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Caplansky's - New Menu!

PhilH Oct 23, 2010 08:14 PM


So I only gave it a quick once over just because I'm busy with work right now but there's a few new items on there.. and the fried chicken caught my eye....

356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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    pagogo Oct 23, 2010 08:19 PM

    Caplansky's is a very poor excuse for a deli. Tried it twice and it was fairly tasteless. Got stuck with the same waitress both times who cannot seem to focus on waiting tables - repeatedly asked for ordered items. Nice enough people but not enough to warrant another visit. This place would not rate in the top 20 delis in Montreal.

    356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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    1. re: pagogo
      Dean Tudor Oct 24, 2010 03:46 PM

      Well pagogo, the new menu does say "same lousy service"..

      1. re: Dean Tudor
        bytepusher Oct 24, 2010 03:51 PM

        The sad thing is Zane thinks that's a funny, tongue in cheek joke, not truth in advertising.

        1. re: Dean Tudor
          phisherking Oct 25, 2010 08:28 AM

          what it really should read is " same lousy food". This place has been a disappointment from day one. Zane really needs to focus on improving the whole package rather than taking his menu in a different direction. What kind of deli serves fried chicken?

          1. re: phisherking
            MeMeMe Oct 25, 2010 10:18 AM

            My favourite Deli in the world serves fried chicken. (2nd Ave Deli in NYC).

      2. ekim256 Oct 23, 2010 08:53 PM

        While I wouldn't go as far as to call it tasteless, I don't get the hype /w Caplansky's. Maybe I've been spoiled by Goldins.
        My friend did claim however, that Caplanksy's tongue sandwich is even better than that of Black Hoof's...so I've been tempted to go back to see if he's right. Looking at the menu, I would like to try their liver and onions dish. Does anyone have any opinions on either of these? :)


        356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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        1. re: ekim256
          PhilH Oct 24, 2010 07:48 AM

          I've still got to try Goldins but never seem to find the chance to. While I haven't been to Caplansky's in a longggg time, I actually prefer the tongue sandwich to the smoked meat.

          I think that Black Hoof has a tastier tongue sandwich strictly on a flavour level.. (but it does of course have those little extras to bump it up like tarragon mayo) But texturally, the thickness of Caplansky's tongue vs machined sliced at Black Hoof's.. gotta go for Caplansky's.

          356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

          The Black Hoof
          928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

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            always_eating Oct 24, 2010 10:39 AM

            I prefer Caplansky's tongue but I still won't turn down tongue @ The Black Hoof - lol.

            356 College Street, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

            The Black Hoof
            928 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

        2. gregclow Oct 24, 2010 05:52 AM

          The menu itself looks pretty nice - but that "sliding" web interface is damn annoying!

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          1. re: gregclow
            terrycar Oct 24, 2010 08:06 AM

            Yes, both the left and right edges are blurred out, or is it just my computer?

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              tinybites Oct 24, 2010 08:56 AM

              Nope, me too. Thought it might be my computer settings.

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                Degustation Oct 24, 2010 09:44 AM

                Just bad UI design. Click on the words. "Breakfast, Lunch, Classics, Dinner" and the menus "slide" into place as gregclow alluded to.

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            SuriniGirl Oct 24, 2010 06:16 PM

            I tried the fried chicken the other night and they have a lot of hiccups to work out. For $14 all I got was 2 drumsticks and a small thigh. The batter on the fried chicken was greasy and it didn't stick to the chicken. The meal was supposed to come with a choice of fries or mashed potatoes and a side seasonal vegetable. I chose the fries. To be honest, the handful of fries were very good -made from fresh cut potatoes. The seasonal veggie side dish turned out to be a bowl of very garlicky and sour raw cabbage mixed with raw onions and some slivers of carrot for color I suppose. Now, I like vinegary coleslaw but couldn't eat more than a few mouthfuls. The chicken meal did come with a side tablespoon's worth of real maple syrup to drizzle but I came for fried chicken- not the accouterments.
            It was disappointing.

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            1. re: SuriniGirl
              ribboy Oct 26, 2010 02:25 PM

              maybe he just tried to do too much too fast...at the monarch it was kept very simple and honestly people were falling over themselves to compliment the food.

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              childofthestorm Jul 22, 2011 11:37 AM

              Corey Mintz, who did as much as anyone to spotlight Caplansky's at the Monarch and put Zane on the path to success, drops the bomb on his blog:


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              1. re: childofthestorm
                ylsf Jul 22, 2011 11:54 AM


                I have a few vouchers for this spot. I haven't been pack since a few months into when they opened up in their new spot.... Will post my opinion up after I get a chance to re-visit in the next month or so.

                1. re: ylsf
                  childofthestorm Jul 22, 2011 12:46 PM

                  I really enjoy the brunch there, we go fairly often, I like the smoked meat hash and my daughter loves the Leaning Tower french toast. But the last time I had a sandwich, yeah...tastes like an industrial product. Compared to Schwartz's or Kenny & Zuke's in Portland, the two other sandwiches I've had this year, it's not very good.

                  1. re: ylsf
                    Pincus Jul 22, 2011 01:04 PM

                    Well. I've been meaning to drop by anyway. So now I can taste his new product, as well. If it's bad, I can finally be accepted by the rest of Toronto Chowhounds by joining in the chorus of "Caplansky's is terrible!"

                    1. re: Pincus
                      Underdog Rally Jul 22, 2011 02:55 PM

                      I think terrible is way too harsh. It's a nice neighbourhood spot undeserving of the hype or attention that tried to frame it as a Toronto Dining Destination. I'm still happy to go there for lunch every few months since I work nearby, but I wouldn't make a special trip.

                      It's kind of weird that this board devotes so much time to this place... it is what it is. At this point, we might as well make a thread complaining about Druxy's or Shopsy's

                  2. re: childofthestorm
                    lister Jul 22, 2011 01:23 PM

                    Yeah, they're nowhere near the glory of the 80% of the Monarch sandwiches I had. The remaining percentage other than two sandwiches were still very good. Damn shame. The restaurant is now closer to me and there's a good beer selection on tap too. *sigh* I really liked the hybrid Texas/Montreal style Zane did back then. It was unique and better than Montreal Smoked Meat, it was Toronto Smoked Meat!

                    I went recently twice in a span of about two weeks. The first time the sandwich was good, maybe a 7.5/10 (10 equaling the best of the Monarch) and the second visit was a 5. The meat was tougher that time. I always order fatty.

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