I've endured the lineups at Schwartz's Deli in Montreal and hung with the homies at Switzer's on Spadina Avenue in Toronto -- in other words, dined at some of Canada's deli shrines. Calgary can't compete, not since My Marvin's closed (twice!). But it CAN deliver ... at Myhre's Deli on 14th St. SW.
I work in the neighbourhood, which is crowded with lunchtime alternatives, so Myhre's is my Go To deli whenever Japan, Vietnam, Mexico and Lebanon all just seem too far away. The wood-lined interior with its comfy booths is cozy and inviting, and in the summer you can take your lunchbox across the street to the park.
The staff are friendly and engaging and instantly recognize repeat customers. The menu offers comforting sandwich alternatives like grilled cheese and roasted turkey and, of course, bagel and lox, plus a fridge filled with old time sodas like Black Cherry, Root Beer, and Cream Soda.
But I go for the Montreal smoked meat. Specifically, the Reuben, stacked an inch and a half high with meat, sauerkraut, and Gouda cheese, slathered with the house mustard on grilled rye bread and garnished with a dill pickle. I've tried, but I just can't explore the menu beyond this lunchtime favourite. It gets me every time.
Calgary is a long way from Montreal or Toronto, and never more so than at lunchtime. But Myhre's can take you home in the blink of an eye, be it ever so sweet.