the line up and enjoy Santa Barbara at its best. And yes, I will be back to try their diner menu too because it’s promising.
PS: For more brunch ideas check this out.