Sunday, June 16, 2013 by Sally Shapiro

Saying so-long to Carmel is not going to be easy.  After 12 years of trying to make ends meet, Shapiro's Delicatessen in Carmel is closing the doors on Father's Day, Sunday June 16, 2013.  

Shapiro's Delicatessen was the first business to break ground in the city center in December of 2001. Carmel's strict design code set the stage for the buildings blueprints and we opened in June of 2002 to great expectations and hope. The post 9/11 era changed our world and economy.  It took 7 years for the Palladium to open and as City Council Woman Luci Snyder stated, "it had become more formal than a pastrami sandwich".  Much of the retail development that was discussed to go into the area went to Clay Terrace instead and there is still space available for development 13 years after we broke ground.  

There are plenty of bars and pubs that are very successful in Carmel and the city center area.  Family style dining just isn't what works.  Lesson learned - call the baby sitter and enjoy your night out on the town!  Carmel has a lot to offer ~ it just didn't work for us.  

We have the most amazing customers and employees and Brian and I would like to thank all of you! You are the reason why we fought to stay open when we first discussed closing 3 years ago.  Thank you for your support.  Thank you for your patronage and kindness.  Thank you to our staff that worked tirelessly for so many hours after hours.  

Visit our downtown Indianapolis restaurant for your corned beef or pastrami fix!  Grab a sandwich at the airport before your next flight - Shapiro's airport is located near B14, but you can get to it no matter what your gate.  



Thursday, May 30, 2013 by Sally Shapiro

Are your kids coming to Zionsville for camp this summer?  As you pack the car to bring them to Goldman Union Camp Institute, don't forget to pack a cooler for yourself!  Before you drop them off for the summer (or a couple of weeks) bring them to Shapiro's Delicatesseen for a great meal.  While you are noshing your final meal together, order yourself a couple of pounds of corned beef, beef tongue, pastrami and rye bread to take home with you!  You can always ask us for a bag of ice for the cooler.  You can always get a To-Go sandwich for the road, too.  Carry out brisket on rye is SO much better than the drive thru options you'll encounter on the road!  

Don't forget to check out the pastry case for your sweet tooth!  It is, after all, a long drive home!  A few cookies or ruglach will be just what you needed a couple of hours out the door!  Did you know that our bagels freeze really well?  Place them into a zip lock type bag when you get home and freeze them for later.  Our coconut macaroons freeze really well as well!  

GUCI to Shapiro's Delicatessen in Carmel = 465 North to Meridian St. North.  Turn right/East on 116th St. Go about 1 1/2 miles to Range Line Road.  Turn left/North 3/4 mile; Shapiro's is on the left.  918 South Rangeline Carmel  317-573-3354 (DELI)

GUCI to Shapiro's Delicatessen Indianapolis = 465 South to 65 South to downtown Indy.  Keep right on I-70.  Take exit 79B Meridian Street between Lucas Oil Stadium and Eli Lilly.  Turn left on McCarty at bottom of the off ramp.  1st left is Meridian Street and Shapiro's Indianapolis.  808 South Meridian St. 317-631-4041




Sunday, May 19, 2013 by Sally Shapiro


Take a box lunch from Shapiro's Delicatessen to the track with you.  You can order a half sandwich or whole sandwich for your box lunch but remember, we're talking about a Shapiro's Deli sized sandwich!  Included in the box lunch is a piece of fruit, a big cookie, a soda, chips and all of your condiments including a pickle spear.  Your day at the track will be great with another Indy tradition - plus Shapiro's gives you a very sturdy box to carry all of that food in.  

The Indianapolis 500 and your day at the Speedway are made so much better when you have a Shapiro's sandwich to start your day.  Pick up your box lunch for Race Day at either our downtown Indy or Carmel restuarant.  




Friday, May 10, 2013 by Sally Shapiro

Shapiro's Delicatessen is going to be going in full force this Sunday for Mother's Day!  Carmel Shapiro's will open at 8:00am and stay open until 8pm.  The Shapiro's in Indianapolis will be open for their normal hours as well beginning at 6:30 am and running until 8:00pm Sunday night.  

