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For the legendary smoked meat sandwich
Noteworthy for: The spicy seasoning Schwartzs' uses in its smoked meat has been copied and sold worldwide as "Montreal steak seasoning".
Word to the wise: Rather than queue to be seated in the actual deli, order your sandwich from the take-out section next door. There is some seating at the back.
Schwartz's is a landmark on Boulevard Saint-Laurent that has been serving a world-famous smoked meat sandwich on the same premises over 80 years. Differentiating itself from other smoked meats in terms of flavour and curing technique, Schwartz's smoked meat is known for its savory, peppery taste.
The owners have refused to open other branches or sell franchises, and its exclusivity means that there is always a queue outside Schwartz's, no matter the hour. Also in testimony to the owners' convictions, Schwartz' has resisted raising prices over the years and portion sizes remain huge.