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One of the most famous names in Montreal smoked meat, Lester’s Deli has been in business since 1951. The retro diner interior and bright, street-side seating provides excellent summer and winter options for sitting back and enjoying the best sandwiches in the city.

Owner Billy Lester’s father was part of the starting business in 1951. He had come to Canada from war torn Poland and went into the food industry on the basis that at least he’d always have something to eat. The original owners were less than successful and Lester senior took over the restaurant in 1956. It was his dedication to customer service that Billy credits with the early business successes. “It was his credo, the tenant he lived by,” Billy explains. “The customer comes first, period.”

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Top Montreal smoked meat sandwich restaurants

Top Montreal smoked meat sandwich restaurants

Lester’s has been using the same tested and true family recipe for their spectacular smoked meat sandwich for over 60 years. The sandwiches are nice, thick and juicy and taste great with the greasy French fries that Lester’s also serves. At Lester’s, you can also pick up smoked meat to go at their deli counter. As an added bonus, you’ll usually be able to find a seat in the restaurant right away.

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