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Who makes the best sandwiches in town?

bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 03:28 AM

On my last business trip I discovered a great sandwich in Boston that originally came from Chile called the Chacarero (Photo attached).
So who makes a genuine kick ass sandwich in Montreal? It can be different or wild. Or it can be an old standby that is just always done right.
I've been back in the city 11 months now and thanks to chowhound and exploring I'm discovering new and wonderful things everyday! So I hope to hear from many of you, from the uber foodies (thank G_d for them) to people who know their neighbourhoods or just what they like.

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    bigfellow RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 03:30 AM

    Chacarero is a Chilean sandwich made with steak or chicken on a round roll with tomatoes, green beans, cheese, avocado and hot sauce. (Thanks to wiklpedia for that.)


    By the way, Colin my puppy seems to like sandwiches. When I made a chacarero at home he stold half. No ill effects. But he did have bad breath! lol

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      humbert RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 03:50 AM

      I like the paninis at Galleria in Laval but since I like mine so crispy I like making mine at home with unlimited toppings like cheese, spicy mustards and marinated eggplant...mmm...another place I like is cafe Paradiso on decarie but it wont compare to my homemade sandwich!

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      C70 RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 03:52 AM

      he's adorable! Bring him to Girouard doggy park!

      I recommend an old standby done right and priced right too- the ham & cheese or turkey & cheese on fresh, perfect baguette at Maitre Boucher on Monkland. Generous, fresh, a little lettuce & mayo, and 4.99 tax IN! A GREAT deal for the quality and size, especially in that neighborhood. I laugh that there's a subway next door selling pure crap for $8.

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        bigfellow RE: C70 Nov 4, 2009 04:24 AM

        Side note: We do go to Girouard doggy park, Westmount Park and the Canal.

        I'll have to try Maitre Boucher this week.

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        mak2k RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 05:24 AM

        i really liked titanic's sandwiches. Granted, they are not cheap (about 10 bucks?) but the size is pretty decent, and considering the fact that it's in the old port (seriously, IS there a place where you can get lunch for under 8 bucks which isn't mc do fastfood or greasy spoon?), it's normal price i guess.

        445 Rue Saint-Pierre, Montreal, QC H2Y2M8, CA

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          Arktik RE: mak2k Nov 4, 2009 06:31 AM

          Titanic is really good, but the sandwiches are HUGE! (and pricey) -and some seem made in advance (the best sellers?) - so, for example, the bacon is sort of cold in the BLT -bleurk

          My fave fave fave are from McKiernan....they are all so great and original. YUM!

        2. chefjeannine RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 05:25 AM

          I think my vote is for Foumagerie on Sherbrooke. Faves include the Mexican or the Mediterranean.
          But being an italian girl, find me a good ol' classic sausage and pepper sandwich and i'm a happy camper!

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            dragonsrouges RE: chefjeannine Apr 10, 2010 08:34 AM

            I agree!! Foumagerie is the best!! They have a great selection of sandwiches with different kinds of cheese! And their soups are delicious, home-made (not by them) and healthy!

          2. kpzoo RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 05:54 AM

            I've heard amazing things about the sandwiches at Olive et Gourmando on St-Paul, particularly the chicken-avocado-mango.

            Olive et Gourmando
            351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

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              Werzoth RE: kpzoo Nov 4, 2009 01:41 PM

              I love the chicken-avocado-mango at Olive et Gourmando! Thumbs up from me!

              Olive et Gourmando
              351 Rue Saint-Paul Ouest, Montreal, QC , CA

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                mtlmaven RE: kpzoo Mar 6, 2010 12:54 PM

                Yep! I also have to go along with the sandwiches from Olive et Gourmando. They are absolutely scrumptious. I've had something with smoked trout that was divine.

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                  HappyMtl RE: mtlmaven Apr 9, 2010 01:13 PM

                  Olive et Gourmando does great sandwiches!

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                The Chemist RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 06:37 AM

                Because I know it will come up sooner or later in a post like this, I'll give an un-recommendation to Santropol. I went here based upon someone else's rec and was bitterly disappointed. I was warned to ask them to go easy on the cream cheese, which I did, but still received was basically amounts to cream cheese with bits of other stuff in between boring bread. Couple this with poorly made soup and predictably rude service... and yeah.

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                  fraisefatale RE: The Chemist Nov 4, 2009 09:23 AM

                  Just as I was about to shout "Santropol!" I love this place, and I can't get enough of the veggie chili!

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                    The Chemist RE: fraisefatale Nov 5, 2009 09:54 AM

                    Maybe I ordered the wrong thing? I don't know. I can see why it's popular.... it comes off as a hang out for college age kids (which includes me), offers many vegetarian and vegan choices, and is obviously something very different. But really, the food just doesn't seem worth it and the service was almost purposefully rude. As it turns out, I could be describing Au Vivre at the same time. Why people seem to like being treated badly by servers is something I will never understand.

