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Can anyone tell me where in Toronto to get back bacon on a bun (not peameal)?

I'd been hearing about this sandwich at Carousel Bakery at SLM, but having finally seen a photo of it I realize it's not the sandwich I've been craving (not a huge fan of peameal). I used to get these amazing sandwiches at a booth in the Food Building at the CNE, which were thinly sliced back bacon, not peameal. It was so good I would usually have two or three over the course of the day, eschewing other unknown items in favour of the tried and true.

I can't remember whose booth it was (last time there was about 5 years ago, so I don't know if they're still there).

I've heard that Witteveen's has a back bacon that's not peameal. Anyone had it?


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    1. re: jdavis2ca

      Both are the same cut of meat, and both are brine-cured, but back bacon is smoked, and not rolled in peameal/cornmeal. Peameal is not smoked.

      1. re: Wahooty

        There seems to be quite a bit of confusion about these two items. It's the smoked aspect of the back bacon I crave, not to mention that I hate cornmeal on anything (buns, pizza crusts, english muffins).

        Those CNE sandwiches were definitely not peameal, and were sliced more thinly and piled high. Mmmmmmm.

        1. re: CeeQueue

          Yep, and back bacon is what shows up as "Canadian bacon" south of the border. This also causes a lot of confusion. :)

          1. re: Wahooty

            And if you want to buy good back bacon here, look for Irish bacon.

            1. re: Wahooty

              My experience is what shows up as "Canadian bacon" in the US is plain old ham.

        2. re: jdavis2ca

          All peameal is back bacon, true, but not all back bacon is peameal.

        3. The CNE booth was most likely Maggie's. There are several of them inside the Food Building. As of last year they were still there. Probably are again this year too, though I haven't checked. Those sandwiches are outstanding.

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          1. re: magic

            I don't do the CNE anymore, unfortunately. Is the Maggi's on College (or the place in Village by the Grange that's owned by the people who started Maggie's) related to the CNE folks?

            1. re: CeeQueue

              I have no idea if Maggie’s at the CNE is affiliated with the breakfast restaurants. I don’t think so but that is a total guess. Are those restaurants even around anymore? I know the Maggie’s on Eglinton is now a BOOM!

              1. re: magic

                The "Maggie's" on Eglinton was actually "Meggie's" -- I drove by a place in Scarborough (on Kennedy?) also called Meggie's and the signage was similar, so perhaps there's still one that's open?

                1. re: torontofoodiegirl

                  That's not far from me...I'll have to swing by there and check it out. According to the only listing I could find, it's called Meggie's Cafe.

            2. re: magic

              I found this interesting article about the Maggie of Maggie's. http://www.thestar.com/article/249400

              It doesn't say if she sells her food anywhere other than the CNE, though.

              1. re: CeeQueue

                Cool, I'm going to give this a read. Thank ya.

            3. There's a tiny stand just across from Carousel in SLM that do back bacon on a bun, as well as sausage, pastrami, etc. Definitely not peameal.

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              1. re: Snarf

                I have to get down there and try it. Thanks.

              2. I recall some years ago having a bacon sub at Belly Buster Subs (on Yonge between Lawrence/York Mills).

                1. Recently had a sandwich called a Bacon Butty at the the Queen & Beaver pub on Elm. The bacon was sort of a cross between peameal (sans cornmeal) and crispy breakfast bacon. I have no idea what the official name for that kind of bacon would be. It was a pretty decent sandwich, nothing I would rave about though... probably about as tasty as a Carousel sandwich in my mind.

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                  1. re: Gary

                    Mmmmm, did it have fries on it? I always think of a butty as having french fries on the sandwich.

                    1. re: CeeQueue

                      No, unfortunately! That was my first thought too. But that's a "chip butty", this was a "bacon butty" so the bacon replaces the fries. It's actually on the snacks menu and comes with potato chips. Big enough to fill me up, though (well, that and a few pints of delicious cask ale!)

                  2. Freybe's makes a lightly smoked back bacon, available at Highland Farms or Costco.

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                    1. re: jayt90

                      Thanks...I'll have a look for it.

