Top Smoked Meat Sandwiches In Montreal


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Smoked meat sandwiches are a Montreal staple food. Biting into one of these sandwiches, you will be able to understand what it’s like to be a true Montrealer. These macho sandwiches tend to be jam packed with as much meat as possible, with the bread toppling over- and a side of fries, of course. Although this meal seems quite over the top, it is backbone of Montreal’s food empire. For all you foodies out there, here is a list of the top smoked meat sandwiches in Montreal:

Schwartz Deli is known as the most famous smoked meat joint in all of North America. Founded in 1928 by Reuben Schwartz, they have been preparing smoked meat sandwiches the old-fashioned way for over 80 years. All of the meat is cooked daily living up to its award winning taste. Although there are other items on the menu, most people head over to the renowned deli for the incredible tasting smoked meat sandwich that surely will not disappoint.


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Reuben’s is located in the heart of downtown Montreal on Sainte-Catherine West. Known as one of Montreal’s premier deli and steakhouses, Reuben’s is open daily for guests to taste the Montreal delicacy. Each sandwich is prepared steaming hot and hand carved special to order. Try pairing your delicious sandwich with a milkshake for the ultimate experience.

Main Deli, known to be a rival to Schwartz’s as it is located across the street from each other, is another superb smoked meat restaurant. As their gigantic smoked meat sandwich pilled between two pieces of rye bread is their signature dish, it is definitely worth trying!


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Dunn’s is acknowledged as one of Montreal’s most iconic restaurants. While there are many options on the menu, their smoked meat sandwich is a notable meal. They prepare the meat for six days to lock in the delicious flavouring for guests to enjoy. What is also amazing about this restaurant is that it’s open 24 hours a day and a perfect late night joint to indulge at. Order the smoked meat sandwich with a poutine on the side and you are set for the ultimate Canadian meal.

Lester’s is recognized as a local favourite in Montreal. Serving Montrealers for over 60 years, the deli is located in Outremont, on the North side of Mount Royal. The family run business promises a mouth-watering smoked meat for you to enjoy. Check it out if you are in the area!