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                      Satene RE: The Chemist Dec 1, 2009 04:13 PM

                      I've had Aux Vivres' Chana sandwich, perfectly stuffed into their giant chapati, 3 times in the past 2 weeks <drools on keyboard>. One more and I should be okay until 2010.

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                        psquared RE: The Chemist Feb 3, 2010 02:17 PM

                        I go to Aux Vivres regularly and have never had a problem with the service. They won't go out of their way but I can't say I've been treated badly.

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                          Shattered RE: The Chemist Feb 3, 2010 07:46 PM

                          Couldn't agree more on Santropol, The Chemist, both food and service wise (can't comment on Au Vivre cause I've sworn off spending my hard-earned leisure money on that stuff).

                          Why are these places is so popular?
                          Lemme tell you a story... I once met a kid who, with straight face, tried to tell me the regular dried, plastic vaccum-sealed pasta at an indie "eco" store was better than at the grocery store. I don't mean based on the profits going to a mom & pop operation (which I can get behind, when I have the money _and_ they are providing good value); I mean that the pasta itself was supposedly somehow better for the planet, and therefore worth paying over dollar a package more. I sure couldn't afford to make that choice when I was in school... needless to say, I didn't go to McGill.

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                        Scrumdidiliumptious RE: The Chemist Nov 9, 2009 12:35 PM

                        Santropol used to be good. These days it's pretty much crap.

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                          jay_81k RE: The Chemist Aug 25, 2010 10:53 AM

                          I totally agree about santropol. I tried eating there yesterday, and it was the worst experience of my life.. I waited 30 minutes to get seated for no reason, wasnt even that busy. Then when I finally got seated I waited another 30 minutes to get acknowledged that i was even there. Finally the waitress came and was extremely rude instead of apologetic and really ticked me off, so I got up and left. What a pathetic place! I will never go back. Was the biggest waste of time ever.. Im still very angry about it!

                        2. SnackHappy RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 06:51 AM

                          I don't know about chacarero, but you can get Chilean sandwiches from Barros Luco and La Chilenita. Barros Luco's namesake sandwich is really quite good. Barros Luco is at hte corner of Fairmount and St-Urbain.

                          On the higher end of things, I love the sandwiches at Europea Espace Boutique on Notre-Dame in Old Montreal.

                          Grilfriend is a big fan of the chicken tikka sandwich at the Indian place in the Faubourg. I've never had it but I've had the seekh kabab sandwich at Malhi on Jarry and it was awesome. I recommend trying the rolls at any good Indian or Pakistani places.

                          Not quite a sandwich, but it's wrapped in bread and you eat it with your hands, the rotis at Momoï on Beaumont in Park-Ex are dirt cheap, very filling and very delicious.

                          That's all I've got for now.

                          La Chilenita
                          152 Rue Napoleon, Montreal, QC H2W, CA

                          Momoi Bakery & Catering
                          395 avenue Beaumont, Montreal, QC , CA

                          Malhi Sweets Indian Cuisine
                          880 Rue Jarry W, Montreal, QC H3N1G9, CA

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                          1. re: SnackHappy
                            C70 RE: SnackHappy Nov 4, 2009 07:31 AM

                            I heartily second the Tikka sandwich at the faubourg. Fresh naan there.

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                              berbatov RE: C70 Nov 7, 2009 04:10 PM

                              This thread made me crave the tikka sandwhich at the Faubourg. I had in today; I forgot what a good deal it is. You get the sandwhich, soup and a pakura type thin for 7 bucks.

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                                mainsqueeze RE: berbatov Nov 8, 2009 06:49 AM

                                Is the soup good? I've only ever ordered the sandwich by itself, which I think comes out to around $5.

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                                  berbatov RE: mainsqueeze Nov 8, 2009 06:49 PM

                                  I must say, it isn't bad. OK, it's not chi-chi gourmet, but for a food court its pretty tasty. And for an extra few dollars it's worth it if you're especially hungry

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                                    blond_america RE: mainsqueeze Nov 10, 2009 01:12 PM

                                    Last time i had the soup which was about a year ago i found it salty and that's saying a lot as i tend to like salt and have been accused of oversalting my food on many occasions.

                              2. re: SnackHappy
                                SnackHappy RE: SnackHappy Nov 4, 2009 07:40 AM

                                I was just reminded about the sandwiches at Aux Vivres. I'm not a big fan of the food or the service there, but they do make some great sandwiches. Their Vietnamese inspired sandwich (sorry can't remember the name) is particularly good.

