It's not pastrami. It's not corned beef. It's Montreal smoked meat. And Schwartz's is often dubbed the flagship for the local fast food delicacy, a smokey, sweet-meets-salty sandwich stacked with a dozen plus slices, prepared in that distinctively Montreal way. Open on Christmas Day with hot smoked meat available from from 10:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (map).
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Charcuterie is the standout at this Old Montreal haunt. My delightful hairstylist Edouard Gabay swears by the scallops. Open Christmas day evening (map).
One of Montreal's top steakhouses also gets mixed reviews. Despite its shortcomings -- yes, it's touristy, yes, the service can be weird -- but I personally like it at Gibbys. That could have something to do with the fact that I ordered the right dishes. According to an ex-employee who asked to remain anonymous, the filet mignon is passable but otherwise, he advises to avoid the steaks, with a special mention to avoid the New York cut if you're a discerning meat eater. He says that as a connoisseur, it just doesn't make the cut, no pun. And he goes as far as to claim that the fish was the best in the city. Open in the evening on Christmas Day, from 5 p.m. to 11 p.m. (map).
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