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Best T.O. Takeaway Sandwich?

Where can one find a good sandwich in this town? I'm mostly interested in takeaway spots downtown (I'm a St. George campus U of T student). Suggestions? I'm desperate!

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    1. re: Franchise

      I hope you're joking. Subway?
      How about The Fish Store for fresh grilled fish or seafood sandwiches, California Sandwiches, or San Francesco?

      The Fish Store
      657 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B7, CA

      California Sandwiches
      244 Claremont St, Toronto, ON M6J2N2, CA

      San Francesco Foods
      10 Clinton St, Toronto, ON M6J, CA

      1. re: Franchise

        I guess you weren't joking... Oh well, to each their own, I guess. Enjoy your Subway sandwiches! More veal sangwiches for me!

        1. re: redearth

          When I'm in the mood for a sandwich shamefeast, I always turn to Subway. I look forward trying both grilled fish and shoe leather sandwiches soon.

    2. Black Camel's beef brisket sandwich, light on the BBQ sauce, with horseradish. It's right at the Rosedale subway station, and I could eat one just about every day.

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      1. re: sgogo

        Second black camel, big time. Pulled pork is my favourite w caramelized onions and chipotle mayo.

        1. re: sgogo

          Definitely go for the beef brisket.. I like it with bbq sauce and chipotle mayo.

        2. There are lots of places in Chinatown that sell banh mi. Way better and way cheaper than Subway. You can have a decent sandwich for less than $2.

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          1. re: mogo

            Second the banh mi! There's a place on the west side of Spadina, just north of Dundas that I frequent (I think it's called Nyugen Huong).

            1. re: redearth

              Belly buster submarine at yonge and york mills.

              great simple sub, but boy are they ever addictive

              my favorite is the turkey bacon sub

              1. re: chefsearch

                Belly's is sooo overrated. There is nothing addictive about their bland and boring bread and ingredients. Ofcourse, it does help that most of their customers are inebriated when eating there.

                I'll second the Black Camel comment. I've had all of their sandwiches and have yet to be disappointed. Brisket, pulled pork, pulled chicken and seared steak, all wonderful. Definately try their special Cubano sandwich as well.

                Black Camel
                4 Crescent Rd, Toronto, ON M4W1S9, CA

                1. re: Rudiger

                  Couldn't agree more - Belly Buster is AWFUL!
                  I threw my sub out, and drove a few miles to go to Mr. Sub, which was boring, but infinitely better than Belly Buster and the only other sub place open in the wee hours.

              2. re: redearth

                Dupont and Edwin St. for the banh mi. Spicy pork. It's phenominal.


            2. Definitely the Sandwich Box, on Queen Street in that little food court mall place across from City TV. They have all kinds of lovely bread, cheeses, meat and fantastic condiments -- avocado spread, chipotle mayo, etc. They make you a custom sandwich that comes in a little box with some mixed greens: super fantastic! The owner used to be a chef at places like Serra and Goldfish.

              I also agree with Black Camel - yum.

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              1. re: klawless

                I second sandwich box! They should have a location in the west end of the city...

                1. re: cutehinano

                  Third! I love that place. Sandwich Box is consistently good.

                  1. re: JamesJT

                    Fourth, and finally - It's closed.

                    As well as just about everything else in that little walkway. It was so empty I thought maybe they were tearing down the building.

                    I asked the bubble tea place that's still open, and she told me rent was $8,000 for her little store there, and that everyone left because they couldn't pay rent.

              2. Hey guys - the request was for a downtown place takeaway for a student.
                Obviously the banh mi and a few others are useful, but the Black Camel is essentially a $10 sandwich (with tax) - hardly suitable for a student budget. I'm not downtown, so can't help - but where are the good downtown places?

                1. Near UofT, on McCaul, right by Baldwin, there is a cute takeaway place called Sage Café. They have delicious gourmet pita wraps. Like 1/2 grilled chicken and 1/2 grilled veggies and curry chicken salad. Home made, the exact opposite of a Pita Pit. It caters mostly to the business workers in the hood, so the prices are reasonable but not exactly cheap. Around $8. The older lady that runs the place is a little on the grumpy but the delishness of the food makes up for it. There's Mangiapan a couple of doors down as well.

