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Coleslaw in Toronto?

trishna Jan 19, 2009 03:11 PM

Trusted Chowhounds,

My SO is a coleslaw fan. Where should we be looking for great slaw in TO? Any legendary delis out there? He prefers the vinegar base, but as I like the creamy type I'm open to any suggestions you have. Who sells the best coleslaw in the city?

many thanks

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    Toronto Fastfoodie RE: trishna Jan 19, 2009 03:23 PM

    Daiter's creamery on Bathurst St., south of Wilson have both kinds and they are both great. Also, try Wolfie's deli on Sheppard, west of Bathurst. All of those are classic deli coleslaws. The Wolfie's one is particularly good when combined with their homemade smoked meats. Those two ingredients combined with fresh rye bread. YUM-O!

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      zoohort2 RE: trishna Jan 19, 2009 03:49 PM

      My favourite is from the Pickle Barrel Restaurant!

      Pickle Barrel Restaurant
      5941 Leslie St, Toronto, ON M2H1J8, CA

      1. jayt90 RE: trishna Jan 19, 2009 03:56 PM

        Caplansky's is making his own, and has a following for a distinctive home made slaw. Some of the other places may be buying a commercial product, such as Moishe's, available at Costco, a bit too sweet for me..

        356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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          tjr RE: jayt90 Jan 19, 2009 07:37 PM

          I actually think Caplansky's slaw is weak now. At first, it was sharp, tangy and great, but lately it has tasted basically like cabbage with oil. Not sure why the change, or if it has just been off the times I've been recently, but I wouldn't recommend it anymore.

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            lister RE: tjr Jan 20, 2009 07:46 AM

            We went this past weekend for the first time since October. Back then I thought the coleslaw was okay, not as sharp and tangy as I'd like but it was decent and thankfully not creamy. The version now is much weaker and mostly sweet. We had to add vinegar to it to give the coleslaw some bite.

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              KevinB RE: lister Jan 20, 2009 11:42 AM

              Even back in October, I thought the slaw needed extra zip. Zane, if you're reading this thread, you need to rethink your slaw - or at least add some sharp vinegars and instructions on the table!

        2. Squeakycheese RE: trishna Jan 19, 2009 05:53 PM

          I like the creamy one from Summerhill Market, they do a vinegar based one too!

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            Tatai RE: trishna Jan 19, 2009 06:39 PM

            Nortown's "garlic cole slaw" does it for me.

            1. Notorious P.I.G. RE: trishna Jan 19, 2009 07:59 PM

              For Creamy I go with Albert's Jamaican.

              1. tbonetak RE: trishna Jan 20, 2009 03:15 AM

                I quite enjoyed the creamy version I got at Buster's Sea Cove at the SLM this pas weekend. Given the choice, I almost always opt for vinegar, but theirs could almost convince me to convert.

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                  miranda RE: trishna Jan 20, 2009 05:03 AM

                  I bought both kinds yesterday ( the creamy and the vinegar style) at the Harbord St Bakery...delicious...now my husband is hooked on it...he never used to eat it...theirs is excellent...have you been reading the 11 Best Foods You Aren't Eating from the NY Times...Miranda

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                    czthemmnt RE: miranda Jan 20, 2009 05:56 AM

                    I prefer vinegar coleslaws as opposed to the creamy. What does it for me is Moishe's coleslaw, sold at Pusateri's (Yorkville) and Sobey's (occasionally). I get a large container from Pusateri's for usually $4-5. It's fresh and I like the crispness of the cabbage.

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                      jamesm RE: czthemmnt Jan 20, 2009 06:54 AM

                      The Polish deli on Roncesvalles makes an excellent coleslaw IMO. It's vinegar based and pretty straightforward but I'm a sucker for it. I can never remember the name of the place but it's the one with the burgundy awning just north of Film Buff.

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                        Full tummy RE: czthemmnt Jan 20, 2009 12:20 PM

                        For a few more dollars, you could probably buy the extra-large container of Moishe's coleslaw from Costco. I'm assuming it's the same stuff.

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                          jamesm RE: Full tummy Jan 20, 2009 12:25 PM

                          Possibly, but I was under the impression that they made it themselves. However, I have no evidence to support that.

                          Plus, it's just me and my Gf who hates the stuff. I'm not sure she would be impressed with me making a larger, longer-term commitment to a bucket of coleslaw than I have to her.

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                            Full tummy RE: jamesm Jan 20, 2009 04:38 PM

                            Haha. Funny! Actually, whenever I've purchased it, it goes pretty quick. Definitely don't think Pusateri's is making their own "Moishe's" coleslaw.

                            Maybe after you make a longer-term commitment to your GF, you will be able to sit pretty with a huge tub o' slaw in your fridge.

                            I do enjoy the slaw, especially at the bargain Costco price, but like another poster, I find it tooooooo sweet. Nice and crunchy, tho.

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                            jayt90 RE: Full tummy Jan 20, 2009 06:37 PM

                            I looked for Moishe's today in Ajax, and it was not there.Hopefully a temporary shortage.

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                          AzulH RE: miranda Jan 20, 2009 01:28 PM

                          On the basis of your comments, I went and bought both to try!
                          They are good. A trifle sweet, perhaps.
                          Certainly a little pricey at $2.50 each for a very small tub.
                          Overall a worthwhile experiment, but not dazzeling.
                          Nevertheless, your post was much appreciated!

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                          trishna RE: trishna Jan 21, 2009 08:11 PM

                          Many thanks to all of you for these suggestions. Once again I realize how much I love this site. I will shop, eat, and report accordingly.

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                            Smachnoho RE: trishna Jan 22, 2009 09:48 AM

                            I like Bruno's Cold Slaw (St. Clair & Yonge).
                            I think Moishe's coleslaw is too bland and the pieces of cabbage too small. I like a bit of a crunch.

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