Brunch is my favourite meal on the weekend!  So when we had a free Sunday morning from our usual dragonboat practice, my friend “I” suggested brunch.  The tough thing about brunch is that most places don’t take reservations, which is a shame because most of us tend to go for brunch in groups larger than 2.  We arrived at Caplansky’s and had to wait for about 30 minutes but well worth it.  We were seated in the centre area of the deli.  The menu, of course, is very Jewish influenced so you won’t find pork served in this place!  But there is definitely no shortage of meat here.  This was my first time here even though I did eat from his food truck, Thunderin’ Thelma, at the Niagara Food Truck Festival last summer.  Asking the server what she would recommend as my first dish at Caplansky’s, I chose the classic Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich!  The meat is cut pretty thick and served on Silverstein’s rye bread.  I squirted a bit of plain old yellow mustard (I’m not a big fan of dijon, unless its in a dressing) and took a big bite.  I’m no expert when it comes to Montreal smoked meat but this tasted pretty good!  It was moist and full of spice, exactly what you would expect from a Montreal smoked meat sandwich.   The best part of the meal was the dessert – yes, dessert at brunch!  We ordered the maple bacon (not from pork) donuts……devine!  Just like how I remembered them since last summer……crispy exterior, dense with cubes of bacon and drizzled with maple syrup!  A perfect ending to brunch!

Inside Caplansky's

Inside Caplansky’s


Knish – puff pastry stuffed with smoked meat, potato and spices served with gravy, YUM!

Smoked Meat Poutine

Smoked Meat Poutine…..enough said 🙂

Smoked Meat Sandwich

The famous Smoked Meat Sandwich!

Maple Bacon Donuts

Maple Bacon Donuts – tasty!  Seriously one of the best donuts I’ve eaten!






  • patinaandcompany patinaandcompany April 22, at 09:53

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  • Jasmeen Jasmeen April 22, at 19:22

    This deli was on Diners, Drive-ins and Dives last week....

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