Since 1979, Bagel Plus has been serving all Torontonians classic Jewish comfort food from its location at Bathurst and Sheppard. They will always have you covered for when that bagel and schmear craving hits, but the menu also includes options such as eggplant Parmesan and fish and chips, branching outside the shtetl world of blintzes, pickled herring and rugelach.
Oy vey, we thought we were sitting shiva for delis. The chicken soup they sling in those thinly disguised fast-food joints is like our bubby said: they maybe waved the chicken over the pot. The corned beef, it makes me so sad, it’s industrial. But then! Along comes Zane Caplansky, a nice Jewish boy. Instead
This is the best Montreal smoked meat money can buy: Tender, moist, gently spiced, heaven on rye. Add a crisp garlicky half-sour and nirvana is here. Wanna gild the lily? Their sweet frites get the job done. For those less in love with fat, chicken in a pot gets the Bubby seal of approval, for
Centre Street Deli is a Thornhill staple that draws a full house pretty much every Sunday. It’s a traditional diner that the whole family will enjoy. Take your ticket and wait until your number is called or sit down and enjoy a meal. The matzah ball soup will warm your stomach as well as your
The Elm Street Italian Deli is unlike any other sandwich shop in the city. They are pumping out Italian cold cut sandwiches all day every day, and that’s about it. Opened by the team behind Cherry Street Bar-B-Que, all the meats here are prepared at the central kitchen location. Find two-handers like the Sergio Leone
North York ghost kitchen Harlem Bodega specializes in vegan comfort food. Founded by a former New Yorker, the restaurant’s menu draws inspiration from the unfussy but delicious food served at the city’s beloved bodegas. Their signature dish is a vegan riff on chopped cheese, a well-loved bodega sandwich that’s usually made with ground beef. Harlem
This uptown kosher butcher knows good meats and wants to bring the old-world butcher shop into the modern era. Magen Meats is Thornhill’s number one kosher butcher. Providing the best-quality and most affordable meat to the suburbanites, Magen Meats has become pretty popular among the COR community. With countless raw and prepared options, this butcher/deli
“Faim” is the French word for “hungry,” which is exactly how you should show up to Rock’n Deli’s new Toronto location in the CF shops at Don Mills. Here, the sandwiches are piled high with famous Montreal-style smoked meat as are the angus burgers. Rock’n Deli is also an option to flock to with a
Earlier this summer, news hit the streets that chef Anthony Rose, previously of The Drake Hotel, had planned to open not one, not two, but three new Toronto restaurants. Last week, he opened his first Rose and Sons establishment — on his 40th birthday — in the former People’s Foods space, which had been a neighbourhood staple for around 50 years.
The former diner, which Anthony Rose and Robert Wilder used as the forward operating base for what is now an empire of restaurants running along Dupont (Big Crow, Schmaltz Appetizing, Fat Pasha, Bar Begonia, Madame Boeuf), has reached its final form. Seeing which side their bagels are buttered on, the pair now cater to a
When your Montreal smoked meat cravings hit and you need instant gratification – look no further than Sumilicious. Owner Sumith Fernando once worked at the famed Schwartz’s Deli in Montreal for all the skeptics out there. The decor is stereotypical deli to a tee, with red and white checkered motifs on the wall. The goods
In 1971 this 85-seat Jewish deli opened on Leslie Street and aimed to serve high-quality deli offerings for affordable prices. Starting from humble beginnings the Pickle Barrel grew and converted from one small shop serving only the classics into a household name with a number of restaurants all over the GTA. Always busy, the Pickle
What a Bagel is way more than just bagels. This iconic bakery chain has been serving and catering for Torontonians for over 20 years. Every location makes its own bagels in-house, and their large size is what has made them so recognizable. Besides the various schmears to serve with the bagels, What a Bagel is
Kimberly Hannam and Ryan Getner started selling their peameal bacon sandwiches at farmer’s markets across Toronto over 4 years ago – Sorauren, Downsview, Annex and Leslieville, to name a few – but now the pork has come to rest, quite literally, at their first permanent location in the Junction, aptly named, When The Pig Came Home.
One of the last of its kind, Wolfie’s Deli is slicing up fresh smoked meat every day. This classic Jewish delicatessen was opened by David Gelberman and his wife in 1975. Importing all his brisket from Montreal, which Gelberman swears is more moist than the meat you can get here in Toronto, he slices it
Yitz’s Deli is a Toronto institution. The classic Jewish deli is one of the oldest in the city and has been serving up some Semitic comfort food since 1973. The flashing lights and giant orange sign will catch your eye as you pass Yitz’s Deli at the corner of Avenue Road and Eglinton Avenue. Once
An authentic Jewish deli with respect for tradition, Zelden’s is taking pastrami tips from its families matriarch and former owner of Zely’s Deli. As one of the newcomers to the city’s midtown deli scene, Zelden’s is not looking to step on any toes. It want to share its bubby’s spicy and delicious pastrami recipe with