                  1. Okay then, going down to Dundas/University, the Avenue Cafe has lovely sandwiches, too many varieties to name. It's a little pricey, though, around $8 for a sandwich and side salad. I recommend the soup also, it's really cheap, always good and comes with two honkin' pieces of really good bread.
                    If you're willing to stretch the definition of sandwich, I'm not sure if you've tried the chicken shwarma from Anoush, right across from the U of T gates on College. It's one of my favourites in the city, but doesn't get mentioned on this board much.
                    And finally, any What a Bagel serves really nice sandwiches, try the bread not the bagels. Lots of toppings, decent price. I know there's one on Yonge, near Wellesley maybe?

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                    1. re: sgogo

                      Just had a chiken shwarma sandwich from Anoush tonight and regretted it. It had mainly lettuce & onions and the pink turnip was so salty, I had to pull them all out. A much better version can be had at the Pita place next to the JCC on Bloor at Spadina.

                      1. re: tampopo

                        Ever since Anoush changed its management, their food had gone horribly bad... i use to go there all the time, but not anymore

                        Anoush Restaurant
                        2 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W3E2, CA

                        1. re: Yq214

                          Many years ago the Anoush at Yonge/Steeles area was amazing. Since the ownership change it has become just okay. Decent, but not great. Truthfully, it was starting to decline slightly even before the ownership change. I never go anymore.

                          1. re: magic

                            And honestly, April 2008 is not really a "Long dead thread."


                      2. re: sgogo

                        That What A Bagel is closed now.

                      3. On McCaul, right by Baldwin is Mangiacake. Great panini sandwiches and salads, good price and friendly staff. It's my fav. place to go for lunch. If you have time to stay and eat, they have a cute patio out the back.

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                        1. re: gillyb

                          It's really called mangiacake? That's pretty great.

                          I must thank you all--I'm over the moon at the thought of all these amazing sammies.

                        2. Rocco's Plum Tomato on The Queensway (East of Parklawn
                          Sandwich Box on Queen St.

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                          1. re: 5andman

                            My friend lives right near here -- and I drive by it all the time.

                            You say they have a good sandwich? What do you reccomend?

                            I'll be trying it this week (once i get a reccomendation or two)


                          2. BEST SANDWICHES IN T.O.

                            california (claremount)
                            san francesco (clinton)

                            Churrasco Portugril (danfourth rd/kennedy)

                            jumbo empanadas (augusta ave)

                            friendly greek (danfourth)

                            king falafel (eglinton/bathurst)

                            JEWISH DELI
                            yitz's (eglington/avenue rd)

                            EASTERN EUROPEAN
                            schnitzel queen (queen/shelbourne)

                            black camel (yonge/rosedale)

                            1733 Eglinton Ave E, Toronto, ON M1K, CA

                            1. Olliffe, a meat shop in the 5 thieves Summerhill area, has really great sandwiches. Tons of the best, freshest meat, thinly sliced tomato, and their secret sauce (seems to be mayo, dijon, thyme, some other herbs, a bit of garlic), good buns. One of the best sandwiches I have had in T.O. They often sell out though. I'm not a sandwich person but I love these.

                              1097 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4W, CA

                              1. The Corned Beef House


                                After 5pm takeout sandwiches are $5. I recommend the roast beef brisket.

                                Corned Beef House
                                303 Adelaide St W, Toronto, ON M5V1P7, CA

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                                1. re: Boodah

                                  I used to be in this area alot for business and used to have the great corned beef sandwiches there at least twice a week (if not more). Fresh, hot, little spicy with fresh rye and their soups were also quite good from what I remember.

                                  1. re: Restaurant Dish

                                    I don't believe I've ever had soup there as I'm usually about ready to burst even after eating the smallest sandwich. It really is a nice little no-nonsense sandwich place.

                                2. I'm absolutely amazed at most of the suggestions here. The guy is on the St. George campus, and he's probably walking. The banh mi on Spadina is a good suggestion, and I'm surprised no one mentioned Caplansky's, given its popularity on this board. The suggestions down on Queen Street just don't make sense to me - how do you get from College or north down to Queen, get served, and get back in less than an hour?

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                                  1. re: FrankD

                                    At least he was in Apr 2008. Probably starved to death by now.

                                      1. re: estufarian

                                        Got me. Didn't notice the date.

                                        I'll just be quiet now.

