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Favourite downtown Sandwich?

I am looking for some tasty sandwich options in the downtown core. Would love to hear everyones suggestions!

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  1. Petit Four - in Commerce Court.
    Heidi's Deli - Commerce Court
    Pumpernickels - BCE and FCP and TD.
    Aroma - Standard Life.

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    1. re: MeMeMe

      Thanks for the ideas! What have you tried at these places that is good?

      1. re: Oscar22

        Petit Four has amazing interesting sandwiches - Smoked Chicken Club, Ham Sandwiches, Pulled Pork, Reuben etc. Freshest bread - and great soups Heidi's has great sliced chicken breast and club sandwiches. Pumpernickels does a mean schnitzel sandwich, and Aroma has huge sandwiches (a half a sammy is enough).

        1. re: MeMeMe

          I was very disappointed that Petit Four used processed chicken. Inexcusable at that price.

          1. re: Apprentice

            Not when I've been there. They use smoked chicken which seemed freshly made, and the chicken meatballs were also homemade (not made with ground chicken).

      2. re: MeMeMe

        The tuna sandwich (a riff on a nicoise salad) at Petit Four is absolutely delicious.

        I also like the italian meats on baguette at the takeout counter at Mercatto.

        15 Toronto Street, Toronto, ON M5C 2E3, CA

        1. re: EarlyDrive

          the Fresh food sandwiches across from P Four is also good, but cash only, which means I usually end up with a smoked salmon sandwich from P Four

          1. re: EarlyDrive

            I also love that Mercatto sandwich, specifically on the whole grain baguette, which has pumpkin seeds and is very tasty bread.

        2. Mustachos at the St Lawrence Market, lower level.

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          1. re: wrigbay

            Agreed with this one! My favourite is the eggplant on focaccia!

          2. Before there was Metro, there was a woman working at the Dominion at Yonge and Eglinton who made the best Italian style sandwiches. Just like my mom made for my lunch when I was a kid. Combinations of salami, mortadella, capicollo, provolone <sigh>...I have occcasion to be there once a week and would stop every time to get one to take back to my office for lunch. Sadly, since the Metro thing, she is now reduced to following a formula and she's been reined in as far as her delicious combinations. We have commiserated over this together.

            She still makes the sandwiches on the ciabatta that are behind the glass. They don't come pre-packaged from the Metro "factory". I am so crazy about her magical sandwich powers, that even though I don't shop at Metro, I have sought out their sandwich counters and tried several of the same sandwiches at other locations. Nothing compares to my sandwich senora at the other Metros. Some, I would say, are inedible.

            1. Black Camel just across from the Rosedale Subway exit. THE BEST - pulled pork sandwich, roasted veggie sandwich ... all of them!

              Black Camel
              4 Crescent Rd, Toronto, ON M4W1S9, CA

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              1. re: CocoTO

                I agree that the Black Camel has a great pulled pork sandwich. I would stretch the limits of the core to include the veal sandwich at California Sandwiches on Claremont in Little Italy. It is a simple yet truly great sandwich.

                California Sandwiches
                244 Claremont St, Toronto, ON M6J2N2, CA

              2. Not quite "downtown core," but no thread about Toronto sandwiches is complete without a mention of the Fish Store on College. Cheap, fast, fresh, and filling. The rolls (from the bakery across the street, I believe) are amaaazing.

                The Fish Store
                657 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B7, CA

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                1. re: Whats_For_Dinner

                  I used to love the fish store but last time we picked up a scallop sandwich the scallops were much smaller than I remembered from several previous purchases and they were way overcooked. As well the vinagrette seemed different. Have there been changes or just an off day. Hopefully just an off day because the dozens of sandwiches I've had there previously were all amazing.

                  1. re: jamesm

                    oh no! i love the fish store but sadly haven't been in a very long time...

                    The One That Got Away on King at Portland sells similar sandwiches that make me think of the Fish Store. They also have wrap and salad options for the grilled fish or you can get it fish and chips battered.

                    The Fish Store
                    657 College St, Toronto, ON M6G1B7, CA

                    1. re: jamesm

                      lets seriously hope it was an off day. I will check them out soon. This is troubling news indeed, the type that makes you feel you have been taking something for granted for too long...

                      1. re: jamesm

                        That's odd, I went quite a bit over the summer and everything was its usual brilliance. I haven't been since August so can't comment on anything more recent.

                        But still, that's surprising to say the least.

                        1. re: magic

                          The one I had was about a month and a half ago. I'm more than willing to try again since everything else I've ever had there has been outstanding. I love the buns they use. You can get them across the street at the Portuguese bakery.

                          1. re: jamesm

                            Agree that the buns make it.
                            The other fish sandwich place I mentioned uses delicious buns too. They are touch greasy but light. I'd eat the bread alone!

                            1. re: jamesm

                              Hopefully it was just an rare misfre.

                              1. re: magic

                                Had the grilled char sandwich at the Fish Store yesterday and it was excellent. Loads of fish, great bun, nice fresh lettuce and tomato and all for $7.30 + $1.00 for avocado (which was a very nice addition). Also tried the grouper which was also great. Fish also available as a wrap or on rice for same price.

                                Extremely fast just before noon, but it was lined up when we left. Perfect light quick lunch.

                                1. re: PoppiYYZ

                                  I had the Grouper special yesterday too! I was there around 1 and there was no real line up by that time.

                                  I actually prefer the grilled fish sandwiches at The One That Got Away on King at Portland and then of course they serve perfect fries!

                                  1. re: justsayn

                                    Ha ha! If "The One That Got Away" are better, I can't wait to try them. They are next on my list.

