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Jul 24, 2008 05:42 AM

What's your favourite sandwich?

Not sure if this topic's been covered before. I'm obsessed (obsessed) with sandwiches. Some of my personal favourites:
Fish sandwich at Fish Store on College
Fish sandwich at Buster's Cove at SLM
Chicken Sandwich at portuguese place in SLM (dark meat)
Caplansky's (a recent addition)
California veal sandwich
Gyro with fries from some butcher shop on s. side of Danforth just w. of Logan
Jerk chicken sandwich at Ackee Tree

Given my obsession, I'm looking for more ideas, which are bound to annoy poor Ms. GG, as I drag her around the city to satisfy my cravings (in the long run, she'll appreciate it, I'm sure).

I've heard good things about the Cubano sandwich at Delux and will try at some point. Like Banh Mi, but always find the bread a bit lacking. I would count wraps, such as a shawarma or a gyro, on a list. I have yet to find a top notch shawarma in TO. Any good smoked salmon sandwiches out there?

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  1. Personal favourite shawarma: Shawarma Empire, 1823 Lawrence Ave E on the south side of Lawrence just a bit east of Pharmacy. Clean resto, a nice couple that run it, and a shawarma that is 100% consistent. What I ask for this week will taste exactly as the next one I order. All hits, no misses.

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    1. re: Googs

      I have to say if Shawarma and Falfael sandwiches are what your craving MeVa Me is where you should be going..... that is if you can get to Thornhill.

      I have also always enjoyed picking up a sandwich at Olliffe butcher shoppe.....that is if there are any left when I get there....they sell out of them so quickly...!!!!

    2. Chicken Sub at Ginger, oh my (the Yonge/Bloor location makes my fave version of it, but all locations I've had it at are great)

      Veal Sam at San Francesco
      Meatball Sam at Fusaro's

      Nice picks GG...

      p.s. I enjoy smoked salmon sandwiches at Yonge/Eg What A Bagel

      1. I highly recommend the banh mi at Rose Cafe on the west side of Broadview just south of Gerrard. A very average bun, but great filling. $1.85, I think.

        1. I keep meaning to try the Fish Store on College - it's been on my list for way too long. Thanks for yet another reminder.

          I'd definitely suggest the brisket sandwich from Black Camel, to which I add chipotle mayo, caramelized onions and arugula.

          Did you happen to catch last week's Now Magazine - cover story was on the 20 best sandwiches in Toronto. I was actually quite impressed with the list - it included Caplansky's, Black Camel (pulled pork), Carousel's peameal bacon in SLM, salmon sandwich from Fish Store, Mustachio's eggplant sandwich in SLM, Ackee's jerk chicken and Rose Cafe's banh mi. The chicken sandwich from Red Tea Box looks amazing - also on my "must try" list. Here's the link:

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          1. re: peppermint pate

            Loved the recent issue of Now even if some "bests" are debatable. Heading to SLM today - will be sure to try Busters Cove fish sandwich and portugese chicken sandwich along with the usual suspects.

            My fave sandwich has got to be the patty melt at The Pilot on Cumberland...tender, juicy hamburger sandwiched between marbled rye with caramelized onions and melted cheddar. Yum. (The fries are awful, though, limp and greasy).

            1. re: Food Tourist

              If you're getting the portuguese chicken sandwich, make sure to ask for the dark meat. Otherwise, it's a bit dry.

              1. re: Food Tourist

                Hey Food Tourist,

                I had my first patty melt at the pilot last week and it was great!!! . . . I'll definitely be back for another one . . . I had the sweet potato fries (instead of the regular) which were very crisp and well seasoned . . . as far as my other faves go here's my list..
                Belly Busters Bacon combo w/ extra bacon
                California Hot Veal
                Fish Shop's Grilled Salmon
                Ghandi's buttered chicken roti
                a la turque's Falafel and swarma
                Ali's Goat Roti or spinach roti with xtra hot sauce
                sneaky dees western sandwich

                I'm going to try Caplansky's this weekend as it does sound great . . . any must haves while I'm there?


                1. re: snackboy

                  Oh yeah! Belly Buster for a great sub, as long as it includes bacon.

                  1. re: snackboy

                    I tried a friend's sweet potato fries at The Pilot and you're right, they were MUCH better than the regular fries - thinner, crispier, even spicier. I wasn't sure they were homemade, though.

                    I too enjoy A La Turque on Church just north of Wellesley.

