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Aug 19, 2009 09:54 AM

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.

              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!)