St. Laurent street's best smoked meat shop is getting a major overhaul. No, I'm not talking about Schwartz's (y'all know how I feel about that overrated eatery), I am referring to the Main Deli Steakhouse, whose new owners are planning to change up what the restaurant has been doing since the 80's, and that may not be a good thing.
Louis Rastelli of CultMTL got the inside scoop on the planned-for revamp of the Main after speaking to deli's new owner Orlando Cardemil. Regulars at the restaurant may have already noted certain changes in the Main's operations, like how they stopped smoking their own meat and salmon, and more changes are on the way.
Hoping to create a framework for a franchise, Cardemil will be getting the new Main to go organic, with solely farm-raised meat with no added chemicals to be served. Thankfully, the resto will be smoking its own meat in the new year, with new smokers to be installed in 2015.
To go along with the Main's new organic/healthy route, the Main's classic rye bread will be substituted for a gluten-free variety, and a variety of salads will be added to the menu. Rastelli notes how the fate of some of the Main's traditional Hebrew dishes, which are incredibly popular among patrons, such as the resto's latkes and coleslaw, is as-of-now in limbo. The revamp could see those fan-favourites tossed to the wayside in favour of the franchise-friendly approach.
Going corporate is never a good idea, especially when you're messing with a Montreal food institution, and I'm wary about these changes. Organic smoked meat may seem good on papar, and having gluten-free bread is a great way to appease any celiac sufferers, but it sounds like the core personality of the Main is being warped into a commercialized restaurant that hopes to please everyone's tastes, rather than just being a traditional deli, a model the city already loves. To be fair, time will tell, though my hopes aren't exactly high.
Be sure to read the full piece on the Main's planned changes here.
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Address: 1010, rue des Tournesols, Sainte-Adèle, QC
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Plante said the City made a call to local business development associations (sociétés de développement commercial) for the pedestrianization projects this year.
"The boroughs saw last year’s numbers that showed that despite some failures [...] it was very profitable for shop owners [...] and for restaurants and bars, it was a way for them to make money," she said.
The mayor listed the 13 streets to be pedestrianized as follows:
avenue du Mont-Royal between boulevard Saint-Laurent and rue Fullum
avenue Duluth on weekends between boulevard Saint-Laurent and rue Saint-Denis
boulevard Saint-Laurent from rue Sherbrooke to avenue du Mont-Royal with one lane for traffic
rue Ontario between rue Nicolet and boulevard Pie IX
rue Bernard with three different sections of pedestrian strips
Place du Marché-du-Nord (Jean-Talon Market)
rue Masson from 2e avenue to boulevard Saint-Michel
rue Wellington from 6e avenue to rue Regina
rue de Castelnau from rue Saint-Denis to avenue de Gaspé
rue Saint-Denis (Quartier Latin) from rue Sherbrooke to boulevard de Maisonneuve (including rue Émery)
the LGBTQ2+ village (rue Sainte-Catherine E.)
rue Crescent from 1201, rue Crescent to boulevard Maisonneuve
and rue Sainte-Catherine O. on weekends between rue Metcalfe and rue Guy.
A family-run business, Le VSL was started in 2019 after being an at-home bakery. "[We] had the idea of bringing a third wave coffee shop to Ville Saint-Laurent where we all grew up and since the opening, we have received tremendous support from the community," JJ, the manager and in-house barista, told MTL Blog.
Le VSL makes all types of drinks, including cappuccinos, lattes, mocha lattes, matcha lattes, as well as homemade cool drinks, like homemade lemonade and iced tea. Plus, they've got amazing bites, inspired by their grandmother's recipes.
But what LeVSL is definitely known for is the birthday latte, made with double espresso, three syrups (white chocolate or condensed milk, hazelnut, and vanilla) and your milk of choice (vegan options included), all topped off with stunning rainbow latte art and sprinkles.
"Birthday latte is not only just for your birthday, but for whenever you want a sweet coffee," Le VSL said.
The duo told us there are even more treats, drinks and surprises coming this summer, and we can't wait to see what else is in store that'll no doubt bring even more (much-needed) smiles to our faces.
Café Le VSL
Address: 753, boul. Decarie, Saint-Laurent, QC
Why You Need To Go: For drinks and treats that are as delicious as they are beautiful.
If you're looking to add a little variety to your diet, check out these great Latin American eateries in Montreal — with a wide array of cultures and traditions in the region, you're bound to find something you'll love.
Address: 4701, rue Wellington, Verdun, QC
Why You Need To Go: Over on Verdun's coolest and tastiest street is this Peruvian spot that is definitely worth the trip.