Montreal Foodie Adventures: Schwartz’s Deli

Schwartz’s Deli is a landmark in Montreal that has been serving up classic smoked meat for over 80 years.  Their world famous original smoked meat has people lining up around the block to get a taste.

Founded in 1928, this spot has been labeled as the oldest deli in Canada, bringing with it years of tradition that you just can’t mess with. Schwartz’s has maintained their original recipe, preparing their smoked meat the old fashioned way with a secret blend of spices that is marinated for 10 days… you can only imagine the deliciousness that results.

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The Vibe

The feel and atmosphere at Schwartz’s is unlike any other. The first experience is waiting in line to get a seat in their small restaurant area. People come from all over to try their famous dishes and it is definitely worth the wait.

Once inside, you see the few tables, all in very close quarters, the prep area on one side and a wall filled with accolades and accomplishments on the other.

The waiters were fast, fun and witty making friendly conversations with all the guests. And sitting at an 10 person table, bonding with 8 other strangers was a pretty unique experience. Every comes together over the simple awesomeness of a classic sandwich.


The Food

There are really only two main options at Schwartz’s- the smoked meat sandwich and the steak. Both of these dishes are mastered to perfection with years of tradition and experience that you can taste. No fuss, or frills, just simple good food.

The Dish 

The smoked meat sandwich epitomizes all of the crucial elements of a sandwich. You’ve got the fresh rye bread slathered with just the right amount of mustard ( the Montreal way), and then towers of moist, succulent, flavorful smoked meat.

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Add to this, a plate of crispy fries, a side of coleslaw, a crunchy homemade dill picked and a cherry coke to top it all off and you’re pretty much in deli heaven.

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This Montreal institution serving up melt in your mouth smoked meat is something that you really can’t get anywhere else.

If you`re visiting Montreal make this a must eat spot!



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