Confession time – I am probably the only New Yorker who has never eaten at a gourmet deli. Crazy, I know! So when my family and I traveled in Florida I decided it was time to introduce my kids to a real delicatessen.
The main reason why delis even came up on my radar was because my oldest son found a new love – sandwiches (one of my favorite things to eat as well). After some searching TooJays Gourmet Deli kept coming up as the top choice for the best sandwiches, salads and soups and sounded way too good.
Why TooJays Gourmet Deli is a Super Fun Place To Eat in Florida
When I stumbled upon TooJays my biggest concern was that there wouldn’t be one near where we were staying. No need to worry, TooJays has so many locations scattered all throughout the state that chances are there was one near us.
We arrived absolutely starving and ready to try it all. Even though I never personally ate at a deli, I knew all about them. And talked it up to my husband so much that we had to have a taste of all things deli.
But the other great thing about delis – they are super affordable and you can enjoy multiple dishes for the price of one main dish at any other restaurant.
So we went a bit crazy.
You can’t visit a deli and not have the matzo ball soup.
And I also got the soup du jour – which was Tomato Dill – yum. I love dill!
Every table gets a plate of their homemade rye bread.
Next, my jew tastes buds now awakened by the Matzo balls, I had to have some potato latkas (pancakes). I haven’t had these in decades. This is a very typical dish in Russian households as well. And not living with my parents, I forgot how delicious they were.
And now the fun begins. I always love to taste the specialities of the places I visit. After the soups we ordered a salad – The Cranberry and Almond Chicken Spinach Salad was a light start and so flavorful. The reason we ordered this one is because my hubby never tried cranberries and this was a perfect intro for him.
The Sandwiches – this is the main reason we came here in the first place
For my baby we didn’t want to be too creative and ordered the Sirloin Sliders. Four come on a plate and we ordered two with cheese and two without.
The Rachel which is extremely similar to the Reuben and so delicious. The main difference is that the Rachel has slow cured pastrami rather than corn beef.
The signature sandwich of TooJays however is called Triple J Sandwich. You’re wondering what it is right? Here it goes: Corned beef, roast beef, turkey and Swiss cheese rolled with lots of Cole slaw and Russian dressing. At first I was a bit weary of it, but one bite is all you need. It was so differently delicious.
Another confession – Brisket. I didn’t even know what this was. So of course, I had to have a taste. Besides, their briskets aren’t like the typical ones (as I was told) they had the added deliciousness of a latka. Now I’m sure I’ll never like plain briskets.
And to be totally gluttonous their dessert menu was too good to pass up. Besides I promised the boys sweet stuff for putting up with their mama and papa eating so much food. For the boys we got brownies.
My husband had an eclair
And I couldn’t help myself and had a Napoleon cake – this is a very Russian treat
Funny enough we barely touched the iceberg of food that they offer. They have menus for all meals and occasions.
The best part of it all. Even though we spent a couple of hours enjoying our food, the kids never got bored. They were into tasting all the goodies we got. Plus, the kids menus entertained them for a while. And sitting in a corner booth allowed them to burn off some energy without bothering the neighboring diners.
TooJay’s History and Fun Facts
As with most places we visit, I love to learn about the history and backstory. And TooJay’s is no stranger to that.
Jay Brown and Mark Jay Katzenberg founded the first restaurant in 1981 on the island of Palm Beach.
TooJay’s began as a modest New York Style delicatessen.
One year later they opened a second location in Palm Beach Gardens, Fl.
Then a third in Lake Worth.
Over the years, TooJay’s has grown to become a Florida institution boasting 24 locations throughout the state with over 1100 employees.
It specializes in New York style delicatessen favorites.
TooJay’s has garnered more than 50 readers’ choice awards.