If you are looking to experience Montreal in the way that the city was meant to be experienced, you will try three of the things that it is the most famous for: smoked meat sandwiches, beer, and poutine.
As far as the smoked meat goes, while there are many locations to choose from, our top pick is Schwartz Deli (3895 St Laurent Blvd., Montreal QC). The sweet sandwich spot serves up a 4 inch thick smoked meat sandwich that is said to taste like heaven on earth. The Deli was founded in 1928 by Reuben Schwartz and prepares its delicious smoked meat by marinating it with secret spices and herbs for 10 days prior to serving it up.
If you need something to wash your sandwich down with, the best microbrewery in the city (and potentially even North America) might be Dieu du Ciel (29 Avenue Laurier Ouest, Montreal QC). Brewing the best isn’t just an art form at the location, it is a requirement. The different adult bevvies range from fruity ales, to citrus whites to very dark stouts. The perfect place to quench your thirst.
Finally, we have saved the best for last: poutine. While it may not look like it at first glance, poutine is one of the best-tasting dishes in Canada and the combination of french fries fused with gravy and cheese curds is irresistible. Just like the smoked meat sandwiches, while there are many options for where to cheat on your no-carb diet, La Banquise (994, rue Rachel Est, Montreal QC) is our top pick for where to indulge yourself. There are a ton of great variations on traditional poutine available at the location and these include:
La Elvis: Poutine with ground beef, green peppers and mushrooms
La Hot Dog: Poutine with hot dog sausage
La T-Rex: Poutine with ground beef, pepperoni, bacon and hot dog sausage
L’Obelix: Poutine with smoked meat
If you wanted a taste of Montreal, this is the best way to get it!