Tell friends you’ve recently visited Montréal and one will inevitably ask if you made it to the famous Schwartz’s deli. Smoked meat sandwiches here are hand-sliced and come piled high on fresh rye; the plates have a side of fries, sour pickle, and cole slaw. There’s a “fat” choice to make and most folks opt for medium or medium-fat. It’s one of many city landmarks created by a Jewish immigrant, in this case by Reuben Schwartz in 1928, making it Canada’s oldest deli. Tables are communal and space is at a premium so come prepared to rub elbows with strangers. Take-out is an option, as is a midnight snack; Schwartz’s is open till 12:30am during the week, later on weekends.
- Leslie Brokaw, Erin Trahan, Matthew Barber