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Good sandwiches in Calgary

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I don't know if this has been done lately but everytime I go downtown I want sandwiches. I love sandwiches (and I hate most sub type rolls) The perfect bread is a sliced toasted sourdough or rye... looking for special sets of sauces and ingredients... I'm picky and don't eat that much cheese or over-processed deli meats.

Sandwiches I have liked so far:
Cafe Artigiano- panini
Sunterra- turkey and mango chutney!
Peppinos- Vegetarian sandwhich, no cheese, add chicken(has roasted red peppers and eggplant)

And the sanwiches I make:
Big Fish: order the butterlettuce and lobster salad with toast on the side, buttermilk grapefruit dressing, sprouts a squish of lemon and pepper. I'm sure at least someone is offended by my reworkings but it's my favorite 12$ sandwich/salad right now. mmm

What kind of sandwiches I'm looking for(fancy ones):

Vegetarian with organic ingredients(and maybe cream cheese!)
Salads that make good sandwiches
Unique produce and condiments(quinoa? pea shoots? GRAINY mustard, chutneys pestos and tapenades)
All local sourced ingredients
Breadless sandwiches (think thai lettuce wraps, crepes etc)
(mostly parisian, fusion, or european I know where to get viet subs! :) )

Lets make a list for a hungry sandwich searcher/s??

To try #1: Crouque monsieur(from?)

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  1. Le Perigord Sandwich at L'Epicerie. Duck Rillete with Cornichons and grainy mustard.

    Their Croque Monsieur is not bad either.

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    1. re: worldwidestuff

      I was a little disappointed when I went there last, the sandwich was bland(I ordered the smoked salmon with caper with grainy mustard but there wasn't a lot on there) I didn't try the Croque but it came out bubbling, I don't really like cheese but I'm willing to try it because its a classic

    2. check jetgirly's mention of the buddha burger in the thread on cafe koi.

      Caffe Rosso (on Stephen Ave, Convo Centre block across from Glenbow) has gorgeous sandwiches.

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      1. re: John Manzo

        Yeah I had a look at the menu, looks interesting. Cafe sandwiches are good but usually they are pre-built, I heard Deville Cafe has sandwiches and pastry? Perhaps I am looking for either deli's that make sandwiches or restaurants that serve a good variety of them, more gourmet-ish

        1. re: crigg

          Not pre-built- or pre-made if that's what you mean.

          1. re: John Manzo

            good to know, I just hate those dead puck-looking sandwiches in display cases like you would buy at 7-11 or something

      2. Montreal Bagels offers a couple of bagel sandwiches. the lox/cream cheese/red onion/capers is good. they have another one too, i think, but i can't remember what it is.

        1. If you like the panini at Caffe Artigiano, you'll probably like the panini at Rise Bakery. Try their cream of mushroom soup on Wednesdays, too.

          I'll second the sandwiches at L'Épicerie, especially the ones with paté.

          1. This may not be entirely up your alley, but Smokee Lee, in the shack at 6th Ave and 4th St SW does a smoked beef panini called the Mikey. She smokes her own Alberta beef, and the sandwich also includes onions and some sort of a mustardy sauce. I actually like it better than her Montreal Smoked Meat, and the MSM is awesome. It's a takeout joint, so choose your weather carefully. Hmm... it's been a couple of months; I need to revisit soon.

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            1. re: ByeByeBaby

              I'll have to try it! Mustardy sauce... onions, smokey :D

            2. Cowtown Beef Shack on Macleod, excellent beef on a bun, probably the best beef on a bun I've ever had.

              Does anyone know if there is a good veal on a bun in Calgary? (Say similar to California Sandwiches in Toronto) Tried one at the Italian Store and it was truly bland and uninspiring.

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              1. re: Scary Bill

                Try Mustachio in St Lawrence Market when you're back- beat California, by light years.

                And no. They are Toronto things.

                1. re: John Manzo

                  I know Mustachio well and have had many of their menu items. The veal, with various options, is good, as well as plenty, but I still prefer California. I will add about California, quality does very from location to location. The two best are the original on Claremont and the Queensway location, primarily due to freshness resulting from the constant line of customers.

                  1. re: Scary Bill

                    Not to derail- but I've only been to the Beaches location and you couldn't saw through the veal; it was inedible. To be fair though this was at least 10 yrs ago, and I actuallly never get the veal from Mustachio- just the chicken, a perfect plate that one.

                    I have had a veal cutlet sandwich at the OLD Caffe Mauro; maybe the new one serves it as well? Worth a shot. If no veal, then try their meatball, very good!

              2. They do a great BLAT (hehe) at Cadence Coffee. The A is avocado btw, and I have it without the B. Best veggie sandwich I have enjoyed in awhile, due to tons of fresh, ripe avocado.

                I think I've seen croque monsieur on the menu at Daniel Latrue but haven't tried it. I had a very nice Monte Cristo at Belmont Diner, minus the meat. It was pretty rich but delish.

                Based on my experience of breakfast, I'm pretty confident the sandwiches at Dairy Lane would be amazing.

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                  1. re: John Manzo

                    I love how all my answers are off by just a few letters, and directions tend to be backwards in some important regard.. thank god for the chowhound fact checkers.

                1. Do any of the Italian grocers do made-to-order sandwiches in Calgary? One of the many things I miss about Ottawa was DiRienzos, which was an old Italian corner store/deli. For $5 you get your pick of a freshly made bun, and a whole heap of whatever fresh Italian cold cuts you want. Price couldn't be beat, nor could the taste.

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                  1. re: electroleum

                    The Italian Store near McKnight and Deerfoot has hot and cold sandwiches and other prepared foods and tables to sit at. You'll probably also go home with a couple of bags of great groceries at good prices.

                    1. re: Scary Bill

                      Is this on the airport side near the new location of the pet store, behind the Wendy's/Tim Horten's sort of near the Giant Canada post building?

                      1. re: The Gut

                        5140 Skyline Way Northeast

                        Take the road behind the Timmys and head towards Deerfoot about a block an a half, it's on the right

                        1. re: Scary Bill

                          I don't know when I'll be able to go investigate but this sounds relavent to my intrests. I can see the McKnight over pass out the window here.

                          1. re: The Gut

                            It's just south and west of the Westjet office block. That's my cheese,salami, and prosciutto goto place among other things.

                            1. re: rosetown

                              The name of that place is Scarpone's - love it! Great pizza dough and pastas.

                              1. re: foodkarma

                                The Italian Store & Scarpone's are side by side... The Italian Store is the grocery/deli at 5140 Skyline and Scarpone's is next door at 5130.

                                1. re: maplesugar

                                  Scarpones is the import and wholesale division of the group. The Italian Store is the retail store.

                                  Scarpones products can be found at certain retailers, ie Co-Op.

                  2. railway deli when you're in canmore.