The Best Delis in Toronto
The best delis in Toronto (Jewish style delis that is) are temples to time-tested traditions of meat and mustard stacked on rye bread. They are casual places devoted to towering heaps of briney, smoked beef served with ritualistic sides of pickles, coleslaw and soul-warming classics like matzah ball soup. While many line the Bathurst Street borscht belt, there are at least a couple nosh-worthy destinations elsewhere in the GTA.
Here are the best delis in Toronto.
This neo-retro College Street deli pays reverence to the old ways, smoking and pickling beef in house, carving meat to order and crafting thick sandwiches on rye. Reviving recipes that would make Bubbie proud, the menu also features homestyle Jewish comfort foods like matzah ball soup, chopped liver and kishka. More »
This Thornhill deli has been in business since 1988 and does everything from fatty handcut smoked meat sandwiches on double rye to chopped salads, breakfast platters and soul foods like cabbage rolls. Situated in an unassuming strip mall, expect to find the place bustling and perpetually packed for breakfast, lunch and dinner. More »
This brand spanking new kosher (not just kosher-style) deli on Bathurst is barely three months old but has already developed a steady following of regulars. Here, the meat is butchered, brined and smoked on-site resulting in tender, juicy sandwiches stacked high between pillowy rye bread. Note they observe the Sabbath weekly and all Jewish holidays, so it's best to check their hours before you head over. More »
Wanna talk about chutzpah? After selling off the family business (no. 7 below), Lorne Pancer opened this new Richmond Hill delicatessen, again under the family name. The recipes are all new, but the seasoned deli-master has a lifetime of experience to draw on. Here, classic sandwiches are made to order and house smoked meat is available on platters or by the pound. This deli also delivers to lucky 905ers. More »
This Sheppard and Bathurst stalwart has been serving up classic deli sandwiches and sides since 1975. Go here for the brisket and have it single (lean) or double layered (ribboned with fat) or select from all the standard brined beefs. If feeling like a fresser, have your sandwich Wolf-sized for a triple decker tower of meat, bread and mustard. More »
This shopworn Mississauga delicatessen has been serving up the best west-end ruben and baby back sandwiches for 30+ years. The well-loved diner has stood the test of time with a classic menu boasting overloaded sandwiches, chopped salads and cherry cheesecake. More »
This Toronto institution was sold back in 2010 to a longtime customer who purchased the generations-old recipes along with the Bathurst Street address and everything in it. The deli has seen some updates in recent years, but the pastrami and smoked meat sandwiches are as satisfying as they ever were. More »
While the Vaughan location is still young, the Corned Beef House on Adelaide has been an Entertainment District institution since 1978. The deli is best known for two fisted corned beef and smoked meat sandwiches served with a pickle spear on the side. More »
This old school deli at Toronto's north edge is well loved by locals for soul foods like kishka doused in gravy and platters of liver and fried onions. The menu includes the full array of delicious, house-brined beef sandwiches too, including pastrami, smoked meat and corned beef loaded on to rye with yellow mustard. More »