Restaurants Reviews and Such

Kay’s Delicatessen-William Avenue

Kay’s Delicatessen is a breakfast and lunch establishment situated on William Avenue just west of Winnipeg’s City Hall.
Every so often, as priest, I find myself needing to pick up supplies for church. Sometimes it’s wine or wafers for the Eucharist. Sometimes it’s things such as palm crosses for Palm Sunday, and sometimes it’s simply picking up an item such as a clergy shirt. There aren’t enough Anglicans in the area to justify a store dedicated to Anglican liturgical needs.

Kay's and palms
Palm crosses already made up. Along with a couple of packages of palm fronds. These are some of the items that I might pick up when visiting Stephanchew’s
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Fortunately, there’s enough similarity between Anglican and Roman Catholic practices, that I can find most of what I need at one of the local Roman Catholic church supply stores. More often than not, I head up to Stephanchew’s Church Goods on William Avenue.

Kay’s for Breakfast:

Stephanchew’s doesn’t open until 9 am, so I often try and fit in a breakfast stop along with my visit to the store. Kay’s also opens at 9, so I can either have breakfast and then visit Stephanchew’s or visit Stephanchew’s and then head down a couple of doors for breakfast at Kay’s.

I don’t know how long Kay’s has been a delicatessen, but when you walk in you get the impression that you are walking into what was once a Chinese restaurant. There are some aspects of the paneling and colouring that suggest that the establishment had once offered fried rice and wonton soup, where it now offers soup and sandwiches.

Kay fritatta
My breakfast fritatta from Kay’s

The space is wide open. There are plenty of tables and chairs, and they can be reconfigured for large groups as well as for smaller parties. I’ve been four or five times over the years (although I’m only writing about two), and I’ve never been in when the place is remotely close to full. On the other hand there always seems to be two or three tables occupied along with their take out business.
Orders at Kay’s are placed at the counter, and then you take a seat to wait for your food. The wait is rarely long, the kitchen seems to run like a well-oiled machine and food arrives at the table in good time. You won’t find anything trendy or particularly top notch on the menu at Kay’s. However, they produce honest, home style food for people trying to fit a meal into their busy day.
The ingredients in a dish like the frittata above, will feature real cheese, tomatoes, etc. The portion’s are also substantial leaving you with plenty filled at the end of your meal. With this Frittata I added an order of toast and peanut butter(not pictured).

Lunch Offerings at Kay’s

Just last week I decided I should pick up another clergy shirt as the one’s I’ve been wearing are getting a little threadbare. I can pick them up at the church supply store just down the road from St. Philip’s but I remembered that we were also in need of Priest Hosts and communion wafers for the church, so off I went to Stephanchew’s again.

Kays Deli Soup
Broccoli and Cauliflower soup with Cheese from Kays Deli.

This time around I was heading up there over the lunch hour. I went with the frittata again, and this time paired it with the soup. The soup was a cauliflower and broccoli soup with cheese. I really enjoyed the soup. while I enjoy a good, creamed soup, I also like it when the soup has chunks of vegetables. This soup had plenty of bits of both the cauliflower and broccoli in it.

Kay's Ham and Cheese Frittata
Ham and Cheese frittata

What I liked about the ham and cheese frittata was that  the ham in it seems to be little chunks of off the bone ham rather than one of those rolled hams that you pick up in the 1kg packages. The salsa on the frittata gives a nice acidic counterpoint to the creamy smoothness of the eggs.

Can of Coke from Kays Delicatessen.
Sometimes all I want is something simple like a can of Coke to go with my meal.

For a beverage at Kay’s I generally go with a can of soda. I’m a Coke drinker by preference, but every so often I”m in the mood for something along the lines of Ginger Ale. I’ve had coffee with my breakfast, and it was all right, but there is nothing particularly memorable about it.
Kay’s does a lot of takeout and catering, but one of the things they also do is take orders in advance over the phone. I experienced that at Cousin’s, where it ended up creating a bit of a delay in me receiving my order. Here, though I managed to get my order placed before the phone-in occurred. What I did notice, however, was that no sooner had the trio arrived and been seated than their orders were ready for them. Over and over, prompt service is one of the hallmarks of Kay’s

By Donald McKenzie

Anglican priest, and food blogger. This blog is focused on Food. It will feature reviews of places to eat books, and the odd recipe. I also write about what it means to gather together around food.