Periodically, we will be posting about a single food item that we think you should be putting inside your mouth. Think of these food items as a “Food of the Month” or a ” Gluttons Recommends…” or a “Foods We Find Between Our Couch Cushions” section. We encourage you to drive-don’t-walk to wherever said food item is being served, order three (one for now, one for the freezer, and one for your Mormon shelf in the basement) and return to this section of Gluttons to discuss.
To start things off, here’s a picture of the Montreal-style brisket platter at the Hopleaf. Montreal is famous for it’s smoked meats. Schwartz’s Deli in the St.-Laurent neighborhood, for example, serves a pastrami sandwich that’s so good Karen Carpenter ate there. By our estimation, the Hopleaf is the first Chicago restaurant to have a go at this style of cow. We realize the line is out the door at this joint, but this pastrami makes most smoked meats look like a bomb went off in Liza Minelli’s panties. Eat it with stone ground mustard and discuss.