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Apr 19, 2012 01:26 PM

World's best sandwich is from Montreal and not what you are expecting, but close...

Wilensky's special...

Go figure ...

(in french)

I really have to find the time to try it one day.


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  1. Whatever, dude.

    Here's the link to the Travel & Leisure piece:

    Looks like they asked Dave McMillan what his favourite sandwich was and he made a sentimental choice.

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    1. re: SnackHappy

      Or maybe he was just having a little fun, like the patently absurd "Clams on the Radio" or whatever it was from the Bourdain show.

      And the La Presse (or Canadian Press?) headline writer needs to read more carefully. Nowhere does T&L or the linked article call it *the* best.

      1. re: Mr F

        It could very well be that he was having some anti-foodie fun. I'd love to see the faces of people who went in there thinking they were going to have the best sandwich in the world once they've taken a bite.

        That would probably make a pretty good Tumblr.

        1. re: SnackHappy

          Maybe I could start a Tumblr of Montreal sandwiches that are better than Wilensky's special.

          1. re: SnackHappy

            Personally I would start with at least two of the banh mi from Hung Phat, before even thinking about Schwartz's medium-fat. Then again, I'm not much of a seeker of great sandwiches. I'm sure there are plenty more worthy candidates.

    2. Go figure.
      I *like* going to Wilensky's, I *like* eating the Wilensky Special, but I don't know about the "best in the world"

      Looks like they painted the wainscotting and stool legs white for the picture.

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      1. re: porker

        this is so odd, sure I loved it on my one visit, like being in old time movie, not likely to go back though and can t imagine taking outotowners there unless nostalgia or history buffs. But good for them, its a quaint place and deserves to survive.

      2. its not trendy, artisinal and its pretty its a humble place serving simple food that tastes good. the place hasn't been renovated or changed in decades and its still charming and has lots of character *and* its so popular that they had to finally start to open on Saturdays. plenty of chefs and chefy types don't necessarily eat or seek out the fanciest or most complex food in their spare moments.

        1. Big News indeed! 292 like on facebook and 157 tweet.
          That makes it a official list for the BEST in the world? Are you kidding me?
          Great PR for Montreal but how about a real poll and not a chef"s suggestion.

          How about we start a chowhound list of the Best sandwiches in the world?

          1. It *is* a Travel & Leisure article afterall.
            We're focused on the Wilensky as its supposed to reflect on Montreal, but I also cringe at NY's ham and cheese on a baguette. WTF? As for Philadelphia, a *chicken* cheesesteak? Yikes.

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            1. re: porker

              I had the same reaction to those two, porker. Imagine our mayor telling a magazine how he waves the flag proudly with a tofu "smoked meat" sandwich!

              1. re: Shattered

                Now that I think about it, the national sandwich of Spain is jamon iberico...
                Not that the squid sammy would be bad, but the choice might piss off a Spaniard or two - plus it was picked by an Italian American.
                I think the article might have been better titled as "Unique Sandwiches From Around the World" instead of "Best...".

                1. re: porker

                  I think the article might have been better titled as "A bunch of sandwiches picked by a random list of food celebrities".

                  I'm not so sure about jamon iberico being the national sandwich of Spain. Jamon iberico being a luxury product, people tend to eat it on its own or as part of a "plato de ibericos". Sandwiches are more often made from jamon serrano.

                  The bocadillo de calamares is the Madrid equivalent of our smoked-meat sandwich. although I believe the fried version is more common the "en su tinta". I don't think Spain has a national sandwich. I would be surprised if the various autonomous regions could ever agree on one in particular.