                    2. They sell back bacon on a bun at the Weston Farmer's Market every Saturday from May to October. I'm not an expert of back bacon vs. peameal but I believe this is the back bacon you are looking for. The Weston Farmer's Market is located in the GO parking lot north of John Street in Weston.

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                      1. re: spicecat

                        Thanks spicecat. If I ever get out that way on a Saturday I'll check it out.

                        1. re: CeeQueue

                          Not in Toronto, but in Barrie on Hwy. 11 just north of Big Bay Point is The Original Barrie Burger, and the best Back Bacon Sandwich that I have ever eaten.
                          The Bacon is sliced similar to smoked meat, and piled as high as a large Smoked Meat Sandwich.
                          It is surprisingly juicy considering the cut.
                          A little mustard, onion, and tomato, and it is perfect.

                          1. re: erly

                            Sounds fabulous! I will definitely look for this place next time I'm up that way, which, unfortunately, isn't that often :(

                      2. During the Cabbagetown festival on the 12th and 13th of September this year (always the weekend after the long weekend I think) the Epicure shop on Parliament, just south of Carlton, has them. They're amazing. Thin thin thin sliced back bacon on a bun, no peameal. I also really don't like peameal bacon. But I dream about this sandwich...

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                        1. re: mainja

                          Awesome! I will try to get down there. Do they really only have them for the festival? What a shame.

                          1. re: CeeQueue

                            they have a huge charcoal bbq that they set up during the festival to cook and keep warm a million things, but I'd say they wouldn't have room to maintain something like that year round.

                            1. re: mainja

                              When I go to the CNE I get back bacon sandwiches from the ZIGGY'S booth beside BMO field across from the Food building.

                        2. I found a type of back bacon called Wiltshire. Does anyone know if it can be eaten raw? It's definitely delicious cooked on a bun, but I ate a bit raw first (well, smoked) and am wondering if I'll be okay. I have a post about this on the general forum, but I fear Wiltshire might not be as familiar outside Canada (other than the U.K.).

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                          1. re: CeeQueue

                            I am no expert, but I would personally not eat it raw.
                            Summerhill Market have the Wiltshire packages thinly sliced, and except for the fact that they are a bit too salty for my taste,the Pork is excellent.

                            1. re: CeeQueue

                              Wiltshire bacon is a type of cure in the south of England. A Google search shows that it may or may not be smoked. If yours was smoked, it is safe to eat from the package. If merely brined, it still may be safe raw, as the incidence of trichinososis is very low in Canada (almost non existent).
                              You could call But 'n Ben to get some more information.

                              1. re: jayt90

                                I just had a colleague asking about Wiltshire Bacon - so I see above that I can get it at Summerhill Market...any other places to get it in Toronto?

                                1. re: Sandybandy

                                  Any But 'n' Ben location would carry it. I know the one on Ellesmere near McCowan has Wiltshire and Ayrshire bacon.

                                  1. re: Sandybandy

                                    Stuart Carroll Meats carries Wiltshire Bacon

                              2. I had a back bacon on a kaiser sandwich yesterday at European Quality Meats (on Jutland Road, near Kipling). OMG it was so good. Just a little bit of mustard. Delicious!! Comes to $3.14 with taxes in.

                                1. I have had a back bacon sandwich (NOT PEAMEAL) at a local Midtown Deli/Bakery called Hillsdale 594 Mt. Pleasant Road, delicious!

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                                  1. re: yummyladie

                                    Seriously the best peameal I have ever eaten (and I make my own at home too) is put out by a company called Elite Meat Company, they sell to many restaurants and foodservice companies. If you can find a restaurant that carries their peameal I think you will be very pleasantly surprised at the flavour and texture this MASS produced peameal has. Very very good stuff. http://www,elitemeat.ca they also have a butcher shop (um, more of a ready to eat food stuff shop) in Ajax.

                                  2. Just around teh corner from Witteveen's Manos Deli serves a back bacon sandwich that is not peameal.