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Ben and Izzy's Deli

Opening soon, I have high hopes for this place, anyone know who's doing it? The pic of the sandwich on their Twitter - https://twitter.com/benandizzys - looks pretty great.

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  1. great find. one of the more exciting culinary developments going on in Toronto right now.

    1. Looking forward to this.

      DT

      1. Looking forward to this too. I'm just up the street. Pancer's has been going downhill for years so there's really nothing close anymore. Hopefully this will fill the gap. Good luck to them.

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        1. re: barneyvernon

          Question: Didn't the forrmer owner of Pancer's open up another deli around the Bathurst / Steeles area? Anyone try it?

            1. re: Davwud

              I have a half brisket of Schwartz's coming in this week. I think I'm covered until Ben & Izzy's opens. Phew.

                1. re: Brain of J

                  Interesting that all the excitement about this place now seems to have come to a grinding halt. The last twitter post from Mr. Ben & Izzy was over a week ago and it says he was in Whistler, B.C. Wonder what's going on.

                  1. re: barneyvernon

                    Yeah, it is like they started the "buzz" too soon ..

                    1. re: barneyvernon

                      They actually just updated their Twitter (in response to this post, I wonder?) saying that they are "very, very, very close" to opening. They also posted a picture of the restaurant (which does look promisingly close to being ready).

                      1. re: Michael N

                        Just looked @ their twitter pic. The restaurant looks really nice!!

            2. Hi Everyone, I'm the chef, owner and the Ben at Ben & Izzy's Deli. I'm excited that people are so excited about the deli. Izzy and I are opening a real jewish deli featuring house smoked meat, pickled tongue corned beef and a wide assortment of Jewish deli classics all prepared fresh daily by me. Follow us on Twitter @benandizzys for up to date info on our opening date.

              Eat Well!
              Ben

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                1. re: SalumeCraft

                  Please, please make real kishka (no plastic casing BS).

                  1. re: SalumeCraft

                    Don't forget the kishka. Please make good kishka. Charge whatever you want for it. With crisp casing. And gravy. Please.

                  2. Here's a link to a picture of their smoked meat sandwich.
                    https://twitter.com/benandizzys/statu...

                    So far, this seems like a dream come true.

                    DT

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                      1. re: Davwud

                        Oh sweet jesus, colour me there.

                        1. re: Googs

                          Me too. Although pictures can be deceiving, the smoked meat in their pic looks amazing.

                          My mom, being the only one in my family who still keeps kosher (kind of - no meat out but fully kosher at home) is gonna do backflips. Even she wouldn't go to Marky's before it closed.

                        2. re: Davwud

                          Looks awesome...except for the seeds in the rye. I hate seeds in rye bread.

                          1. re: kwass

                            Seriously? You look at that picture and that's what you think about? The seeds? Do you read Playboy for the articles too?

                            1. re: Googs

                              I gotta say, I'm with kwass. While I love seeded rye, for deli my perference is definitely seedless. But perhaps that's just me. And kwass.

                              The bread is more than an article. It's the makeup and lighting. It's important, Googs :)

                              (Not even sure that was rye in the pic)

                              1. re: magic

                                Thank you magic! You said it much more articulately than I did.

                                1. re: magic

                                  See. That's why there's chocolate and vanilla. One of the things that made me salivate was the caraway seed rye. Love that stuff.

                                  DT

                                  1. re: Davwud

                                    I'm sure many would share your salivations. To each our own! No right or wrong, just personal preferences.

                                  2. re: Googs

                                    Sorry, but I do see the seeds. When you hate something, you can't help but be drawn to it, and I hate seeds in my rye bread.

                                    1. re: kwass

                                      Don't get me wrong. I want fresh, plain, light rye with my smoked meat too not to mention regular mustard, no dijon. The meat speaks for itself and requires, to borrow from magic, just a cosmetic foundation on which to sit. Or to borrow my own analogy, if you don't like what the model is wearing, change it. She's still beautiful. It just wasn't the first thing that popped into my head. The first thing was *DAMN* I need a NAPkin.

                                      1. re: Googs

                                        What caught my eye was the meat wasn't piled high enough. Needs a few more slices IMO.

                                        1. re: GoodGravy

                                          I think what's really been lost here is that if you're like me, and love caraway seed rye, like Magic (et al) and don't, or if you don't like rye at all, it's nice that (I assume) they'll have some options for you.

                                          Who knows, maybe that's just a prototype or all the bread they had there at the time of the photo.

                                          DT

                                          1. re: Davwud

                                            I actually love rye with caraway seeds - just not with deli.

                                            For me, I enjoy seedless fresh rye with deli all the way.

                                            1. re: magic

                                              Well a little "Bird" told me that your only bread option will be straight up rye. That pic was taken in a home kitchen and the only bread in the house was flax seed rye. So don't even concern yourself with the bread in the pic.

                                              DT

                                              1. re: Davwud

                                                Outstanding. I look forward to trying :)

                                                1. re: magic

                                                  I'm already expecting they'll be open next weekend (just a hunch, no "Bird" telling me anything) and plan on being there for lunch on Saturday.

                                                  DT

                                                  1. re: Davwud

                                                    If it's kosher, it may not be open on Saturdays.

                                                    1. re: acd123

                                                      Good point. Friday nights as well, possibly?

                                                    2. re: Davwud

                                                      This!!! You couldn't post THIS photo?!?!? I think I see the design for my new bathtub.
                                                      https://twitter.com/benandizzys/statu...

                                                        1. re: Googs

                                                          I didn't see it. Just the one.
                                                          Man that looks good.

                                                          DT