                                Anything from Boustan is good. Their Creation is one the tastiest sandwiches in town. Ask for hot sauce. Anything at Abu Elias, especially the lamb and the liver. The gyro at Nostos. Falafel Freiha in Laval. The Israeli falafel at Chez Benny. The pork sandwich at Maison du Nord. If you're into alfalfa sprouts and fluffy cream cheese you might like Santropol. Casa del Popolo makes some nice vegetarian sandwiches. Titanic has been mentioned and I second that. Banh Mi xiu mai at Thai-Son near JTM. Banh Mi at Hoang Oanh or Cafe Banh Mi Linh...

                                Restaurant Boustan
                                2020 Rue Crescent, Montreal, QC H3G2B8, CA

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                                  celfie RE: SnackHappy Nov 4, 2009 08:09 AM

                                  albeit simple, the chicken sandwich at the rotissery place on st viateur is very tasty

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                                    torontrealais RE: SnackHappy Apr 5, 2010 09:28 PM

                                    The Vietnamese one at Aux Vivres is called the Mekong, and I stand behind the claim that it's great. Their veggielox is also something to check out... I never miss real lox a bit when I'm having that sandwich, especially when it's on their flat bread.

                                    I also stand behind Olive and Gourmando, such lovely, flavourful sandwiches! Note though, that you'll lay down at least $10 for a sandwich only at both of these places...

                                    Aux Vivres
                                    4631 Boul Saint-Laurent, Montreal, QC H2T1R2, CA

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                                    SnackHappy RE: SnackHappy Nov 4, 2009 08:23 AM

                                    It's not exactly cheap or something you could eat on the run, but the lobster roll at APDC is technically a sandwich. It's also insanely good. Although if I had it again I would ask them to leave out the cheese.

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                                      thelonious777 RE: SnackHappy Nov 8, 2009 06:47 AM

                                      Cheese in a lobster roll? Yellow card.

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                                        aliris RE: thelonious777 Feb 6, 2010 06:35 PM

                                        Hee hee hee. I've read all too many of the rantings and opinings on this subject over in the Maine board. But even without a working knowledge of any sport that uses a yellow card, I think I get it....

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                                    celfie RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 07:37 AM

                                    i consider tikka in the faubourg the #1 sandwich in town. Chicken on fresh nan bread with all their salads - you can have their mint or garlic sauce but i opt forj ust a spoonful of their spicy sauce. without question the tops!

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                                      minisma RE: celfie Nov 4, 2009 07:39 AM

                                      Momesso on Upper Lachine makes very good sandwiches (subs). Good fries too. I like the sausage loaded and the spencer cheese steak. Hubby likes the chicken. Crowded at lunch and cash only. Good stuff!

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                                        benyyz RE: minisma Dec 1, 2009 10:57 AM

                                        I second Momesso's. Their spicy italian sausage sub is the stuff dreams and heart attacks are made of.

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                                          reelection RE: benyyz Mar 5, 2010 12:44 PM

                                          We tried this today. Great sub! The spice in the sausage was just right, mild but not so mild that you wouldn't feel a kick. Topped with some nice cabbage and caramelized onions Took a 7-incher and while a health food it ain't, I didn't think it was greasy enough to be considered particularly "heart attack"-worthy!

                                          Place was jam-packed at lunch with mostly middle-aged anglo dudes and a few of their families. Service was very friendly!

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                                      C70 RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 07:52 AM

                                      the "special" at Beauty's, as overpriced as it is, can be heavenly. Lox, copious amounts of superb cream cheese, tomato, & red onion on a St. Viateur bagel.

                                      1. kpzoo RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 08:09 AM

                                        If you're willing to venture out to LaSalle and consider submarines in the sandwich category, the subs with homemade bread at Manzo PIzzeria are delish.


                                        1033, 90e Avenue, LaSalle,
                                        (514) 366 1319
                                        (514) 366 0092

                                        1. Chocolatine RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 08:57 AM

                                          I second the mention of Europea Espace Boutique, where they have a killer lunch special of your choice of sandwich, Europea quality dessert (about 25 options!) and drink for 9.99$. Some sandwiches can be a tad dry sometimes (like the fish croquette or lamb ones), but all made with quality ingredients and quite good and filling.

                                          Another place would be Provisions on St-Laurent close to the metro; I especially like the lamb sandwich on flatbread. All breads are made on site.

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                                            UnConundrum RE: Chocolatine Nov 10, 2009 04:42 PM

                                            I'd second Provisions. Been a year since we were in Montreal, but we really enjoyed our sandwiches there, and found them to be something different.

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                                            eat2much RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 09:42 AM

                                            Also worth mention are the manakish or Lebanese "pizza" style sandwiches at Andalos in Ville St-Laurent.

