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Smoked meat in Toronto

Well folks,
it's official I've had the worst smoked meat of my life. After almost one week of research on the net and following the very well written Montrealer70's comments on Smoked meat in Toronto I opted to go check Montreal Deli on Dundas in Mississauga recommended by a friend that works near there.. When the waitress brought my sammy I thought she had made a mistake and delivered a ham sandwich instead of the real deal. I had to ask about the peppercorns and spices so she exchange my sandwich and got me an old fashioned smoke meat telling me that this one is spicier. It wasn't even close to a smoke meat sandwich, the rye bread was dry and stale, there was absolutely no flavour. It certainly wasn't the poor waitress's fault, her job is to delivery the grub. She was very nice (as far as Toronto waitresses go), but she didn't get it or care about the "étiquette of smoke meat" and . To be honest my first was clue should have been that nobody else was eating any smoke meat. The fries no bad and pickle was good. So it cost us $25.00 for 2 sandwiches, 1 french fry, 1 disgusting coleslaw 2 half pickles and 1 coffee. So I took 2 bites and I was done. Guess who eating the rest of lunch at work tomorrow? The boyfriend...that's right folks, he's from Toronto so he doesn't mind. Now if anybody is driving to Montreal and needing a dose of great Smoke Meat without going downtown, hit Pete's Smoke Meat in Ile Perrot right next to the Dairy Queen and Montrealer Motel right before taking bridge across to Ste-Anne-de-Bellevue. Mapquest it. God! I'm homesick enough as it is, this was the last straw and made me feel even more melancholy. In fact if anybody going to Montreal and would care to bring a couple of packages of Pete's smoke meat...I'm just saying I still haven't found a good Deli to satisfy my craving. No it wasn't worth the drive from Acton. We were in Montreal in november and pulled in on our way back at 10:00 in the morning to have my fix and bring some home before hitting the highway. The waitress was a real sweetheart and we had a great time. Oh! and by the way they have live music every night. The place looks like something out the Flinstones and also displays an incredible inventory of God's meat in antique refrigerators. His slogan is "YOU CAN'T BEAT PETE'S MEAT" Love it. And the waitress is from Niagara Falls, loves it in Quebec and would never move back. She loves the "joie de vivre" and is loving her job and it comes thru quite nicely. So if you're looking to treat yourself to a great smoke meat sandwich, DON'T go the the Montreal deli.
And that's all I have to say about that.
kristinaroxboro.

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  1. I am not sure how you researched your choice, but Montreal Deli in Mississauga has never been a hit on these boards. The contributor you mentioned has not been active here for 2 years.
    Current smoked meat afficianados would probably go to Caplansky's, Free Times, or Stockyards.
    Or for at home, Goldin's, or Dunn's pouches from Costco
    Since you are based in Acton, Mississauga might be convenient, but there is no good smoked meat there.

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    Free Times Cafe
    320 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1S3, CA

    Caplansky's
    356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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    1. re: jayt90

      Concur with jayt90 -- I've not heard mention of Montreal Deli on these boards (although I also didn't know Stockyards was doing smoked meat).

      1. re: EarlyDrive

        You are right about smoked meat at Stockyards. The current website indicates they have smoked brisket, and the FAQ's say they have been struggling with pastrami.

      2. re: jayt90

        Hi!
        It was suggested to us by a friend who works near there. I had mentioned to him that I was on the site and didn't know where start that would in the west end.

        1. re: jayt90

          Thanks for the suggestion, I would be interested in the Costco option for sure. I'm also on the hunt for a good Italian joint. When I first moved here 13 years ago I checked out Zorro's in Brampton, Excellent service, nice joint but quite expensive.

          1. re: Kristinaroxboro

            Costco has refrigerated pouches of Dunn's smoked meat. They are well spiced, but not all of them are fatty.
            They used to have, at some locations, slabs of Dunn's smoked meat, some of them well marbled, but that was discontinued, probably lack of sales.

            1. re: jayt90

              Thanks for the info Jayt90, well worth checking it out.

              1. re: jayt90

                Slabs discontinued because they were never stocked at the locations where they might sell? Just sayin'....

