Bob le Chef’s picks for a great sandwich in Montreal

Looking for a good sandwich to satisfy your hunger? Let the famous Bob le Chef advise you! Here are the places where he goes to when it comes time to find a sandwich that will fill him up with great flavours.

Marche Hung Phat

7099, rue Saint-Denis, Montréal, QC H2S 2S5

Those who know me know how much I adore the banh-mi, a Vietnamese sandwich filled with meat and crunchy vegetables. Here you find the real-deal traditional version. At only $4 for a sandwich, it would be crazy to pass it up! I recommend the chicken version; it’s my favourite item on the menu. For those with sensitive palates, be sure to ask for your sandwich without hot peppers because you may burn yourself otherwise.

Café Saigon

1280A, rue Saint-André, Montréal, QC H2L 3S9

Far from the traditional banh-mi, here they are served hot with BBQ chicken or pork. Result: one of my favourite sandwiches in the world. Avoid going there during lunchtime because they are extremely busy. I have been eating here regularly for 15 years, and I never get tired of the great taste of their sandwich.

Coco Rico

3907, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1X9

A long-standing Montreal fixture, Cocorico is not just a rotisserie. You can also buy all kinds of sandwiches here. No frills at Cocorico – just good roast chicken served on fresh bread and a spicy sauce made from the cooking fat and juices. Keep a little room for a "natas", a custard tart; you will not be disappointed.

Spécialité Slovenia Boucherie Charcuterie

3653, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2X 2V5

Slovenia: for me, that's life. I have been eating here since I was eight years old. When I was a kid, if I was nice while we were at the family grocery store, I was offered half of a sandwich of my choice as a reward. Definitely try "le mélange spécial", by far the best meat sandwich in town. For the purists, try the Slovenian sausage sandwich; you will not be disappointed. Slovenia is also a butcher shop which sells meat of incredible quality for a good price. Long live this Montreal institution!

Main Deli & Steakhouse

3864, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2W 1Y2

While everyone waits in line at Schwartz’s, I advise you to cross the street and enjoy the real Montreal smoked meat at le Main. Because a true Montrealer does not wait in line for his or her sandwich and, moreover, at le Main, they have a liquor license! So, you can treat yourself to a good hoppy brew to accompany your smoked meat sandwich. By the way, they serve the same recipe that is served across the street, the only difference being that at le Main, the service is impeccable.

Restaurant Boustan

19 rue Sainte-Catherine E, Montréal, QC H2X 1K3

Because in Lebanon, a sandwich is called a shish taouk and at Boustan, they make it better than anywhere in the city. I almost miss the days when I went out until 3 am and then ate a good shish taouk. Fortunately, Boustan is also open at lunchtime.

Wilensky's Light Lunch

34, av Fairmount O, Montréal, QC H2T 2M1

One might call this restaurant "the last of the Mohicans." A real "mom and pop shop" like no other. Frozen in time, here, the specialty is the roasted baloney sandwich served on a napkin. Try it at least once in your life. If you're new in town, a visit to Wilensky's is part of the rite of passage in becoming a true Montrealer.

Zytynsky's Deli

6417, 12E av, Montréal, QC H1X 3A6

The residents of Rosemont-Petite-Patrie are fond of this Ukrainian grocery store on Beaubien Street. In addition to the must-try products, the sandwiches made with various smoked meats are hearty and keep you full for your walk. Make sure you try their poppy seed bread – it’s among the best in Montreal!

Aux Vivres

4631, boul Saint-Laurent, Montréal, QC H2T 1R2

For a small "health fix", Aux Vivres is a definite go-to place. Their vegan sandwiches are far from boring or tasteless. On-site or take away (because the sandwich is the best meal to eat while walking), it remains one of my favourite spots in town. Proof that a sandwich does not necessarily need meat to be good!

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