If you've been in Montreal for legit any amount of time, then chances are very high you've tried the dish we're most famous for: Montreal smoked meat.
There really isn't any other way to eat this delicious, savoury, flavourful meat, except right here in Montreal. Although tons of places make great smoked meat, a select few truly stand out.
1. Smoke Meat Pete
Yes, technically this spot is closer to Montreal's West Island - but, trust me friends, it's more than worth the trek out there. The food is awesome, the smoked meat is pretty much perfect, and the vibe is literally unbeatable.
2. Lester's Deli
If you want smoked meat that'll literally leave you drooling, you've got to come to Lester's. Smoked meat is their specialty here, and trust me, they do it up right.
3. Snowdon Deli
A classic smoked meat spot in Montreal, Snowdon Deli's smoked meat is totally irresistible. The best part about this deli, though, is that they all of their other dishes - like their mouthwatering latkes - are just as amazing.
4. Smoking Meat
This Old Montreal spot is absolutely amazing. Their smoked meat sandwiches are super tasty, piled high with delicious, perfectly cooked, melt-in-your-mouth smoked meat, plus a generous helping of tasty sides.
Yes, this classic deli is situated in Laval. And if you've never been here, then you need to get yourself here, ASAP. Serving up some of the tastiest, most flavourful slices of smoked meat you'll ever try, this deli is a legit gem.
6. Main Deli
Located on the Main, this spot sells steaks, burgers, and a whole bunch of tasty treats. But the standout item on their menu? Their smoked meat sandwich. Piled high with the tastiest, most perfectly cooked smoked meat you ever tried, this spot is sure to satisfy your smoked meat crave.
7. Le Roi Du Smoked Meat
Situated in the Plaza St. Hubert, this spot has been around for a while - and one bite into their beyond tasty smoked meat sandwich will tell you exactly why. This smoked meat? Seriously, seriously on point.
A classic Montreal restaurant that serves up a wide array of super tasty dishes... including some of the tastiest and most perfectly cooked smoked meat you can get in the city.
9. Deli 365
One of the newer spots on this list, Deli 365 is gaining rapid popularity for its savoury, flavourful kosher smoked meat sandwich. They offer tons of other kosher options as well, but the real star of the show? The smoked meat.
At this stage in the game, everyone knows about Schwartz's. It's internationally famous, but no smoked meat in Montreal list would be complete without this institution. Let me just say this: there's a reason it's so popular, and yes, the smoked meat here really is that good.
*All research done in this article is by the author. Restaurants never pay to be featured on MTL Blog's "Best Of" lists; furthermore, this list represents a showcase of great spots, and is not a numbered ranking.