                1. re: jayt90

                  Weak, the slabs are gone now jayt90? The ones at the Queensway location? I used to travel there all the way from Brampton just to pick them up a couple times a year

                  1. re: duckdown

                    Yeah, the slabs are gone from Ajax. Seems like they try new things, like Moishe's all beef franks, and drop them after a few months of poor sales and poor marketing.
                    I'll definitely be a Goldin's fan if he keeps producing every week.

                    1. re: duckdown

                      I luv the Dunn's smoked meat pouches at Costco. I even took some friend in somewhat isolated location and can;t buy them and he luved them too and this guy grew up in Montreal. Nice fatty center and spiced well IMO.
                      Never tried the big slab that I saw sometimes there. I also luved the smoked meat pizza which they used to sell pity can't find it anywhere anymore.

                      1. re: elvisahmed

                        Elvis,

                        I tried the Dunn's pouches once and although edible and priced resonably , I much prefer Goldin's smoked meat. You should try it out if you have a chance to.

                        1. re: foodyDudey

                          Ok I will bite where can I get Goldin;s Smoked meat?

                          1. re: elvisahmed

                            You can either order a sandwich at Free Times Cafe, or order the meat from him directly. Details can be found here, although prices and availability may have changed over time:
                            http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/6026...

                            1. re: Wahooty

                              Haha, it's called Free Times Cafe ;)

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                              Free Times Cafe
                              320 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1S3, CA

                              1. re: magic

                                Ack! Edited to fix my mistake. Two very different places indeed. :)

                              2. re: Wahooty

                                I think that sounds like a great option, that's the route to go! Got my vote.

                                1. re: Kristinaroxboro

                                  Goldin's is probably the closest you'll find to what you're missing in Toronto. He makes good stuff - just don't expect it to taste exactly like Schwartz, etc. and you'll be fine.

                            2. re: elvisahmed

                              I've seen the smoked meat pizza at Newmarkey Costco-gonna try it tomorrow

                              1. re: Wiley1

                                Thanks I saw it on my last trip too and picked it up apparently its only at Wilson location in Toronto as I couldn't find it in the Etobicoke branch. They have reduced the spices quite a bit but its still better than any frozen pizzas I have tried IMO.

                    2. I don't know if you are willing to go downtown for good smoked meat, but if you are, I second Caplansky's, just remember to order it medium. Order lean and the flavour and moistness is dramatically reduced.

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                      Caplansky's
                      356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

                      1. Having lived in both places, I'd like to respectfully suggest that, if you're looking for Toronto to be like Montréal, you're going to be disappointed just as surely as if you are looking for Montréal to be like Toronto. Where food and drinks are concerned, there are lots of great things to be found in Toronto that Montréal can't compete with, and vice versa.

                        If you want Montréal smoked meat, have it in Montréal (or the environs), but if you want to enjoy the best of Toronto, don't look for copies of Montréal.

                        My two cents, anyway. Sorry about the homesickness!

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                          1. re: trombasteve

                            Agreed. I solve this problem by not eating smoked meat outside of Montreal.

                            A nice brisket on the other hand... Toronto does nicely.

                            1. re: trombasteve

                              I totally agree. Toronto used too known for corned beef. the cities are different, but most of the old Jewish deli's are gone or changed.

                            2. Montreal is ''the'' place for smoked meat. Centre Deli (1136 Centre Street, Thornhill) does not beat Schwartz but the meat is cut by hand, to your taste, and you have the choice between the Montreal Old Fashioned and the lean one. Very busy spot, mainly on week-ends, but reallty worth the trip.

                              1. K, I agree completely about Pete's smoke meat - it's great. In TO Caplansky's is the best, though I did go there once and they were out of it. Pastrami at the Stockyard's is wonderful.

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                                Caplansky's
                                356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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                                1. re: gilbert1111

                                  hey Gilbert1111,
                                  I moved from Ile Perrot to Ontario in 1998 when Pete's was operating out of a little basement ex-apartment location below my hairdresser's shop. He has done very well and now has that prime spot right before you hit the Ste-anne's bridge. Next time I visit I'll to sure to check out the live music.
                                  Thanks for the reply.

                                  1. re: gilbert1111

                                    Good time to try Caplansky's. If you have not already done so, they are selling Groupon deals for: both dinner and lunch. Basically half off the price.

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                                    Caplansky's
                                    356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA