FOOD TOUR: Smoked Meat, Poutine, Fried Chicken, Waffles… Heart Attack

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?

Hot Smoked Meat Sandwich (Regular Size $8)

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.

Smoked Meat Poutine (Side $5)

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.

Caplansky’s Deli
Dress Code: Casual
Address: 356 College Street West, Toronto, ON M5T 1S6 (east of Bathurst)
Phone: 416-500-3852

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Stockyards Fried Chicken Dinner – 4 pieces of buttermilk marinated chicken served with fries, coleslaw and hot sauce ($14)

Well seasoned, super crispy skin and juicy pieces of chicken. Mm Mm Good! I still prefer Popeyes’ Cajun spicy chicken though.

The Stockyards Smokehouse & Larder
Dress Code:
Address: 699 St. Clair Avenue West, Toronto ON M6C 1B2 (west of Bathurst)
Phone: 416-658-9666

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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I’m not sure whether this place this exists or not, as their website is no longer active… errr… maybe these artists really were starving.

Pineapple Banana Crunch – coconut waffles with banana, pineapple, whipped cream, topped with coconut shreds and peanut chunks (can’t remember but around $10)

These cute miniature waffles were very light and fluffy, but could have used a sweeter touch with a scoop of French Vanilla ice cream.

Pears ‘n Blackberries – chocolate waffles loaded with sautéed pears, fresh whipped cream and blackberries (can’t remember but around $10)

These tiny waffles were way too soggy, probably from the pear juice.

Starving Artist
Dress Code:
Address: 584 Lansdowne Avenue, Toronto ON M6H 3Y6 (north of Bloor)
Phone: 647-342-5058

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