May the Schwartz be with you after a night hooching it up at Newtown?
Schwartz's -- home of the world's most famous smoked meat -- is considering opening up a new deli on Crescent St. between de Maisonneuve and Ste Catherine -- a mere block away from my old apartment at Chateau Mackay. The Gazette's Bill Brownstein is all over this important meat development.
I don't know if it's heresy to say this, but I have never really understood why everyone goes all mooney over Schwartz's smoked meat. It's a little fatty for my tastes, frankly.
You know what I do miss from Montreal? Boustan, the Lebanese restaurant on Crescent St. Whenever I'm back, even for a day, I make sure to stop by and get their Shish Taouk plate. Even though I live in Toronto now, I still keep their delivery number in my cell phone.
You know who used to eat at Boustan? Former PM Pierre Elliot Trudeau. That's right. Behind the counter, there's a picture of him chowing down on a falafel with owner Imad Smaidi behind the country.
Anyway, Schwartz's-Schmartz's... Nothing more than a tourist trap. Boustan is the Schwartz's for the new millennium.