I’m thinking of starting a new category of post here on Dining with Donald. I think I would call it: “Restos replacing Restos.” First I did the Palm Tree (Rasoi), then it was Nick’s on Broadway(selFISH Sushi), and now it’s Sherbrook Street Delicatessen(Fitzroy). Plus Clay Oven(Fresh Cafe) is soon to be opening in the Hydro Building downtown.
Like Palm Tree, Sherbrook Street Delicatessen is a restaurant where I hadn’t tried the previous tenant’s food. I had heard a lot of buzz surrounding Fitzroy, but had never made it in. So, I can’t lament what was lost, only praise what is there now.
Now, not all the buzz I had heard about the Sherbrook Street Delicatessen was entirely positive. I heard that it was a place that just sold expensive sandwiches. The sandwiches are indeed not cheap, but they are good value. Plus the food is fantastic.
I went in for the first time late Saturday morning. My intention was to order myself one of the sandwich platters. However, when my server came by she asked if I was aware of their breakfast special. This special consists of a choice of one of their deli meat options, 2 eggs, 2 potato pancakes and rye toast. Being a breakfast lover I decided to go with the special. I chose the smoked meat option.
I am, as readers will know, a die-hard lover of crispy bacon. I will state it here, that I would choose this smoked meat over the best crispy bacon I’ve had, 101 times out of a 100. It was just that good. It was moist, flavourful, and lean all at the same time. I was able to add a little hot mustard. That was probably my favourite thing on the menu. I could quite easily drink it straight from the bottle.
I also had the coffee to go along with breakfast. It’s a bottomless cup, and one of the things I liked about it, was that the cup itself is quite large. I like that, because when a place is busy, and your order might take a little bit longer, you can enjoy the coffee without needing a refill after two sips. I also liked the fact that it was piping hot.
I was in the mood to indulge myself a little, and so I decided to add a little sweet touch to my breakfast. I ordered the cheese blintzes with blueberry sauce. The blintzes were good and thin and packed full of cottage cheese, On top of this was ladled a generous helping of blueberry sauce. It was a wonderful ending to breakfast.
Sherbrook Street Delicatessen, Lunch:
Having enjoyed my breakfast, I couldn’t wait to try lunch. So the next day I went in for a late lunch. One reason for this was I wanted to visit once when it was off-peak, having gone at breakfast when there was a constant stream of customers dining in or getting take-out. Plus, although I enjoyed watching the chefs at work when I sat at the counter, I wanted to try table service as well.
I already knew what I was going to have when I arrived at the restaurant. When my server arrived I said don’t bother with a menu because I know what I’m going to have. At that moment I ran into my first disappointment. I was going to try the Pickled Tongue Sandwich Platter, but alas they were all out of the Pickled Tongue. This was only a minor disappointment to me, as I was already aware that they had been busier than they expected. It happens with new restaurants.
I didn’t have to hesitate long, as I changed my order to the Salami Sandwich. I had watched the salami being sliced on Saturday, and this looked like a good choice. I added a bowl of Matzoh Ball Soup to the sandwich platter. While I waited I discovered what would be my second disappointment. There were no pickles to be found in the Sherbrook Street Delicatessen.
The soup came first. It was a delicately seasoned chicken broth, with a couple of Matzoh balls, chicken, carrots, celery, and a little dill. I really liked the fact that the vegetables still had some degree of crispness to them.
I mentioned at the beginning that while the prices may be a little higher they still offer real good value. A close-up of the salami sandwich below should offer a good explanation of what I mean. That is one big pile of salami.
The sandwich platter comes with hand cut potato chips. If you like chips for their salty goodness, you’ll find plenty of it in this platter. The coleslaw is also real good. It comes with an oil and vinegar dressing. Unlike the coleslaw I got at Nick’s, this coleslaw is all thriller no filler. There was only a tiny little bit of dressing at the bottom of my bowl, and that was after an almost overfull bowl.
I am definitely going to be making more trips to the Sherbrook Street Delicatessen. If for no other reason than to try that pickled tongue and at least one of those pickles. I was also really impressed by the service. While still sorting out some of the recent opening jitters, the overarching theme was a desire to make sure they get things right for the customer. Plus, if things get rushed and your order lingers a bit, there is plenty of art reflecting the history of Winnipeg up on the deli’s wall.
Here’s to many years of having a deli on the south end of Sherbrook.