My friend decided to take me on a food tour one day, as passed down to him by his foody friend, and so on. I think we ate non-stop from about 1:30pm to 6:30pm, but it was worth it though! Here’s the run down.
CAPLANSKY’S DELI (Food Score: 80%)
I heard about Caplansky’s from an episode of CBC’s Dragon’s Den when the owner was asking for investment dollars to start a chain of food truck stations. I love Montreal smoked meat and usually only have it once every 1-2 years (that is, when I make the trip to the famous Schwartz in Montreal). Upon reading some reviews on Caplansky’s, I read some pretty mixed opinions out there on the quality and consistency of the meat… Eventually I decided I had to try this place out for myself, after all, who wouldn’t want Montreal smoked meat just a short drive south to downtown Toronto?
Caplansky’s delivered! The seasoning, flavour and portions were very comparable to Schwartz. Of course, it’s not nearly the same experience standing in line outside the mom and pop Montreal meat shop, but it was still quality meat.
This poutine was super heavy and I don’t think the smoked meat on top enhanced the flavours of this side. Wouldn’t order this again.
THE STOCKYARDS SMOKEHOUSE & LARDER (Food Score: 80%)
Well seasoned, super crispy skin and juicy pieces of chicken. Mm Mm Good! I still prefer Popeyes’ Cajun spicy chicken though.
STARVING ARTIST (Food Score: 78%)
I’m not sure whether this place this exists or not, as their website is no longer active… errr… maybe these artists really were starving.
These cute miniature waffles were very light and fluffy, but could have used a sweeter touch with a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream.
These tiny waffles were way too soggy, probably from the pear juice.
Dress Code: Casual
Address: 584 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto ON M6H 3Y6 (north of Bloor)