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The best club sandwich in TO?

Mintycake Sep 2, 2008 11:21 AM

OK...my dear husband asked me to post this. Although not a foodie, he has a few food obsessions and the first one (and it's a biggie because I learned about it on our first date!) is the club sandwich. He is looking for the best club sandwich in the city. We're talking the traditional club - the white bread triangles with the toothpick in them. So far he says the best is at the Paupers Pub. I don't eat club's so I can't really help him.

So...to those who love the club...where do you get the best traditional club in the city?


  1. Brain of J Sep 2, 2008 11:55 AM

    I've said it before and I'll say it again, The Peartree on Parliament makes an excellent club sandwich. I believe you can have either turkey or chicken. Great fries too.

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    1. re: Brain of J
      mainja Sep 5, 2008 09:50 AM

      okay, based on this reccomendation I went there for a club today. it was VERY tasty. The sandwich comes with soup of fries, it's $2 extra if you want salad.

      I do have to say though, I didn't like the fries. They looked perfect, but there was something about the oil they were fried in that I didn't like, and they were kind of, well, for lack of a better word, chewy.

      But the sandwich itself was delightful, so I second this nomination. *grin*

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      robb Sep 2, 2008 12:12 PM

      Steve's at Bathurst and Wilson. Had one today as a matter of fact with great well-done fries!!

      1. tbonetak Sep 2, 2008 12:14 PM

        Avenue Open Kitchen on Camden, which runs west off of Spadina, just south of Richmond. The only (and barely) non-traditional element is the chicken, which has a tiny hint of bbq sauce on the skin. As well, I particularly love the way the toothpicks pierce the lid of the takeout container.

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        1. re: tbonetak
          c_snapper Sep 2, 2008 07:15 PM

          i just moved into camden street, can't wait to try avenue open kitchen!

        2. duckdown Sep 2, 2008 01:26 PM

          I friggin love club sandwiches.. Oh, with no tomato

          And I hate the places that call it a club sandwich but it doesn't include cheese

          Club sandwich should include cheese!

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          1. re: duckdown
            juno Sep 2, 2008 02:12 PM

            Your husband may be no foodie, as you suggest, but he is clearly a man of unquestioned taste in his reverance for a decent club house sandwich. Any joint that has it on the menu (there aren't many), yet can't do it right, doesn't deserve to be in business. I recall, when it first opened, the high-class North44 offered a club house in its then-more casual upstairs room, at a fair price,, and it was wonderful. But I suppose they felt it lowered the tone of the entire restaurant, and it disappeared. Nowadays, I content myself with the one on offer at the Rebel House, a lively pub on Yonge St. near the Rosedale subway station. Though I'm not sure if it can be considered traditional. No toothpicks to hold it together. Indeed, I think it's now only two slices, rather than the classic three slices of bread. And I think duckdown would be disappointed - no cheese that I could discern (though I wouldn't mind if they added a nice chunk of old cheddar). But those edible classic ingredients that ARE present and accounted for are of good quality (back bacon, too), abundant and mighty tasty. So I will allow a kitchen as good as the Rebel House's to reinterpret the club house as it wishes. Sided with what the house calls its "kettle fries" or, for sissies, a rather pleasant salad. I order the club house almost every time I get there - which isn't too often, obviously, because I can't recall the price, though it's certainly modest. That's the whole point of the club house: it should be relatively cheap, filling and eminently satisfying.

            1. re: duckdown
              tjr Sep 2, 2008 02:45 PM

              Cheese may often be added, but the classic club sandwich has tomato but lacks cheese.

              The club at North44 was great; the traditional Toronto club, though, seems to use cold cuts rather than actual turkey or chicken. The Rebel House makes a good club, though non-traditional. Alas, I mostly make them at home with leftover chicken or turkey, and would rarely order them at a restaurant...

              1. re: tjr
                visualhornet Sep 2, 2008 04:02 PM

                Tomatoes are a must for a club. To me that what determines whether its a good club or not. I cant stand having a club that oozes out tomato juice. Also is a traditional club with Mayo or Butter? I like Butter, Mayo on the side.

                1. re: visualhornet
                  pouletsecret Sep 3, 2008 04:15 AM

                  I personally HATE when the mayo comes on the side. You have to disassemble four quarters of a triple-decker sandwich - that takes time, folks! - while your food is getting cold. Or dip, which is uneven and a bit gross. I absolutely require the mayo to be on my club (though I have no problem with people ordering it 'on the side' if that's what suits them).
                  And my 2 cents re cheese vs. tomatoes:
                  Tomatoes are mandatory.
                  Cheese - now that's odd. I don't think I've ever had cheese on a club. It would probably be good, but I can't see how it's necessary.

                2. re: tjr
                  garlicandwingnut Sep 2, 2008 04:12 PM

                  IMHO cheese had no place on a Club and a Club without tomato is not a Club.

                3. re: duckdown
                  KevinB Sep 2, 2008 07:53 PM

                  I'm no stick in the mud on variations - my favourite by far is BLT on side, and chicken salad on the other, but I don't call it a "club", since it's called a "Hollywood".

