Yep. I know. It is now kind of a tourist destination (especially after being featured on FN and “adopted” by Quebec’s finest, Ms. Dion), but I still find the smoked meat superior to what we’ve got in TO. We wanted to keep it casual and “light” for lunch as we knew we would be having a pretty heavy meal in the evening, so we made the trek to Schwartz. As always, the line appeared pretty long, even in 30 F weather, but it moved super fast (we probably waited for about 20-25 minutes) because the service is like lightening (you say “3 smoked meat sandwiches” and BAM, no-joke, they are on your place mat before you can finish ordering your coke). And when we got our meals, it was all worth it.
Smoked Meat Sandwich
In a word: delicious. The meat has nice thin slices and some beautiful shredded bits as well. It had a perfect amount of fat so that you weren’t chewing on it, but it helped the whole thing just melt in your mouth. Just the way I remember it, but maybe better because the smoked meat I buy so often at the new Loblaws just makes it look like an even bigger joke.
Good fries. Nothing ground breaking, but that wasn’t why I was there.
Pickled cucumber and Sweet Pepper
Loved both of these, and in hindsight, I wish I bought a jar of those sweet peppers because we don’t really have any comparable products on the store shelves at home and I could think of a bunch of uses for them. The star, however, was really the cucumber pickle. It was a massive-do-I-cut-it-or-just-bite-in kind of moment. I went with the latter approach, as each bite yielded a series of waterworks in my mouth (and sometimes, not in my mouth).
So, for 3 sammys, 3 pops, 1 fries, 3 cucumber pickles, 3 peppers and a lb of take home smoked meat, the bill was about $55. Lunch (and lunch of a few more meals) well accounted for.
Abbey Sharp is a Registered Dietitian, an avid food writer and blogger, a cookbook author and the founder of Abbey’s Kitchen Inc.