Quality food, top-flight service and upscale decor are synonymous with Shopsy's Deli, and this location at Front and Yonge is no exception. Its ... More
Quality food, top-flight service and upscale decor are synonymous with Shopsy's Deli, and this location at Front and Yonge is no exception. Its perfect location near the Hummingbird Centre, Union Station, the Hockey Hall of Fame and BCE Place make it ideal for a breakfast or lunch break. Try their classic Reuben, Reuben or triple decker BLT, and you'll know exactly why Shopsy's has been a Toronto institution since 1921.
I went with a friend for a Saturday lunch. I was surprised to see a "threadbare" ambience with cracked vinyl coverings on the benches. My friend's potatoes and b'fast sausages were "not fresh" and my coleslaw looked transparent - like it had soaked up a lot of the condiments. My tuna salad was unremarkable - blah. Since I had suggested Shopsy's based on my CNE experiences at the food building - I was disappointed. It almost seemed as the attitude was like tourist traps that just shove food at clients, not caring for return business. I do not plan on going back but I am saddened that Front Street loses some of its fun atmosphere with such a lacklustre experience. -- On the positive side: it is 24 hours later and we have not experienced food poisoning.
I'm an American living in Southern California. I used to visit Toronto quite a bit in the mid to late 90's. It's a gorgeous city, but the one thing I miss the most is that Shopsy's experience. What an incredible restaurant. Everything you expect a Jewish deli to be, but with character to boot. Oh how I miss their Reuben sandwiches. To this day, I tell all my friends and family that they must visit Toronto one day, and be sure to stop by Shopsy's for the best sandwiches in the world (oh, and bring me back a reuben).
My wife and I just got back to Powell River B.C. after a week in Toronto. We already miss SHOPSY'S!! I took her there for lunch twice while we were there and she couldn't believe how good the food was. We had the corned beef on rye and VERNOR'S diet ginger ale. I had told her about it, as I was raised in Toronto and knew about it. She really liked it and was talking about it for days. It's too bad they don't have one out here in B.C. I know it would go over great!
Thanks Shopsy's , You made our trip.
Gary & Connie
Powell River, B.C.
My husband two children and I had great breakfasts there while we were staying at the nearby Holiday Inn - the breakfasts set us up for the day and was great value for money. The staff were very pleasant and would chat about where we came from and seemed genuinely interested in talking to us
I hadn't been to Shopsy's for several years because I live and work in suburbia. Today I happened to be downtown and bought a Corned Beef on Rye to go. The beef was melt in your mouth soft and the bread was fresh. The portion was substantial but I could still have had another if I had more time. With taxes, the sandwich was about $6 CDN. I highly recommend Shopsy's.
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