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Caplansky’s Delicatessen

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Heard great things about Caplansky’s Delicatessen so decided to head there for a LARGE LARGE lunch with a good friend. Caplansky’s is on the west side of the downtown core and is a quite well known with a fair number of regulars that visit this establishment. It’s located around the Kensington Market area on College Street. If you’re unsure where it is, simply look for the bright sky blue signage… you won’t be far once you spot it. =)

Caplansky’s Delicateseen
356 College St
Toronto, ON M5T 1S6
(416) 500-3852

So let’s begin the long list of things that we ordered. As mentioned, it was a LARGE LARGE lunch. =P. We started off with a Smoked Meat Knish and wanted to see how it tasted. It wasn’t bad at all, it had a fair amount of meat within the Jewish Pastry so that should satisfy the meat lovers out there. Be warned tho, it is an acquired taste so you may not like it. Both my friend and I got the sandwich combo that’s available for $12 that includes a pickle, slaw and a side.

My Friend got the regular Grilled Salami with a combo poutine and iced tea. I got the BBQ Beef Brisket on a Bun with a combo putine and a Cott’s Black Cherry (which was very solid, a little artificial, but I liked it). So the winner of the two, it depends on what you like… but for me, it had to be the Grilled Salami. It had a great taste and it was glazed perfectly with just the right amount of honey. It was sweet, tasty and made me wish I got that item instead. Now the BBQ Beef Brisket wasn’t bad at all. It was also very tasty, but I found it to be a little dry in the middle of the sandwich. So either it didn’t have a good consistency to it, or it was just sauced over and the middle was missed. Which for a beef brisket wouldn’t be the best way of cooking it. But it wasn’t bad so please don’t leave after reading this entry with that impression. And the poutine, not badd… but I don’t believe I’ll be ordering it again. It lack that typical gravy to melt that cheese. And I guess for me, I like the traditional style poutine instead.

Of courseee being a burger fella didn’t feel complete without ordering the burger as well. So I ordered the Caplansky’s burger with all the fixings. I added cheddar (add $1) and bacon (add $1) ontop of the lettuce, tomato, onion, pickle, ketchup and mayo on the challah bun. Now Caplansky burgers are a little different where it’s made with 70% ground beef and 30% of their own smoked meat. Now the burger was ordered a little later while we were eating, so the wait wasn’t bad at about 10 minutes.And the burger is HUGE! I mean for a $9 burger, you definitely get value. Yes it’s not fastfood, so it didn’t come with any sides or drinks, but the burger itself was HUGE! The pics don’t do it justice. We had a little experience where the first burger we got was extremely pink inside. So when we had ask them to cut it down the middle, our server was very apologetic about it. So quickly took it back and told us that she’ll try and get another one out asap. So when the other one came, at around 10 minutes, it was actually perfect as we had just finished up all our food.

Now the burger is biggg, and how does it taste you ask, it wasn’t bad. With Caplansky’s own smoked meat infused with the beef patty, it did bring a unique taste to it. However, the patty was wayyy over cooked. I got a feeling they were soo worried that they wayyy over cooked it. The patty was a little black and the insides were tougher than I’m sure what their usual burgers are. I would say, I like the cheddar and bacon on the burger as it brought that extra oomph that I think it needed. So from this experience I would have to give it a lower rating, but I believe their burgers are better than the one I got on my visit.So overall, how is Caplansky’s burger? Though I had a burnt and overcooked burger I can say that I feel like they have something here. Now the biggest question would be, if I were to return would I order a burger or say another deli sandwich? I would have to say another deli sandwich (grilled salami? =P) as the burger is okayy and there is potential… but Caplansky’s is a Jewish Deli shop and they’re good at what they do, so I would like to stick to their expertise.

Overall, I have to say I enjoyed Caplansky’s. The price is very reasonable and you get a fair amount of food. So for the bang for your buck peeps, you won’t feel outta place here. We left STUFFED. The food is good and the staff are very friendly. As well, I liked the decor. It had that Jewish Deli feel but also subtle differences that give it character. So drop by Caplansky’s and I would recommend getting the Grilled Salami, it’s a winner in my books. Tell me your experience? What would you recommend?

The Damage: $37.29 after tax for everything

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best possible description of Brian: Works wayy too hard, but enjoys the simple things in life with a passion to give back to the community. He's interested in how things are started up and believes there are a ton of hidden gems within and just outside the city. Last but not least, continually grateful for all that has happened... the good and the bad. Cause honestly, we're more than blessed.


  1. Shirley
    February 15, 2012 at 10:11 am

    I’ve been to Caplansky’s twice, the first time using a group buy deal and went a second time because I enjoyed it so much the first time and wanted to try other items on the menu. The first time I was there I had the smoke meat sandwich combo. I got The Caplansky Salad as a side. I wanted something green but I didn’t want the typical salad. The Caplansky Salad offered me just that. I enjoyed it as a side salad but I would probably add smoked turkey or salmon to it id I had it as a full salad.

    The second time I went, I was there for brunch and ordered from the ‘All day breakfast’ part of the menu. I had the Omelet du Caplansky. I love omelets and I’m trying to find the city’s best omelet (Midi Bistro ranks #1 for me at the moment). My partner had The Leaning Tower of Caplansky and let me tell you, it was stacked! I can’t remember too much about my second experience there but the food was delicious as usual. I really recommend going back to try their all-day breakfast items.

    • Brian
      February 15, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      Sounds like you had a great time Shirley. Caplansky’s for breakfast eh? I have got to keep that in mind. I still miss Hoof’s Cafe. One of the best spot in Toronto.. have you been?

  2. Shirley
    February 15, 2012 at 2:23 pm

    Unfortunately I’ve never been. I was very disappointed it closed before I had the opportunity to try the place out.

    I’m looking forward to more food reviews! Keep up the great work!

    • Brian
      February 16, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      Thanks Shirley, we’re always open to suggestions too. Please feel free to Like us on Facebook and share this website. Let’s find a new brunch place soon. =)

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