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California Sandwiches coming to Scarborough

For anyone interested, this chain is finally coming to the East End. Its opening a location in the Warden and Eglinton area, right next to the new Five Guys in the plaza with the Lowes and Future Shop.

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  1. I personally like California Sandwiches. I don't quite understand the hate on them from many chowhound's.

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    1. re: callitasicit

      Hate for California's? Certainly for Mustachio's at SLM, but Cali's is almost universally loved, at least I think it is. Anyhow, I'm happy to hear they are expanding to the east end.

      1. re: grandgourmand

        Not everyone loves this place but I enjoyed it every time I was in Downsview. I just wish Markham would get their act together and open one here! Just blow up the Boston Pizza and Kelsey's on Markham and 14th;)

        1. re: grandgourmand

          i've had their veal parm and their meatball sandwich.
          both were universally disgusting.

        2. re: callitasicit

          Probably because it's a chain? Chains seem to be universally despised on here for the simple fact that they ARE chains.

          1. re: Midknight

            Yes, by elitist foodies who hate to admit a chain can be good.

            I think the chains are over it.

        3. Thanks for posting. This could be convenient for my occasional visits to the area (Diana's, Costco, Highland Farms).

          Highland Farms
          850 Ellesmere Rd, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

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          1. re: grandgourmand

            no problem, personally im looking forward to it. I havent been for a few years, im rarely in the west end so this works out great. I also noticed on the door that they are applying for a Liquor License, so I guess they will sell alcohol there?

            I cant remember what its like in the California Sandwiches, what kinda hours do they hold, are they opened late?(Late for me is 12am-1am or later)? Im just thinking that if they sell alcohol they probably will be opened late, if so that would be great!

          2. Did you see a sign or something?

            i don't see it on the website anywhere

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            1. re: plug

              yea theres a sign on the window of the unit its going in. They must have just barely started and considering it used to be a EFADS they have a good bit of work inside. Id guestimate it will open sometime in the middle of June...

            2. Thanks for posting. I ate often at the location in Downsview, but it's a far trek for me.

              Downsview Restaurant
              2865 Keele St, Toronto, ON M3M2G7, CA

              1. Thanks for the heads up, I can't wait. Hope they are just as good as the other two locations I go to.

                1. This is great news! Not much great eating out Scarborough way....

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                  1. re: nicoleburley

                    if you enjoy asian cuisine, you're good to go tho! LOL

                    but ya.. i've been waiting for this to happen.

                  2. July is half over and it's still not open. I've been waiting over 25 years for this to happen so I can wait a few weeks longer. Nobody in Scarborough does veal like these guys. And I've searched.

                    Some delay over a liquor license. Odd that they want one. It's in a location you will likely have to drive to.

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                    1. re: GlennScarborough

                      Have you tried Calabria Bakery for lunch? Through and through, right to the bone Italian.

                      Calabria Bakery
                      1772 Midland Ave, Toronto, ON M1P, CA

                      1. re: Googs

                        I tried Calabria on Midland Ave about 4 years ago. I can't recall exactly what it was like but probably like almost all I've tried, it's breaded and cooked with the lunch hour stack of cutlets then left laying in a pan of sauce for who knows how long. That alone keeps me from returning to most places. California does it one frying pan at a time. And its never left in sauce to go soggy. Primo Veal at Pharmacy & Sheppard do a pretty good veal. But I'm fussy about peppers and they don't have jalapenos like California Sandwiches.

                        I've heard Calabria has wood oven pizza.

                        1. re: GlennScarborough

                          A lot of places do it the way you describe because it satisfies te majority. Just look at the line-up at Mustachio at the SLM for sandwiches that had their ingredients prepped at 6am!

                          If you want fresh, just ask the nice people at Calabria. Add the fresh, wood-oven baked breads and you've got a winner.

                          1. re: GlennScarborough

                            If the place is really good, there is a very fast turnaround with those precooked veal cutlets, so you still get the crispness and not the sogginess. I recommend trying La Rose Bakery(I think its bakery..), an Italian bakery in Etobicoke. They have all sorts of Italian products for sale, including baked goods, deli counter and a hot counter. The place is always busy and when they bring out a tray of Veal, its usually sold within minutes, if its not already spoken for!

                            1. re: GlennScarborough

                              Hi GlennScarborough, I loved the California sandwiches (Sheppard/Keele area) and had them at least once a week, way back when. I agree, love how they deep fry the veal and chicken cutlets, one at a time, nice and crispy.

                              Can't wait for the Scarborough location to open up!!

                              1. re: red dragon

                                Id guess itll be open by September at the latest, I cant imagine the inside needing much more work. I might even go as far as to say 2 weeks or less...

                                1. re: jmarcroyal

                                  Thanks Jmarcroyal, waiting with anticipation :)

                          2. re: GlennScarborough

                            there is progress to report, they have installed a California Sandwiches sign above the entrance, so its getting much closer. Id say by August it will be open, but only time will tell, and when it does open, hopefully it will be here for a long time!

