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Best Steak Sandwich

PoppiYYZ Jun 22, 2011 08:34 AM

After coming across a packed little dive recently while taking a scenic route through Rochester - called the LDR Char Pit - my interest in good quality well prepared steak sandwiches is renewed. This place kept it simple, char grilled, nicely seasoned, marinated, thin sliced, tender steaks, piled on a simple bun with caramelized onions and peppers. Very nice and worth a detour.

Many years ago I would often enjoy a steak sandwich from places like the Apache or Red Cabin, but I'd love to hear some of your current favorites.

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    jmarcroyal RE: PoppiYYZ Jun 22, 2011 11:24 AM

    Heres a fact, the best steak sandwich is from Real McCoy located at Markham and Brimortan. The steaks are thin and marinated, nice and tender, char broiled, tossed on a soft kaiser with whatever sides you might want. Im not sure if they have sauteed onions but I just put on standard burger toppings. Ill tell you, that sandwich is just fantastic.

    They also have great fries and gravy, so I usually get the steak on a kaiser with the fries. Ive tried steak sandwiches from many different places in the city and this is hands down the best. I even got my mom hooked on em, she wasnt looking forward to it when I told her about it but once she tried it, she absolutely loved it.

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      PoppiYYZ RE: jmarcroyal Jun 22, 2011 01:57 PM

      Thanks jmarcroyal,

      I remember seeing reqs for Real McCoy before. It's definitely on the list. Thanks.

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        PoppiYYZ RE: jmarcroyal Jul 9, 2011 06:32 AM

        Tried the Real McCoy's steak sandwich only with cooked onions. Man are they huge ! Piled up thin ribeye(?) steaks (but I wonder why they're cut with the grain), good kaiser, nicely flamed on an an open grill, and less than 7 bucks. Great "old school" take out burger joint with real characters running it. Thanks jmarcroyal this is an east end go to place.

        Still gunna try Vicentina Meats and the Big M...

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          jmarcroyal RE: PoppiYYZ Jul 10, 2011 08:07 PM

          Im glad you enjoyed it, you gotta try the fries next time, they are sooo good, and to be honest, everything they do there is good!

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            PoppiYYZ RE: jmarcroyal Jul 10, 2011 09:47 PM

            Shudda mentioned that I also ordered a half & half rings and fries - house made and excellent. Another customer was ordering a "MOJO" and it looked great. I think that's next on the list...

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              jmarcroyal RE: PoppiYYZ Jul 11, 2011 12:33 PM

              get a side of gravy next time too!

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                KerryL RE: jmarcroyal Jul 12, 2011 09:30 AM

                I get takeout at Real McCoy's pretty frequently since it's only a 5 minute drive from my place. However, for some reason I've never tried steak sandwich until today and man is it excellent!

      2. ingloriouseater RE: PoppiYYZ Jun 22, 2011 11:44 AM

        i much prefer the whole steak sandwich rather than the sliced steak sandwich.

        Here is my dream...

        Really good garlic toast topped with nice medium rare grilled and properly seasoned rib-eye served with sliced beefsteak tomatoes and lightly seasoned steak fries

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          BritInTO RE: ingloriouseater Jun 22, 2011 11:50 AM

          Damnit! There isnt a like button!! This sounds boss!!

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            jmarcroyal RE: BritInTO Jun 22, 2011 11:56 AM

            I dont know, to me, if you are having a proper steak, Its gotta be with potato's(mashed, baked or fried), some sauteed mushrooms(not an onion fan here), a little bit of sour cream and some steak sauce. Toss in some jumbo shrimps and you have a great little feast.

            But for a real steak sandwich, you gotta follow my recommendation above, I guarantee satisfaction.

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              petek RE: jmarcroyal Jun 22, 2011 12:20 PM

              Burger Shack has a pretty decent steak on a kaiser.Topped with BBQ sauce,pickles,tomatoes,hot peppers and fried onions...mmmm good.Add a side of fries&gravy and a can o coke,and I'm good to go!

              Burger Shack
              233 Eglinton Ave W, Toronto, ON M4R1A9, CA

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                callitasicit RE: petek Jun 22, 2011 03:10 PM

                That sounds pretty good, my main worry is that the steak gets overcooked. I like mine medium rare.

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                  petek RE: callitasicit Jun 22, 2011 04:35 PM

                  "my main worry is that the steak gets overcooked"

                  You're right about that.The Shack pounds their steak wafer thin(to expedite the cooking process I guess) so I order it rare to get it med-rare-ish

                  Pretty tasty sandwich for $7-$8.

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                    callitasicit RE: petek Jun 22, 2011 10:14 PM

                    I will be going there this weekend so i think I may try this steak sandwich. Their homemade burger and fries are both pretty good. Can you actually tell them how you like your steak done?

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                      petek RE: callitasicit Jun 23, 2011 05:40 AM

                      Yes, you can tell them how you like your steak done.

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          Foodright RE: PoppiYYZ Jun 23, 2011 04:15 AM

          If you are in Pickering, you might wish to try "The Big M" on Liverpool Rd. They have an excellent steak sandwich. The steak will melt in your mouth.

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            callitasicit RE: Foodright Jul 10, 2011 11:10 PM

            That place looks good. I will definitely try it soon.