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                                              bigfellow RE: eat2much Nov 4, 2009 09:46 AM

                                              Personally I consider all manakish more of a pizza thing and not really a sandwich. It would be like calling calzones a sandwich.
                                              Thanks though.

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                                              foodinspace RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 12:08 PM

                                              The wrap at Vasco de Gama on Peel is one of the best wraps I've ever had. Although at $12 it's not something I can eat regularly.

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                                                westaust RE: foodinspace Nov 5, 2009 06:28 AM

                                                I agree that Vasco da Gama makes some of the best, albeit priciest sandwich in Montreal.

                                                The duck and figs sandwich, the tuna burger or the club ferreira are all good bets over there.

                                                Cafe Vasco Da Gama
                                                1472 Rue Peel, Montreal, QC H3A1S8, CA

                                              2. NickMontreal RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 01:18 PM

                                                Bocadillo 3677 St. Laurent. A small Venezuelan place. Beautiful grilled breads. Amazing fillings. Not your average ham and cheese or tuna mayo. Pulled pork, grilled chicken with camembert. Fantastic. The arepas are good too. Steer clear of the poutine. Sauce is very watery. Result? Soggy fries.

                                                1. cherylmtl RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 02:10 PM

                                                  The Antep Kebab sandwich at (where else?) Antep Kebab.

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                                                    klagirl RE: cherylmtl Mar 13, 2011 09:58 PM

                                                    I dream about it at night for 2 weeks each time i have it. i want more....
                                                    mm and with one of those ayran drinks.

                                                    i need more turkish food in my life.

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                                                    berbatov RE: bigfellow Nov 4, 2009 02:20 PM

                                                    The sandwiches at Art Java (I've only been to the one on Kennedy and University) are really excellent. They have the ones you'd expect like prosciutto bocconcini and turkey pesto but also some more interesting ones. My favourite is the Louisiana....cajun chicken with a spicy mayo....delicious.
                                                    Also, Caffe Italia makes a nice, simple sandwich with nice oily vegetables. And the best part is you get to have their coffee once you're there!

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                                                      afoodyear RE: berbatov Nov 4, 2009 02:57 PM

                                                      Art Java also makes a (pretty!) delicious cappucino. It's not just nice to look at!

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                                                        berbatov RE: afoodyear Nov 4, 2009 03:15 PM

                                                        Thanks for reminding me! Yes, their coffee is excellent

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                                                      V for Vanessa RE: bigfellow Nov 5, 2009 03:08 AM

                                                      If you head over to Boucherie Marchigianni on 1715 Thierry st. in LaSalle, just off of Newman blvd. The sandwiches are excellent. Authentic Italian sandwiches on beautifully cooked and crisp ciabatta bread. They make incredible homemade italian sausages, the best in the city. As well as delicious porchetta. You can get these as a sandwich along with a myriad of delicious italian toppings. They have a full selection of cold cuts as well as homemade cutlets, steak and peppers, or whatever the special of the day is. DELICIOUS and worth the trip. Imported cheeses, pastas, olive oils and beverages to name a few.

                                                      oh yeah, and they deliver for free, if the order is large enough

                                                      Marchigianni Aliments Inc
                                                      1715, Rue Thierry,
                                                      Lasalle, QC H8N 1H6

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                                                        meninthekitchendotca RE: bigfellow Nov 5, 2009 12:19 PM

                                                        My favourite sandwiches around the city:

                                                        Club Sandwich from L'Avenue - The benchmark for all club sandwiches I'll ever eat

                                                        Creation Sandwich from Cosmo's - A breakfast classic

                                                        Falafel from Chez Benny/Pizza Pita - Less greasy than the chains around town

                                                        Chicken Shish Taouk from Boustan - Loaded up with the works...if you're feeling brave, get the Boustan Creation.

                                                        Pretty much any sandwich from Sur Bleury - Only open for lunch

                                                        Bon Apetit; I'm off to Burger de Ville for the 3rd time in the last 10 days...not techincally a sandwich though...but full review to come soon!

                                                        1. ScoobySnacks20 RE: bigfellow Nov 6, 2009 10:55 AM

                                                          Just had one today actually,
                                                          the old stand by,
                                                          the classic of classics....
                                                          Still the best
                                                          Schwartz Smoke Meat!

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                                                            db050870 RE: ScoobySnacks20 Nov 18, 2009 02:03 PM

                                                            Schwartz is *SO* over-rated and fetishized in this city, its kinda sad. Real New York pastrami kicks it's ass anyday. Hell, even Main restaurant across the street makes better smoked meat!

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                                                              Werzoth RE: db050870 Nov 18, 2009 02:37 PM

                                                              db050870 : that's your opinion and you're entitled to it, but most will differ. It all comes down to the style of smoked meat you enjoy. There are differences between each.

