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Apr 22, 2010 10:41 AM

Great Sandwich Spots in Nova Scotia

I'm looking for suggestions for truly great sandwich places across the province. We live in Yarmouth and frequently travel from one end of the province to another (almost). I don't like fast food, especially when I drive, so I hope to eliminate the crap shoot that is the small town diner or family eatery.

I will say outright that I am a fan of the sandwich. Like pizza, it is ubiquitous in every small town and big city. Like pizza, so few do it well or even adequately. And like pizza, when done right it can be transcendent. I would love to hear about the spots that serve a variety of excellent sandwiches, whether fancy shmancy or hard core "what'll ya have dear" diner. I'm looking for as much as possible to be made in house from scratch. Excellent bread is an absolute must.

I can start things off by saying that in Yarmouth we have an amazing sandwich spot: the Old World Bakery and Deli. Big beautiful sandwich rolls made fresh right there. All meats roasted or smoked in-house. Fresh, real vegetables. And a desire on the part of the owner, Tony, to make sure flavours are balanced and the sandwich works as a meal.

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  1. I've only been a couple of times, but the Salt Shaker Deli in Lunenburg makes terrific sandwiches. Menu can be seen at

    Also, thanks for the heads-up re: the Old World—I now know where I'm eating should I find myself in Yarmouth!

    1. Ciboutlette Cafe on Barrington, and for pita sandwiches, Mid East Food Centre on Agricola.

      1. A few more for the city:

        Jane's Next Door on Robie Street has great take away sandwiches. Roast beef with caramelized onion and a curry chicken salad are the two that jump to mind.

        I'm also a huge fan of the tofu salad sandwich at The Good Food Emporium on Gottingen Street. Thick cut home made bread and lots of delicious tofu. Not much in the way of other toppings, but super flavourful so it doesn't really need them.

        One to watch for - there is apparently a Bahn Mi restaurant opening on South Park Street across from the public gardens. I've got high hopes for this one.

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        1. re: parleek

          Oh, and one other for outside the city. The Dragonfly Cafe in Antigonish - I had breakfast there (admittedly a few years back). But based on my experience and your indication of what you're looking for - it might be worth looking into.

        2. New place opened in Halifax today for Banh Mi - Vietnamese baguette sandwiches.

          Lots of nice fresh ingredients, good strong flavours and spice. Meat and veggie options. Good sized sandwich and not too expensive (although drinks are pricey). There is a room for improvement (hey, it's opening day, you can't expect perfection.) There didn't seem to be pâté as a topping for example, which I thought was kind of standard and I think the bread itself could be better. But honestly, I was impressed with what they were doing and would go back. A good addition to this sandwich list and to downtown Halifax lunch options.

          South Park Street ground floor of the condo building across from the Public Gardens.

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          1. re: parleek

            Wish I'd read about the Banh Mi place before my trip to Halifax. I was right in the neighbourhood, rolled the dice and lost. I'll check it out, thanks.

            1. re: LetMeGrillThat

              Stop at this place, it is just outside Baddeck, in Cape Breton. It is great.


          2. Union Street Cafe in Berwick is a great spot.