                                  2. re: PoppiYYZ

                                    The scallop sandwich at the fish store is phenomenal. Maybe my favourite sandwich but I'm a sucker for scallops.

                        2. The lobster roll at Rodney's By Bay.

                          The beef dip at the Irish Embassy.

                          The hot roast beef sandwich at the Library Bar.

                          The Monte Cristo at Reggie's.

                          The Cubano from Petit Four.

                          Irish Embassy
                          49 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

                          Rodney's By Bay
                          56 Temperance Street, Toronto, ON M5H 3V5, CA

                          The Monte Cristo Restaurant
                          30 Dundas, Iroquois, ON K0E1K0, CA

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                          1. re: Cat123

                            The Cubano is unfortunately no longer on the menu at Petit Four.

                          2. Eggplant parmigiana sandwich in the bottom floor of the St. Lawrence Market. Great sauce, nicely breaded eggplant. But you gotta go during lunch hour or soon after; otherwise you get their pre-packaged leftovers.

                            St. Lawrence Market
                            92 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

                            1. If you're looking for food court options in the downtown core, I'm munching on the lamb roti wrap from Amaya right now. Won't win "best sandwich" awards any time soon, but it's pretty darn good. Also, the fillings are pretty interesting. Lots of arugula, lima beans, chunks of sweet potato (I think). The meat is a bit skimpy, the high quality other ingredients make up for it. Feels healthy, which is good at this time of year.

                              Sorry, that's Amaya Express in First Canadian Place.

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                              1. re: grandgourmand

                                Speaking of lamb wraps - love the curry lamb wrap at Ravi Soup. Succulent, saucy, spicy lamb with a nice mixture of veggies (spinach?), edamame, carmelized onions, and mango strips in a grilled wrap.

                                1. re: Degustation

                                  I second that. Recently went to Ravi Soups and was actually blown away by their wraps, which they make to-order. My favourite is the curry lamb wrap - delish! I think I enjoyed this wrap even more than my soup!

                              2. Brick Street Bakery in the Distillery has some awesome sandwiches. Yummy fresh bread and interesting options. I love the Coronation Chicken Sandwich and the lamb wrap is amazing too....mmm

                                Brick Street Bakery
                                55 Mill St, Toronto, ON M5A, CA

                                1. Far and away, the best downtown sandwich is the Beef Brisket (with BBQ sauce and sweet cooked onions) at the Black Camel, opposite the Rosedale Subway station on Crescent Rd at Yonge. Watch to see who stops in there to take out sandwiches: most of Rosedale. They don't worry about the prices or the parking tickets.
                                  Meat quality is superb, and long hours of overnight cooking at low temperature is their secret.
                                  Not too many take-out places in Toronto have daily postings on Twitter to tell you how many buns are left. That should tell you something.

                                  Black Camel
                                  4 Crescent Rd, Toronto, ON M4W1S9, CA

                                  1. Another vote for Black Camel. To that I'd add the BBQ chicken sandwich at Churrasco of St. Lawrence, the peameal bacon at Carousel Bakery (with fried onions and honey mustard). Schnitzel Queen on Queen E. at Sherbourne is pretty good (if you catch them open). The falafel sandwich at Akram's in Kensington Market and I love the Pan Bagnat with tuna at Aunties and Uncles.

                                    Black Camel
                                    4 Crescent Rd, Toronto, ON M4W1S9, CA

                                    Aunties and Uncles
                                    74 Lippincott St, Toronto, ON M5S2P1, CA

                                    1. Since some have strayed beyond the downtown "core" (ie. Rosedale) I feel comfortable mentioning Porchetta (825 Dundas St W, just west of Bathurst) -- very decent.

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                                      1. re: hski7

                                        I love Porchetta! They also have a fantastic breakfast sandwich - porchetta, baked egg, crackling and smoked gouda.

                                        1. Anticipating getting some flack, but I love Sandwhich Box. There are a few locations downtown and you can pick bread, meat, cheese, spreads etc.
                                          I am also a big fan of the tuna melt at 7 west (Charles and Yonge) and I have had Tuna Melts by the dozens in my life. This is my all time favourite.

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                                          1. re: k8supergrover

                                            porchetta and co's the best sandwich in the city!

                                            1. re: DB2001

                                              P and Co is a great sandwich, just wish they would add back the herb and garlic that used to be so much more prevalent! Now it is really just a pork flavour which can taste a bit greasy. We like it, but really miss the seasoning.

                                          2. My favs are:

                                            Safari Bar and Grill - Chicken Wrap (Uptown)
                                            Ravi Soups - Veggie Wrap / Lamb
                                            Porchetta and Co.
                                            Spot Coffee - Chipotle Turkey Wrap (This one surprised me)
                                            Belly Busters - Turkey Bacon Sub (Uptown)
                                            Artisano - Chicken, Veggies and Goat Cheese (Etobicoke)

                                            1. in the core:
                                              Steak Sandwich at the Duke of Richmond in Eaton Centre

                                              sorry not in the core but i wanted to share:
                                              Pork Schnitzel Sandwich at Mezzrow's on Queen West near Landsdowne
                                              Croque Madame at Matisse on Bloor Street
                                              Grilled Smoked Cheddar & Candied Bacon at Barque on Roncesvalles (brunch only)
                                              Deli Torpedo at Loons on Roncesvalles and Howard Park

                                              1546 Queen St W, Toronto, ON M6R1A6, CA

                                              Duke of Richmond
                                              20 Queen Street West, Suite 102, Toronto, ON M5H 3R3, CA