                    At SLM yesterday, we split the Carousel peameal (ordered it plain and added the "hot hot" mustard) - bun gets crusty under the heat and reminded me of a hamburger bun. I think the bread was different last time. We also split the portugese chicken sandwich (pre-made) at the churrasqueria place - asked for "dark" meat but seemed to receive white meat! The BBQ sauce was a nice change from the ordinary. But the highlight was the Uno Mustachio's eggplant sandwich, piled high and crunchy as always. Didn't like the addition of lettuce and tomato on it which we didn't ask for. They were out of mushrooms, so we ordered onion, sauce, and sweet peppers (green)...and were surprised to find lettuce and tomato as well.

                    Checked out Busters fish sandwich but were too full to order it.

                    1. re: Food Tourist

                      Hey F T

                      I'm glad someone else is enjoying A La Turque as well as they are a really friendly family and I want to see them do well . . . as far as the sweet potato fries I'm not sure either if they are home made . . . I'll ask next time I'm in . . . either way they are pretty tasty...


                      1. re: Food Tourist

                        I love A La Turque and the SLM chicken sandwich as well.

                      2. re: snackboy

                        Californias has an awesome veal sandwich

                      3. re: Food Tourist

                        Better yet, have the bifana sandwich at the SLM Churrasco, Food Tourist. Made when you order it so you have to wait a few minutes, but warm, juicy, and deelish upon arrival. Ask them to put "the works" on it. Oops. I guess I should have put the bifana on my fave list too.

                        1. re: Googs

                          Thanks Googs! What is "bifana with the works" exactly? I will def. order it next time. I wasn't overly impressed with the white meat chicken sandwich though it was decent.

                          1. re: Food Tourist


                            Served on a bun with lettuce, tomato, grilled peppers, and piri piri sauce. You can just say "the works" and probably should since I may have forgotten something.

                          2. re: Googs

                            Is the Bifana just like the wrapped sandwiches, only fresher? Or is it something altogether different from those yummy wrapped ones?

                            I love those wrapped chicken sammos, but if I could get it even fresher so much the better!

                            1. re: magic

                              Bifana is thinly sliced pork. And it doesn't get ordered too often, so they make it fresh.

                              Getting a freshly made chicken sandwich is a tougher task. I usually go when they're not as busy and when I say "dark meat only" they have more time to actually make a fresh one. I've gone during a busy midday lunch and asked for dark meat and have exactly what happened to Food Tourist.

                              1. re: grandgourmand

                                Ahhh - Thanks for clarifying! Will have to try the bifana.

                                Maybe you have to say 'dark meat' slowly. :)

                                I’m a fan of the premade chicken sandwiches. Yes, you do get the occasional dry piece of breast meat... predictably so. But the sauce is added in such a thoughtful proportion it usually mitigates occasional dryness, I find. That said, I want to get my claws on a dark meat version.

                                1. re: grandgourmand

                                  It was after the midday rush, though as we got to the counter, a lineup formed behind us, so maybe he thought better of our request and just went for the quick buck! Honestly, it wasn't dried out, but I know it could have been juicier.

                              2. re: Googs

                                I just had a bifana today and was really disappointed. The pork was really tough and flavorless. I regret not trashing it halfway through and getting one Churrasco SLM chicken sandwiches, which are excellend.

                                1. re: Humbucker

                                  Sorry to hear that.. sounds like a one-off kind of thing. Never had a tough bifana at SLM before.

                                  Now, Amadeu's is another story...

                                  1. re: Humbucker

                                    Never had that experience with the bifana at Churrasco SLM. Always moist, tender, flavourful, and served warm. The premade chicken sandwiches are good, but I really prefer my sandwiches to be made when ordered. Sorry to hear about it Humbucker. Hope it isn't a sign of things to come.

                                    1. re: Googs

                                      grabbed a bifana this past weekend and it was delicious. i could have gone for more seasoning on the pork but otherwise the thin cuts of meat were tender and quite juicy with a decent pork flavour. i had someone else try it out and they were very happy with it and while it's not a real "but".... i felt that it is definitely a sandwich that is greater than the sum of its parts. having "the works" is crucial in making it a really great sandwich... one missing element certainly would take away quite a bit.

                                2. re: Food Tourist

                                  Enjoyed the patty melt again last night at the Pilot / Flight Deck. They may well offer the best hamburger in Toronto. The sweet potato fries are indeed the battered crispy kind. (By the way, AVOID the "Calgary Ginger Beef" at the Pilot - may be a contender for worst dish of 2008).

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                                1. Wow, I'm surprised you've had bad experiences at the Fish Store. I've been a couple dozen times and every time I've been it's been nothing less than brilliant, never ever overcooked. Totally deserving of NOW's inclusion.