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May 26, 2014 06:12 PM

anyone eaten at Schwartz's in Montreal recently? [moved from Ontario board]

When I read about Montreal smoked meat here on CH, Schwartz's in Montreal is almost always mentioned. So when on business in Montreal recently, I ate there with the two other Torontonians. I didn't find the smoked meat sandwich worth eating at all, it was very bland and even lacked salt! This was nothing to write home about and not worth a trip even from our Montreal location. It made me wonder what the big deal is about as Goldin's smoked meat is much better. Has anyone else eaten there recently and how was it? I know it's not made in the mass-produced way that some others are and that there will be some variability, but I was not expecting very bland meat.

P.S. someone should have mentioned not to look down at the floor....

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  1. must have been an off night . try again or go to the main across the street

    1. The last few times I ate at Schwartz's I wasn't impressed so I've switched to the Main across the street when I'm in Montreal. No line up and the smoked meat is just as good or better.

      1. It's been a while... sad to hear your review.

        Next time try Smoke Meat Pete's.

        1. How did you order the sandwich? Was there in march, noticed no difference. I've had bad sandwiches there before, but it's usually the gold standard.

          1. As I understand it, Schwartz's is a tourist mecca. There is better smoked meat. I have always liked Reuben's on St. Catherine Street.

            7 Replies
            1. re: mtlcowgirl

              Thanks mtlcowgirl. In the posts on the Toronto board, Schwartz's appears to be the golden standard. I'll try Reuben's next time, it's a short walk from where I stay when I am there.

              1. re: foodyDudey

                My man, no. Reuben's is terrible. It's pumped and nitrate laden and has an oily texture.

                How did you order your meat at Schwartz's? If you did medium or fat you likely had a bad sandwich. If you ordered lean, you have no one to blame but yourself.

                The Main is a good alternative, as is Smoke Meat Pete.

                1. re: BigBabyYeezuS

                  No I didn't order it lean, why would anyone do that? I don't order steaks well done either!

                  1. re: foodyDudey

                    Trust me, I've seen it done.

                    I would give it another shot next time you're in Montreal. Natural variability and all that.

                  2. re: BigBabyYeezuS

                    Reuben's serves smoked meat poutine and smoked meat 'eggrolls'. 'Nuff said.

                    1. re: Shattered

                      I liked it before they went all fern bar. Haven't been since I used to work in the area. But yeah, poutine and egg rolls sound pretty pathetic.

                2. re: mtlcowgirl

                  Reuben's is nothing special. The Main is a good alternative.