The “next generation” Jewish deli DGS, of Washington, D.C., does their own brining, curing, smoking, pickling… as much as possible is done in-house, but the bagels, which really have to be made in a bakery, are brought in. When they opened in 2012 they were unable to find a local bagel of high enough quality to be served with their meats and fish, so they bought par-baked Montreal bagels from St-Viateur and finished them off in-house. This worked just fine except for one thing: they couldn’t make bagel sandwiches because Montreal bagels are too small and the hole is too big. Continue reading
Quick, what foods do you identify with Montreal? You probably named poutine, that French fry, cheese curds, and gravy amalgam but, unless you have an intimate knowledge of the city, everything else you thought of is probably Jewish food, like bagels and smoked meat. Why is that? Given that only two percent of Montreal is Jewish, how did so much of Montreal’s culinary identity come to mean the city’s Jewish culinary identity? Continue reading
The Financial Times takes a look at Schwartz’s Deli of Montreal, from a businessperson’s perspective. For instance, if you’re short on time the restaurant will be happy to deliver an order to your private jet at the airport (tip well!). If you have the time to eat there, FT says it’s worth the half-hour waits in freezing temperatures, as well as the lack of privacy (you are likely to share a table with strangers.). Schwartz’s GM explains their popularity: “[I]t’s so damn good.” Read the story here.
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New Zagat Survey: Luger Burger Best in NYC
For the first time, Zagat surveyed NYC diners to find out where the best burgers in the city can be found, and Peter Luger came out on top. At about $13, the chopped dry-aged prime beef is really quite a bargain, too. The one catch: it’s lunch only. No burgers at dinner. We’re not sure, though: can you get one at the bar at night? We’ve been to Luger multiple times but have never tried the burger, because how can we pass up the steak? Yes, we could always order a burger as an appetizer, but doesn’t that really cross the line of indulgence? Perhaps one day. Here’s the Zagat top NYC burgers list. Continue reading
Urbanspoon just released their list of Top Cheap Eats in major cities across the U.S. and Canada. Hut’s Hamburgers and Round Rock Donuts were named in Austin, TX, while Gene & Jude’s and their hot dogs were chosen for Chicago. Some other favorites of ours: Shake Shack and Burger Joint in NYC, Peters’ Drive-In in Calgary, and the two noted Montreal bagelries, Fairmount and St-Viateur. Check out the full list here. Continue reading
Where will you find the best deli in North America? Yes, it’s a ridiculous question but play along. Shalom Life produced a top ten list, and it goes without saying that we’re talking Jewish delis here. All those great Italian and German delis are out of the running for this particular project. Anyway, New York’s Katz’s and Carnegie made the list, and LA’s Canter’s and Langer’s did too. As did Michigan’s Zingerman’s (and while the name sounds Jewish, are they really a Jewish deli?). But Shalom Life deemed none of those delis greatest on the continent. That honor went to Schwartz’s Deli of Montreal. And they don’t even serve corned beef or pastrami! But they do serve smoked meat, which many say is superior to those other two deli meats. And we won’t argue with them. What deli do you think deserves to be called best in North America?