Whether it’s Montreal smoked meat, sliced turkey or ham piled high, these sandwich-focused eateries always make for a filling (and reasonably priced) meal.
Alberta King of Subs
Well-known for its quality poutines (which are delicious), this gem tucked away in the Northeast also serves up some quality Montreal smoked meat and a long list of submarine sandwiches. Meat, mustard, white bread and a big pickle. Enough said.
(7196 Temple Dr. N.E., 403-293-5809, albertakingofsubs.com)
No matter if you decide to order the reuben with sauerkraut and horseradish dressing – both made in-house – or the house-smoked brisket on rye, you will leave this casual lunch spot feeling happily full. When even the pickles are homemade, you know the restaurant is out to impress you.
(908 12 Ave. S.W., 294-9333, dominiondiner.ca, @dominiondiner)
If you’re looking for a more service-oriented deli experience, then this should be your stop. A great example of an authentic Montreal-style deli, Grumans serves up items like latkes and karnatzel (smoked meat sausage) as well as big sandwiches, brunch (weekends only) and even a kosher hot dog. It can be hard to find a seat here during the work week, so come early.
(230 11 Ave. S.E., 403-261-9003, grumans.ca, @grumansdeli)
Across the road from Chinook Centre, this tiny little deli is easily missed. Here, the deli keeps it simple with classic sandwiches like roast beef or sliced turkey with lettuce, mayo and mustard on a bun. And, at around $6 or under, lunch here is practically a steal of a deal.
(6100 Macleod Tr. S.W., 403-252-5100, keithdeli.com, @keithsdeli)
Many people have likely had their first meal here after deciding not to wait in line at neighbouring brunch hotspot, Galaxie Diner. Talk about a happy accident! Serving arguably the best Montreal smoked meat sandwiches in the city, they come in four sizes with seven different mustards to choose from. They serve beer too, which is always a plus.
(1411 11 St. S.W., 403-244-6602, palaceofeats.ca, @myhresdeli)
Just across the street from Taste restaurant, you’ll find Kickers, a small shop specialising in Montreal smoked meat sandwiches. The menu here is quite limited, but does offer some interesting variations on the deli theme, including a grilled reuben (think panini) and, for bigger appetites, “The Maritimer Cold Plate” is a spin on the ploughman’s platter.
(1215 1 St. S.W., 403-288-8860, kickersdeli.ca, @kickersdeli)
From deli staples like salami, egg salad or barbecue beef to daily specials like turkey loaf, meatloaf or porchetta, Spolumbo’s proves it is a whole lot more than just sausages, especially when the lunch hour rolls around.
(1308 9 Ave. S.E., 403-264-6452, spolumbos.com, @spolumbos)