Let's pretend that my ongoing Toronto posts are due to an interest in the G20, which just took place there?
Ah, Caplansky's. You have to admire a guy who changes his surname from Caplan to Caplansky's just to make the name of his Jewish deli roll off the tongue a smidge more smoothly.
Also admirable is Zane Caplan(sky)'s commitment to the traditions of the Jewish-style deli. His menu contains no pork, of course, and is rich on items I haven't heard of since I was a kid, going to a Jewish day school on the South Side of Chicago. There's versht, and kishka, and knishes, and an L.E.O. on the breakfast menu, and schmaltz. Lots and lots and LOTS of schmaltz.
It's a bit intimidating just how closely they jam people together in that place. Very New Yorky of them. It was impossible not to become involved with your neighbors' small dramas.
I had an awful lot of trouble narrowing down the menu. And as it turned out, we did a pretty poor job with the ordering. Some guidance from the otherwise capable staff would have been nice, as it would have perhaps kept us from doubling up on so many things!
Poutine! and smoked meat! and liver! after the jump.