The tastiest smoked meat sandwiches in Vancouver

There’s nothing like melt-in-your-mouth smoked meat, piled high between two slices of bread, to satisfy your salty, smoky cravings. While most wouldn’t think of Vancouver as a smoked-meat capital, the real deal is still tucked away in delis, bagel shops and poutineries around the city. Here are the best smoked meat sandwiches west of Montreal. [Photo credit: iStock.com/Cameron Whitman]

Rosemary Rock Salt

1
2515 Main St, Vancouver, BC V5T 3E5

This Mount Pleasant bagel hot spot has a fun diagram for deciphering the options on their menu. Of course, the very best option is their smoked meat, shipped directly from Montreal, served with mustard on a steaming warm bagel. Rest assured there’s always a backup bagel at the ready, if need be.

Harvest Deli

2
2963 Broadway W, Vancouver, BC V6K 2G9

Say “bonjour” to Mr. Montreal – smoked brisket, Dijon mustard and Swiss cheese served on homemade sourdough, a deli offering that is sure to please. Known for its affordable and delicious sandwiches, Harvest Deli is a Kitsilano mainstay, so be sure to swing by and give Mr. Montreal a try.

Dunn's Famous

3
827 Seymour St, Vancouver, BC V6B 3L4

The western outpost of a small sandwich chain based in Montreal and Ottawa, this place has a special Vancouver twist – the smoked meat is available lean, medium, medium-fat or fat. A true smoked-meat connoisseur would settle for nothing less than fat – and then jack it up by ordering a side of poutine.

La Belle Patate

4
1215 Davie St, Vancouver, BC V6E 1N4

A taste of Quebec in Vancouver’s West End, this eatery is run by Québécois, so they know what they’re doing when it comes to smoked meat sandwiches. Choose a side order from 25 types of poutine. Or just get your smoked meat loaded right onto your poutine, and let it seep into fries, gravy and squeaky cheese curds – forget about the bread.

La Grotta Del Formaggio

5
1791 Commercial Dr, Vancouver, BC V5N 4A4

Purists may balk at putting smoked meat in a panini, but this legendary Italian deli sees nothing wrong with melting cultures together. La Grotta is one of the best-priced sandwich shops on The Drive, so get your smoked meat to go and stock up on gourmet cheeses and authentic pasta while you’re there.

Siegel's Bagels

6
1883 Cornwall Ave, Vancouver, BC V6J 1C6

It’s fitting that one of Vancouver’s most authentic bagel shops also serves a classic smoked-meat sandwich. Tuck into their take on this traditional kosher-style sandwich from either the Granville Island Public Market or Kitsilano location, and your life will never be the same.

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