                                        1. re: FrankD

                                          No worries...it happens to everyone at one time or another. I wish CH would come up with a system that warns you if you are about to resurrect a long-dead thread.

                                          1. re: CeeQueue

                                            Now that is a good idea. One of the most frustrating things is having a current thread on a topic, one that's in circulation and people have been actively posting to, and then, out of nowhere, some old thread on the same topic from three years ago jumps the queue.

                                            1. re: Full tummy

                                              CH's search engine is good about limiting hits to the past year, but Google has no such feature. I think a lot of dead thread resurrections come about from Google searches that lead to CH.

                                              1. re: CeeQueue

                                                But what's wrong with resurrecting a dead thread if it leads someone to good food?

                                                1. re: redearth

                                                  Because it becomes repetitive as people skip over the older posts. Newbies have to wade through stuff that's a mixture of out-of-date and current posts.
                                                  Better to start a new thread if it's 'new info'. Otherwise only necessary to point out changes (e.g. that place is now closed).

                                    1. On a similar subject, but subs... any opinions on New York Subway on Queen West, west of Spadina? I pass by it all the time.. worth my while? It's quite a hole in the wall type place.

                                      New York Subway
                                      520 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V, CA

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                                      1. re: jennjen18

                                        One of my favourites. Definitely worth a try. Agree you don't go there for the ambiance - just great food. I prefer to eat-in (all food is cooked to order, so you'll have a wait) but I observe that most of their trade is take-out.

                                        1. re: jennjen18

                                          They're more like burritos (albeit completely bastardised ones) than subs.

                                          1. re: piccola

                                            With items like cauliflower burrito, lamb satay burrito, chicken burrito (with ground chicken), the place is a fusion of foods from half of the world, I think. I usually feel compelled to order the lamb satay, but recently had the chicken burrito ($3.50 for the small, I believe). It was quite good and really unlike anything else in Toronto. Everyting is very tasty.

                                            1. re: Yongeman

                                              Oooh cauliflower burrito!? So my veggie SO will find something there too?? :)

                                              1. re: jennjen18

                                                Yes. I think there's also a potato (chana?) filling that would work, as well a spinach filling. I've only had the lamb satay, usually in a sub rather than a burrito, but things are somewhat interchangeable. The guy who works there seems a bit sullen, but he's really ok. It's just a really unique spot with real down-to-earth cooking which is driven by what tastes good, not by other rules.

                                                1. re: jennjen18

                                                  the cauliflower, lamb and eggplants are my mainstays there.... i just can't order anything else. sometimes they get combined. this becomes a serious craving for me at times and i only go "burrito" version.

                                          2. The Goldin's smoked meat sandwich is now served at a cafe on College St., I'd wager this would be a contender for best takeaway sandwich in TO.

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                                            1. re: duckdown

                                              It's at the Free Times, duckdown--just east of Caplansky's. I just read about it in another thread.

                                              Free Times Cafe
                                              320 College St, Toronto, ON M5T1S3, CA

                                              1. re: Yongeman

                                                Wow, suddenly College Street is smoked meat central.

                                                College Street Bar
                                                574 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B3, CA

                                                1. re: Yongeman

                                                  Cool, thanks for confirming the name.. I was going to call it "Good Times" for some reason, haha.


                                                  1. re: duckdown

                                                    Try the TD Tower foodcourt on Wellington and Bay: Fresh West Burrito, go for the inside out burrito with chicken - not really a sandwich but easy to eat! In RBC Tower foodcourt on Bay south of Welington: Sandwich Box. Mercatto on Bay north of Adelaide: Chicken and Brie paninni.

                                                    Sandwich Box
                                                    238 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M5V1Z7, CA

                                                    15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

                                              2. Marvellous Edibles on Laird Dr south of Eg has some great sandwiches. Try:
                                                asiago and tomato
                                                tandoori chicken and apple

                                                Marvellous Edibles
                                                120 Laird Dr, Toronto, ON M4G3V3, CA

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                                                1. re: Bernhardt

                                                  corned beef house, $5.00 sandwiches after 5pm. 8oz smoked meat or corned beef sandwiches. best deal in the city by far

                                                    1. re: estufarian

                                                      I think they close at 7 (or at least they did when I was there mid-week a few weeks ago).

                                                      1. re: Strongbad789

                                                        It is 7 p.m. I go there regularly after 5.