Dunn’s Famous

A restaurant specializing in Montreal smoked meat and other deli classics called Dunn’s Famous, opened up a couple months ago on Seymour and Robson. Dunn’s Famous is a chain that is popular back east in Montreal but this is their first location in British Columbia. All of us SFU Food Bloggers (Eat With JennyEating With KirbyFoodology, Good Eat, and I’m Busy Eating) wanted to meet up for dinner and we decided on Dunn’s because their sandwiches looked delicious. I love the idea of an upscale deli that serves big hearty sandwiches and I wish that the west coast had more places like this.

Super Smoked Meat Sandwich

I knew what I wanted to order before I even got to the restaurant. I got the super montreal smoked smear sandwich ($10.99) which comes with 6 ounces of sliced smoked beef brisket on light sourdough rye. The sandwich also comes with a pickle, coleslaw, and your choice of side (I upgraded my fries to poutine for an additional cost).

Medium Meat Smoked Meat Sandwich

You can choose if you want your meat lean, medium, or fat. I chose medium for a nice balance in the middle and I think it was a good choice. Everyone else chose it too. The meat was super tender and it just melted in your mouth. The sandwich is really basic. It just comes with piles of meat and mustard on untoasted bread. The meat is really the superstar because there is nothing else that takes away from its flavour. The mustard is the perfect compliment to the meat. The bread was a little boring but I think thats the way its supposed to be.


It costs more to upgrade to the poutine as your side but its worth it. The poutine was yummy and hot and the perfect side to a smoked meat sandwich. There were some nice big cheese curds in it that melted slightly from the hot gravy. I know you poutine traditionalists out there insist that real Montreal cheese curds shouldn’t melt but I personally like it when they get all warm, soft, and gooey. The gravy had a unique flavour to it because they put some sort of spice in it which was a nice change from regular poutine.

Coleslaw and Pickle

I liked the flavour of the coleslaw. It was light and tart with a subtly sweet taste. They used a vinaigrette base instead of a creamy coleslaw. The pickle was just a pickle, nothing fancy.

I enjoyed my meal here. Everything was hearty and tasted delicious and by the time I was finished I was stuffed. The inside is more upscale than most old school delis but they still deliver great food. Everyone else seemed to enjoy their food too. I would come back here again for another sandwich.


Yes for a tasty Montreal smoked meat sandwich.

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Categories: $$ ($10-$15), Deli, Downtown, Sandwiches, Vancouver


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5 Comments on “Dunn’s Famous”

  1. WS
    January 20, 2012 at 8:18 am #

    For a Montreal smoked meat sandwich try ordering it medium-fat(so it’s fattier than medium, but not total fat). That’s the best & the way people in Montreal order it for best taste.

    • January 20, 2012 at 7:20 pm #

      I didn’t know you could order it that way. I thought it was just the three options. Thanks for the tip!

      • WS
        January 23, 2012 at 11:03 pm #

        Another option that you didn’t list above is ‘extra lean.’ I hear lots of people in Montreal order the smoked meat sandwich extra lean(I’m in disgust, with so many people ordering their beef so lean). On other hand, I’ve never heard a person order their Montreal smoked meat sandwich ‘fat’ and I’ve lived in Montreal all my life(I’m sure it happens but I’m guessing it’s pretty rare).

  2. Montreal girl
    January 21, 2012 at 10:07 pm #

    As a Montreal girl I was excited to see Dunns opened up here in Vancouver.

    The smoked meat was great. Coleslaw just like back home.
    My only complaint…the poutines. To charge that much for a tiny little poutine is a ripoff. If you’re going to upgrade it at least make it a Montreal size. While it was tasty good… the portion size was for a 3 year old, not an adult.

    • January 22, 2012 at 3:27 pm #

      I agree with you. The poutine was delicious but it was on the small side especially for the price you pay to upgrade it.

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