Montreal Smoked Meat
I think I already know the answer to this question, but has anyone found a place making montreal smoked meat lately? The last post I could find ( http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/21068 ) was from awhile back, so I thought I would try again.
My Canadian friend is so obsessed with smoked meat, that despite the fact that is a vegetarian, when he visits Montreal he still gets smoked meat. With such a large Canadian population I am surprised that no place around here serves it.
The odds of getting correctly prepared Montreal smoked meat here are the same as the odds of finding a good Mission style burrito in Montreal. Pretty close to zero. But the odds of finding a suitably close pastrami alternative locally are a lot better than the odds of satisfying a burrito Jones there.
I just happen to have read David Sax's "Save the Deli," kind of a casual history and world tour of Jewish deli food. In it, he points out that Lester's Deli (http://lestersdeli.com) in Montreal does mail order and their website certainly supports the claim. Sax is from Toronto, but his parents and greater family are from Montreal and he writes with great enthusiasm about the Montreal deli scene. I don't know if any of the other Montreal delis ship out of the Montreal area. It seems that the noted Schwartz's doesn't.
I realize you're looking for a more local rendition of smoked meat, but maybe this will be an adequate substitute. If you give it a try, let us know what you think. I'll do the same.
Not Montreal smoked meat, but something your friend might be willing to fall off the vegetable wagon for would be Memphis Minnie's house-smoked pastrami. It's made from a fattier cut (more flavor!) and has a heavier smoke component. Only served on Wednesdays, which would be tomorrow.
Memphis Minnie's BBQ
576 Haight St, San Francisco, CA 94117
re: Melanie Wong
Thanks Melanie for this great bit of information. I went yesterday to test this sandwich out, very delicious. A lot more smoke than regular pastrami, but in a good way. Also, definitely not navel pastrami, a little "looser," some other cut, maybe brisket. But again, still a great sandwich.
A couple minor complaints/points: I wish there was a bit more meat on the sandwich (a friend had the two meat combination plate and was still hungry). The sandwich is served on a crusty roll (wish it was rye) along side a middling pickle spear. The potato salad was solid, though.
It's been a while since I've been to Memphis Minnie's, though I feel like pastrami Wednesday will be in my near future.
the first Montreal smoked meat has arrived in the U.S.A., and it's only a 6 hour plane
ride away from you !!
It's in Brooklyn, NY, called the Mile End deli.....(www.mileendbrooklyn.com
)It just opened last week, but they are having a tough time keeping up with demand...
(as in "we are closing way early , cuz we are out of meat"...)
I started a thread on the "outer boroughs forum .....as it's a short subway ride from
I tried going there yesterday, but they were closed for the whole day, to "catch up" on making the smoked meat!!!!
Not your fault, but I slogged through the 97 posts in that thread to find little discussion of the food. I think I'll fly to Montreal again to get my smoked meat, not Brooklyn.
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There are some places in montreal that ship to USA here is the one I found:
Haven't tried this place but seems to have good reviews from the Montreal forum of chowhound.
Adding to what is sold here in Canada at Costco from Dunn's. I have tried the smoke meat pizza which pretty good and have seen big briskets from Dunn's being sold as well. I prefer the individual packed precut 6 packs which are good for making a good sized sandwich.
Lester's probably sources the same generic stuff that Dunn's packages. It's all the same gross fake looking pink nitrate pumped flavorless crap that's sold throughout the city. Call Schwartz's. They mail-order, at least they did up until the buy-out a year or two ago. You used to be able to place a freight order online but I think you need to call them directly now.
re: Robert Lauriston
I ate both Lester's and Schwartz's in the last few days, and:
1) Schwartz's is superior, and they have a big stack of cryo-pack right by the door. If you can get it across the border, they're happy to ship. Schwartz's will also allow you to specify how fatty a cut you want in the take-out line, not sure about the delivery stuff.
2) Refuge's pastrami is noticeably close to Schwartz's smoked meat. Both have that very fine-grain cut, no "smoke". I would strongly recommend anyone jonesing for Montreal Smoked Meat give it a try.
I don't know if you could get the Refuge to make you a "montreal sandwich", which is this funny cradle of very thin rye bread, instead of a roll. It's hard to describe, you kind of make a trough out of bread. I have a picture, but it's on my phone. Almost no toppings, maybe just a hint of mustard (tasted like Beaver, which they were selling near the cryopacks).
So guess what I found at the Sobeys on Front & Sherbourne. A pack of Schwartz Smoked meat. I recall reading it would be sold at Sobeys a while back but hasn't seen it around. I personally am not a fan of Schwartz as I like Rueben's better. For vacu-packed one's I like one Sold at CostCo from Dunn's. Anyway will report back when I have a had chance to test this one and compare to other versions.
In the meantime enjoy the pic (500 grams for a tad over 10$)