All mom really wants for Mother's Day is to spent time with her family and to not have to cook or do the dishes!  Tell her that you are listening by bringing her to Shapiro's Delicatessen in Carmel or Indy.  Our bakery has special treats baked up just for you and everyone can get exactly what they want.  Don't forget, since it is Shapiro's, you'll have left overs to take to work for lunch on Monday!  Our portions are huge!  

Happy Mother's Day from Shapiro's Delicatessen!  


Wednesday, April 24, 2013 by Sally Shapiro















Have you seen the way your can move down the city streets on Google Maps?  Well now you can literally go INSIDE Shapiro's Delicatessen with a tour on Google Inside!  Follow this link to peek inside Shapiro's Carmel and see what we have in store for you for your next meal!'s+carmel&hl=en&ll=39.967081,-86.127298&spn=0.004465,0.010568&sll=39.967006,-86.127144&layer=c&cid=14988857767387300506&panoid=SUpXJBbCG_uheDkxbzZYRA&cbp=13,264.46,,0,14.51&hq=shapiro's+carmel&t=m&cbll=39.96707,-86.127294&z=17

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Tuesday, April 23, 2013 by Sally Shapiro

















I received an email from a customer of Shapiro's Delicatessen in Carmel.  She enjoyed herself so much that she took the time to write and let us know about the great customer service she received at her last visit there.  Her comments are below.  

Shapiro's Deli in Carmel has a great party room as well as an outdoor patio for eating in the sunshine.   With table service for breakfast on Saturdays and Sundays, our regular menu is legendary.  Voted a best sandwich in Indy, best Reuben in the Midwest, top 10 chicken stew in the country by Redbook magazine, and a top 10 deli in America by USA Today, our customers travel far for their favorite sweets and meals.  

April 8th, 2013

"I just wanted to send you a quick note to thank you for the amazing customer service I always get at Shapiro's. It seems to be a dying art, and so when I meet friendly people I am all that much more impressed. The "bus boy" was especially nice and went out of his way to help us.

The food is delicious, too :)  The cream horn is my favorite!

Thanks again,  Jaymi H. "

Thank YOU Jaymi, for taking the time to let us know how much you enjoyed your last visit.  We told Henry that his hard work is noticed and appreciated!  


Tuesday, March 12, 2013 by Sally Shapiro

Why wait until Sunday, St. Patrick's Day to come get your corned beef and 

Cabbage?  We like St. Patty's Day so much that we serve the BEST corned 

beef Indy has to offer every day of the year!  We'll have your CB sandwich or 

corned beef and cabbage waiting to be sliced when you arrive!  


Shapiro's Delicatessen Carmel 918 South Rangeline Road Carmel, IN 317-573-3354 (DELI)   

Mon.-Thurs. 10am - 8pm; Fri. 10am - 8:30pm; Sat. 8am-8:30pm.;Sun. 8am-8pm


Shapiro's Delicatessen Indianapolis 808 South Meridian St. Indianapolis 317-631-4041

Monday - Sunday 6:30 am - 8:00 pm 



Thursday, February 28, 2013 by Sally Shapiro

Feb 26, 2013  YELP review   5/5 STARS 

Kent L. wrote a review on Yelp about his dining experience in downtown Indianapolis eating a sandwich at Shapiro's Delicatessen.   Thanks Kent L.!

From the outside of the red brick Downtown location, it doesn't look like a Jewish delicatessen but go inside to this cafeteria-style layout, get a gander at the many tempting foods at the glass-enclosed counter displays and you know immediately that you're in for the real deal. I like my sandwiches either with rye bread or on onion rolls but the day I visited, it was pastrami on rye with mustard with a Dr. Brown's Cream Soda and it was just a perfect combination. Pastrami that's too lean is dry and lacks flavor, whereas too much fat makes the sandwich oily and Shapiro's pastrami strikes the perfect balance of meat-to-fat ratio. While Shapiro's does have a wide variety of dessert choices, who has room after one of their sandwiches? The corned beef also looked really good but that will have to wait for another trip. The menu prices were quite reasonable for both the quality and quantity of food, which would be several dollars more in places like NYC or L.A. delicatessen and since it looks like many Jewish delicatessens around the country are closing after many years in business, it becomes harder to find one to dine in. I would wholeheartedly return here.

