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The city's best sandwich?

carswell | Oct 28, 2002 03:14 PM

What's your nomination for the best sandwich in Montreal?

Note that I'm not asking for the name of the best sandwich shop--a subject worthy of a separate thread--but the single best sandwich. And, for purposes of discussion, I'd like to suggest we declare Schwartz's smoked meat sandwich "hors concours" (it wouldn't make it onto my list anyway...).

Definition of a sandwich: a piece of bread or pastry (slices, loaf, roll, bun, croissant, pita, bagel, etc.), often spread with a sauce, on or in which is placed one or more savory and/or sweet ingredients and which is usually topped with another piece of bread of pastry. Often served cold or room temp, sometimes heated.

After much agonzing, I cast my vote for a legendary sub from the Italian butcher on the southwest corner of Jean-Talon Market (Capitol?). It was a two-person affair, made to order (actually we saw them assembling one for another customer and simply said "the same, please"): a narrow loaf of crusty Italian bread, split lengthwise, three or four types of coldcuts, none of them too spicy; a double layer of freshly sliced provalone; paper-thin slices of ripe tomato; pickled hot peppers; a fluff of shredded lettuce; and a drizzle of vinaigrette. While feasting on it during the intermission of one of the plays in the Les Atrides cycle, we received many a covetous look from other theatre-goers and even a member of the cast. We talked about that sandwich for days, and yet I've never ordered another one. Hmmm... maybe this weekend!

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