Tuesday, August 23, 2011

Montreal Jewish Food Tour

This past week we took a little jaunt up to Montreal to see my husband's bubbe and extended family.  We hung out, made taiglach with bubbe (watch for a HUGE post on that later this week), but mostly we ate, and ate, and ate.  

Our first stop in Montreal -- always -- is the Snowdon Deli, off of Blvd. Decarie.  Their smoked meat sandwich is my husband's favorite food in the universe: tender, melt-in-your-mouth pieces of spiced smoked meat between two mustard-schmeared pieces of rye.  Smoked meat, if you've never had it, is similar to corned beef.  It has a different spice rub from corned beef, however, and is cured, smoked, steamed, then hand-cut to order.  We both got our smoked meat "medium" (slightly fatty).  Mine is old-fashioned (slightly more spiced), and my husband's is regular.  And of course we both got fries.  Snowdon's fries with vinegar are amazing.  Add a black cherry soda, and you've got a perfect meal.

Our next stop was Moishe's Steakhouse, which is a Montreal institution.  My husband's family has been going there for 40+ years (back when Moishe was still around), and it's still their go-to place for special occasions.  Of course, this being a steakhouse, I had the most amazing filet mignon there -- probably the best steak I've ever had.  But the real highlight at Moishe's is the sides, like their cole slaw, boiled verenikas, and fried onions.  I also tried sweetbreads for the first time . . . and they were delicious, so long as I didn't think too much about what they are.

Of course, no one can leave Montreal without tasting a Montreal bagel.  Unlike a New York bagel, the Montreal bagel is smaller, less puffy, crunchier, and sweeter.  And unlike a New York bagel, the Montreal bagel usually comes in just two varieties: white seed (sesame) and black seed (poppy).  Our favorite place for these bagels is REAL Bagel, on Cote St. Luc, where the bagels emerge fresh from the wood oven.

A little cream cheese, lox, fresh tomatoes from the garden . . . the perfect breakfast with bubbe.

Been to Montreal lately?  What are your favorite Montreal eats?


lavenderpug August 23, 2011 at 8:36 AM  

looks like such a yummy trip. i really want to go to that deli. stat.

BigAppleNosh August 23, 2011 at 9:23 AM  

What a delicious weekend! Love that loxy picture :)

lobster August 23, 2011 at 10:17 AM  

Yum! I've never been to Montreal but the food looks fabs!

Geek in Heels August 23, 2011 at 10:48 AM  

I am drooling. Seriously. So thanks for that. :-)

Meg August 23, 2011 at 1:40 PM  

Thank you so much for posting this! We're heading to Montreal next month and my (Jewish) hubby is now VERY excited about the bagels :) One snag for us is that he's a pescaterian... any suggestions of places he might like?

Mrs. Hot Cocoa August 23, 2011 at 8:03 PM  

@ Meg: We went to a Greek place called Elounda (http://www.restaurantelounda.com) that had unbelievable seafood. The best seabass I've ever had, along with zucchini chips that were downright amazing. Not Jewish, but really really good.

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