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                                                                Shattered RE: db050870 Nov 20, 2009 01:08 AM

                                                                Wrong. Very wrong. So wrong you couldn't be any wronger.

                                                                Sincerely, Shattered
                                                                Ph. D., University of Smoked Meat

                                                                1. re: db050870
                                                                  keelo RE: db050870 Nov 30, 2009 10:10 PM

                                                                  Well, comparing Montreal smoked meat and New York Pastrami is like comparing apples and oranges. Given, it's the same cut of meat, but the preparation of both is different. It's like saying KFC's fried chicken is way better than a Chinese soy sauce chicken.

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                                                                thelonious777 RE: bigfellow Nov 8, 2009 06:54 AM

                                                                I actually really like Lina's in PVM despite the fact that it is a chain (and located in PVM). Poached salmon with ricotta, dill and lemon zest and ham with avocado and artichoke hearts are regulars for me. Much better sandwiches IMHO than Surbleury or Vasco de Gama.

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                                                                  KSC02 RE: bigfellow Nov 19, 2009 11:13 AM

                                                                  I haven't noticed 'Soup-Soup' mentioned (McGill & Wellington in Old Montreal). A great place for a soup & sandwich, IMO. Sandwiches are quite often very original with the freshest of ingredients. I've yet to not swoon over their soups, made fresh every day. Well run, good atmosphere and realistic prices. I couldn't recommend this place more and eat there quite often. Healthy food that tastes awesome.

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                                                                    afoodyear RE: KSC02 Nov 19, 2009 05:02 PM

                                                                    I've only been to the one on Duluth (there are 3 soupe soups now? Maybe more!) but their coffee is good and I think their sandwiches usually outshine their soups. I wouldn't put them in the category of best in the city, but I wouldn't complain if someone took me there for lunch :)

                                                                    1. re: afoodyear
                                                                      alixium RE: afoodyear Nov 19, 2009 05:58 PM

                                                                      there are 4 locations I am aware of: on Duluth, on Wellington street(Old Montreal), on Masson street (Rosemont), and on Casgrain street (Jean-Talon market).
                                                                      The one in Old Montreal is bigger than all the others, and the decor is very nice and airy.
                                                                      The one on Masson is open late and serves suppers (stews and comforting dishes).

                                                                      649 Rue Wellington, Montreal, QC H3C, CA

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                                                                        superbossmom RE: alixium Nov 20, 2009 03:56 AM

                                                                        Soupesoup recently opened on Crescent, between Sherbrooke and de Maisonneuve, east side of the street;
                                                                        haven't tried it yet, it was closed when I walked by.
                                                                        This will be a great addition to the area.

                                                                        1. re: superbossmom
                                                                          alixium RE: superbossmom Nov 20, 2009 10:21 AM

                                                                          that is great news! I enjoy Soupesoup, but as a university student, their far-from-downtown locations were annoying me. I hope to try this new location soon.
                                                                          thanks, superbossmom.

                                                                        2. re: alixium
                                                                          MeV RE: alixium Nov 20, 2009 06:49 AM

                                                                          Wow I had no idea there were so many! I go to the one on St-Viateur (Mile-End). I find their soups and sandwiches delicious. It's my favourite lunch place!

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                                                                            thelonious777 RE: MeV Dec 1, 2009 08:18 AM

                                                                            Quality tends to vary from location to location. The one near JTM served me a pretty iffy soup and salad, but generally they are solid.

                                                                    2. thehotplate RE: bigfellow Nov 19, 2009 11:23 AM

                                                                      depends what you're looking for in a sandwich...

                                                                      Best Big Bites sandwich = Santropol
                                                                      Best Nostalgic Bites = Schwartz
                                                                      Best Chicken Confit Sandwich = Provisions
                                                                      Best Tikka Chicken Sandwich = McKeirnan's (a must must must try!!)
                                                                      Best Pub Sandwich = Burgundy Lion
                                                                      Best Make Your Own = Eden Organic Grocery Store
                                                                      Delicious Roasted Veggie Sandwich = Cafe Vasco de Gama

                                                                      Those are some of my favorites and always serve as the perfect mid day pick me up to get me through the afternoon! hope you enjoy

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                                                                        Shattered RE: thehotplate Nov 20, 2009 01:14 AM

                                                                        Santropol is big-bite cause it's mostly bread. Mind you, the rest is raisin or wheat germ or sprouts or organic vegan dirt, so you're not missing much.

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                                                                          hala RE: Shattered Nov 20, 2009 10:09 AM

                                                                          If you don't like the sandwiches at santropol or any other place, please feel free to say so. But calling food "organic vegan dirt" is way out of line.

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                                                                            mainsqueeze RE: Shattered Nov 20, 2009 10:11 AM

                                                                            Santropol isn't vegan. They have sandwiches with meat in them.

