Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

I think that I might be the only person from New York who has never eaten at a deli. Crazy, I know! That’s why when I took my family for a vacation to Florida I decided it was time to introduce ourselves to a real delicatessen.

The only reason why I started thinking about delis was because of the recent love affair my oldest boy had with sandwiches. After a not so long search I found TooJays Gourmet Deli with sandwiches, salads and soups. It sounded way too good.

Why TooJays Gourmet Deli is a Super Fun Place To Eat in Florida


When I found TooJays I was concerned about its location, I wanted to have one near where we were staying. No need to worry, they had so many locations throughout the State of Florida that chances were there was one near us.

DisclosureTMOMBy the time we arrived we were starving. I wanted to try it all. I never visited a deli but I knew about them and had talked about it with my husband before. This was the reason why we had to have a taste of all things deli.

The great thing about delis is that they are really affordable. This allowed us to 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. So I got one as well as the soup du jour which was “Tomato Dill” plus a plate of their homemade rye bread that every table gets.

Being a Jew the Matzo ball soup whet my appetite and I had to get some potato latkas (pancakes). I had’t had these in decades. This is a very typical dish in Russia as well and not living with my parents for so long, I forgot how delicious they were.

Then it was time for the true fun, the specialties. We ordered the Cranberry and Almond Chicken Spinach Salad as a light start. My husband had never tried cranberries before, so it was the perfect time for him to do it.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Finally! The Sandwiches – This is the main reason we came here

We didn’t want to get too creative with my baby so we got him the Sirloin Sliders. Four come on a plate and we ordered two with cheese and two without.

Then for the rest of us we got a wide selection. First the Rachel which is similar to the Reuben. The difference was that the Rachel has slow cured pastrami and the Reuben corned beef. Second was their signature, called Triple J Sandwich. It had: Corned beef, roast beef, turkey and Swiss cheese rolled with lots of Cole slaw and Russian dressing. It was so differently delicious.

I read Brisket on the menu and didn’t know what it was, so of course I had to order it! Their Briskets had the added deliciousness of a latka. I was told that typical ones don’t.

As if that wasn’t gluttonous enough, we didn’t pass up their dessert menu. Plus it was my boys’ reward for being so good while mama and papa ate so much food.

The boys got brownies, my husband had an éclair and I had a Napoleon cake – A very Russian treat!

It might sound like a lot. But we barely touched the tip of the iceberg of the food that they offer.

The best part was how good the boys were. They were so interested in tasting a bit of everything that they never got bored. Plus, sitting at a corner booth allowed us to get some privacy without bothering the neighboring diners.

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

Photo credit: Marina K. Villatoro /Gringa TravelingMom

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.