                            1. re: GlennScarborough

                              The best veal sandwich I've had in Scarborough was at Lamanna's, Kingston Rd. north side, just west of Port Union Rd. It's right beside the Rogers Video store. Excellent fresh baked buns, one and a half pieces of veal with sauce, peppers and mushrooms for less than $6. If you want dessert take a look at the their pastries and cakes which are wonderful. They are not open Mondays and they are not open at night, but for lunch or dinner.... mmmm!

                              1. re: Dflip

                                Love Lamanna's dessert but nothing on their hot table is good, nothing....sorry to say this but after moving to West Rouge from Woodbridge, it's been a very sad culinary decline.

                            2. if they make them the same way as claremont's then ok. some of the other locations are too cheap on the meat and sauce.

                              1. Love CS. Claremont location is better than the one in Etobicoke, but I've had great sandwiches at both. The hot peppers could be better -- flavour is lacking.

                                I was surprised to see the calorie count in the North Toronto Post a few months ago -- 1100 calories! I knew it wasn't health food but was still surprised.

                                I'm looking forward to the new location, and to trying the Five Guys nearby.

                                1. The paper is now off the windows. There's a bunch of square tables with chairs that look like they where just delivered. A big Pepsi cooler is waiting to be stocked. Summer will soon be over! I'm starved. Still no mention of hours or phone number on the website.

                                  1. I give up. What's a California Sandwich? ::asked the girl from LA::

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                                    1. re: rainey

                                      It has nothing to do with California. It's just a name. Great veal sandwiches.

                                      1. re: grandgourmand

                                        If the Scarborough location is anything like the downtown (Claremont) location, you guys are in for a treat. I stopped for a hot veal sandwich at 11:30 last night. I had to wait 10 minutes while they made it, and I was the only one there at the time. The breaded veal was crispy on the outside, saucy and huge--it was 3 or 4 layers of veal in most of the sandwich. Huge and delicious. No wonder it's 1100 calories...it weighed a ton!
                                        Rainey, as gg said, 'California' is the name of this small Italian sandwich chain in Toronto. There are half a dozen or so stores. It's probably 30 or 40 years old and has nothing to do with the state, as it serves several types of Italian sandwiches. Veal, steak, meatball, sausage, in sauce with a variety of toppings and heat levels.

                                        1. re: Yongeman

                                          ....crispy on the outside, saucy and huge--it was 3 or 4 layers of veal in most of the sandwich...

                                          Oh don't stop! Don't stop! There go my knees! And I'm drooling again.

                                          1. re: GlennScarborough

                                            Wow, I only remember 2 layers, it's been way too longggggggg! Can't wait!

                                    2. I stopped by today (after Goody's Diner) and spoke to a pretty young lady at the door who assured me AUGUST 29 is the day. Inspection delays. So now a printed sign on the door says August 29.

                                      She said maybe earlier if all works well. I won't hold my breath but who knows.

                                      1. They opened today, and they're already overrun! Stopped by for a large veal with onions and peppers and it was really good, so they've hit the ground running. They'll be open every day but Sunday, I was told.

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                                        1. re: Smorgasbord

                                          I was in at 11:15 Monday and there were several customers waiting or eating in there already. A few faces behind the counter were familiar from other stores plus a lot of new hires. I was there to pick up for five hungry workmates who were all very familiar with CS.

                                          So ...... the consensus was........ GREAT but needed more peppers and more sauce. For the 1st day open, I was impressed and I love to be picky. My extra hot would have been 'hot' at the Claremont St. or Chesswood store. So I'll order ULTRAhot and see what that does. I know its likely a 'teething problem' every restaurant goes thru on opening. Anyway it was one BIG tasty sandwich better than any I have had in Scarborough. I hope they move further east soon.

                                          And I'll be back on the weekend too!

                                          1. re: GlennScarborough

                                            Nice to hear that the place is doing well and keeping the quality up. GlennScarborough, I think that the heat level can vary, depending on the intensity of the peppers that they prepare that day, and of course, their heat can vary greatly.

                                            1. re: Yongeman

                                              Yes, even peppers on the same plant can very somewhat. But I think it's a quantity thing here. Anyway I was back Friday and had an excellent veal with cheese and onions that really hit the spot. And as I type I'm having a meatball sandwich. I hadn't had one in years.

                                              Even in odd hours like 2:30 the place has hungry customers arriving. Now if they would just open another further east!

                                        2. Honestly guys this has to be the worst veal I've ever had how can you even compare to the orginal location this is a joke as for places in Scarborough please just google best veal in scarborough and I guarentee you that Primo Veal will show up at the top and for simple facts it is that good. Some places don't get enough credit and these chains are like gods to people and to end this they start at 5.25 for a veal not 7.30 so right there your already on top..