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indiazi Mar 9, 2012 05:57 PM

Just found a new place serving my favorite dish by the office. I'm not sure anything can top Schwartz' in Montreal, but since we're in Calgary and this was quite memorable, I figured I'd pipe in.

It's right by Mcleod and 11th Ave and is called Gruman's...anyone else been!?!

Any other recommendations for Calgary while we're at it?

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    Scary Bill Apr 19, 2012 07:59 AM

    If you want to make your own, Costco carries Dunn's. I'm a Schwartz fan, but Dunn's is a good second place.

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      TSAW Apr 19, 2012 10:00 AM

      Scary - where is this Dunn's in Costco? with the meats or in a freezer aisle? How big of a package is it? I love Costco but I hate wasting food.

      I have not tried Gruman's yet myself, but a few friends are raving about it. I tend to go to Kickers as it's close to my office. Its good but I don't feel you get as much of a 'stack' of meat as Myher's - which is ok by me.

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        beggsy Apr 19, 2012 10:52 AM

        It has been a while since I bought it, but it is sold in the refrigerator section near the bacon and comes in individual, sealed pouches. You can heat in a microwave or use 'boil in a bag' method. My mom buys it and freezes it. Comes out fine. I think there are maybe 6 or 8 pouches in a box.

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          Scary Bill Apr 19, 2012 11:35 AM

          In addition to the individual pouches, there are brisket portions, roughly 2 pounds, some more, some less. These are usually in the refrigerated area with cold cuts and sausages. I have frozen portions, and they freeze reasonabye well, as you do have to steam them for a couple of hours before slicing.

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        marcopolo Mar 12, 2012 10:45 AM

        Gruman's been around town in the past in at least 2 other incarnations. I wonder if the 3rd time's a charm?

        1. DeeDub Mar 12, 2012 08:22 AM

          I get my smoked meat fix at Kickers (1215 1st Street SW). It stacks up (pun!) against Myhre's for the best in the YYC.

          http://kickersdeli.ca/

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            Hart50 Mar 12, 2012 09:09 AM

            Palace of Eats down in the Beltline is pretty good as well.

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              DeeDub Mar 12, 2012 10:27 AM

              Palace of Eats changed their name a couple of years ago and is now known as Myhres Deli.

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                Hart50 Mar 12, 2012 11:38 AM

                I guess I'm getting confused. What's the name of its sister in Marda Loop?

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                  johnjohnson78 Mar 12, 2012 12:50 PM

                  I believe the place you're referring to is Avenue Deli. Initially I think it was owned or at least directly associated with Myher's (at the time Palace of Eats). I get the feeling ownership or management changed shortly afterwards and although it's not bad, I've found pretty much everything there to be inferior to what you get at Myher's. I honestly can't even explain it. After lunch at Myhers I'm usually thinking that service and food was awesome.....after lunch at the sister joint I'm thinking bleh....average.

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                    NumberFive Apr 18, 2012 05:35 PM

                    I think they're the same. Both website's still linked to each other, and the menu is the same on both.

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            cancowboy Mar 9, 2012 08:04 PM

            Two other smoked meat delis you might try (although they are a much farther jaunt)

            Myhre's Deli

            Alberta King of Subs

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            Alberta King Of Subs
            7196 Temple Dr NE, Calgary, AB T1Y, CA

            Myhre's Deli
            1411 11 St SW, Calgary, AB T2R 1G7, CA

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              johnjohnson78 Mar 10, 2012 09:06 PM

              Myhre's Deli most definitely makes an excellent smoked meat sandwich. I can't compare with Schwartz' because unfortunately I've never had the pleasure of eating one there. I think it's about as close to a classic montreal smoked meat sando as you're going to get in cowtown.

              I particularly like the Rueben which comes grilled with swiss, sour kraut, and your choice of mustards. (house and keens for me). The sandwich comes with slaw, chips and a pickle for sides

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