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                                                                              stak RE: mainsqueeze Nov 20, 2009 03:50 PM

                                                                              ...and a looooooot of cream cheese

                                                                        2. mainsqueeze RE: bigfellow Nov 20, 2009 10:17 AM

                                                                          I do like the "Special" al Wilenky's, even though it is essentially a fried bologna sandwich.

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                                                                            oana RE: mainsqueeze Nov 29, 2010 06:43 AM

                                                                            Hi Mainsqueeze,
                                                                            Do you really think it is good though? I understand the nostalgia related to Wilensky's and have had really good fried bologna sandwiches but I just don't think theirs is tasty ... and I really tried :). Oana

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                                                                              Shattered RE: mainsqueeze Nov 29, 2010 10:37 PM

                                                                              It's the kinda food I make when I get home drunk, and didn't have change for the usual couple slices of 'za. Seriously, Wilensky's is plain, boring lunchmeat crap - only gets talked about cause it was built when Coca-Cola still had blow in the recipe.

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                                                                                oana RE: Shattered Nov 30, 2010 07:07 AM

                                                                                Lol! :)

                                                                            2. mainsqueeze RE: bigfellow Nov 20, 2009 10:24 AM

                                                                              Who makes the best grilled cheese sandwich in Montreal?

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                                                                                thehotplate RE: mainsqueeze Nov 20, 2009 12:44 PM

                                                                                McKernian's makes their own version of Wilensky's nostalgic classic. Good, but still the tikka chicken sandwich is the show stopper. Plus they have a special, not always of the menu, which almost left me sans boyfriend we were fighting over every morsel. usually we get two sandwiches and go halvies. This was our first time trying their pulled pork fajitas! Not fair that it doesn't come with a warning, get your own!

                                                                                1. re: mainsqueeze
                                                                                  cherylmtl RE: mainsqueeze Nov 21, 2009 05:36 AM

                                                                                  Not necessarily the best, but a decent grilled cheese can be had at Indigo Cafe, believe it or not. They give you a choice of breads, but the multigrain is my favourite - and it's really inexpensive, too (around $2.00).

                                                                                  1. re: mainsqueeze
                                                                                    eoj RE: mainsqueeze Nov 21, 2010 06:28 AM

                                                                                    I've never tried it, but Lapin Presse on Laurier has a sign in their window saying they are a "grillcheeserie" or something, so I'd guess they must have one worth trying.

                                                                                  2. Foie Gras Lover RE: bigfellow Dec 1, 2009 06:05 AM

                                                                                    I really like Italian sandwiches from Café Grazie-Mill (58, Fairmount West (corner Clark)).

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                                                                                      italyvespa RE: bigfellow Feb 1, 2010 11:42 AM

                                                                                      Go to McKiernan's and get the chicken tikka sandwich. No regrets. You will not be disappointed!

                                                                                      1. wokhei RE: bigfellow Feb 1, 2010 01:26 PM

                                                                                        I'm excited to see my two favourites haven't been mentioned.

                                                                                        Hands-down the best sandwich in the entire city in my opinion is the BBQ Pulled Pork at Depanneur Le Pickup (Waverly, South of Jean Talon). Incredibly deep flavoured slow-cooked pork, pulled to fine filaments, thrown on the grill to reheat and caramelize, topped with some type of habanero relish, pickles, a vinegary slaw, spicy house mayonnaise inside of a grilled Portuguese bun. It's perfection. An absolute steal for 6 dollars.They also do a veg version with some sort of stand in protein. Go there as soon as you can. Their steak sub is incredible too.

                                                                                        Grilled cheese victor goes easily to Sparrow, with a side of their fries. Thick, savoury bread and at least some old aged cheddar, maybe another cheese in there as well. The bread has a nice crunch, soft interior and it's meal-sized.

                                                                                        Now if someone could direct me to a solid New york style deli sandwich, with my choice of meats, cheeses and antipasto, preferably at a place that bakes their own buns, I'll be able to die sandwich happy.

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                                                                                          kpzoo RE: wokhei Feb 1, 2010 01:34 PM

                                                                                          "Now if someone could direct me to a solid New york style deli sandwich, with my choice of meats, cheeses and antipasto, preferably at a place that bakes their own buns, I'll be able to die sandwich happy."

                                                                                          Totally not NY-style, I'm sure, but have you tried the subs at Manzo Pizzeria in LaSalle? They bake their own buns and they're delicious.



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                                                                                            mak2k RE: kpzoo Feb 2, 2010 05:28 AM

                                                                                            i'll have to second this statement.. ever since i had that, my standard for subs went up so high that i can't eat another sub unless it's from manzo

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                                                                                              wokhei RE: kpzoo Feb 7, 2010 01:19 PM

                                                                                              Fantastic- will be sure to check it out. Thanks for the tip!

