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“Great Rueben!”

Shapiro's Delicatessen
Ranked #10 of 2,355 Restaurants in Indianapolis
Certificate of Excellence
Price range: $0 - $14
Cuisines: American, Delicatessen
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Good for: Local cuisine, Kids, Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Dinner, Lunch, Brunch, Breakfast, Highchairs Available, Parking Available, Seating, Takeout, Wheelchair Accessible
Yorktown, Virginia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 67 helpful votes
“Great Rueben!”
Reviewed October 11, 2013 via mobile

We had a day to kill in downtown Indy so we decided to stop by after it was suggested by some family members. We shared a Reuben and it did not disappoint! We also tried the mac n cheese after reading several reviews. The mac n cheese was average but the Rueben was top notch as well as the service. Everyone should try this place at least once!

Visited October 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
“What a surprise! What a breakfast!”
Reviewed October 11, 2013

A large cafeteria style deli with great food and excellent help from the staff. Not to be missed for breakfast or lunch and don't miss the rhubarb pie...especially for breakfast!

  • Visited September 2013
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
“A Must eat!”
Reviewed October 10, 2013

Shapiors is an Indy fixture! You must stop by if in town or if u live here as I do ! It is on my hit list! I must have some at least once a month! The food is good & comforting! Love their German potato salad! Desserts are great too!

  • Visited September 2013
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Newborn, Georgia
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common_n_restaurant_reviews_1bd8 64 helpful votes
“107 years of schmaltz”
Reviewed October 2, 2013

Apparently this deli has been around since 1905, and for good reason. Fourth generation running it now and they have whatever makes your little heart go pitter patter for soul satisfying Kosher food.
Growing up in/around Detroit I've been to my fair share of Jewish deli's. Some just good, but most have been great. Shapiro's is up there.
They have more of the cafeteria feel then a "real" deli, but the food is still quite good.

I opted for the ruben since that is what I was told they were known for. The filling was ample, and so was the price of the sandwich $12.50. They executed construction of the sandwich properly (layer of saurkraut between the corned beef keeps the bread from getting soggy). However, the major draw back to the ruben is that it is not grilled long enough. A ruben should be grilled until the cheese just begins to melt, and the meat is heated above room temp to very warm. This one had neither. Yes the bread was a bit crunchy from the gill, but even the top layer of cheese (3 slices----good job) did not begin to melt. Major faux pas when it comes to ruben construction MAJOR. Especially since this is their signature sandwich.
The rhubarb pie was superb. It was cook properly with enough chunks of rhubarb in there to give you a nice mouth feel (as opposed to being cooked down to a mush).

Matzo ball soup: I am a purist. Matzo ball soup should contain nothing more than a very large matzo ball floating in a pool of chicken stock/consumee. Shapir's soup has thin noodles, fresh carrot and celery. All of the latter is just guilding the lily. Plus the broth wasn't as strong flavored as I think it should be. Was it good? Yes, very much so. Could it have been better? Absolutely. Sometimes less is more.

Pricey place for lunch though. $46+ for three people for lunch (not including tip). Excessive I think.

  • Visited October 2013
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“Good, simple food”
Reviewed September 15, 2013

We were told we should try Shapiro's so we did. If you're looking for a fancy place to eat, this isn't it. It is simple, clean and great for a low key place to eat. It probably gets busier for lunch but on a Tuesday evening, it was quite which was just fine.

We were instructed to try their dessert. So we ended up with just a half a sandwich and a dessert which was just the right amount. The chocolate cake was delicious!

If you're looking for a low key, in-expensive place to eat downtown, this is it.

Visited September 2013
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