1. Schwartz's Deli
Schwartz’s name is synonymous with smoked meat. For many, this is the golden standard. To appreciate it though, you’ve got to put in work. You’ll need to stand in line, shuffling under their awning in the cold catching wafts of as the front door swings open, ceaselessly swapping out the well-fed for the famished. Once inside, you’re slotted in elbow-to-elbow with strangers, pressed to order by waiters with thousand-yard stares and it’s cash only. But when that sandwich arrives? All’s forgiven. The quality and consistency of this legendary Montréal eatery is astounding.