                  But no tomato and must have cheese? That's not a club, any more than a sandwich with no kraut and no pastrami is a Reuben. Or, to steal from another thread, any more than taking corned beef and slapping it between two pieces of rye is "Montreal Smoked Meat". Or, in the latest line of abominations, calling anything but gin or vodka with a bit of vermouth a "Martini". Either a name means something, or it doesn't, and if you choose the latter, it makes communication next to impossible.

                  Bacon, cheese, and turkey sounds like a very tasty sandwich, but it's NOT a club.

                  1. re: KevinB
                    deelicious Sep 2, 2008 08:02 PM

                    Can't imagine a club without bacon....it is essential by definition!


                    1. re: KevinB
                      phoenikia Sep 4, 2008 08:11 PM

                      Where can you find a good "Hollywood" in Toronto, KevinB?

                      1. re: phoenikia
                        KevinB Sep 5, 2008 04:26 AM

                        The first place I ever had one was the venerable "Vesta Lunch" at Dupont and Bathurst. But usually, I just look at the menu, and see if they offer both a traditional club, and a chicken salad sandwich, and then ask if they can make the substitution. I have yet to be turned down.

                        Ask for extra napkins!

                        1. re: KevinB
                          phoenikia Sep 5, 2008 07:07 AM

                          Thanks KevinB. Sounds v. good;)

                  2. deelicious Sep 2, 2008 02:22 PM

                    Joy Bistro makes a great one but on standard bread.

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                    1. re: deelicious
                      Mintycake Sep 2, 2008 02:30 PM

                      Joy is near our house. That should convince hubby to take me there (I've been wanting to try it for a while, though reviews here are mixed).

                      1. re: Mintycake
                        deelicious Sep 2, 2008 05:48 PM

                        The homefries are seasoned, freshly made and addictive. The chicken in the club is fresh made, well seasoned, breast meat and lots of it. I ordered it with peameal instead of strip bacon and loved it. The waiter said it normally comes with both - not sure if he was correct. The bread is standard wonder bread but for a classic club i guess that is correct!

                        1. re: deelicious
                          Marimba Sep 2, 2008 06:10 PM

                          Have you been lately...new owers, new chef, much better IMHOBWDIK...Marimba!

                          1. re: Marimba
                            visualhornet Sep 2, 2008 06:14 PM

                            Mayo or Butter ? for a traditonal club or Both?

                            1. re: Marimba
                              deelicious Sep 2, 2008 06:29 PM

                              I had the sandwich yesterday : )

                              Comes with both mayo and butter. I asked for neither but with mayo on the side.

                      2. JonasBrand Sep 3, 2008 06:35 AM

                        The Senator has a great club, with a giant wack of roast chicken breast, the only nontraditional aspect is that it is served on a challah bun, but it works. Now that you've got me thinking... I might just head over for one today!

                        249 Victoria St, Toronto, ON M5B1T8, CA

                        1. spades Sep 3, 2008 02:30 PM

                          A traditional club should be served with traditional (i.e., non-creamy) coleslaw. Therefore my personal nod for the best traditional club sandwich in town goes to the Tulip.

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                          1. re: spades
                            eddy Sep 4, 2008 07:28 PM

                            The Tulip's club is aces

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                            air621 Sep 4, 2008 08:09 PM

                            I judge a diner by its club and its banquet burger.
                            To me, a club has to have sliced roast turkey or chicken, no cold cuts, strip bacon, no peameal. No cheese, tomato and lettuce. White bread is standard, I've enjoyed clubs on whole wheat and challah. I actually prefer challah, that's how I make them at home. Mayo is a must, I like it on the side and spread onto the sandwich on the slice with a knife.
                            Since it's not fancy, I find there are several good ones. Zuppa's is solid. People's always had a good one. The key to a really good one is lightly toasted bread and tasty bird.

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                              smr714 Sep 5, 2008 06:11 AM

                              You want the mayo, if you have tomatoes. The mayo keeps the lightly toasted bread from going soggy.

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                                MindGrinder Sep 5, 2008 07:05 AM

                                In Toronto - I don't think I have anything memorable. Nothing great - nothing bad. The best I had was at the Radisson in Sudbury of all places. Their interpretation of the club was the most memorable I had. Foccacia - turkey - bacon - the works. May not stick to the strict rules of chowhound club fanatics here but it was damn fine.

                                1. mrbozo Sep 5, 2008 10:34 AM

                                  I stick to the recipe I remember from my teenage years in Montreal: three slices toasted industrial white bread; top half classic BLT with no condiment; bottom half sliced roasted chicken with no condiment; mayonnaise on the side. Served with an order of mahogany coloured, limp, greasey, slightly sweet fries.

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                                  1. re: mrbozo
                                    montrealer70 Sep 5, 2008 12:27 PM

                                    Mr. Bozo, for the last time, you're not getting Lafleurs fries in Toronto.!!!

                                  2. eddy Sep 22, 2008 04:31 PM

                                    Sunshine resto on sheppard near leslie. At the light to go to ikea. north west corner, small plaza

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