How have we not reviewed Schwartz’s? Unfortunately, we have taken this Montreal institution for granted, and though we always find ourselves going back, we usually go to Schwartz’s a little boozy and way past the witching hour. This deli is open until 2:30 am on Saturday nights; a perfect spot for late night eats in Montreal! But after an afternoon spent shopping downtown, the Divas decided that it was about time that we gave Schwartz’s a review and the credit that they deserve.
Open since 1928, this Hebraic delicatessen is known for having the best smoked meat in the city. Schwartz’s brisket is made the old fashioned way with tons of spices and is marinated for ten days. Smoked daily, the beautiful display window showcases their brisket, karnatzel and pickled vegetables in jars.
The Montreal restaurant scene is busy with new restaurant openings at least once a month, as well as menu revamping parties, and other events, so we rarely get the chance to go to a restaurant simply to satisfy a craving. Schwartz’s deli is more than smoked meat sandwiches and platters; you can order a rib steak, liver or chicken, but let’s be honest, it is ALL about the smoked meat. You can even buy smoked brisket, sliced smoked meat or turkey by the pound. Salami, karnatzel and other Hebraic charcuterie is also available to go.
We opted for the smoked meat sandwich, served simply on rye bread with mustard. Of course you can choose to order your smoked mean as lean, medium or fatty; medium is our preferred style of brisket. Their French fries are absolutely delicious and the perfect accompaniment to their smoked meat. We added some of their pickled hot peppers for an added kick, though you also have the option of their sweet peppers but we like it hot! Of course you have to wash down your Schwartz’s smoked meat with Cott’s black cherry cola; this is all a part of the Montreal Schwartz’s experience.
Their coleslaw is your typical delicatessen coleslaw – vinegar-based, not creamy. And we would never leave without ordering a sour pickle. Fresh out of the barrel, if you know the Divas, you know how much we absolutely love pickles. Just look at the big bad boy pickles in our picture! We couldn’t bear to share one so we ordered two. On this particular visit we decided to try something new and we also ordered some olives that were on the menu. Delicious!
Schwartz’s knows that they are absolutely fabulous and they sell the makings of a perfect smoked meat dinner to-go. You can buy their mustard, rye bread, coleslaw, pickles, etc. You can recreate a Schwartz’s deli dinner right in your home! They even offer a catering service, perfect for parties. Just look at their smoked meat sandwich, who could resist that? Certainly not the Divas!
Cash only, no reservations, Schwartz’s remains true to when they opened in 1928. Still the little hole in the wall of yesteryears, Schwartz’s remains a Montreal institution, often a long line forms outside the deli with people trying to get in during peak hours. You sit down at communal tables, surrounded by friendly staff, while loving the bustle. The staff is always making jokes and you’re made to feel like you’re going to a friend’s house for dinner.
Schwartz’s is credited with serving the best smoked meat in the city! But don’t take our word for it, the brisket speaks for itself 😉
Our Rating: Always on Thursdays
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