Schwartz’s Deli – Montreal

When in Montreal it’s almost mandatory that you track down some smoked meat. It would be like going to Texas and not having BBQ.


Schwartz’s is a Jewish Delicatessen serving smoked meat among other things. The interior is simple with many wooden tables placed closely together. It appears that the restaurant is almost always packed. We only had to wait a few minutes before being seated however.

Since we had dinner reservations later that night, we decided to just eat lightly.

Smoked Meat Sandwich

We had the smoked meat sandwich which was piled high with thick slices of fatty brisket. The sandwich is relatively simple with the only condiment being mustard. The meat has a definite “beefy” flavor with extra richness from the nice fat cap. The mustard helps to cut through some of the fattiness however.


It is also hard to go to Canada without having poutine. The French fries were nicely crisp, topped with squeaky cheese curds and smothered in gravy.

The meal at Schwartz’s Deli definitely hit the spot. I would like to try other smoked meat restaurants the next time I am in Montreal in order to see what else is out there.

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