In the world of foodie adventures, Montreal is emerging as a prime destination with its legacy of world-famous poutine, bagels, and the city’s rich immigrant heritage that offers some of the best French, Italian, and Middle Eastern cuisine on the other side of the Atlantic. Another well-known staple is Montreal-style smoked meat sandwiches, and here are some of the best places to sample this deli special across the city.
Smoke Meat Pete is an unexpected little spot, well off the beaten track. It’s worth it to venture over to L’Île-Perrot to this comfy and longstanding restaurant, with its atmosphere of an old-school diner, to partake in the juicy smoked meat sandwiches and well-loved fries, chicken, and ribs. Smoke Meat Pete also operates as a live music venue, so come for the comfort food sandwiches and stay for the evening blues.
At Fameux Viande Fumée et Charcuterie, you can enjoy delicious smoked meat, poutine, or smoked meat poutine. This diner-style Plateau spot isn’t known for having the best service in town, but you can get comfortable in one of their cozy leather booths and enjoy your meal without much fuss. They’re also open late.
You can find Le Roi Du Smoked Meat in Rosemont, where it’s been operating for more than 60 years. The restaurant looks as though it’s been frozen in time—or that time has somehow passed it by—and it’s still 1954 when you walk in. Offering pizza, souvlaki, spaghetti, club sandwiches, BBQ chicken, and poutine in addition to smoked meat, stop by if you’re feeling a bit of throwback nostalgia.
No overview of the best Montreal-style smoked meat in this city is complete without mentioning Schwartz’s, which is probably the most famous spot in the city and the deli that locals will direct you to first if you mention smoked meat. Even after 70 years, there’s still a line to get in even during the coldest months—though you don’t usually have to wait long, due to the efficient and no-nonsense approach to seating and serving. Order the classic: medium cut meat, a cherry cola, french fries, and a pickle.
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