We were craving a quick soup + sandwich combo for lunch, and happened to be near Solly’s Bagelry on the corner of West 7th & Yukon (near one of my favorite places, Whole Foods Cambie). Bonus: We discovered they provide free parking, which we accessed via 7th Ave.
Apart from this Mount Pleasant location, Solly’s Bagelry has two additional locations in Vancouver – one in Kitsilano, and the other on Main Street. This particular location is a large establishment with ample inside and outdoor seating (tables and chairs are provided on both 7th and Yukon).
Solly’s Bagelry is a Jewish family bakery and deli offering a variety of traditional baked goods like cinnamon buns, rugoleh, and knish. Savory offerings include other authentic Jewish fare such as chicken matzo ball soup, and of course their signature bagels:
The ordering procedure did not appear to be very efficient. Customers must first place their order at the end of the counter for savoury items, then they are required to order pastries at the opposite end of the counter. They also must bring their large table number holder to pay at the far side of the counter.
Pictures of Jewish celebrities as bagel table number holders are used, I’m assuming, since our #2 had a photo of actress Selma Blair.
Full Meat Deal ($11.75) – full meat sandwich combo including potato chips and a dill pickle wedge on the side. The meal includes a choice of soup or salad, so we opted for the pastrami on toasted rye bread with a Caesar salad. The ceasar salad had mushrooms tossed within, which was unexpected.
Another pastrami on rye full meat deal, this time with black bean soup, and we added at Latke ($1.25). Both sandwiches included generous portions of very tender meat. The black bean soup was hearty and delicious, and really tasted homemade. I had never tried a latke before (basically a shallow-fried grated potato pancake), but it is was rather tasty.
Lunch for two people ended up costing approximately $30 including tax. The price seemed a tad steep for just soup/salad and sandwiches. However, the quality ingredients were fresh, food was flavorful, portions were large, and we were supporting a local company. I presume you get what you pay for!