Well there is more to share about wonderful Montreal. Starting with Schwartz’s famous smoked meat sandwiches.
Schwartz’s smoked meat sandwiches have been an institution in Montreal since 1928. The inside of the restaurant is atmospheric and very welcoming. Jonathan and made it there in time to miss a huge lunch time line up. Yes, people were lined up, even on a rainy cold Montreal day! Jonathan ordered us both a medium-fat smoked meat sandwich that were piled high with smoked meat. I think Jonathan appreciated the smoked meat sandwiches more than I did. I enjoyed the experience, but I’m not big on giant meat sandwiches.
The next stop on our list of Montreal foodie things to list was to try bagels from Fairmount and St. Viateur Bagel. While in the St. Viateur bagel shop they took a picture of me while they were making the bagels. I was very excited by this. The large oven and the smell of fresh bagels was a dream come true.
Jonathan has concluded that he likes the Fairmont bagels better, because of the crispier outside and soft inside. I am undecided on which I prefer – I suppose I will have to go back and sample more bagels!
Next on the foodie institution list was Wilensky’s Light Lunch. Wilensky’s is famous because of Mordecai Richler’s novel “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz.” Jonathan and I ordered the Wilensky’s Special, which is a grilled salami and bologna sandwich with a splash of mustard on a egg bun known as a pletzl, pressed flat from the grill. Mustard is compulsory and the sandwich shall never be cut in half, as a delightful sign in the restaurant states.
The sandwiches were delightful and tasty. In addition to the sandwiches we also ordered fountain drinks from a real soda fountain. Syrup is put into a glass, then soda water is added, and then it is stirred. “The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz” being one of Jonathan’s favourite books, eating at Wilensky’s made this lunch very special. We were both delighted, enchanted and thrilled to be sitting in this historic restaurant.
From our trip to Montreal, I think we can safely say we had an authentic experience, and had great fun strolling through some Montreal neighbourhoods that have true character.