We went to Montreal for the weekend. Holy shit it was a great time.
There were bagels.
There was “smoked meat.”
There was poutine.
There were dive bars.
More after the jump.
Now I’ve been in Montreal bagel withdrawal since the last time I was there which was July, so bagels were on my mind.
For all of you New Yorkers who think New York makes the best bagels, you either haven’t tried a Montreal bagel or you’re to stubborn to admit the facts. I was one of these stubborn New Yorkers until I first bit into the wondrous creation and haven’t been able to find the same sensation since. For months I tried recreating the Montreal bagel experience to no avail.
So they make these bagels a bit smaller, not as bready, and much much more flavorful. You could easily just snack on a bagel with no toppings at all. As we did. It was delicious.
Apparently they soak them in honey water then fire roast them in a wood burning oven.
We brought home 18 of them to freeze and hold us over until our next Montreal visit.
Ok, so next. SCHWARTZ delicatessen. Smoked meat, Montreal’s version of pastrami. Amazing. This place is pretty touristy, but for good reason. It’s also not nearly as terrible to navigate as Katz’s deli.
We also went to the best dive bar I’ve ever been to. There was a French Canadian nightclub performer singing country and western, while hockey was playing on the TV. We were drinking 40s of Labatt and Molson.
Ok, so obviously we had to do poutine. For 4 bucks at Patati Patata, we got this heaping platter of the stuff, and they really do it up right there. Yeah it’s not the most appetizing looking thing, but it smells so good and is quite delicious.
Thanks to Jörd for all the recommendations, and HUGE THANKS to Karim and Mitch for showing us a great time.