Last winter I first told readers about Petinos (https://www.petinos.ca) when I enjoyed a fabulous take-out order for breakfast and lunch from the Sainte-Dorothée (Laval) franchise.
There are 17 Petinos franchises in Quebec. Harry Sikellis owns the Laval, Charlemagne and Dollard des Ormeaux locations.
Sikellis and his team managed their way through the pandemic, but he told me clearly that I must come back to one of his locations when indoor dining could see what a sensation it is. I finally did so recently in Dollard, managed by Harry’s son Mike. It was a Sunday morning and when I arrived the place was starting to get busy. By 10 am there was a lineup out the door. Mike, assisted by his mom Marina Tzanetakou, was busy checking vaccine passports. There is plexiglass between tables, which are well spaced.
Service is fast and efficient here. And what a menu!
I always wanted to have a steak for breakfast, and this was my opportunity via the American. It featured a delicious 10-ounce sirloin steak, two eggs over easy, tomatoes, onion, pickles, home fries, baked beans, toast and a cup of decaf coffee.
My friend is on a diet and decided to check out the Health card section of the menu, ordering something called the Protein – an egg white omelet, bagel, with a choice of cottage cheese or cream cheese or yogurt, with muslix and fresh fruits.
I also ordered a bagel and some smoked salmon to go, which enjoyed later for lunch.
There is a children’s menu for kids aged 10 and under.
On the menu, you can enjoy crepes, pancakes, French toast, omelets, waffles, hamburgers, sandwiches, bagels, croissants and fresh fruit.
Harry bought the Laval spot, located in the Smart Centres Mall right off the highway, four years ago. The Charlemagne location opened in February 2020, just before the lockdown. As for Dollard, it just opened on June 15 or make that “reopened.” The previous franchisee had the Petinos name taken away, changed monikers and then shut down. Harry and Mike stepped in and created this newly renovated 145 seat facility.
As for the name Petinos, founder Ilias Vouras was inspired by the rooster that woke him up every morning in his hometown in Greece. Yes, a rooster is called “Petino” in Greek. He then decided to name his restaurant on behalf of this early bird. A rooster’s high pitch wake-up call announces a beautiful great start to your day, Vouras reasoned.
The Dollard des Ormeaux location is situated at 3520 Sources Blvd in a strip mall, offering plenty of parking and is open from 6 am to 3 pm Monday to Saturday and 7 am to 3 pm Sundays. You can phone (514) 685-1161 or order via UberEats, Door Dash and Skip The Dishes. Log on to https://www.petinos.ca/en to see the full menu.