Main Deli Steak House
A short walk southeast from Moishes on Boulevard St.-Laurent is Main Deli Steak House, one of Montreal’s most famous old-school delicatessens. Serving Jewish staples like potato latkas and pickled beef tongue sandwich to the city’s after-hours crowd, it was reportedly Leonard Cohen’s favourite smoked meat joint in Montreal, even beating out the legendary Schwartz’s, which is situated right across the street. Waitress Anastasia Xenos, who served Cohen many times in the 23 years she’s been working at Main Deli, recalls the late singer-songwriter frequently coming into the eatery alone, sitting in the first booth on the right side of the dining room (his favourite spot), and ordering the deli’s famed smoked meat sandwich.
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