Next time you eat at either Shapiro's Delicatessens, please take a minute to write a review or "check in" at any number of sites!  Zagat, Trip Advisor, Foursquare, Urban Spoons,,, Twitter = @ShapirosDeli, or fill out a customer comment card available from the cashiers.  If you don't like something, please tell us while you are there so that we can MAKE IT RIGHT!  We want you to have the best meal everytime.  Please find a manager if you need us to change something.  

Great Grandfather Louis used to say - every day is opening day!    





Sunday, February 10, 2013 by Sally Shapiro

Remember those Sunday night family dinners?  Bring them back at Shapiro's Delicatessen.  We are offering half off spaghetti, spaghetti and meatballs, or fried chicken dinners on Sundays from 3pm until close.  Both locations will feature this deal meal on Sundays.  The fried chicken dinner special includes your choice of two sides; mashed potatoes, green beans, broccoli salad, or even our famous mac & cheese.  There are literally dozens of choices for your sides.  Vegetarian spaghetti or spaghetti and meatballs includes your choice of rye bread.  

Spaghetti and Meatball is normally priced at $7.25 for the small and $8.85 for a large serving.  The fried chicken dinner, with bread and two sides is normally $10.25.  Half off these meals means there's still room in the budget for dessert!!!  

Shapiro's Delicatessen Downtown Indy 808 South Meridian Street 317.631.4041 Sunday close is 8:00pm

Shapiro's Delicatesen Carmel 918 South Rangeline Road Carmel 317.573.3354 Sunday close is 8:00pm. 

Limited time offer.  Dine in only.  



Wednesday, January 23, 2013 by Sally Shapiro


Everyone has a big screen. Everyone has beer. Order party trays and a pan of Shapiro's famous mac' & cheese for the big Sunday game and be the party that everyone wants to come to because you have the best food!  

Contact our catering department at 317.690.3036 (48 hours in advance) and make your party planning easy.  Find our catering menu at  We'll provide the plates and silverware, heck - ask us and we'll even give you gigantic trash bag big enough to clean the entire room when the game clock has run out.   

Shapiro's Delicatessen caters to your game day wishes.  Let us do the heavy lifting - you invite the fans.  

Shapiro's Delicatessen Catering 317-690.3036 

918 South Rangeline Road Carmel, IN 46032  317.573.3354

808 South Meridian Street Indianapolis, IN 46225  317.631.4041 


Hot Holiday Turkey Meal

Sunday, November 11, 2012 by Sally Shapiro

You prepare your table and let Shapiro's prepare the meal!

Your holiday meal planning could not be easier!  No dirty pans to clean ~ your meal is HOT and ready to serve!  Our holiday speical includes one whole turkey with house made gravy, three pounds of our family stuffing, three pounds each of three additional sides, and your choice of our famous rye bread or buns.  Some of our vegetable choices are green beens, corn, mashed potatoes, or sweet potates but you can check out our entire list of sides at    

Call Zach to order for your business or corporate downtown Indianapolis catering event and ask him about free delivery.  317.690.3036 

Dessert is a specialty at Shapiro's!  Pies, cakes, cheesecakes, brownies and bars, cupcakes and many others are all made in our bakery in Indianapolis.  Pastry trays make a beautiful ending to a delightful day!   A wide variety of choices all in small bite sizes.  

All this for $75!  48 hours notice required.  Happy Holidays from Shapiro's Delicatessen.

