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childofthestorm Jan 12, 2013 03:33 PM

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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    EverymanJack Jan 12, 2013 04:32 PM

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

    1. Davwud Jan 14, 2013 06:04 AM

      Looking forward to this.

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        barneyvernon Jan 14, 2013 02:08 PM

        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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          Brain of J Feb 24, 2013 10:34 AM

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

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            Davwud Feb 24, 2013 10:37 AM

            You mean this??
            http://www.pancersdeli.ca/

            DT

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              Googs Feb 24, 2013 05:40 PM

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

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                kwass Feb 24, 2013 08:00 PM

                Lucky you :)

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                Brain of J Feb 25, 2013 05:14 AM

                Thank you....

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                  barneyvernon Feb 26, 2013 09:26 AM

                  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.

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                    ylsf Feb 26, 2013 10:59 AM

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

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                      Michael N Feb 26, 2013 11:13 AM

                      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).

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                        kwass Feb 26, 2013 11:27 AM

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

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              SalumeCraft Jan 14, 2013 03:21 PM

              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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                Davwud Jan 14, 2013 03:50 PM

                Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy!!!!

                DT

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                  acd123 Jan 15, 2013 06:29 AM

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

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                    acd123 Jan 16, 2013 03:32 PM

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

                  2. Davwud Jan 14, 2013 03:59 PM

                    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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                      hungryabbey Jan 14, 2013 04:52 PM

                      oh dear. Can-not-wait.

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                        Googs Jan 15, 2013 01:12 PM

                        Oh sweet jesus, colour me there.

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                          acd123 Jan 15, 2013 01:45 PM

                          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.

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                          kwass Jan 15, 2013 07:06 PM

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

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                            Googs Jan 15, 2013 07:10 PM

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

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                              magic Jan 15, 2013 07:57 PM

                              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)

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                                kwass Jan 15, 2013 08:07 PM

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

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                                  Davwud Jan 16, 2013 02:58 AM

                                  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

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                                    magic Jan 16, 2013 06:13 AM

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

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                                    bobinken Jan 16, 2013 01:50 PM

                                    I agree.

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                                    kwass Jan 15, 2013 08:06 PM

                                    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.

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                                      Googs Jan 16, 2013 07:15 AM

                                      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.

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                                        GoodGravy Jan 16, 2013 08:00 AM

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

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                                          Davwud Jan 16, 2013 10:43 AM

                                          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

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                                            magic Jan 16, 2013 11:19 AM

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

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

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                                              Davwud Jan 16, 2013 11:21 AM

                                              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

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                                                magic Jan 16, 2013 11:27 AM

                                                Outstanding. I look forward to trying :)

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                                                  Davwud Jan 16, 2013 11:36 AM

                                                  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

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                                                    acd123 Jan 16, 2013 11:52 AM

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

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                                                      magic Jan 16, 2013 12:27 PM

                                                      Good point. Friday nights as well, possibly?

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                                                      Googs Jan 16, 2013 01:57 PM

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

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                                                        acd123 Jan 16, 2013 03:31 PM

                                                        That looks crazy good.

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                                                          Davwud Jan 16, 2013 05:29 PM

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

                                                          DT

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                                                            Vinnie Vidimangi Jan 16, 2013 11:56 PM

                                                            My love!

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                                                      bobinken Jan 16, 2013 01:51 PM

                                                      Me too!

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                                        Tatai Jan 14, 2013 07:50 PM

                                        I read on the deli's twitter feed that it's going to be a kosher restaurant. True?

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                                          jovialetr Jan 14, 2013 08:13 PM

                                          True.

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                                          acd123 Jan 15, 2013 06:27 AM

                                          This is really good news. Can't wait to try it.

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                                            scottl Jan 16, 2013 08:25 AM

                                            Very excited about this. I work in the area and the lunch selection is very limited. Schwartz's is my fave but i know not to torment myself to use this as a benchmark. The sandwich picture has a very similar look and the hand cut is a happy thing. Not to be a stick in the mud but i concur that a light rye without seeds would be better. I hope there is a choice of breads. By the great look of the meat, i will take wonder if it is the only choice.

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                                              millygirl Jan 16, 2013 09:07 AM

                                              Relax all you seed haters out there. They will have other bread options available. They just happened to use this one for the photo shoot.

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                                                julesrules Jan 16, 2013 09:14 AM

                                                BIG mistake ;) I actually like caraway but I thought it was some kind of multigrain which would be wrong, all wrong!

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                                                  Googs Jan 16, 2013 09:23 AM

                                                  Oh I'm not a seed hater. I just want them to know their place.

