Thursday, June 27, 2013 by Sally Shapiro

Indianapolis is a great town for conventions!  We are lucky enough to have a large convention center in Indy and our next group to hit the town is 15 thousand Shriners!  They have already tweeted to me that they are coming!  

If you spot a Shriner walking about town, tweet #spotaShriner to let them know you see them!  

All 15 thousand are welcome at Shapiro's downtown Indy for one of our huge corned beef sandwiches or Fried Chicken dinners, but maybe you shouldn't all come at once!  

The Natatorium is packed with swimmer this week as well.  The 2013 Phillips 66 National Championships and World Championship Trials are being held at IUPUI through this weekend.  We are host to a couple of Olympic medal winners as well as Olympic hopefuls on their way to the World Trials.  

If you are in town for a family visit or a convention, make a stop by an Indiana lengendary restaurant.  Shapiro's has been serving hungry customers for 108 years!  We are an old-world delicatessen that has become an institution.  

Enjoy Indy, have a great time and we'll be waiting for you!   


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




Thursday, May 16, 2013 by Sally Shapiro

Voting for the Best of Indy Reader's Choice award from NUVO magazine continues through May 31st.  There are several different categories in four areas.  The Best Deli/Sandwich category has gone to Shapiro's Delicatessen for all 23 years that NUVO has run the contest but you need to vote to keep us on top!  Follow the link below to vote for any or all of the categories - Food and Drink, Music and Nightlife, Arts, Entertainment and Media, & Shop Local.  

Let everyone know you how you feel about your corned beef, pastrami or brisket sandwich!  We need your support.    



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

The Indy A-List is having a pie bracket contest for the best sugar cream pie in central Indiana.  Shapiro's Delicatessen needs your vote!  

You can literally vote every day!  Like the joke about voting in Chicago - Vote early and Vote OFTEN - once you vote, it will be easy to vote again!  

Please help Shapiro's Bakery stay in the publics eye as one of the few restaurants that still makes everything fresh, from scratch, start to finish!  Never frozen chickens that we cook for our chicken salad.  Whole briskets from Vienna Beef that we season, cook, slice to order in house for each corned beef, brisket and peppered beef sandwich!  Pastrami from Brooklyn that we season, cook, slice to order in house for each pastrami sandwich!  Potato salad that we've actually peeled the potatoes and chopped the celery and onions!  Don't even get me started on what they do in the bakery!!!  You should see the size of some of our mixers!  We have all sizes from small batch to cheesecake!    

Nobody does FROM SCRATCH like Shapiro's Delicatessen!   

Please share the link with your friends and help Shapiro's Delicatessen.  We need your vote!



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, Facebook.com/ShapirosDeli, Facebook.com/ShapirosCarmel, 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!    





Monday, July 2, 2012 by Sally Shapiro

“Landmark Indy Deli”

Reviewed June 18, 2012 By Duke 2002 

NYC, Chicago-all your big cities have 'em-Landmark Eateries-places you cannot visit the Big City without dining there. Shapiro's Deli is one of Indianapolis' Landmarks. Decor is strait out of the 1950's & the food is fabulous! Everything I have ever had here is great-corned beef & cabbage is the best. I am not normally a bread or desert eater-but this place is the exception-all bread baked fresh in house & the cheesecake is downright sinful! Always a big crowd at lunchtime through the week-If you desire a more relaxed atmosphere I would suggest evenings or weekends(although the Sunday after church crowd can be hectic). I have been coming here since I was a kid and have never left hungry or disappointed.

  • Visited May 2012
  • 4/5 Value
  • 3/5 Atmosphere
  • 4/5 Service
  • 5/5 Food

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Thursday, April 19, 2012 by Sally Shapiro

Saturday April 21st is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Indianapolis.

The race starts Saturday morning from Military Park.  This is the 21st Anniversary of the race in central Indiana!  

One of Shapiro's employees, Norma, is a breast cancer survivor and will be proudly participating  again this year.  She walks in support of the cause that saved her life.  You may know Norma as the best breakfast cook downtown!  Her regular customers always leave comment cards about how much they love her!  (Thanks Norma - you are a wonderful friend and we're glad you're with us!)  