Carmel 317.573.3354        

Downtown Indianapolis 317.631.4041  



Thursday, November 8, 2012 by Sally Shapiro


You prepare your table & Shapiro's will prepare the meal!   
Why spend days cooking for Thanksgiving when Shapiro's Delicatessen can cater a complete turkey dinner for you.  Whether it is a corporate catering event or your family is in Indianapolis for the weekend, call us 48 hours in advance and life becomes very easy for you.  
Order a whole turkey dinner from Shapiro's and we'll create a delicious buffet no one will suspect didn't come from your kitchen.  
The price is the same as last year - $75.00
Our complete Turkey dinner will serve 6-8 people and includes: 
  • One whole turkey ready for dad to carve
  • House-made gravy  
  • Three pounds of our delicious stuffing  
  • Three pounds each of three additional sides (choose from mashed potatoes, vegetables, & more)  
  • Choice of our famous rye bread or buns
Beverages and other items are available for additional costs.  Don't forget about our house made pies, cheesecakes and desserts!  Shapiro's is known for our desserts too!
See our menu at or call either of our restaurants to place an order.  
We require 48 HOURS NOTICE for our holiday turkey dinner.
Carmel ~ call Kyle at 317.573.3354
Indy ~ call Jennifer at 317.631.4041 


Wednesday, October 24, 2012 by Sally Shapiro

Boxed Lunches are easy to find in Indianapolis at Shapiro's Delicatessen!  

Go to our website to place an order online (bottom of our home page).  First choose downtown Indianapolis or Carmel and then go to the catering menu.  Shapiros boxed lunches make a great office meeting solution for your department or committee.  

Corporate or business catering in Indianapolis is made easy by either calling Zach at 317-690-3036 or ordering box lunches from our website.  Discuss all of the options with Zach.  He will be able to let you know if your order is able to be delivered!  

Don't forget that Shapiro's has a meeting room that can be reserved at both our Indianapolis and Carmel locations.  

Make your next in office meeting easier by ordering Shapiros boxed lunches - whole or half sandwich available.  Visit us online at or by calling Zach at 317-690-3036 for catering orders.  


Tuesday, October 9, 2012 by Sally Shapiro


Did you know that Shapiro's in Carmel sells fresh fudge from Northern Michigan.  Mackinaw Island as well as all of northern Michigan, is world renown for selling the best fudge in the world!  Shapiro's Carmel flies the best fudge in the best flavors back to Indiana so that you can have it here!  Ours comes from Suttons Bay -north of Traverse City from 45th Parallel's Candy World. 

I flew over 500 pounds of fudge back last week.  We have fabulous fall flavors like Pumpkin Pecan and a summer favorite, Belgium Dark Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt Fudge.  Others to sample include Orange Creamsicle, Vanilla Caramel Sea Salt, Oreo, Snickers, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup, and simply Chocolate Fudge.  Yes - you can sample!  

Stop into Shapiro's Delicatessen in Carmel to take a look, even better - TASTE of our amazing fudge.  


Tuesday, August 21, 2012 by Sally Shapiro

Planning an event has never been easier.  Pick up the phone, call 317.690.3036.

Shapiro's Delicatessen corporate catering makes any event beautiful and easy.  Tell us how many people are eating and Zach can tell you how much to order.  We'll do the math so that you don't have to guess the quantity to order.  If your order is over $100, we'll deliver and set up your event for you!  Choice from meat and cheese trays, vegetable and dip trays, cheese and crackers, a gorgeous display of the seasons best fruit, and save room for dessert!  Our pastry trays are gorgeous and made with the top quality ingredients like farm fresh butter, not margarine.  Cakes, cookies, brownies, cake pops, cupcakes, or a combination of bite sized specialties will finish the perfect evening.  

Kosher style catering from a kosher style restaurant means top quality food.   Whether from our Carmel location or Downtown, Shapiro's will make a beautiful, memoriable event for you.



Monday, July 2, 2012 by Sally Shapiro

Wednesday is the Fourth of July.  With CarmelFest in full swing - Carmel will have extended hours for your noshing, catering, dining and carry out convenience.  Opening at 7:30 Wednesday morning, enjoy our bagels fresh from our bakery while you plan your day.  Grab a sandwich from our deli for carry-out or sit on the patio to rest from the crowd.  Bring the kids into the air conditioning for an afternoon dessert or order from our childrens menu.   Try our fudge flown in from northern Michigan where they know about fudge.  Enjoy dinner in our restaurant until 8:00 but the deli will stay open until 9:30 for carry out.  

