Shapiro’s is like eating at my grandma’s…except for all the old Jewish people. Especially on a chilly Spring day that spits drizzle in your face, this old, cafeteria-style family business radiates warmth from the loaves of chewy rye bread, steaming trays of stuffed cabbage and mashed potatoes, and people hunched over plates of comfort.
- Pick up tray and silverware.
- Choose dessert—yea, you heard me! Don’t skip this step; the cakes are the 20-layer kind you dream up when you’re a kid and think, ‘When I’m big I’m going to eat cake before dinner, so there!’ Now is your chance.
- Decide on your choice of delicious—looking salads in little white bowls.
- What will it be? sandwich or hot entrée (comes with choice of two veggies)?
- Pay your gelt (money) to the unsmiling cashier (part of the charm).
- Choose a table next to the guy with the oxygen tank or the young couple with four kids who are all eating homemade mac and cheese.
- Fress (eat like an animal).
- Grepse (belch)
Choose dessert first?! What kind of place are you running here? Try the key lime pie!
Still-sturdy tables from the ’70s(?) and wooden chairs worn at the back from being pulled out and pushed in add to the simple charm of this cafeteria/deli/bakery.
How you feel after eating at Shapiro’s.