Home of the legendary Mish Mash
Cosmos is a place that you will likely have heard of as a Montreal Legend, a small 11 stool greasy spoon that serves up some really well priced egg dishes and their famous Mish Mash.
At 1st glance
As you pass by Comos you have to look carefully as the sign is faded. There’s Christmas decorations in the window and the interior looks like a textbook greasy spoon. So why go in, you ask yourself? Well, put your doubts aside and get in line, you are about to experience Montreal Breakfast history. In the summer there are a couple tables outside and during the winter there’s a line-up. This is not your typical go eat, get comfy and read a newspaper place; this is a get in, place your order, sit, eat, pay and leave kind of place. The turnover is quite fast and the line-up is usually 20 minutes.
The menu is your classic small short order eatery. The food is greasy, it may not be good for you but woaaah nelly, is it good. The menu is egg heavy so you will find classic eggs dishes and omelettes. Everything is cooked on a single grill. The main dish of legends: the Mish Mash is $7.50 and is literally a mish-mash of eggs, potatoes, red peppers, pepperoni, cheese and whatever breakfast meat is lying around. It’s incredibly filling and while it may not be good for your cholesterol your stomach will thank you. Another good option is the Half and Half ($7.00) which consists of 2 eggs and 2 meats (sausage and ham). There are free refills for your coffee and if you sit outside you can keep the coffee at your table, but you just have to remember to return it.
Service is an experience: it’s a 2 man operation, one guy who takes your order and the chef. They’re always busy but they’re very nice.
To be honest this is not the place you go to if you are vegetarian. Many of the dishes come with meat; there are likely some egg only plates although the grill has tons of meat on it so you will get cross contamination. If you are vegan don’t even bother, there is nothing for you except maybe the coffee.
Cosmos is not fancy nor is it fine dinning, it’s a greasy spoon but you are experiencing a Montreal legend. There may be places that offer similar plates but you they can’t replicate that unique charm that makes Cosmos a landmark.
|5843 Sherbrooke St West, Montreal, QC H4A 1X4(514) 486-3814|
|Bottomless Cup Of Coffee||YES|
Half and Half ($7.00)
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I only started going here recently, and it is truly a treat. The founder’s son and daughter now run the place on alternating days, and the service (and chatter) is a little better when the daughter’s there.
Oh, and I disagree with review: they do a veggie omelette (greek style, with onions and fresh tomatoes), with or without cheese, and that and the fabulous hash browns (plus toast of just about any variety known to man!) will more than satisfy any vegetarian, I promise you.
Why do you disagree with the review? The review actually mentions that there are likely some egg only plates (such as the one you’ve mentioned).
The review only raises the flag that their might be cross contamination considering everything is cooked on one single grill.
I ate here for the dozenth or so time last Friday. Nikki wan manning the grill and Rosie was serving us coffee and laughter. Everytime Niko is there he usually makes my dish bigger (I am a rather broad guy) and he’s a hoot. I told Nikki that I had been meaning to watch “Man of Grease” (the documentary made on her father and the place) and she pulled it out of storage and gave it to me. I offered to pay for it (well I pleaded to pay for it) but she insisted. I’m not saying if you ask you will get a free DVD so please be forewarned, but that was an incredibly nice gesture of her. I watched the movie last night and absolutely loved it. The food is incredibly delicious, and it will fill you up for the day. You go for the tasty food and the community feel.
Just ate here for the first time and although the service was really slow, the food was good. On a side note they accept CASH ONLY