5843 Sherbrooke W.

This greasy spoon in the heart of NDG is a very famous landmark in Montreal. It’s literally a counter with a few seats (11 stools) but on weekends (and sometimes weekdays) it’s so busy, there is a line to get in. In the summer there is seating outside on their front terrace. It is owned by a Tony Koulakis and his whole family help out on the weekend. Their success story has been featured in the Montreal Gazette and in other local newspapers and magazines.

Koulakis was immortalised a few years ago in an award-winning independent documentary called “Man of Grease, ” a chronicle of his many years at Cosmos and his joyful journey back to the land of his birth, Greece.

Breakfast food is their specialty but they also makes sandwiches, hamburgers, and salads. Some items include the “Good Morning Burger”, a hamburger with bacon, cheese and a fried egg or the “Mish Mash Omelette”,four eggs, bacon, sausage, ham, salami, tomato, onion, cheese and toast, or the “Creation Sandwich”, fried egg, bacon, salami, cheese, lettuce and tomato ($4.75); or the Mixed Grill: 2 eggs any style and mix of all meats (salami, ham, sausage and bacon, $8.50); and lastly “The Veggie Creation” sandwich: fried egg, fried onions, cheese, lettuce, and tomato ($4.25). Cosmo’s also serves a “Hamburger Steak” ($6.50), and for some healthy options, a tuna, lettuce and tomato sandwich ($4.00), and a Cosmos salad ($3.50.)

The place feels very “homey” with old dollar bills, and old photos and postcards. There is even a letter from Nia Vardalos (My Big Fat Greek Wedding) to the maker of the documentary, Ezra Soiferman, saying how much she liked the film and vowing to come to Cosmos on her next trip.
Not veggie friendly.

Reviewed by Mark


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