Ask anyone from Canada or the U.S what is the first thing that comes to their mind when you think of Montreal, most people will say "French" and then "smoked meat".
Some might say "bagels", others might even say "poutine" but I think we can all agree on the fact that Montreal's unique smoked meat has put our dear city on the map.
But when it comes down to it, there is nothing like the unique flavor and taste of Montreal Smoked Meat and it tastes NOTHING like pastrami or corned beef.
This amazing Montreal-Deli inspired restaurant located all the way down in sunny California came across our radar. The inside of the restaurant is even adorned with Canadian flags. How cute!
Augie's Montreal Deli is known for serving up authentic Montreal smoked meat to their clients. On their Instagram page, they say " It's like pastrami had a baby with corned beef. Oh so good eh!"
It doesn't stop there, though. Augie's also serves another classic: smoked meat poutine!
I'm feeling a sense of pride writing this, knowing that our American neighbors down south are enjoying some of our most prized culinary specialties.
That said, often times, when I hear of a restaurant outside Canada specializing in bagels, poutine, or smoked meat, I'm immediately reluctant because these places will often botch our classic and beloved recipes. For example, serving poutine with grated cheese instead of curded. Tsk tsk.
However, scrolling through Augie's Insta page, I was surprised and happy to see them serving all the classic Montreal deli items in their most authentic and traditional form, even offering the classic Cott Black Cherry Coke as a drink. Good job! Their poutine is even topped with the right squeaky curded cheese. Double good job!!
So - Montreal, be proud. Our culinary footprint has made it all the way to Northern California. They even support the Habs! Needless to say, this place has our stamp of approval.
Check out Augie's Montreal Deli's Instagram page HERE.