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TooJay's began as a modest New York-style delicatessen on the Island of Palm Beach in the spring of 1981. Started by Jay Brown and Mark Jay Katzenberg, they used the common portion of both of their names to derive the name TooJay's Gourmet Deli. One year later, a second location opened in Palm Beach Gardens, followed by a third in Lake Worth in the summer of 1984, and the rest is history.
There are currently 23 locations throughout Florida--eight in Palm Beach County, two in Broward County, two on the Treasure Coast, six in Orlando, three on the west coast of Florida, and two in The Villages, a community outside of Leesburg.
When in Orlando we visit the one in the Bay Hill Golf course area and even though it is always busy no matter what time of day we go we are promptly seated in this very well air-conditioned and spacious restaurant. It is quite convenient for Sea World and Universal so we often have breakfast there before the Parks or a meal later in the day after our visit.
Toojays is a combination of a Jewish deli, a diner, a bakery and a home-cooking restaurant. Its customers range from people having informal business meetings over a meal, a bunch of golfers after a game of golf or friends simply meeting for an enjoyable meal. Occasionally there may be some tourists there but the clientele is mainly American.
On our first visit 5 years ago some American friends suggested we meet there for breakfast. That day there was also a family meeting having breakfast to celebrate the grandmother’s birthday. This is the kind of restaurant TooJays is, providing food for a range of ages and tastes.
Be careful when ordering breakfast (this is served until 11.00am), as the portions, even by American standards, can be huge! My Mother was hungry and ordered a Breakfast combo. A very large plate arrived stacked with sausage, bacon, eggs etc and was accompanied by another large plate piled high with waffles. Needless to say she did not finish it! My Dad usually opts for one of the many bagels served with fish whilst the girls and I usually choose one of their wide varieties of omelettes. I am particularly fond of the Deli Western which includes corn beef. All omelette dishes come with choice of home fries, grits or oatmeal and of course toast. Surprisingly a breakfast at TooJays in comfortable surroundings and great food is usually only the same price as you pay in the All You Can Eat Breakfasts that are so popular throughout Orlando.
If you visit Toojays at lunchtime or later in the day you'll be hard pressed to make a decision when presented the menu. My daughter always has to start with the Chicken Noodle soup (no trip to Orlando is complete without this) and like all the other soups this is served in a cup or a bowl. Try the French Onion soup smothered with cheese, it is delicious.
You can't go wrong with the sandwiches; made on fresh bread-the rye is incredible. Amongst our favourites is the Triple J. This includes Corn Beef, Roast Beef, Turkey and Swiss Cheese. We also like the Ultimate Brisket, which is a combination of Braised Brisket, onions and horseradish sauce topped with melted cheese. You can if you prefer choose your own sandwich combination and many of the sandwiches are served with French fries.
There are also a great salads, a selection of burgers and a children’s menu serving the usual kiddies food.
Do not ignore the entrees, especially the Stuffed Cabbage, Salmon Fillet and and the many Steak dishes.
Check out the dessert selections before you order, as you will really need to leave room to try them, even if you share one between you! The Killer Cake is a must for chocolate lovers and Banana Dream is what it says.
If you do get time please try to visit TooJays , I am sure you we find it makes a welcome change from the more touristy restaurants in Orlando.
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