Canada’s Smoked Meat

272 MILES | 4 hr 46 min | by Michael Stern
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Made from a cured and smoked brisket, the smoked meat of Quebec is a cousin of the pastrami found in U.S. delis. It is luxuriously fatty, packed with spice, and so fragile that it demands careful hand-cutting. Here are a couple of top sources in Montreal and a few along the byways of the province.

1

Schwartz’s

The smoked meat of Montreal's Jewish neighborhood is at its best at Schwartz's, where countermen make sandwiches with meat piled impossibly high on good rye.

2

Snowdon Deli

Snowdon is a full-service deli with great breakfast and some of Montreal's best smoked meat -- radiant with spice, on good rye. Have it fatty, medium, or lean.

3

Chez Micheline

Chez Micheline is a Quebec snack bar serving excellent poutine, les hot dogs "Michigan" and a bowl of comfort called nouilles chinoise. All tables are outdoors.

4

Casse-Croûte du Vieux Moulin

This ragtag, eat-in-the-rough casse-croûte (snack bar) serves exemplary poutine and the Quebec sandwich known as guedille. French fries are superb.

5

Le Roy Jucep

Claiming to be the place where poutine was invented, Le Roy Jucep offers a dozen different variations on the signature dish of Quebec.