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                                                                                                wokhei RE: kpzoo Mar 5, 2010 04:41 PM

                                                                                                So I made the recommended epic pilgrimage to Manzo's and tried both their signature sub and also the steak and cheese. I have to say I was expecting big things and was rather underwhelmed, though I liked the bun. Lacking salt, developed flavour and was even a bit dry?

                                                                                                I am more than willing to officially throw down the steak gauntlet to Manzo fans and challenge them to hit up Le Pickup for their steak & spicy pepperoni sub. I defy anyone not to fall in love with it. It'll occupy your REM cycles.

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                                                                                                reelection RE: wokhei Mar 5, 2010 12:50 PM

                                                                                                Good recommendation! Half-dep, half-resto, very hipster. We tried the faux-pulled pork (they were out of the real thing :(, but who knew tofu skin could be so good?) and also the grilled halloumi w/ mint slaw which apparently is a big seller. Very satisfying. Would love to go back and try more sandwiches on offer.

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                                                                                                  wokhei RE: reelection Mar 5, 2010 04:39 PM

                                                                                                  Glad you went! Make sure to come back and try the pork- the faux is great, but the pork is transcendent.

                                                                                                  I also tried the grilled haloumi since and am now torn in an equilateral triangle of sandwiches when I go there. Between the haloumi, bbq pork and steak sub, I think I can cycle amongst them till I'm dead.

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                                                                                                    reelection RE: wokhei Mar 9, 2010 04:09 PM

                                                                                                    Went back and tried the real pork which was indeed even tastier than the first (although for a vegetarian substitute I really gotta say, as a devoted carnivore, that the faux pork is a worthy replacement). We also ordered one of the better club sandwiches that I've had, with some chipotle mayo on the side to add as desired. I think this was mentioned elsewhere but they use tasty chunks of dark meat instead of the usual dried-out white breast which makes a noticeable difference. I really like this place, one of my favorite discoveries on CH. Thanks!

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                                                                                                psquared RE: bigfellow Feb 3, 2010 02:14 PM

                                                                                                Boucherie de Paris on Gatineau near Cote des neiges has decent baguette sandwiches. Fillings include turkey, ham, chicken, tuna, merguez, brie...nothing super special but all are quite fresh, as is the baguette.

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                                                                                                  montrealwaitress RE: bigfellow Mar 7, 2010 08:04 AM

                                                                                                  For a basic, but amazingly fresh sandwich I go to Eden in les Galeries du Parc. Everything is fresh, the white baguette is worth eating and there are tons of other snacks to choose from. I go for the turkey, but the tuna salad looks pretty good.

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                                                                                                    tourelle RE: bigfellow Apr 6, 2010 08:11 AM

                                                                                                    Amazing Lebanese sandwiches can also be found at Farhat Grillades on Cote des Neiges, or, better, boucherie Sabra at 757 cote-vertu. Maestro's (on St. Viateur at Clark) sandwiches, providing they don't put on too much dijon, are also, for under 5 bucks, delicious.

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                                                                                                      english muffin RE: bigfellow Apr 8, 2010 11:37 PM

                                                                                                      I had THE most amazing pulled pork and coldslaw sandwich at The Sparrow yesterday, absolutely delicious. I'm already making plans to go back next week!

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                                                                                                        mammab RE: english muffin Apr 9, 2010 04:57 AM

                                                                                                        I also have had the Sparrow's pulled pork and slaw -delicious!!! I have visited le pickup and was disappointed in their less than stellar sandwiches (pulled pork and grilled halloumi). I honestly don't see what the hype is. And personally, I was uncomfortable with their lack of attention to simple cleanliness which is NEVER an issue at Sparrow. Taste wise, Sparrow beats them hands down!

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                                                                                                          S tanita RE: mammab Apr 21, 2010 04:53 PM

                                                                                                          La Belle Province has very good Club Sandwiches. They use whole breast of chicken - not the sliced dreck from XXXX foods.. The plate includes very good French Fries. You also get mediocre cole slaw and half a dill pickle. Included in the trio is a bottomless soft drink. There is always more than enough for my wife and me to share.
                                                                                                          We go to the one on Decarie between Jean Talon and Pare.

                                                                                                          Belle Province
                                                                                                          20 Rue Brunet, Mont-Saint-Hilaire, QC J3G4S6, CA

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                                                                                                            wokhei RE: mammab Nov 22, 2010 12:26 PM

                                                                                                            I have to sadly admit that Pickup's quality started to vacillate wildly in the past few months. Quality seems absolutely tied to who's behind the prep counter, and it's been so inconsistent that I've dropped them from my top spots. Disappointing! Agree that Sparrow's as good as ever though.

