Restaurant Buzz: Deli Sokolow

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Designers David Lemelin and Bernard Lanteigne introduced vintage decor, lighting and furniture ― including Formica tables from legendary deli Bens Restaurant and a counter from the old Montreal Pool Room ― to add a sense of nostalgia to the 41-seat Deli Sokolow. The menu screams Jewish-Polish comfort fare with a Québécois twist. Owners and menu visionaries Shayne Gryn and Leah Freeman offer Old World staples such as homemade perogy and borscht alongside a Québécois rendition of eggs Benny with smoked meat, Swiss cheese and Béarnaise sauce. The smoked-meat combo, with hand-cut, dry-cured smoked meat served on rye with a side of fries, coleslaw and dill pickle ($15), is a deli staple, while the smoked-meat poutine, served with three potato latkes pan fried in olive oil and topped with cheese curds and house gravy ($8), marries eastern European sensibilities with the late-night comfort nosh from rural Quebec.

4350 Notre Dame St. W.

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