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If, sitting in Montreal, you fancy a super fast stop to Asia & back, Vua Sandwichs is the place for you. Within a span of half an hour you will get a feel of traditional Asian cuisine, ranging from sushi to banh mi. This joint is an attempt to replace typical American fast food with something more wholesome, in the form classic Pan-Asian fare. This restaurant is much favored by students, who can grab a quick bite to eat by themselves or with friends. There are also some great drinks like smoothies & bubble tea to be had at this very affordable restaurant.
The newer counterpart to Reuben's Deli (888 Rue Sainte-Catherine), Reuben's restaurant is famed for their steak and burger selection. Here, any burger is the right choice. A sit-down restaurant, Reuben's can be a good spot for dinner with friends, or even a dinner meeting. The staff and masculine interior decor set a professional atmosphere, but casual patrons, students, and families are welcome. Among their meat selection is Montreal's famous smoked meat; and if the line is too long at Schwart'z, Reuben's is a quality alternative. Reuben's couldn't be categorized as a quaint, local eatery, as it's downtown location is right at the heart of Montreal's busy shopping district, but it is certainly worth a stop.
One of Montreal's great culinary institutions, this cramped, somewhat dingy deli, Schwartz's, makes the smoked meat (Montreal's version of pastrami) to which all others are compared. The line can be horrendous on weekends, the service is impersonal at best, and you are likely to be shoehorned into a table with a gaggle of total strangers. That said, the classic meal of a smoked meat sandwich, fries, pickle and a Cott's Cerise Noire cola is a genuinely transcendent experience. If the line seems unreasonable, takeout is a perfect alternative.
Le Clafouti on Drummond street is a small stall that does not look very fancy but serves incomparably delicious sandwiches, salads and other delis. The prices of everything on the menu are very low, as compared to the amazing food served. The place is maintained and run by one family and they only accept cash payments. It is perfect for all the vegetarians but meat-lovers might feel sad. But the taste, quantity and quality is worth everything.
Euro-Deli Batory is a small eatery located on Saint Viateur Ouest that has a glass wall with too many colorful things painted and written on it. This place serves some of the best pieogirs (Polish dumplings), in Montreal. This cafe prepares other food and drinks in traditional Polish style. This restaurant with simple yet beautiful interiors and tables makes it a perfect option for spending quality times.
St-Viateur Bagel delights all its guests with the freshly baked delicacies it serves. Established in 1957 this bakery is in the neighborhood dotted with several other bakeries and has managed to gain loyal customers through its decadent menu. The traditional sesame-seed variety is now supplemented by poppy seed, whole wheat and many other flavors. Don't forget to carry cash as the bakery doesn't accept cards. Its delicious menu complemented by prompt service and warm hospitality will make you come back for more. Open for 24 hours, this is a great spot to swing by for early morning cravings or late night hunger pangs.