Happy Fourth of July from Shapiro's in Carmel! 

WEDNESDAY 7/4/2012 7:30 am. - 9:30 pm  


Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Sally Shapiro

If you are looking for a little something to satisfy your sweet tooth, look no further!  

Indianapolis and Carmel Shapiro's have always been known as your lunch spot but desserts (pies, cakes, cupcakes, cookies) come first.  Literally!  Anyone that's been to Shapiro's deli line knows that we think dessert is just as important as your entree.  A Dessert Tray from Shapiro's is as equally impressive as our Meat and Cheese Trays.  

Now ~ fresh from Michigan ~ Shapiro's Carmel has a fresh delivery of FUDGE for sampling!  Sally S flew her plane to Northern Michigan (tourists are nick-named "fudgies") to pick up a fresh batch of new fudge flavors as well as your old stand-by favorites.  

Stop by the fudge table in Carmel after lunch or dinner and vote for your favorite flavor: 

Chocolate, Chocolate Walnut, Chocolate Caramel, Chocolate Vanilla Caramel, Belgian Dark Chocolate Caramel Sea Salt, Reese Cup, Snickers, Turtle Pecan, Vanilla Caramel Sea Salt, Cookies N Cream, Peanut Butter, or Orange Creamsicle Fudge.


Bagels You Can Be Proud Of

Sunday, March 18, 2012 by Sally Shapiro

Did you know that we make our Bagels in our Indianapolis bakery?  We sent our baker to train back east and to learn how to make H & H Bagels, a staple in the NY noshing world.  They are made fresh every day in a huge variety of flavors - featuring a Green Bagel for St. Patrick's Day last week.  On average, we make 12,000 bagels every week!  

Plain Bagel, Poppy Seed Bagel, Sesame Seed Bagel, All Seed Bagel = Everything Bagel, Garlic Bagel, Onion Bagel, Cinnamon Raisin Bagel, Blueberry Bagel, Pumpernickle Bagel, Rye Bagel ~ what have I forgetten?  

Shapiro's Pastry Trays include our bagels created in our bakery, downtown Indianapolis.  If you have a catering need, whether it's Corporate or personal, in Indianapolis or Carmel, we'll deliver a delicious and beautiful masterpiece, just for you! 

Shhh ~ We actually sell to many local hotels...but they may not want you to know they aren't making them.

Sadly, H & H Bagels may have made their last bagel.  In January of 2012, the Wall Street Journal reported that they were "loxed out of their bakery" and lost their lease.  This 40+ year business was an icon to NYC and simply shows the sign of our economic times.  They will be missed.  


Write a Review

Sunday, March 4, 2012 by Sally Shapiro

If you have eaten lunch at Shapiro's in Carmel, enjoyed our deli in Indianapolis, or had a delivery of our Corporate Catering, please take a moment and tell us how we did!  We can only improve if you tell us how we're doing.  

There are so many places to leave your comments - feel free to visit Trip Advisor, Yelp, Foursquare, or our Facebook Fan Pages.  There are as many places to write a review as there are desserts that we make in our Bakery!  (actually we have more desserts than that but you get the point!)

Thanks for eating at Indianapolis's Premier Jewish Delicatessen.   Still working hard ~ since 1905!



Sunday, January 15, 2012 by Tracy Fiddler
Thanks to everyone who voted for the amazing Reuben Sandwich from Shapiro's Deli in the Super 46 Sandwich competition.  We made it to the Top 16, but sadly we did not make it through the next round.  Be sure to support your favorite Indiana restaurants by going to and vote! Speaking of that big football game coming to our fair city, how about planning your "big game get together" with Shapiro's Deli?  Go to and click on "We Cater" to see some great options for your football party.  Downtown we are on the corner of Meridian Street and McCarty Streets, which are slated to be open.  You should have no problem coming to pick up food from our downtown location.  Feel free to call our Carmel location too.  21 more days until the big event.  We may never see anything like it again.  We are excited to feed people from all over the world!