Rex Pizza looks like a totally sketchy hole-in-the-wall restaurant, one that you’d probably skip over entirely if you hadn’t heard otherwise. But based on a recommendation from one of my Twitter followers, @safesolvent, who said they had a pretty great breakfast (?!), I decided to give it a whirl.
Oddly enough, this mom ‘n’ pop shop has its charms. Ever been to Cosmo’s in NDG? There’s a similar vibe going on at Rex Pizza, where there’s actually a sign above the cash register that reads “Prices are subject to change, depending on customer’s attitude.” Right on! After all, why shouldn’t customer service peeps fight back when they tend to get treated like shit all day long?
According to their menu (which, by the way, announces PAS DE LIVRAISON!), they’ve been around since 1965, and judging from the interior, the place is much the same as it was when it was first built. There’s a counter with built-in stools for those who like to eat at the bar, plus a few tables, and the whole place must seat about 20 people, max. It’s cozy, and the owners are friendly but not TOO friendly. Which I like, as small talk isn’t really my forté.
The menu consists of pizza (obviously), Italian selections like pasta, Greek items like gyros and souvlaki, and the standard fast-food fare like burgers, hot dogs, fries, clubs and subs. I’ve had their cheeseburgers and fries, and would rate them similar to those found at the Belle Province, with the unusual “all-dressed” version of the burger involving coleslaw. Their fries are tasty, though not as crunchy as I generally like.
For breakfast—yes, they do serve it, despite the oddity of a pizza place serving breakfast—they’ve got eggs and meats, plenty of combos, and brunch specials that give you the works (eggs, bacon, sausages, pancakes, French toast, baked beans, potatoes and coffee; or eggs with a bagel topped with hame and cheese, plus baked beans, potatoes and coffee). My husband and I hit up Rex one morning and got their 2 Egg Combo #3, with bacon, sausages, ham, smoked meat, baked beans, potatoes and coffee. Holy smokes, that’s a lotta meat! With all of that, it was a tad greasy, but whaddya want? These kinds of breakfasts generally are, and the meats were all delicious. I particularly enjoyed whatever seasonings they added to their potatoes, spicing it up nicely.
Overall, I think Rex Pizza makes a good choice if you’re in the neighbourhood and want to grab a quick bite. They don’t deliver, so if you’re not in the area you probably won’t go out of your way to find it. They’ve got a good selection, and as a neighborhood fast-food joint, I’d say they’re definitely worth checking out, particularly if you’ve got a morning-after hangover that you need to clear up with a good, old-fashioned greasy breakfast.
ADDRESS: 4811 Wellington (Verdun)