Shapiro's Downtown is open at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast this and every Saturday.  We have eggs made to order, french toast, corned beef hash, oatmeal, fresh fruit, and so much more.  Stop by after the race.  It should be a great event day in Indianapolis!  

For more information about sponsorships or donating to the race, please follow the link:


Sunday, March 11, 2012 by Sally Shapiro

If you're Irish in Indianapolis, you've certainly got the luck on your side! Saturday, March 17th is St. Patrick's Day and there is no better place to enjoy your corned beef & cabbage than Shapiro's Delicatessen!  

While you're there, be sure to check out Kate's specialties from Shapiro's Bakery made especially for St. Patrick's Day.  Green cupcakes and cookies ~ all made fresh at our in house bakery.  

Erin Go Bragh!


Sunday, January 1, 2012 by Tracy Fiddler
Happy New Year to everyone!  2012 has arrived and we are looking forward to serving you the best deli fare in the coming year.  We are serving Corned Beef and Cabbage today, along with black eyed peas to get your new year off to a "lucky" start.  Shapiro's is open until 7 p.m. today.  It is just a few short weeks to the most unique experience to ever visit our city - the Super Bowl!  You will NOT have properly visited Indianapolis unless you stop by Shapiro's Deli for the best corned beef, pastrami, bakery goods, Jewish deli delights, and kosher-style goodness.  Stay tuned for our event schedule.  We are likely to have very extended hours so everyone has a chance to experience just why Shapiro's Deli has been family owned and operated for over 100 years!   


Sunday, December 18, 2011 by Tracy Fiddler
Literally!  Shapiro's Catering will deliver our kosher style goodness to your door.  Anyone can order deli food, but we are the real deal right down to the last bite of matzo ball.  Family owned and operated for 4 generations, Shapiro's Deli has the BEST corned beef, pastrami, roast beef brisket, and peppered beef, just to name a few.  We will deliver orders over $100 with advance notice please.  Just give us a call and ask to speak to a catering representative.  Happy Holidays! 


Saturday, December 10, 2011 by Tracy Fiddler
Shapiro's Deli is proud to be one of the TOP TEN DELIS IN THE COUNTRY according to USA TODAY.  This is the place to go if you are looking for well known Jewish style food.  Start with our one-of-a-kind corned beef, cooked early every morning in a huge kettle until it is just right.  Servers hand trim the meat and it is sliced for you as you order.  Pair this with our warm Shapiro rye bread, hand sliced.  Potato pancakes (latkes) make a perfect side dish.  Some people like them with applesauce, some with sour cream, and some with nothing at all.  You might also want to try our cabbage borscht or matzo ball soup.  The mazto balls are made from scratch and are everything you would ever want in a matzo ball!  How about a chopped liver sandwich?  It is quite popular on rye bread with a slice of onion.  Step over to the bakery counter and sample the Rugulach.  This hand-made pastry is available in apricot, raspberry, chocolate and cinnamon.  Most folks order a variety because they are all so delicious!  If you are looking for the best place to nosh, look no further than Shapiro's Deli in Indianapolis and Carmel, Indiana.


Sunday, October 16, 2011 by Tracy Fiddler
Every business in Indianapolis and the surrounding area is gearing up for Super Bowl 2012...and if they are not, they should be!  We are studying our Indiana history, learning about amenities available in our city, and trying to figure out how everything is going to come together!  
icva The Indianapolis Convention & Visitors Association is a great source of information.  Their Fall 2011/Winter 2012 Visitor Guide is packed with information!  We are not too shy to mention that Shapiro's Deli is recommended on page 14 as one of the places you "Can't Leave Town Without..."  Shapiro's Corned Beef Sandwich is touted as a "mile high stack of tender thin-sliced corned beef.  Don't even think of asking for it on anything but the fresh-baked rye."  We will be sure to wish you A SUPER DAY when you come to visit us in Indy!


