Montreal is famous for it's smoked meat sandwiches and where better to eat them than at Schwartz's -the oldest deli in Montreal. After a year and half of hearing how great this place was, we finally took my parents down during Craig's lunch break this week. Craig had heard continuously that the wait staff and owners had little patience for doddling. "You get in, order, eat, and get out - quickly".
A bit like Seinfeld's Soup Nazi episode, Craig was instructed by his co-workers to order as follows: Walk in, hold up four fingers indicating you need a table for four, move quickly when instructed, sit, order 4 medium sandwiches, 4 pickles, 4 cokes, and 4 fries; say nothing else and leave as soon as you're done.
It's small and cozy and you get to know your neighbors as you are inches away from them. Ours were from New York and somehow managed to squeeze a baby stroller next to them. Almost sure that this couldn't be like the soup nazi episode, we heard our neighbors behind us ordering. They wanted a steak, but the waiter was sure this couldn't be what they wanted, and argued with them for several minutes that they really wanted a smoked meat sandwich. We got side tracked on our own conversation and don't know who won. Our neighbors at our table wanted to order another pickle, their was some confusion about the type of pickle, until I could hear the husband whispering across the table "just shut-up, just shut-up" and then saying loudly to the waiter, "we'll take the pickle".
We had a good experience, but we could see that if you weren't specific with what you wanted - it might not be such a great experience. The food was really good and something I would say is an absolute must do, if you come to Montreal. It's all part of the fun of doing new things!