I always love it when worlds collide, especially in relation to my food blogging. And that is exactly what happened at lunch today.
I had a meeting with a client scheduled for today in New Westminster, I needed a photo of poutine for my weekly Gastropost competition and I had a hankering for a Montreal smoked meat sandwich. All of this came together quite perfectly at Anny’s in uptown New Westminster.
I ordered the half size Montreal smoked meat sandwich and it comes with a side of fries. I had them do the upgrade and change the fries into a side of poutine.
The poutine was excellent. The gravy was rich and had a very strong beefy flavour with big chunks of cheddar cheese curds. The molten hot gravy was poured over top of the fries and curds and melted the cheese into incredible squeaky hot morsels of deliciousness.
The fries themselves were good, not great. My gold standard for fries is set by the Spud Shack folks who are located in the New Westminster Skytrain station. Anny’s fries, as I said we’re good, but not great.
The smoked meat sandwich was also very good. I love seeing heroic pieces of bread that are able to contain the mounds of meaty goodness. Anny’s rye bread, with smear of mustard, is soft to the bite but also up to the task of containing the moist pile of very tender and perfectly seasoned smoked meat.
I did order the half size sandwich and I have to admit I was a little disappointed with its size when I first saw it. I expected more sandwich for $8. However, by the time I was done eating my sandwich, the two wedges of dill pickles, and the poutine, I was more than full. The smoked meat and poutine combination is a very good lunch value even after paying to have the fries upgraded to a poutine.
I will definitely be returning to Annie’s for a lunch if the opportunity arises again. Good value, good food, and poutine. How does it get any better than that?