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Shapiro's Deli Cafeteria

808 S. Meridian, Indianapolis, IN - (317) 631-4041
Posted By Rocky Enfield on 12/19/2011 10:31:00 AM
After mayor al said that it was the best sandwich within 500 miles it meant that I just had to go to Shapiro's for lunch. When we got there we knew we were in for a treat because the line was so long. So many things looked fabulous but I had already decided before I got there that I was in the mood for a Rueben. I was wishing that I could get a half of a Rueben and a half of a pastrami but I couldn't (they don't sell the Rueben in halves) and it wasn't until after I had my food that I found out I could have solved my quandery by ordering a pastrami Rueben. Nevertheless, when I got my Rueben I recevied an immense sandwich that was satisying in every way except one (the corned beef was a bit dry for my taste), otherwise it was near perfection. Thick and delicious with the right amount of kraut and dressing where everything worked together in perfect harmony to make a great Rueben.



I had a side of marinated mushrooms that were just OK (could have gotten the same in any supermarket) and an incredible slice of butterscotch praline pie. I was going to forgo the dessert but I just couldn't resist trying a slice of a pie that I had never heard of before. My curiosity was rewarded. This pie was spectacular! The sweetness of the filling was perfectly balanced by the tangy, slightly sour cream topping. Without the topping the pie would have been overly sweet but together it was great.

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5 - Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
Overall: Legendary - Worth driving from anyplace
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Hot corned beef on thick slabs of Shapiro's own rye bread: there's no better deli sandwich.
"Hot corned beef on thick slabs of Shapiro's own rye bread: there's no better deli sandwich. "
Michael Stern





Jewish delis are not known for excellent pie, but Indiana is. The custard pie at Shapiro's is first-rate.
"Jewish delis are not known for excellent pie, but Indiana is. The custard pie at Shapiro's is first-rate."
Michael Stern


A popular place to eat three meals a day, Shapiro's reflects central Indiana's rich lode of cafeteria-style dining.
"A popular place to eat three meals a day, Shapiro's reflects central Indiana's rich lode of cafeteria-style dining."
Michael Stern


Famous for its corned beef sandwiches, Shapiro's also makes one fine corned beef omelet at breakfast time. Note the extra-thick hunks of rye toast on top.
"Famous for its corned beef sandwiches, Shapiro's also makes one fine corned beef omelet at breakfast time. Note the extra-thick hunks of rye toast on top."
Michael Stern


Matzoh brei, aka a matzoh omelet is a mix of eggs and softened crackers. Note the extra-thick slices of rye toast in the background.
"Matzoh brei, aka a matzoh omelet is a mix of eggs and softened crackers. Note the extra-thick slices of rye toast in the background."
Michael Stern


A close view of matzoh brei shows its textural variety.
"A close view of matzoh brei shows its textural variety."
Michael Stern


Indianapolis is a city of big cafeterias. Shapiro's Deli is no exception. This picture was taken as breakfast began. Lunchtime, every table will be occupied.
"Indianapolis is a city of big cafeterias. Shapiro's Deli is no exception. This picture was taken as breakfast began. Lunchtime, every table will be occupied."
Michael Stern


Kosher style as opposed to kosher means that meat and dairy products are both available. But pork is not.
"Kosher style as opposed to kosher means that meat and dairy products are both available. But pork is not."
Michael Stern


House made Rye bread and juicy pastrami.
"House made Rye bread and juicy pastrami."
Kendall


Shapiro's is kosher-style, not actually kosher. Nonetheless, pork is excluded from the menu. If you want bacon with breakfast, you get a choice of turkey bacon or beef bacon, the latter pictured above. It's not bad, but it's not really bacon.
"Shapiro's is kosher-style, not actually kosher. Nonetheless, pork is excluded from the menu. If you want bacon with breakfast, you get a choice of turkey bacon or beef bacon, the latter pictured above. It's not bad, but it's not really bacon."
Michael Stern



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