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Montreal sandwich named one of the world's best

Wilensky's restaurant is in the Mile End neighbourhood of Montreal.

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Grill some salami and baloney. Add Swiss or cheddar cheese. Slather on mustard. Put between yellow bread.

What do you get? According to Travel and Leisure magazine, one of the world's best sandwiches.

It's the Wilensky's Special, served at Wilensky's Light Lunch at the corner of Fairmont and Clark streets in Montreal's Mile End area. The diner was made famous by Mordecai Richler in his novel The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and has an ambience that, according to Frommer's, "can best be described as Early Jewish Immigrant."

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"Served on wax paper, the sandwich comes with rules: It always has mustard and is never halved," says Travel and Leisure. The price: $4.99 (50 cents less without the cheese).

Just because sandwiches are convenience foods doesn't mean they can't be great. A croque-monsieur in Paris, with mozzarella and black truffles, is a tasty treat, as is a lobster roll with melted butter in Essex, Mass.

Here are some of the other "best sandwiches from around the world" on T&L's list: chicken Philly cheesesteak (Philadelphia); ham and cheese baguette (New York); squid in its own ink with aioli (Madrid); roast pork in a bridge roll (London); hand-massaged wagyu beef on white bread (Tokyo).

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