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Need some help in Calgary.

happyjo Sep 11, 2007 11:07 AM

Hello all,
I have taken the advice from this web site and had countless delicious meals. When I was asked to recommend a deli in Calgary where you can get an excellent Montreal smoked meat sandwich I was stumped. So I've come to where I get all my restaurant info in hopes that you guys would have some recommendations.
Thank you in advance

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    cckid RE: happyjo Sep 11, 2007 11:31 AM

    I had a good Montreal smoked sandwich at a place on 8th ave right across from the Bay,but I stumped for the name of it!! I also like the Metro on McLeod Trail,but its more a resturant then a deli

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      ToddCostella RE: cckid Sep 11, 2007 01:43 PM

      The place on 8th is called (the?) Blue Olive.

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        hsk RE: ToddCostella Sep 11, 2007 05:24 PM

        Blue Olive is gone, the place is now called Cabernet but I haven't been there since the changeover, don't know if they still have smoked meat. Blue Olive's was good, and Cafe Metro's is pretty much the way I remember it growing up in Mtl really good (and cheap).

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      sirdinealot RE: happyjo Sep 11, 2007 11:37 AM

      Just tried My Marvins (4th Street and 23 Ave. SW). Great pastrami sandwich. Pickles are amazing as well. You'll find all your deli favorites on the menu. Brisket, chopped liver, etc, There is some connection to this new establishment with the old My Marvins. I am sure some other Chowhounds can shed some light on the details.

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        Hart50 RE: happyjo Sep 11, 2007 11:59 AM

        I quite like Palace of Eats (11th Street SW) and Myres Deli (Marda Loop) for MSM.

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          ToddCostella RE: Hart50 Sep 11, 2007 01:43 PM

          I would second Palace of Eats for sure.

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            Jigga RE: ToddCostella Sep 11, 2007 03:30 PM

            I love Palace of Eats too - although it's a pretty small place, so it's sometimes better to get take out and go eat in a park somewhere.

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              John Manzo RE: Jigga Sep 11, 2007 03:45 PM

              Park across the street is being redeveloped, unfortunately- it's still going to be a park, but in the mean time, it's fenced off, so no place to eat your PoE goodies. However, PoE does have more seating than it did originally.

              PoE and Myhre's are both very tasty, but they are using machine slicers now, which I'm sure will make some people cringe. I couldn't care less, but that's me.

              I've heard the best MSM in town is Alberta King of Subs in the NW somewhere.

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                djdragan RE: John Manzo Sep 11, 2007 04:05 PM

                Theres an Alberta King of Subs in the NE ( in a little Strip Mall in Temple). Is this the one you're referring too? I've driven by it many a time, but never tried it.

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                  taiphun RE: djdragan Sep 11, 2007 04:18 PM

                  Yeah, I'm sure JM means NE. :)

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                    formerlyfingers RE: taiphun Sep 11, 2007 08:50 PM

                    Ab King of Subs is good, but not better than Palace of Eats in my opinion. The Palace is also a really cool little place, full of character - so it gets my all around vote.

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                  foxyfreckles RE: John Manzo Sep 12, 2007 07:17 AM

                  I thought that while the meat and decor at the palace of eats was good the bread wasn't tough enough to handle the greasy-ness of the meat and so the bread tended to fall apart. That being said the Palace of Eats horseradish mustard was SO good!

                  I'm still looking for something to compare to Schwartz's.

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            gourmethunter RE: happyjo Sep 12, 2007 07:50 AM

            There's also Merle's in Kensington...it's in the same strip mall as Charlie's Bakery and Janice Beaton's... Kensington Road & about 12th Street NW. I haven't been there myself but I've heard good things. There's also a place called "Montreal Bagel" (I think??) on Elbow Drive they might have a line on good smoked meat... the guy was trained at St. Viateur.

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              John Manzo RE: gourmethunter Sep 12, 2007 02:12 PM

              Merles has been closed for many months. Location is now Nico's Bistro.

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                gourmethunter RE: John Manzo Sep 12, 2007 02:43 PM

                *blush* apparently I haven't been to Kensington in awhile.

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                  John Manzo RE: gourmethunter Sep 12, 2007 05:52 PM

                  it (Merle's) was quite a disaster- their staff was picketing because they were never paid!

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              marcopolo RE: happyjo Sep 12, 2007 10:25 AM

              there was a pretty comprehensive rundown on the smoke meat scene in calgary here
              This was pre- My Marvins and Merle's i believe, but i think the recommendations still hold true. My vote's still for Alberta King of Subs, with Palace of Eats coming in a close second due to it location.

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                feuerzeug RE: happyjo Sep 12, 2007 11:34 AM

                What about Cafe Metro off Macleod Trail?

                Cafe Metro
                7400 MacLeod Trail SE, Calgary, AB T2H, CA

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