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A Sandwich a Day: Smoked Meat at Schwartz's Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen

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[Photographs: Sydney Oland]

The smoked meat sandwich is as quintessential to Montreal cuisine as poutine, and of all the places that serve it, Schwartz's Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen is the gold standard. Smoke brisket piled high on un-toasted sliced bread, with a meager spread of mustard. The quality of the smoked brisket is what elevates this sandwich—it should be moist but not wet and have a smoky flavor highlighted by peppercorns.

Schwartz's has been in business since 1928 at the same location and owes much of its success to a closely guarded family secret—the herb and spice rub that the brisket sits in for 10 days before getting smoked. At $5.90 (Canadian dollars) per sandwich it's the best deal in Montreal, and if you're making the trip anyway, try one of their giant pickles as well.

Schwartz's

3895 Saint-Laurent boulevard Montreal, H2W 1X9 (map)
+1 514-842-4813; schwartzsdeli.com

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