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Jun 29, 2009 03:09 PM

Looking for good deli( not smoked meat)


I dont eat red meat so Caplansky's is out. I'm looking for good knishes, turkey sandwiches, matza ball soup, etc, etc. We're staying downtown( Sheraton). Any options. Please dont say Pickle Barrel. I tried that years ago and it sucked. Should I mention that I'm a Jewish expat from NY???

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  1. I won't mince words. I have no idea where you can find "good" versions of these foods anywhere downtown.

    The New Yorker Deli on Bay near Bloor has fresh roast turkey, though it is often dry, and edible latkes.

    The Free Times Cafe on College has some decent "dairy deli",and does an AYCE dairy brunch on Sundays. United Bakers at Lawrence Plaza also has old fashioned dairy plus a lunchtime clientele that reminds me of Brooklyn in the fifties. Neither place will thrill, but both should satisfy.

    Yitz's on Eglinton has a wide ranging menu, including non-meat knishes, though I haven't been impressed with this place in many years.

    Caplansky's does some wonderful old fashioned soups, many of which do not contain red meat, and also has smoked turkey from time to time. You need to call first to find out what's on that day.

    3 Replies
    1. re: embee

      I second the New Yorker Deli and Yitz's

      1. re: flying101

        How about Coleman's? Is that still around?

        Save the Deli reccomended them to me a few years back.

    2. My favourite is Centre Street Deli in Thornhill.
      Embee's honorable mentions below are also execllent choices.
      I also recommend Moe/Red Pancer's for deli.
      I am Jewish so I have got you covered on this one.

      1. Red meat, white meat, no meat, it doesn't matter. Those days are gone, long gone. Bubbele, how about Chinese? But if you want to, go to the Free Times AYCE, where it is easier to pretend. Besides, it deserves support. It tries.

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        1. re: Vinnie Vidimangi

          I wont be in town on Sunday so AYCE isnt an option. I'll be there T-Friday

          1. re: Calipoutine

            Free Times has their regular menu available during the week, at lunch or dinner. Haven't been there for a very long time, so I'm hesitant to recommend anything.


            Free Times Cafe
            320 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1S3, CA

        2. well, you could try United Bakers Dairy Restaurant , which is at lawence plaze (lawence and bathurst)
          bagel world, the food was so so but was popular so they must have something going for them.
          I know some people have suggest wolfie to me , (sheppard and bathurst) but I have yet tried it.
          steels street deli (steeles and young), they have a great cabage borscht.
          I do not really know much in the core of downtown
          and yes, pickle barrel might not have a bad matzo ball soup (a little salty) but I am not willing to put up with the crowd.

          1. When Caplansky's opens in his new location (think after august), he might carry his smoked turkey on a more regular basis.

            I hope he does Reuben's....