Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich at Sandwich and Sons, Edmonton, AB

Sandwich and Sons, Edmonton, AB

Sandwich and Sons, Edmonton, AB

Son Chris texted me yesterday with an enticing photo of a Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich he was enjoying from Sandwich and Sons, an Edmonton eatery.

Chris knows my penchant for Montreal Smoked Meat.  As a kid who grew up in Toronto, my folks had a friend who worked in a traditional Jewish deli.  Sadly, Dad can’t remember the name of that noshery we used to frequent many decades ago.

Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich, 'Edmonton-style.' Not the genuine article, but an acceptable facsimile

Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich, ‘Edmonton-style.’ Not the genuine article, but an acceptable facsimile

Just one day after getting Chris’ photo, the image of that smoked meat sandwich had burned in my brain enough and I was compelled to drag Ingrid for lunch and to rekindle one of my favourite childhood memories.

Sandwich and Sons is a little 25-seat eatery on 156th Street at 131st Avenue.  Located in a commercial strip, parking is plentiful and the place is easy to find.

This little outlet offers a range of sandwiches for lunch (and is open for breakfast), but there was no question.  We had set our sights on the Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich.  This comes with sauerkraut, the traditional slice of dill pickle and a bag of homemade potato chips.

We placed our order at the counter and it was delivered to our table promptly.

When they arrived, just like the photos Chris had sent the day before, the sandwiches were fat, filled with thinly-sliced meat on marble rye bread.  Now, this isn’t the traditional way of serving up this classic sandwich.  The old school (and my preferred way) is to serve the sandwich on soft, warm rye bread that has been steamed.  Instead, our sandwich arrived with a crunch texture, suggesting it had been ‘toasted’ on the grill.  And of course the traditional sandwich isn’t garnished with sauerkraut.

Let’s just say this is an ‘Edmonton-style’ Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich.  Just like Edmonton and Calgary ‘bagels’ aren’t the real thing (and you know that if you’ve eaten bagels on those cities with large Jewish populations), the Sandwich and Sons’ Montreal Smoked Meat sandwich is a good facsimile.

Call it personal preference, but like the traditional smoked meat sandwiches have more fat content, making the meat softer and giving them a more ‘buttery’ texture, and the meat is a tad saltier.

Still, this was a good sandwich; it just wasn’t the real thing.

Sandwich and Sons:  13119 156 St NW, Edmonton, AB; Tel: 780-222-9579; Open Monday-Saturday, 7:00 AM-3:30 PM

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