We moved to Montreal from Chicago last fall. My wife is Polish, which means ham, kielbasa and other deli meats are a necessity of life. Now, it does seem that the Polish community in Montreal is rather small, so we have mostly abandoned any hope of finding a deli comparable to what we had in Chicago. However, we figured there must be other Eastern/Central European places specialized in hams and sausages where the turnover is high (for freshness purposes) - or just more generally a good deli. Does anyone have a place to recommend?
Hands down and without any comparable competition: La Vieille Europe (3855 Saint Laurent)
Welcome to Montreal. Hope you are learning to love our city (trust me, winter doesn't last forever). I am also polish, so maybe I can help you out. There are a few good polish places in and around Montreal. My personal favourite is Felix Mish.
1903, rue Jolicoeur, Montréal, QC H4E 1X4
Telephone : 514-766-2094
He makes a few great varieties of Kielbasa and other cold cuts. You can also buy packi, babki and other delicatessen products.
There is also Bucharest
Bucarest Charcuterie & Pâtisserie - 514-481-4732
4670, boulevard Décarie , Montréal , QC H3X 2H5
Which is a Romanian place (hence the name LOL) but that has an incredible selection of important jarred/canned goods. They also have cold cuts that are up to par (a very busy place so high turnover) but the kielbasa is not the best. The service can also be a little unpleasant at times.
You have the Wawel bakeries (there is one small small one in the Jean Talon Market) and one on the corner of Girouard and Sherbrooke"
Wawel Pâtisserie Boulangerie - 514-483-1042
5499, rue Sherbrooke Ouest
That has a selection of charcuterie - I cannot vouch for it though as I have never bought any there. Packi are made all day, and are fresh and gooooood.
You have a charcuterie on Decarie near Monkland: Chopin
Chopin Inc - 514-481-0302
4200, boulevard Décarie , Montréal , QC H4A 3K2
That has a bit of everything - 99% polish products. You can also get a meal there (sandwiches, pierogis, bigos)
Twice a year, there is a polish Bazaar in NDG where you can sample and purchase charcuterie from various providers, as well as eat a hot meal (flacki, bigos, pierogi, naleszniki etc). There is one in November and one in early Spring.
I am sure there are also some smaller charcuterie places in the East end, which used to boast a fairly large polish population.
I will second Felix Mish! I have never been, but we had a friend who was Polish, and would always buy their Kielbasa from there, and serve it at her parties... wow that is great sausage. Thanks for reminding me of their name, Maisonbistro! Now I have a major hankering for kielbasa.
Euro-Deli Batory has probably the cheapest meal for 2 persons around. For about $13 you get perogies, hunters stew, kielbasa, cabbage rolls, goulash and potato dumplings. And Bread in case you're still hungry. We have been known to buy this special for takeout at the beginning of a weekend, and have meals for the time. It is great rib-sticking cuisine, perfect for this crappy weather. The trick is getting there when they are open. They close early on the weekends (like 2:00 PM on Sunday).
I didn't even know he made smoked meat. I have tried all his kielbasas, his debreciner sausages are fantastic, and his smoked pork loin is also great as is his bacon. I am a Schwartz's purist though, so I don't think I would even bother trying it. I need the whole package - soft Rye, yellow mustard, fries, cherry soda.....
I have had some very inexpensive, satisfying meals at Mazurka! It is the one resto on Prince Arthur that I have no problem eating at. I haven't eaten there in a while, as we moved away from that neighbourhood (that part of the Plateau was getting way too expensive for our real estate budget), but I'd happily eat there again. Very filling food.
There used to be a Polish community in Hochelaga-maisonneuve. If you drive on Hochelaga and Rouen street around Iberville, there are a couple of polish stores. I don't know the names of the stores but drive on those 2 streets east side of Iberville and you will find a couple, if they are still open.
There is also a polish epicerie on Masson between 9th and 8th avenue.
Thanks everyone! I'm gonna have to try all those places. Today I'll dig out the car and check out the Masson épicerie, and maybe Felix Mish later. I'm quite intrigued!