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Sep 7, 2007 10:59 AM

Montreal Smoked Meat sub at Subway? [moved from Quebec board]

Last night, a pal mentioned a rumour that Subway now offers a Montreal Smoked Meat Sub. Don't tend to go there myself - and would take one of the city's great smoked meat sandwiches over this anyday - but can anyone confirm this rumbling? I am, admittedly, intrigued....

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  1. I walked by a subway this morning (the one in the Cote St. Luc shopping center) and on the glass was a huge poster for smoked meat subs. So yes, it is true. I can't remember the last time I had a subway sub, and I don't foresee going there in the future to try out the new arrival.
    IMO smoked meat should not be messed with. It comes from Schwarz's, on rye bread with mustard. Not on pouffy bread from Subway.

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    1. re: maisonbistro

      if you can even call that bread.

      It looks machine sliced, which is wrong wrong wrong, and it's probably served cold. I freaking HATE Subway.

      1. re: maisonbistro

        I wonder if it's the same thing as their "Smoked Beef Brisket" sub?

        1. re: kpzoo

          I don't think it's the same thing- the sign just said, Montreal smoked meat sub - a felony in my book - smoked meat - sub - NO NO NO NO NO

        2. re: maisonbistro

          Aren't we being a bit close-minded here? I don't mean to upset traditionalists or get myself banned from Schwarz's, but isn't the point of this forum to try new things rather than dismiss them out of hand. Besides, all the negative energy here is focused on the bread. It's more likely the 'smoked meat' that will offend more. Lean, cold, thinly sliced, and in less quantity than the bread it's served on. At least, that's my experience with other non-deli applications of it.

          1. re: JQReid

            I don't think this is closed minded at all. The facts are that we here in Montreal (as compared to say, Toronto or New York) are blessed to have the creme de la creme of smoked meat. It's a fact that the bread at Subway is pouffy and well, wonderbreadish, the other fillers are fine - precooked chicken, beef, veggie patties etc if that's what you like... but I just don't think they will be taking whole hunks of smoked meat, slicing them lean or medium and serving what we have become accustomed to with a pickle on the side. That's all.

            If they do serve a great smoked meat, I myself will by you one JQReid - 12 incher no less.

            1. re: maisonbistro

              Thanks, but no thanks. I have reservations about it too, so I'm not about to be the first guinea pig. Only, as I noted, my chief reservations concerned the meat itself. Personally, I too am of the opinion that hands should not be a viable option when talking about a smoked meat sandwich. But others might say different; maybe Subway is taking them into consideration.

              That's not to say I don't agree about the bread as well. I couldn't help but think "irony" upon seeing "Subway Baking Centre" on the oven I'm sure is used to do little more than thaw the rolls. That said, I'd probably take something from Subway over most other chains any day of the week.

        3. It is odd to offer it here. I don't have any use for Subway either, but I know people who do road travel in their work and appreciate it as they serve up sandwiches that are not utterly greasy and unhealthy.

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          1. re: lagatta

            Which gets me thinking. Do you think they bother offering their Steak & Cheese in Philadelphia?

            1. re: lagatta

              Now that you have mentioned Subway and unhealthy in the same sentence….
              I have never eaten at a Subway restaurant.
              Although the menu and products look very good as far as inexpensive, readily available food goes I have always been turned off by the way they handle food.
              All food is handled with their tongs, no forks no spoons
              They move their hands between ingredients without any regard what so ever.
              They put their hands in the meat, then in the veggies, then into the cheese, then into lord knows where.
              I prefer to eat in places that use utensils to prepare food.
              There is also reasonable scientific evidence to back up the claim that cheap food service gloves transmit bacteria from the hand that is wearing it to the food being served.
              So the belief that your brand new subway smoked-meat sub is healthy and safe to eat is a bit of a fallacy. Clean utensils combined with food service gloves would make any sub taste better.

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              1. Being one of those doubting thomases, I will respond. I have eaten subway before (just don't quite remember when) and can tell you without a shadow of a doubt that the bread is terrible and the fillings - well pre-cooked and microwaved. Here in Montreal (and in many other places in the world too - but I live here, so I speak of here) we have some incredibly amazing breads available to us, and some pretty great sandwich places. Schwartz's is the gold standard for smoked meat - which I am sorry to say, you our unfortunate american neighbours cannot comment on as you have pastrami - soooooo not the same - so therefore you cannot understand the sanctity of our love of smoked meat.

                Bottom line is it just doesn't belong on Subway bread - and I don't need to taste it to say so.

                And I don't think any of us said it tasted horrible. We just don't want to be the guinea pigs sacrificed in the experiment!!

              2. Had one of these last night. It was great I would recommend. Nice fresh bun and tasty meat and toppings.