We've written in the past about the difficulty in finding good pastrami sandwiches around the Triangle (heck, around the country if we're honest). Today I tried the new restaurant/beer shop called "BottleDog Bites & Brews" in Cary. It's on Chapel Hill Road in the same little strip complex as Woody's. It's around the corner of the building and you can't see it from the street. If you know the spot, it used to be the pizza adjunct of Maximilian's restaurant.
They offer an ever-changing selection of microbrews on tap, with a large selection of bottled and canned beers. They also have a small food menu featuring different poutines, flatbreads, hot dogs, and "Chicken 'n fries" pub foods. I went because they also offer a Montreal smoked meat sandwich. It is listed on the menu as "Jewish Deli Sandwich."
For those unfamiliar with Montreal smoked meat, this is a traditional offering in that Canadian city. It is very similar to Jewish pastrami, but usually a little darker, and cut a little thicker. There is a great backgrounder article comparing the two styles here: http://www.seriouseats.com/2014/06/di...
My BottleDog order produced a simple little basket. Two sandwich halves held together with a toothpick, and a few pickle slices. Nothing fancy, no other sides. This is a sandwich for purists who want to concentrate on the glory of meat on rye bread!
I was pleased with the sandwich. The meat was extremely moist and tender. No rubbery quality or chewiness at all. Just the right fat content to provide unctuousness and flavor without being gross. The rye bread was a good quality and nice and soft. There was a thin shmear of deli mustard that did not overwhelm the flavor.
I've had plenty of smoked meat sandwiches at various places in Montreal and plenty of NY deli pastramis. I thought the BottleDog flavor and texture landed somewhere between the two, in its own welcome compromise. Definitely worth a visit for those who have been looking for a good pastrami sandwich fix in this area! I'll say this... It beat the pants off the disappointing sandwich I had at Lucky's Deli in Durham.