Toronto Restaurant Closures

Katz's Deli | North York: NOW CLOSED

**Update: Katz's Deli closed on May 31st, 2019 after 49 years in business.** Driving past the Cinespace on Kipling recently I noticed the iconic sign in the lot. I'm sure we will see it pop up in a production at some point. Full review from Januaryh 2019 below. Rosie :)


My dad and I have been eating our way through Toronto and the GTA since I was a little girl. Trying new restaurants was always a wonderful way to explore the city and discover new delicious places to eat. Recently we decided to embark on a deli crawl and check out every. single. deli. in. the. city. Where better to begin than Katz's on Dufferin?


The perfect deli lunch... corned beef on rye, pickles and a Vernors gingerale:


Knish special:


The deli salads and pickles all look so good. Coleslaw, potato, macaroni, carrot, cucumber, bean salad...


It's been there since before I was born and it's great. They have all the meats including beef tongue and they only use Canadian beef. They also only use Ontario cucumbers to make their amazing dill pickles. And they are good at the pickle-making... Katz's cranks out over 7000 pounds of pickles every year. The perfect way to start our Toronto deli crawl. Katz's is open Monday to Saturday from 8:30am to 8:30pm at 3300 Dufferin Street. Rosie :)

Free Waffles at Cacao 70 in Richmond Hill

**UPDATE: The Richmond Hill location of Cacao 70 has closed.**

Calling all chocoholics! There is a brand new location of chocolate paradise Cacao 70 opening in Richmond Hill this Saturday March 3rd... and they are giving away free waffles to celebrate their grand opening from 10AM - 5PM! Also, if you buy something on March 3rd, half the money will be donated to Yellow Brick Road, a charity that supports abused women and children. Cacao 70 is so delicious... they are known for their absolutely decadent drinking chocolate... a must try for chocolate lovers! Rosie :)


Caplansky's Deli | College Street: NOW CLOSED

**Update: After a 2016 lockout by its landlord, a court order allowed Caplansky's on College to reopen a month later. But the business did not recover and closed permanently in January 2018.**

So glad the deli king is back in business! Zane Caplansky made news in June when he had to get an injunction against his landlord for terminating the restaurant's lease because of failure "to effect repairs not authorized by the landlord." Caplansky said it was completely out of order, fought it, and now he's back making the best deli food in the city. And it's a good thing because Toronto was freaking out. The 6ix needs their smoked meat fix... where is Beyonce supposed to nosh when she's in town? This is the OG location of Caplansky's and the food is great whether you dine in or take it to go, which we did. My little man's favourite are the perfectly fried potato latkes, which did not make it home.


We all fight over the deep fried pickles, which are beer battered and served with dill sauce:


What I love most about the hot knish pocket is the smoked meat gravy that comes on the side. The pockets are filled with smoked meat, schmaltz onions, potato and spices.


THE REUBENESQUE. It's perfect.


The Fat Sam Grand Slam is a sandwich with ALL THE MEATS, piled on double rye which is my fave bread.


Toronto food truck foodies know and love the Bubby Doris, Caplansky's food truck named for his bubby, which is Yiddish for grandmother. It's a favourite at events all over the GTA.



There is a lovely patio at Caplansky's on College which is in the heart of Harbord Village in downtown Toronto. Wonderful vibe to go along with the authentic food. The deli king rules! Rosie :)


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The Earl of Whitchurch | Stouffville: NOW CLOSED

For many of us, the point of going to a pub is to have a cold delicious pint. Now, there is certainly no shortage of excellent local beers to choose from at the Earl of Whitchurch, but we were there for the food. This is a pub for people who like to eat, and eat WELL. The mac 'n cheese burger is huge and juicy and really quite beautiful to behold.


West City Snack Bar in Etobicoke: NOW CLOSED

I love telling you about great new places to eat on the west side of Toronto. Sometimes they pop up without much fanfare and you don't even realize there is a new restaurant serving amazing Jack and Coke sliders on Horner Avenue. West City Snack Bar is a delicious new lunch spot in south Etobicoke with creative menu items that change up regularly.


Appalachia Smokehouse & BBQ | South Etobicoke

**Update: Both locations of Appalachia, this one on the Queensway and the one on the Lakeshore, are now permanently closed.**

Do you love slow smoked BBQ all smothered with delicious sauce? Appalachia is the real deal. The brisket, pulled pork and chicken sandwiches are seasoned with a signature house rub and piled on fresh brioche buns.


The baby back ribs are outstanding. Keep in mind you can only get these after 5pm.


All the sides are made in-house. Love the baked beans and the sweet potato fries. Coleslaw comes with every sandwich.

Appalachia ribs

So awesome to have such authentic BBQ in south Etobicoke. Rosie :)