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                                                    trane Jan 16, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                    I represent the Carraway lobby and you're officially on our list now.

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                                                      Vinnie Vidimangi Jan 16, 2013 11:50 PM

                                                      I recall that I got ridiculed when I wrote that I brought my own rye bread for my first trip to Caplansky's.

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                                                CarNut Jan 16, 2013 11:40 AM

                                                16 posts about the bread already and the place isn't even open!!!

                                                Can I just make it much easier on everyone for when they do open - please just pick one of the following:

                                                a) Best sandwich ever! Beats Schwartz's and Caplansky's
                                                b) Better than Caplansky's but not as good as Schwartz's
                                                c) Better than Schwartz's but not as good as Caplansky's
                                                d) Schwartz's and Caplansky's are both much better

                                                If anyone likes, I can add Centre Street Deli to the choices.

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                                                  Googs Jan 16, 2013 01:52 PM

                                                  "c)" is impossible.

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                                                    julesrules Jan 18, 2013 08:29 AM

                                                    Thank you!!! My Comp Sci/Math brain kicked in:"Does Not Compute".

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                                                  5andman Jan 16, 2013 05:09 PM

                                                  Kinda sucks that it's all the way north ... I wish there was a decent deli in the west-end of the city

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                                                    kwass Jan 16, 2013 05:16 PM

                                                    It's actually in the perfect location, given that it's a Kosher Deli. It also fills the void left by Marky's. Not that Marky's was good towards the end, but it was the only Kosher Deli in the area.

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                                                      magic Jan 16, 2013 06:11 PM

                                                      All the way north??

                                                      I shudder to think what you consider Centre St. Deli ;)

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                                                        kwass Jan 16, 2013 06:16 PM

                                                        Exactly Magic!!

                                                    2. Davwud Jan 21, 2013 10:15 AM

                                                      Another good looking photo today.

                                                      DT

                                                       
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                                                        millygirl Jan 21, 2013 10:52 AM

                                                        my mouth is watering.

                                                        30 seats :)

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                                                          Davwud Jan 21, 2013 11:33 AM

                                                          I'm hoping they're open by the weekend.

                                                          DT

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                                                          kwass Jan 21, 2013 12:37 PM

                                                          Boy does that look good!!

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                                                          barneyvernon Jan 22, 2013 12:19 PM

                                                          Just an fyi to everyone, I drove by today and sad to say this place doesn't look anywhere close to opening. Half-papered windows and pretty empty inside. Patience!

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                                                            Davwud Jan 23, 2013 07:51 AM

                                                            I wouldn't go that far. It's no where close being imminent though.

                                                            DT

                                                          2. kwass Jan 25, 2013 09:45 AM

                                                            Here is a twitter pic of the restaurant. They say they're almost there.

                                                            https://twitter.com/benandizzys/statu...

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                                                              Davwud Jan 25, 2013 01:13 PM

                                                              Did you see the sandwich pic they tweeted today??

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                                                                kwass Jan 25, 2013 01:41 PM

                                                                No. But I'm going to check it out right now.

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                                                                  kwass Jan 25, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                  OMG does that ever look incredible!!!!!! Here is a link for those of you who haven't seen it:

                                                                  https://twitter.com/benandizzys/statu...

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                                                                    Michael N Jan 25, 2013 02:46 PM

                                                                    That looks crazy delicious, though I'll definitely be asking for mustard on the side when I go. Each picture they post looks more delicious than the last, but also seems to have more mustard than the last. I'd like some smoked meat with my mustard. ;)

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                                                                      kwass Jan 25, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                      Funny!! And I'm the opposite of you. IMO there's no such thing as too much mustard :)

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                                                                        hungryabbey Jan 26, 2013 07:46 AM

                                                                        Agrees. I'm a mustard fan.

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                                                                    kwass Jan 25, 2013 01:43 PM

                                                                    This place can't open soon enough as far as I'm concerned :)

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                                                                      Davwud Jan 25, 2013 02:03 PM

                                                                      No kiddin' eh??

                                                                      Do they even have a chance?? The build up is so much.

                                                                      DT

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                                                                        kwass Jan 25, 2013 02:25 PM

                                                                        If the food tastes even half as good as it looks, they have more than a chance. They're going to be wildly successful!!

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                                                                      childofthestorm Jan 25, 2013 03:24 PM

                                                                      *drooling*

                                                                  3. Ruthie789 Jan 25, 2013 03:04 PM

                                                                    Is it possible that deli food is having a renaissance? Thinking of the Mile End in NYC and its popularity. I love deli food.

