Augie's Montreal smoked meat is fabulous [Oakland]
My husband (a Montreal native) has long lamented that he cannot get smoked meat here in the Bay area. For Father's Day, I decided to see if there was any way to get him his favorite sandwich meat. Happily, I found Augie's Montreal Smoked Meat. Lex apparently operates a pop-up in Oakland; I'm about an hour away, so he shipped the smoked meat to me. One package was spicier than the other; my husband actually preferred the less spicy offering, but gobbled it all down in record time. (4 lbs. in about 4 days.) If you like Montreal smoked meat, do give this a try!
Another Montreal native here and thoroughly disappointed with the smoked meat I recently ordered at Schwartz's on a return trip to the city. I'm looking forward to trying Augie's!
I too think Augie's is fabulous. They were in doing their regular pop-up in Oakland at Beuty Bagels this Monday and at 1 pm the crowd was thin, the meat running low but with still enough for a sandwich or two.
I got the 7 oz. size, coming on rye bread with a choice of yellow or deli mustard.
The meat, sliced thinly, is abundantly juicy and falling apart tender with a good ratio of fatty bits to meaty parts. The spices are warm with hints of clove, allspice, and black pepper. A sweet maple syrup note really sets this apart from Pastrami and other smoked/cured meats. Add a few house-made pickle spears to the plate and you got one tasty hot sandwich. I can't compare this to the Canadian original, but am quite happy to have this occasional treat available here in Oakland.