A Montreal icon, Schwartz’s has been serving up exceptional smoked meat (think pastrami, but with some subtle differences) in the same spot in the Mile End neighborhood since 1928. While the menu includes other deli classics, such as turkey, salami, and liver, people line up for the smoked meat, which is marinated for ten days and smoked fresh every day. Get a smoked meat on rye and a ½ sour and you’ll see why they have a passionate following after so many decades—sliced thin and piled high, the meat is tender and packed with flavor. You can get the meat normal or lean, with or without mustard. The fries are also tasty.
3895 Saint-Laurent Boulevard, Mile End
Open seven days
8:00 am to at least 12:30 am; hot meat (including the smoked meat) available after 10:30 am