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Since we moved here from Montreal, we have been craving a good
Montreal smoked meat sandwich. Over the past year and a half we have tried most of the places in Vancouver without too much success. Well, thanks to Roland at VanEats we heard about Zako's Deli on Broadway near Cambie. We stopped by last week to check out the smoked meat.

Well, we definitely found a sandwich to rival some of the best
in Montreal. The meat was hot and melt in your mouth tender with hardly a trace of fat. The flavour was meaty and spicy without being overpowering with spices or smoke flavour. The accompanying coleslaw was tasty and crunchy with a light vinegar-based dressing and a sprinkle of cumin seeds, which was an interesting twist.

We also tried the poutine, which had a very good vegetarian gravy that
was every bit as flavourful as a meat based sauce would be. I wasn't so crazy about the fries in the poutine however. Since I like my fries golden and crispy without any skin on them they didn't make a great poutine but anyone who likes New York Fries style of french fries should be happy.

Overall, the food was very good with good value, so we will definitely be back whenever the craving for a good smoked meat hits us.

Zako's Deli map
500 W Broadway, Unit 102
Vancouver, BC

Posted on Tuesday, August 29, 2006 4:27 PM Food and Wine , Vancouver | Back to top

Comments on this post: The Best Smoked Meat In Vancouver

# re: The Best Smoked Meat In Vancouver
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Have you tired PHAT - Pretty Hot & Tasty... now that is a great smoked meat sandwich! Phat is located in Yaletown at 1055 Mainland Street.
Left by Smoked Meat Lover on Mar 13, 2007 7:03 PM

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what's with the no trace of fat , that's the best part.
Go to Seigel's Beigels, they have the best Montreal smoke meat
Left by smoke meat lover on Dec 05, 2009 1:51 PM

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There are a few basics for an authentic Montreal Smoked Meat
a) it has to be served on rye- don't even think of a bagel b) it has to be steamed c) the degree of fat must be offered(a true Montrealer doesn't have it lean- medium or fat) c) no fancy mustard to be used d) it MUST be hand sliced to have varying thicknesses of each slice. e) a whole pickle should accompany it.
I have yet to try PHAT.
Kaplan's failed miserably when I asked for medium. The owner said"This isn't Montreal. This isn't New York".
Zako's, Siegels, la Belle Patate don't hand slice .
Left by Cliff(ex Montrealer) on Apr 24, 2010 9:09 PM

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