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9 Must-Try Sandwiches in Toronto

By Suresh Doss
April 2, 2014

From breaded veal to the iconic peameal bacon sandwiches, we've compiled nine of the tastiest sandwiches in the city.

Did we leave out your favourite? Let us know in the comments.

  • Porchetta and Co.

    For three years, Nick auf der Mauer's counter on Dundas West has built a reputation for one tasty sammy. The porchetta is marinated for 24 hours, wrapped in prosciutto, then wrapped in cured pork belly and roasted. The result is a dance of textures and fatty bits that doesn't need many condiments to properly enjoy.

    Price: $6.45
    Insider Tip: Look out for sandwich specials. The shop regularly hosts fried chicken and soft-shell crab lunches.

    825 Dundas St. W.; 647-352-6611

  • California Sandwiches

    No sandwich list is complete without mentioning one of Toronto's institutions. California Sandwiches (11 locations) has been around since the mid-'60s, serving up Italian-style sandwiches to a die-hard following. The chicken and eggplant sandwiches are hot, but personally, we can't get enough of the veal. 

    Price: $7.74
    Insider Tip: Always ask for a hot sandwich; the spicing soaks into the breading and really punches up the flavours.
    244 Claremont St.; 416-603-3317

  • Clubhouse Sandwich Shop

    If you like your sandwich slathered in a medley of sweet and sour flavors, then try the smoked chicken at this Chinatown sandwich shop. Thick chunks of smoked chicken are mixed with pickled chile and chimichurri, pork cracklings and fried avocado.
    Price: $7
    Insider Tip: Another popular sandwich is the buttermilk fried turkey, which is dressed in a cranberry-cilantro coleslaw and topped with a smokey mayo.

    455 Spadina Ave.; 647-502-1291

  • Rashers

    It's all about the bacon at Rashers; the grab-and-go counter proudly celebrates cured meat with a menu featuring nearly a dozen sandwiches. The must-try here is the Hogtown sandwich: slices of peameal bacon are served with aged cheddar and a fried egg.
    Price: $7
    Insider Tip: Try the wild boar sandwich - slices of cider-glazed boar bacon are served in a ciabatta bun with apple chutney and blue cheese.

    948 Queen St. E.; 416-710-8220

    (photo from Rashers Website)

  • Sud Forno

    It may be hard to stick with a sandwich once you enter this Italian pastry emporium. But ignore the sweet smells of bambolones, cannoli and tarts, and head for the sandwich counter. The standout is the vegetarian alla norma - layers of fried eggplant mixed with roasted tomato, ricotta and basil. Make sure to save room for a Nutella bombolone afterwards.
    Price: $7
    Insider Tip: The counter is always busy, but there's plenty of seating room upstairs.

    716 Queen St. W.; 416-504-7667
     

  • I Went to Philly

    A good Philly-style cheeseteak is hard to come by in Toronto. But this family-run restaurant at Yonge and Carlton fills the void with an excellent version of the classic with cheese whiz and onions. Your belly will thank you.
    Price: $7.40

    Insider Tip: Still hungry? The shop recently started serving a version of chicken and waffles, which consists of Frosted Flake-coated fried chicken inside a waffle cone.

    462 Yonge St.; 416-927-9090

  • Black Camel

    A fan favourite, the folks at Black Camel have been stuffing and folding sandwiches for over seven years. Due to its close proximity to the subway station, there's a steady throng of commuters who pop by the Rosedale shop for the pulled pork shoulder sandwich. It's the most flavourful sammy on the board, mainly due to the fact that it marinates in a seasoning for three days before being slow cooked.
    Price: $7.50
    Insider Tip: Go early (11:30 AM) to avoid line-ups. The shop also has a variety of housemade sauces that are worth trying. 

    4 Crescent Rd.; 416-929-7518

  • Leslieville Pumps

    Judson and Greg Flom's eastside truck stop is not only a gas station, but also a barbecue joint. The menu features Southern-influenced classics, with the pulled pork sandwich winning top awards among locals. It's one of the best we've tried in the city, loaded with plenty of meat, a generous slathering of barbecue sauce and a layer of coleslaw.

    Price: $8.18
    Insider Tip: Vegetarian? Try the Pumps' veginator sandwich. Roasted red peppers, grilled zucchini and portobello mushrooms are cushioned with a smoked sweet onion medley, and avocado sauce.

    929 Queen St. E.; 416-465-1313
     

  • Carousel Bakery

    Yes, this is the world-famous peameal bacon sandwich, and you can find it at Carousel Bakery in the St. Lawrence Market. For over 30 years, the bakery has been serving thick stacks of peameal bacon in soft country buns with an assortment of toppings and mustards.

    Price: $7
    Insider Tip: During the week, line-ups can build quickly at the bakery around lunchtime, so get there earlier. And if you're planning to visit on Saturdays, get to the market before 10 AM.

    Unit 42, 93 Front St. E.; 416-863-6764

    (photo from 1000thingstoronto.com)

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