Friday, July 29, 2011 by Tracy Fiddler
We had the good fortune to be one of several local restaurants serving food at the Indianapolis Motor Speedway this week.  In the photo is Kelly, Tracy (myself), Allison, and Jennifer, a portion of the catering staff of Shapiro's Deli in Indianapolis and Carmel.  The event was the BRICKYARD BASH.  Thanks to all who stopped by and enjoyed a corned beef sandwich, delicious garlic pickle, and a gourmet cookie!  We had fun and hope we will get to meet more of the local corporate movers and shakers by bringing lunch or dinner to your next meeting or function.  Have a great Brickyard weekend and don't forget we are here to make boxed lunches, party trays, or whatever else you need for a fun racing weekend.brickyard bash 


Tuesday, June 14, 2011 by Tracy Fiddler
I have never professed to be a photographer, but here are a few photos from the market tonight.  These are local folks, growing and producing local products.  A few of the vendors are setting up monthly and some weekly.  Be sure to ask about your favorites.  My dog, Zoey, is waiting for the doggie treats which will return next Tuesday night.  Last week I got a bottle of Calypso wine from my favorite wine maker, Dave Smith of Smith's Winery.  I will be sharing that with my sister in St. Louis when I visit in a few weeks.  There was a close call a few weeks ago, when I almost developed a granola addiction!  Stop by, shop, and then come to Shapiro's for a $5 Corned Beef Sandwich, which is our Tuesday night dine-in special in honor of the Stadium Village Farmers Market.  More local produce will be appearing as we get into the growing season.  Stay tuned!


Friday, June 10, 2011 by Tracy Fiddler
Shapiro's Deli at the Airport is looking for a few GREAT employees!  If you enjoy interacting with the public and watching them smile as you serve them a fantastic sandwich from Shapiro's Deli you should apply immediately!  This is a very popular spot on Concourse B and people go out of their way to find it.  Become a part of our 100+ year history and be proud to call Shapiro's home - we are not just another deli.  We were named one of the TOP TEN DELI'S IN AMERICA by USA TODAY.  We cut our famous corned beef, pastrami, and roast beef fresh to order and every sandwich is custom made for our visitors.  Go to indianapolis.craigslist.org/fbh/2429912625.html to respond and apply on-line.  Look for SSP America and Shapiro's Deli! 


Saturday, May 28, 2011 by Tracy Fiddler
Shapiro's Deli is open at 6:30 a.m. on Sunday mornings and we will be here to get you ready for the race.  Order your race day carryout items and then sit down for a great breakfast!  Bagels, lox, cream cheese, or eggs any way you want them.  We serve beef bacon, turkey bacon, corned beef hash, turkey hash, biscuits and gravy and a variety of omelets.  Our Carmel location has even more breakfast specialties, such as Banana Stuffed French Toast, Chicken and Egg Frittata, or Salmon Eggs Benedict.  

We will be here after the race too!  We close at 8:00 on Sunday night at both locations.  Have a great dinner at Indy's premier delicatessen - Shapiro's Deli, serving Indianapolis since 1905!


Sunday, May 15, 2011 by Tracy Fiddler
STADIUM VILLAGE FARMERS MARKET is back this Tuesday night from 4 to 7 p.m. and will run every Tuesday from May 17th to September 27th.  Let's hope for some super Tuesday afternoon weather!  In conjunction with the Farmers Market, Shapiro's Deli is offering a $5 CORNED BEEF SANDWICH  every Tuesday from 4 to 8 p.m. for our dine-in customers at the downtown location only.  That is one heck of a deal!!  To get things started in fine fashion, everyone in attendance may enter to win a pair of .5 CTW Diamond Solitaire Earrings from Goldman Jewelers!! It just keeps getting better!  

Get organic, local, natural, and artisan products at the Stadium Village Farmers Market.  Right across the street from Shapiro's Deli in the east parking lot.  There is plenty of free parking available in the west parking lot of Shapiro's.  This promises to be a great market season!   www.StadiumVillageFarmersMarket.com


Tuesday, April 12, 2011 by Tracy Fiddler
This coming weekend is the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure in downtown Indianapolis.  The race starts Saturday morning, April 16th at IUPUI.  Believe it or not, this is the 20th anniversary of the race in central Indiana!  One of our employees, Norma, is a breast cancer survivor and will be walking in support of the cause on Saturday.  Shapiro's is open at 6:30 a.m. for breakfast.  We have eggs any way you like them, french toast, corned beef hash, oatmeal and fresh fruit, biscuits and gravy, beef and turkey bacon, and breakfast potatoes.  Stop by before or after the race.  It should be a great event day in Indianapolis!