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Augie’s Smoke Meat Opens for Montreal Favorites in Berkeley. Lex Gopnik-Lewinski is so enthusiastic about bringing classic Montreal cuisine to the Bay Area that he even got busted at a Canadian airport trying to smuggle a hunk of smoke meat through customs to the US. That prompted him to recreate the Montreal product, which is somewhere between brisket and pastrami, for himself on this side of the border. What started with pop-ups at Beauty’s Bagels, also Montreal inspired, is now Gopnik-Lewinski’s standalone restaurant, Augie’s Montreal Deli, in Berkeley.

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