The Daily Californian

By Augie's Deli

After a Customs and Border Protection officer stopped Lex Gopnik-Lewinski at the airport from returning to San Francisco with his traditional Montreal-style smoked meat from Canada, he decided to take the matter — and the meat — into his own hands.

Six years later, after developing recipes, planning and partnering with an expert in the food industry, Gopnik-Lewinski opened Augie’s Montreal Deli, a restaurant inspired by Canadian cuisine. Located at 875 Potter Street in Berkeley, Augie’s Montreal Deli serves a variety of sandwiches, salads and poutine, a popular Canadian dish composed of french fries covered in gravy and cheese curd.

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