Forget the pretentious gourmet stuff. The BEST turkey sandwiches in the world (okay, fine, in my world) are made at one of the most fantastic bakeries in town located just across the street from my old high school: Raymerville Deli & Bakery located at 1 Raymerville Drive south, off of McCowan Rd. and north of Bullock Drive in Unionville, Markham. This is truly one of the reasons why I’ve been so excited to share the Keys to My Heart series; to showcase the things I love the most in any category of food and to tell all the memorable stories attached to them. I think I may keep this series around just for the heck of it because talking about my favourite things is fun and makes me happy! 😀 This bakery holds a lot of fun memories, especially from high school.
I would buy my lunch once a week and about a third of the time I’d go to the bakery across the street. I remember running over at lunch hour with a few friends in tow and lining up in the packed bakery for my coveted smoked turkey sandwich on crusty kaiser bun. Watching the ladies slice my turkey meat, pack on the toppings, and wrap it in the signature white sandwich paper with deli sticker made my heart pump fast and till this day, it still does. Everything about this sandwich is amazing. The crusty kaiser is the best with its bread crumb dusty top and soft insides and no sandwich makes me happier than this one: fresh smoked turkey piled high with lots of shredded lettuce, tomato, mozzerella cheese, and mayo and mustard. I might be all into trying new things and consistently expanding my food horizons (pft, like you couldn’t tell from the blog, right? Ha!) but this is one thing that I’ve been eating the same way for 10 years and it tastes SO FREAKIN’ GOOD each and every single time. This bakery has not lost its touch.
The bakery is family owned and run, and is stocked to the brim with Italian pastas, meats, and dry food pantry items. Racks and racks of fresh baked bread are ripe for the picking (with a bread slicer that you can use if you would rather have it done in-store) and there is plenty of other good eats to nosh on too: pepperoni pizza slices the size of the moon; ginormous chocolate chip cookies which might as well be the moon because of the all chocolate chip craters; fresh baked apple and fruit pies; apple, cherry, and raspberry turnovers (my brother and mum’s favourite); pastry twists dusted with powdered sugar; and oodles of tarts, cookies, and strudels.
You can choose any bread or bun in the bakery and bring it up to the deli counter to have your sandwich made, but I’m telling you, you MUST order a sandwich on the kaiser, which they have a basket of up on the counter. Why? Because I said so. Trust me! Prices for kaiser sandwiches vary depending on the type of meat you want and whether ot not you order it with cheese (extra 50 cents), but most sandwiches are anywhere from $3.50 to $5. Oh! And no tax. I KNOW. What dimension are we in, right?? If it’s $4.50 for your sandwich, it’s $4.50. Take a minute and wrap your head around that. And imagine all the yummy baked goods you can buy for $10. Mmmm. It makes me wistful knowing I can’t walk across the street to the bakery anymore, but I look forward to any and all trips I make there.
Raymerville Deli & Bakery is located within the strip plaza right at the intersection of McCowan Rd. and Ramerville Drive south, on the east side of McCowan (Carlton Rd. is on the west side of McCowan). It’s about a 10 minute walk (or a 2 or 3 minute drive) from Markville Mall. They usually have a day off during the week and I’m pretty sure that day is Monday, although your best bet is to visit them during the middle of the week or on the weekend.