          2. Crispier Crouton RE: PoppiYYZ Jun 23, 2011 06:53 AM

            Easy answer: Vicentina Meats in Vaughan at Jane and Edilcan. It's a meat shop, but their panini bar is hugely popular, but it's a lunch spot.

            A mountain of top quality (it is a meat shop after all) butcher's cut grilled in front of you, and stuffed into a panino or kaiser, with complimentary onions and mushrooms. Zucchini, rapini, peppers, eggplant, cheese optional.

            They also have the best porchetta sandwiches in the city.

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              petek RE: Crispier Crouton Jun 23, 2011 07:34 AM

              "Easy answer: Vicentina Meats in Vaughan at Jane and Edilcan"

              This place sounds real good.Definitely on my radar.Lunch only you say?

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                Crispier Crouton RE: petek Jun 23, 2011 11:25 AM

                I know it's popular at lunch, since it's in an industrial/commercial area, but looks like they're open late thurs/fri.

                From their website (vicentina.ca):
                Mon - Wed 9-6
                Thurs-Fri 9-9
                Sat 9-6, Sun 9-4
                109 Edilcan Dr.
                Concord GTA, ON
                (905) 738-9998

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                justpete RE: Crispier Crouton Jul 9, 2011 04:33 PM

                "They also have the best porchetta sandwiches in the city." If you mean Vaughn, then perhaps. if you mean the GTA, aka Toronto, then... I think Porchetta and Co might have something to say about that. :)

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                  Crispier Crouton RE: justpete Jul 11, 2011 10:18 AM

                  I'm sure they might, considering they're the trendy spot right now. It's definitely close, but let's see Porchetta and Co sell theirs for $10/lb.

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                    justpete RE: Crispier Crouton Jul 11, 2011 12:49 PM

                    Things are always more expensive downtown... I personally would not drive to Vaughn to save $1.00...

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                      Crispier Crouton RE: justpete Jul 11, 2011 01:02 PM

                      Porchetta & Co sell their good stuff for $11/lb? That's pretty good, I didn't know. I'd definitely pick up a couple pounds to take home for that price.

                      Looks like this steak thread has been hijacked by pork.

                      Porchetta & Co.
                      825 Dundas St W, Toronto, ON , CA

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                        justpete RE: Crispier Crouton Jul 11, 2011 01:40 PM

                        I just get the sandwich. It's $5.95. Less expensive at the place you mentioned?

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                mikefly RE: PoppiYYZ Jul 11, 2011 09:06 PM

                Negroni err carpano. So delish.

                1. Googs RE: PoppiYYZ Jul 16, 2011 07:50 AM

                  How much would you pay for a char-grilled steak served on garlic loaf, topped with carmelized onions, jalapeno havarti, and sauteed mushrooms that's been properly cooked by a chef who truly knows what he's doing and sided with fresh fries, or fresh sweet potato fries, or salad? That's right a chef. If you said you wouldn't pay more than $9.00 then your answer is Goody's Diner near Warden & Eglinton.


                  Goody's Diner
                  133 Manville Rd, Unit 17, Toronto, ON , CA

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                    callitasicit RE: Googs Jul 16, 2011 09:49 PM

                    Sounds like a great deal! I had never heard of this place until you mentioned it. I am going to have to try some of the menu items soon. Thanks.

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                    abigllama RE: PoppiYYZ Jul 16, 2011 06:33 PM

                    If you're down in the falls, one of my favourite things in the world is the Prime Rib Sandwhich at Lucky's in Casino Niagara. It's shaved prime rib piled on a toasted baguette, melted cheddar, and a side of gravy. It's pretty sloppy so more of a fork and knife sandwhich. The shoestring fries that come with it are pretty good too. It's always good but sometimes is better than others, can't figure out the reason for this. Also I was told the prime rib is marinated in something as well.

                    Even if we're staying over in the fallsview area, I'll make a special trip over to Lucky's just to have this. It's awesome.

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                      jcontario RE: abigllama Jul 26, 2011 06:11 PM

                      Not to be anal, but, in my mind if it is shaved or sliced steak on a kaiser or bagutte, it is beef on a bun. A true steak sandwich (at least out in Alberta, where the beef is so nice), is a striploin or sirloin on a slice of garlic loaf with onion or mushrooms and steak sauce on the side. I have been searching Ontario for one that can match what I had out west, but have not found it yet, so any rec';s wouold be most welcome.

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                        jmarcroyal RE: jcontario Jul 26, 2011 06:21 PM

                        I think people around here just think a steak like that is better with some kinda potato, mashed or baked, hell even fries.

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                          justsayn RE: jcontario Jul 26, 2011 06:25 PM

                          Having lived in Chicago for a few years I happen to agree with you jc. It has been a couple of years but Royal Meats BBQ on Kipling had a great cooked to order true steak on a great bun.

                          Anybody been recently?

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                            Googs RE: jcontario Jul 27, 2011 07:01 AM

                            jcontario, like this then:

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                              ingloriouseater RE: jcontario Jul 27, 2011 03:28 PM

                              you should probably enjoy the duke of richmond across from old city hall on queen street. it is the closest i have come to an alberta steak sandwich. for $17 during the week it comes with well seasoned, perfectly cooked rib eye on garlic toast with fries and caesar salad. on weekends they put a couple of eggs on that.

                              the closest to the sawmill i can find in toronto.....

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