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                                                                                                          habsfan110 RE: bigfellow Nov 20, 2010 08:09 AM

                                                                                                          Wilensky's Light Lunch has the best sandwich in the world. Inside the sandwich is baloni and salami, and mustard that is grilled in delicious bread.

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                                                                                                            anachemia RE: habsfan110 Nov 20, 2010 06:15 PM

                                                                                                            I hear it's the grilled mustard that puts it over the edge. ;-)

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                                                                                                            88keys RE: bigfellow Nov 21, 2010 06:51 AM

                                                                                                            I love the sandwiches at Beautys, corner of St.Urbain and Mont-Royal. A great club, the med chicken is a fantastic marinated chicken on onion roll, and satisfying standbys like tuna and egg salad, chopped liver and fried onions...Sandwich and a cup of homemade soup - my favorite!

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                                                                                                              Traveling Hound RE: bigfellow Nov 22, 2010 01:43 PM

                                                                                                              Cafe Milano on Jarry, in Saint Leonard has the best Italian sandwiches. It's packed at lunch times, so be warned. They have some outdoors seatings, which makes for a pleasant experience people watching (mostly young Italian crowd from the neighborhood).

                                                                                                              Another favorite is Farhat on Cote des Neiges, near St Kevin. Mideastern (Lebanese ?) grilled meat (chicken, beef, lamb, kafka, etc) on french bread. They grill on order, so prepare to wait for a bit. Also, it's mostly a take out place, with a few seats.

                                                                                                              Cafe Milano
                                                                                                              5196 Rue Jarry E, Saint-Leonard, QC H1R1Y4, CA

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                                                                                                                carswell RE: Traveling Hound Nov 22, 2010 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                Farhat has opened a second outlet in Côte-des-Neiges in the former Sandwiches et Brochettes locale: 3513 Swail between CDN and Gatineau. Quality seems to be equal to the mother store's.

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                                                                                                                  oana RE: carswell Nov 29, 2010 07:00 AM

                                                                                                                  Hi there, I am so glad to see Farhat on this list (I was just getting ready to type :)) and glad that they have spawned offspring! :)
                                                                                                                  Their format is truly unique in this city and so, so good! Whenever I bite into that charred, spicy, garlicky, saucy, oniony, fatty masterpiece ... ughhh ... salivating ... (for those of you that are disgusted by my concoction, fear not you can choose your ingredients :))
                                                                                                                  Elder immigrants also say that it reminds them of the taste of meat "from back home" quite a feat let me tell you ...
                                                                                                                  Happy eating, Oana

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                                                                                                                    hungryann RE: oana Nov 29, 2010 05:35 PM

                                                                                                                    What do you order there?

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                                                                                                                canada_doug RE: bigfellow Nov 25, 2010 08:00 PM

                                                                                                                Wilenky's is a classic. I love it.
                                                                                                                I'm surprised no one mentioned Serrano on St-Viateur. Amazing chicken sandwiches.
                                                                                                                The bahn mi at hoang oahn on St-denis just north of jean talon are the best I've found in the city.
                                                                                                                Foumagerie is great too.

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                                                                                                                  maj54us RE: Piolita Mar 10, 2011 04:37 AM

                                                                                                                  La Matraca taqueria
                                                                                                                  4667 st-denis
                                                                                                                  went there with my wife and tried all their tacos. It was very good and tasty.
                                                                                                                  Also had a sandwich (bigger tacos) called a torta. Can't remember the name and it was full of cheese and meat.
                                                                                                                  My first tacos broke in the middle so all the filling dropped on the plate.
                                                                                                                  Overall I would have like more kick to their hot sauce but it was an above average experience.

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                                                                                                                    OliverB RE: bigfellow Mar 14, 2011 12:35 PM

                                                                                                                    I'll tell you who DOESNT make the best sandwiches in town... La Fromagerie on Sherbrooke O.

                                                                                                                    I can't understand why there's always a 7 minute line-up at the counter... do people not know how to mix a salad or put turkey on a baguette at home?? I just don't get this place at all!

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                                                                                                                      maj54us RE: OliverB Mar 14, 2011 01:05 PM

                                                                                                                      anything better around there? usually time and convenience are a key factor even if it's under par.

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                                                                                                                        C70 RE: maj54us Mar 14, 2011 01:59 PM

                                                                                                                        cavallaro. pricey but generous.

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                                                                                                                          sbmfj RE: C70 Mar 15, 2011 11:07 AM

                                                                                                                          try NDG bakery off Upper Lachine and Melrose. Great deli sandwich, real cheap too!! Try the Homemade porchetta (they dont make it there, but its homemade). Very nice warmed up as well. And they often have ham imported from Italy which is very nice too.

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