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                                                                      kwass Jan 25, 2013 03:07 PM

                                                                      I don't think it's having a renaissance. I just think that people always get excited about really good deli...and this looks like really good deli !

                                                                    2. Davwud Feb 14, 2013 03:39 PM

                                                                      Another pic from today.

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                                                                        kwass Feb 14, 2013 04:38 PM

                                                                        Wish they'd spend less time taking pics and more time getting this place open...lol

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                                                                        acd123 Apr 15, 2013 09:59 AM

                                                                        Any idea if this place is open yet??

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                                                                          Davwud Apr 15, 2013 10:38 AM

                                                                          They were hoping for last Monday but a week out they knew that wasn't gonna happen. They said today would be more likely but it could still be a bit longer. For the most part, they're waiting on the DOH to sign off and issue a license.

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                                                                            Strongbad789 Apr 15, 2013 02:11 PM

                                                                            It sounds like if the DOH had gotten their act together, I could have had what I assume would have been a delicious sandwich when I stopped by on the weekend to see if they were open. Alas, I left hungry.

                                                                            I ended up going to Caplansky's though, and was quite happy.

                                                                        2. Davwud Apr 18, 2013 09:24 AM

                                                                          It should only be a couple more days.

                                                                          Keep in mind they won't be open from Friday nights until Sundays.

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                                                                            kwass Apr 18, 2013 09:41 AM

                                                                            So I guess we're looking @ Monday? That's awesome!! Can't wait to try it!!

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                                                                              acd123 Apr 18, 2013 10:59 AM

                                                                              I just saw this on Twitter:

                                                                              "Ben & Izzy's Deli ‏@benandizzys 54m

                                                                              Not Monday, but soon. I have to prepare all the food."

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                                                                                kwass Apr 18, 2013 11:03 AM

                                                                                Darn :(

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                                                                                  kwass Apr 18, 2013 11:05 AM

                                                                                  I guess he follows chowhound...lol

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                                                                                    barneyvernon Apr 18, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                    Is this normal in the restaurant world? it seems to me it is getting a little silly now. This guy has been "opening soon" since last fall.

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                                                                                      kwass Apr 18, 2013 11:14 AM

                                                                                      I guess opening a restaurant is more complicated than he realized. But I agree with you...he should stop saying "opening soon", and wait to say anything until he has a firm date.

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                                                                                Michael N Apr 18, 2013 10:44 AM

                                                                                So... they're closed on Saturdays then?

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                                                                                  kwass Apr 18, 2013 10:46 AM

                                                                                  It's a Kosher Restaurant, so it would be.

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                                                                                    Davwud Apr 18, 2013 11:22 AM

                                                                                    Ding, ding, ding, ding, ding.

                                                                                    DT

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                                                                                      glickjor Apr 21, 2013 05:21 AM

                                                                                      Is this place open yet? Does anyone know?

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                                                                                        Michael N Apr 21, 2013 06:51 AM

                                                                                        Their last tweet is still the one that says they're opening later than tomorrow, so no, not yet. Maybe later this week?

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                                                                                          Googs Apr 21, 2013 10:08 AM

                                                                                          I'm actually starting to feel sorry for Mr's Ben & Izzy. With all the hype, this might be the first deli to need a bouncer. At least stanchions & rope and a number dispenser located OUTside the front door.

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                                                                                            kwass Apr 21, 2013 11:10 AM

                                                                                            Funny Googs :)

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                                                                                              acd123 Apr 21, 2013 05:53 PM

                                                                                              I really really hope it lives up to the hype. Toronto really needs a place like this...

                                                                                2. Googs May 23, 2013 09:32 AM

                                                                                  WARNING! Put a bib on before you open this.
                                                                                  http://www.thegridto.com/life/food-dr...

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                                                                                    LUV_TO_EAT May 23, 2013 05:03 PM

                                                                                    Guessing this place is opened now seeing some reviews online at the typical review sites Yelp and Urbanspoon.

                                                                                    Can't wait to try them and compare it to Smoke Meat Pete which I finally tried over the long weekend.

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                                                                                      ylsf May 23, 2013 05:15 PM

                                                                                      Someone started up a new thread once they opened. You might want to check out this thread for CHers view on it.... or not..
                                                                                      http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/900419

                                                                                      Personally, the reviews there have me waiting to try them.

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                                                                                      1roadstr May 27, 2013 07:09 AM

                                                                                      I finally tried it last friday and I have to say, they make a good pastrami. It was nicely spiced, smokey and appeared to be hand cut.
                                                                                      It was a tad pricey, but I would go back if I was in the area.

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