Upon knowing that I was going to be visiting Montreal this December, I absolutely insisted and knew for a fact that we are to come here to Schwartz’s Smoked Meat (Schwartz’s Montreal Hebrew Delicatessen) to dine on their world-famous and scrumptious smoked meat sandwiches! It was a must for me and so after we arrived at the hotel and checked in, we headed there for dinner.
Eric drove Melody and I there first since the other guys were finishing up some work at the hotel. I was very excited because the last time that I had been in Montreal was in August of 2012 (three years ago) and that was my first time having what I thought was the best sandwich in the world ever! I was excited to go back to relive the experience. 🙂
We arrived around 5:15 p.m. on a Friday evening and even on the way there, I was a little afraid that we would have to line up because that’s what we had to do last time when we were there and Schwartz’s is also known for having long line-ups for their sandwiches. To my utter disbelief and shock, after we parked our car on the street and walked 2 minutes to the restaurant, there was absolutely no line-up at the front of the restaurant! (Last time we were in line for about 30 minutes.) I was AMAZED. In Erc’s words, I was “freaking out” that there was no line.
We simply walked in, asked for a table for three — we could actually choose where we wanted to sit (rare!) — and there we were. I was amazed and happy. I already knew that I wanted to try their smoked meat sandwich again; the fatty cut version since that is the juiciest and most delicious. We also ordered a pickle to share, as well as a cherry coke to share. I had the same last time too.
Schwartz’s is not well known for their excellent service as you may find that their servers are a little rude and straight to the point. I can’t blame them, but don’t be alarmed if you find that that is the case when you dine here. They are used to efficiency and serving tons of customers during their run since 1928 (that’s 87 years in operation to this day!). Nevertheless, our server was able to explain to Eric and Melody how the restaurant works and what they are well known for (it was their first visit to this well known deli). I ordered my smoked meat sandwich in fatty cut since that’s what I got last time and was recommended to get. It was delicious and I wanted to relive it. Melody got the medium cut and Eric followed my lead and ordered a fatty cut as well.
Before long, after washing my hands in the small yet space-saving restroom, our drinks were served. I’m not a cola drinker at all as I avoid excess sugar, but cherry coke is a recommended drink to have with your smoked meat sandwich. I shared mine with Eric so we didn’t have to ingest too much sugar into our systems.
Shortly after that, our pickle and smoked meat sandwiches arrived. Yay!!! I had been waiting for this moment for almost three years (I wanted to have one of these shortly after my departure from Montreal over three years ago). This time, I took a lot more pictures than the first (we had time and also there was no rush since there was no line-up… also because I’m a bigger foodie and “food blogger” now).
I sank my teeth into the smoked meat sandwich and was surprised with just how fat it was in some parts. I know I asked for the fatty cut portion of the meat but this time it was a lot more fatty than I had had before. It was still really good though! The deli meat was just excellent! It was a little colder than I expected and I thought that the bread was a little “chewy”. I would have wanted more actually…
Melody enjoyed her medium cut but Eric didn’t enjoy the fatty cut version too much. He wished he had ordered the medium cut too. Oh sorry, Eric lol.
I loved the pickle. It was big and juicy! 😛
As we were enjoying our last bites, the rest of our friends arrived and they ordered the same as well. I don’t think they truly enjoyed it that much though because after their sandwiches arrived, some of them were saying that it was such a “heavy meal”, “so fatty”, and “I’ve had my smoked meat fill for the month”. It’s okay. Not everyone appreciates Montreal Schwartz’s smoked meat, but it is definitely something you should try if you haven’t had it before. Some people say that this place doesn’t have the best smoked meat anymore and that locals go to other restaurants including the one across the street from this one where you don’t have to wait in line at all. It might be a touristy gimmick to come to Schwartz’s but it is a destination worth visiting regardless.
I think when I return to Montreal for a longer trip, I will want to visit one more time in which I will try out their other smoked meats and share among more friends.
What are your thoughts? Do you like Schwartz’s smoked meat sandwiches? Have you been? 🙂