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Last night a friend brought us some Abie's smoked meat from the West Island of Montreal (3980 St-Jean in Dollard-Des-Ormeaux). Considered an upstart in the Montreal smoked meat scene, but the owner's dad spent some 34 years at Schwartz's. Served on Rideau Bakery rye bread from down the street.

 

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Certainly greasy enough to satisfy any smoked meat craving - this was the full fat version (you would be considered a wuss to order the lean in any Montreal smoked meat joint). It was sliced at the shop and steamed here before serving. Good smoked flavour and a nice texture. The three of us chose different mustards to complement our sandwiches. Painterman went for an extra hot Löwensenf, I had a medium spicy Dutch, and our friend went all traditional with a French's ballpark yellow.

 

Vegetables were represented by Moishes's cole slaw and dills. Because we weren't being forced to drink cherry cola at Schwartz's, and in keeping with our Montreal theme, the drink of choice was McAuslan's Griffon Extra Pale.

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Pastrami.. But I am pretty sure it's smoked, then steamed..

 

Awesome pics.. Thanks for that.. Looking forward to my lunch of soy milk and cereal.

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Pastrami.. But I am pretty sure it's smoked, then steamed..

 

Awesome pics.. Thanks for that.. Looking forward to my lunch of soy milk and cereal.

good sir - Pastrami is also smoked then steamed. Otherwise its just corned beef covered in coriander and pepper.

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Awesome pics.. Thanks for that.. Looking forward to my lunch of soy milk and cereal.

I gave our friend the info on Snowdon's so I expect that will be next. Not sure if it will win a snackdown with Schwartz's but we'll give it a go.

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Aw, man! I was just thinking about Montreal Smoked Meat the other day, and now you have to go and post a picture!

 

I can't even get good corned beef in Japan, but I'd love to get my hands on some smoked meat. Whenever I visited Montreal, I'd bring back a pound or two of fatty meat for my family, and some bagels. Montreal will have to be one of my first visits when I return to Canada. Maybe a smoked meat taste test is in order!

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Daniel and I will be getting ours on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn... sometime soon.

 

I ate it in Montreal some years ago, and am ready to eat it again.

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Is it similar to corned beef or pastrami?

 

Oh, another chance to recount the story of the first time I ate at Schwartz's, in 1967.

 

I asked the waiter for a pastrami/corned beef combo.

 

"You can't have that," he said.

 

"Why not?" I asked.

 

"Because they're the same thing," he answered.

 

At the time, my 10-year-old self thought he was just stupid. Now, I know.

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Daniel and I will be getting ours on Atlantic Avenue in Brooklyn... sometime soon.

 

How wrong this turned out to be.

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