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Wilensky's Light Lunch
Wilensky's storefront
Wilensky's is located in Montreal
Restaurant information
Established 1932
Food type Lunch counter and soda fountain
Dress code Casual
Street address 34 Fairmount Avenue West
City Montreal
State Quebec
Postal code/ZIP H2T 2M1
Country Canada
Coordinates 45°31′24″N 73°35′42″W / 45.523302°N 73.594932°W / 45.523302; -73.594932Coordinates: 45°31′24″N 73°35′42″W / 45.523302°N 73.594932°W / 45.523302; -73.594932
Website www.wilenskys.com

Wilensky's Light Lunch (casse-croûte Wilensky), better known as just Wilensky's is a lunch counter located at 34 Fairmount Avenue West in Montreal, Quebec, Canada. Opened in 1932 by Moe Wilensky, the restaurant was immortalized in Mordecai Richler's novel, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz. Scenes in the film version of the book were shot in the restaurant.[1]


Wilensky's is most famous for its Special: a grilled beef salami and beef bologna sandwich with mustard on a kaiser roll, pressed flat from the grill — mustard is compulsory, as a sign in the restaurant announces.[2] Though recognized as part of Montreal's Jewish community the restaurant is not kosher. Their soft drinks are still mixed by hand.[3]


The restaurant was originally located at the corner of St. Urbain and Fairmount Street in the city's Mile End district. It moved to its current location in 1952 [1] and is currently run by the founder's widow Ruth Wilensky, his son Asher and daughter Sharon.[4]

Wilensky's Special[edit]

The famous Wilensky's special sandwich is a grilled bologna sandwich. It was included in Travel + Leisure magazine's May 2012 edition's list of the Best Sandwiches From Around the World.[5] It was also featured in the second episode of The Mind of a Chef PBS series with Anthony Bourdain and David Chang.[6]


See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b Brownstein, Bill (2007-05-13). "Yes, there's something truly special about Wilensky's". Montreal Gazette. Canwest. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  2. ^ "Famous Montreal eatery Wilensky's marks 75 years". CTV News. 2007-05-15. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  3. ^ Kaell, Hillary (2003-03-10). "Nausea? What's A Little Nausea?". McGill Daily. Archived from the original on June 29, 2007. Retrieved 2009-04-26. 
  4. ^ Sietsema, Robert (November 2010), "The Inspiration for Mile End's Ruth Wilensky Sandwich", The Village Voice 
  5. ^ Travel + Leisure, "Best Sandwiches From Around the World" page 10; The Wilensky’s Special, Montreal. May 2012
  6. ^ Eater, "Watch Aziz Ansari, David Chang, and the Joe Beef Guys in The Mind of a Chef", 9 November 2012

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