Anyway, on our way back from Blueberry Lake Resort, Andrew and I convinced my parents to try it out. Their location is past the Emerald Buffet (formerly known as Du Barry) on Montreal Road. It's just past Marier Ave. If you weren't paying attention, you could easily miss it.
We ordered two smoked meat sandwich platters to share. Since we arrived half an hour before they were closing, my mom had wanted us to get takeout, but that probably meant that we'd have to eat in the car. Instead, we chose to sit at one of the tables by the window and enjoy our quick snack.
When the two platters arrived, I immediately noticed that the sandwiches weren't as large as Dunn's. It's not all about quantity, though, so I reserved my thoughts. My mom wasn't impressed. She said that the meat at Dunn's tasted better, but it still didn't compare to the smoked meat at Kardish. She noticed that the pickles were the same as they served at Kardish, that the bread was from the Rideau Bakery, and the fries were home fries (my mom meant that they cut the potatoes on site).
I thought the flavour of the smoked meat was a bit lacking. There wasn't enough punch. I liked how the smoked meat was sliced real thin, though. The fries were also very good. I believe they came straight out of the fryer. I wish we ordered some of their homemade desserts, they looked so good! As for Andrew, the first thing he said was that he liked the coleslaw at Dunn's better. I asked for his thoughts about the sandwich and the smoked meat, but he was just starving and needed food so he couldn't tell how good it really was.
In the end, my parents reminisced about their days at Kardish Deli and how they used to eat the end pieces of the smoked meat (probably the most flavourful pieces), fries, gravy and coleslaw. They got so into it that we almost went to Dunn's to satisfy their craving. All the talking also got my dad thinking why we haven't been to eat Montreal smoked meat in Montreal. We've been to Montreal so many times, but have never tried Schwartz.
I can't wait to try to get end pieces at Dunn's. And I'm also eager to see if Dunn's will satisfy my parents. Schwartz is probably a few months away, so I'll try not to get excited about that too soon.
For all those Ottawa residents reading this, what is/was your favourite smoked meat experience in Ottawa?
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