Montreal smoked meat, live from Prince George

I haven’t written a post about food in awhile, and I certainly haven’t written much on reviews of local food joints, but this is so juicy and delicious, I just have to share!

Smoked Meat from Nancy O's

Montreal smoked meat sandwich from Nancy O’s in Prince George. I couldn’t wait to eat it, so this is only half the sandwich!

I am having a love affair with a Montreal smoked meat sandwich. And happily for me, I can get one a mere three blocks from where I work in Prince George, BC!

I had my first taste of this sandwich in Montreal when my husband and I visited the city about four years ago. It was late at night, after a day filled with drinking beer in the streets at the French music festival. We hopped the metro back to the area we were staying and stopped in at Le Roi du Smoked Meat (that’s really what it was called, that’s not my bad French or that day’s beer talking… the King of Smoked Meat). A giant sandwich and heaping poutine later and I was in love. I’ve had a constant craving ever since.

Le Roi du Smoked Meat

Sandwiches and poutine from Le Roi du Smoked Meat in Montreal.

Not having ever been back to Montreal, I haven’t found a sandwich up to these standards in awhile… until recently. The destination: Nancy O’s Restaurant.

I order it every time I go (and if I try to branch out and try the special, I’m sad – not that the specials aren’t mostly good, I just love my old stand by so much); I even sometimes order it by phone and walk down to pick it up and eat it in private back in my office.

Poutine from Nancy O's

Poutine from Nancy O’s in Prince George. Again, half devoured.

The meat is so tender and juicy, and is heaped so high that it overflows from the delicious fresh sourdough bread. But I don’t complain – more to clean up later! Add cheese and whatever other sauce they put on there, and BOOM – the best sandwich in Prince George. Order a poutine and you’re set (again, I could write a separate post about the quality of poutines in PG… Nancy O’s wins again, even if just by the great stringy-ness of the cheese curds). Truly a heavenly lunch hour.

Just compare those two pictures above – the bread from Nancy O’s alone makes it look better, doesn’t it?

Go try it. Go now. Then report back – do you love it as much as me?

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