According to my friend O, Grumans Catering and Delicatessen used to be pretty sketchy looking from the outside until recently (they did some renos due to a fire). Heck, I hadn’t even heard of it’s existence until she suggested we check it out for a late Saturday lunch. Living in Montreal taught me a few things. If you want smoked meat, you go to Schwartz’s Deli. How would Grumans compared in relation to the holy Jewish institution? Read on friend, read on.
Having just ate an early brunch at Cerezo, I wasn’t exactly starving. But I’ll never say no to trying a new place out so I went to meet up with a different group of friends that were also in town for Stampede. At least I was smart and shared two dishes with my friend. Then again, we always share. It’s the thought bro! Parking is free on the weekends in their parking lot but you have to street park on weekdays so be aware of that!
The place is very bright with crisp white and blue lines surrounding the walls. They have a lot of food/funny quotes up on the walls which I thought was pretty clever along with a smorgasbord of Bubby’s family pictures. The menu has everything you’d expect of a Jewish deli (smoked meat, reuben and matzho soup) but also has a few intriguing twists (smoked meat poutine, eggs benny and challah French toast). A little something for everyone.
Grumans reuben ($14.00)
Smoked meat, sauerkraut, swiss cheese, Russian dressing on grilled rye bread. I haven’t had a ruben for ages but this one was off the charts. The sandwich was huuuuge! Super tender, juicy smoked meat with the right amount of fat on each slice. ON POINT brah. If you’re craving a sandwich, go with this one. O wanted it all to herself, so greedy.
Challah French toast ($12.00)
Vanilla, cinnamon, sautéed bananas, nuts and a fruit salad. To combat all the smoked meat we were indulging in, we also shared the challah French toast. Best decision ever. Challah bread is the best. Brings me back to my youth where my one buddy’s mom would make it fresh out of the oven whenever I went to their place for dinner Friday nights. This one is for all the brunchies out there. The French toast was delicious – airy, fluffy and delicate. Another solid dish.
Grumans grilled special ($13.00)
All beef salami, smoked meat, mustard on grilled rye bread. Two buddies ordered the same thing (losers). One tidbit was that when our reuben came out, one bud said he wished he’d ordered ours instead. #winning.
Two other friends came late and ordered the matzho soup and smoked meat poutine. The poutine looked potent (in a good way). Forgot to mention our other buddy ordered the sundried tomato turkey breast but he ate it so fast, I couldn’t even get a picture. I don’t think you can really go wrong with ordering anything off Grumans menu. Look out for their daily specials (Tuesday – meat loaf, Wednesday – croquet, Thursday – reuben pizza, Friday – beef brisket).
They definitely give Schwartz’s a run for their money.
Grumans Catering and Delicatessen
230 – 11 Avenue SE