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Yitz's Deli: Comfort Food at Eglinton and Avenue

Posted by Tanja / Reviewed on February 22, 2008 / review policy

Pastrami Sandwich at Yitz's Deli
Standing at the chilly corner of Eglinton West & Avenue Rd, the bright lights of Yitz's deli appear like a mirage in the midst of another blizzard. No surprise, of course, as nothing could be more appealing with all this winter weather than good ol' stick-to-your-ribs comfort food.

Shuffling through the sausage-handled doors and past the bustling bakery entranceway, my friends and I settle into the back of this 35-year-old Toronto landmark and order up favourites from all over the menu.

Matzo Ball Soup

Cabbage Borscht and Matzo Ball Soup ($3.95 per bowl) help with our defrosting and are both quite good. The borscht was a little thinner on the cabbage than we'd hoped for, but overall, decent.



Latkes ($3.95) are thick and crunchy, but way heavier than your average latkes thanks to a mix of potato and matzo. Dubbed 'hockey pucks' by the guys at the table, they tasted really good, but were heavy enough to make us consider cancelling our entrees (word to the wise).


Another appetizer dish, Gefilte Fish ($3.95), arrives and receives a cold reception from the team.

Gefilte Fish

Served with picked vegetables and traditional horseradish on the side, this fish patty dish had potential but, frankly, was just too cold. The entire piece was fridge frosty with the centre of it almost ice cold. Perhaps it was just our aversion to the outside weather, but we weren't feeling this one.

Vegetable Loaf
A serving of Vegetable Loaf ($10.95), on the other hand, is thankfully much warmer. Served with carrots and seriously delicious kasha, it doesn't seem like much on the plate, but like the hockey pucks- err, latkes, it's heavier than it looks. The chopped veggies are bound by matzo flour and egg, making this a filling dinner. Stick-to-your-ribs indeed.


Lastly, (pictured at the top) a carnivore's dream: Yitz's pastrami sandwich ($6.75), reminds us why we like this place. Freshly sliced meats in such abundance that even the rye can barely sit atop the sandwich. A good deal, and in our case, a good take-home choice for tomorrow's lunch!

Crazy sausage handled doors at Yitz's Deli

Yitz's Deli



Jon Gale / June 8, 2009 at 10:47 am
My most recent visit will be my last. Cold soup, mediocre about going downhill!!
Jon Gale / June 8, 2009 at 10:49 am
My most recent visit will be my last....cold soup, lousy sandwich....awful!
Marc Bernstein / November 26, 2009 at 10:01 am
Pretencious Chowhound Snob! I love Yitzes,have loved it for many years.
Christina Yaczinsky / May 27, 2010 at 12:12 am
Awful experience!
I tried several dishes from here, including some fruit pies - all with a mediocre taste, to put it nicely.
The worst thing ever: a chicken-potato pie, something looking like a samosa: after a couple of tiny chicken bones, I found a thread of hair. This is definitely not my idea of a fortune cookie, not even in the Yitz style. Unless a great famine hits Toronto and this remains the only place selling food, I will never return here.
The only nice place about Yitz: the sausage-shaped door handles.
David / July 2, 2010 at 04:07 pm
The worst experience we had with a restaurant. We ordered a chicken knish and a bread pudding. The knish had only 2-3 tiny pieces of chicken, but the worst is the bread pudding. I found the mold growing on top the bread pudding, and found more when I cut it into pieces to see if there is any inside. I called the waitress to show her the mold and she said it cannot be because it was baked on thet morning! She called the baker and he denied that it is mold and they said it might be the egg! I am 100% sure that it was mold because of the green color and the texture (I work with fungus and mold everyday at work). She said they are not charging us for the bread pudding! and will throw it out but she didn't and took it to the back of the counter and then to the kitchen, probably to use it in another bread pudding! No appologies or offer after what happend. Very poor food and service. Never visit again.
Danny / August 25, 2010 at 01:50 pm
The Toronto Star's Amy Pataki recently did a review on this place that was printed in the Aug. 19 paper. It's really gone downhill apparently. New owners perhaps to blame?

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