First, for lunch, we went to Schwartz's Deli in search of the best smoked meat in Montreal. As you can see, it is quite the popular place. A decent sized line at 3 pm.
What is this? Hunks of smoked meat. Beef, turkey, and smoked meat in link form. This line cannot move fast enough!
Is this heaven? No. But, it is nirvana for sure. So, what is smoked meat? Well, here is the long answer complements of Wikipedia: Montreal Style Smoked Meat. The short answer is that it is pastrami, but not quite. Corned beef is the starting point, but the rub for smoked meat has less sugar and more savory than New York pastrami. You can order your meat fatty, lean, or mixed. I opted for the mixed because I knew I had a date with some top notch BBQ later in the day.