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ISO Best Tasting Club House Sandwich.

Charles Yu Jul 26, 2011 05:45 PM

Years ago in Hong Kong, I had a most memorable Club House Sandwich where the restaurant actually used 'seasoned' roasted chicken meat, English back bacon and English hot mustard in creating the gem. Another nice taste contribution was the clever use of white pepper on the meat.
Question: In your opinion, who in town make the best tasting Club House Sandwich? Having a sudden urge for one for lunch this week! Thx!

Club House Cafe
2 Bloor St W, Toronto, ON M4W3E2, CA

  1. justsayn Aug 17, 2011 09:22 PM

    Not authentic - but a great club sandwich at The Swan.

    Two pieces of great bread toasted, avocado, moist white and dark seasoned chicken chunks, crisp pancetta, tomato, lettuce and mayo. It was so fresh and flavourful I couldn't put it down. It was also a very generous serving. Awesome chicken sandwich!

    1. ingloriouseater Aug 8, 2011 03:08 PM

      We seem to have a taste for inauthentic club sandwiches.

      The genesis of the sandwich came from leftovers from Sunday brunch buffets. Chefs wanted to utilize the ham and turkey from buffets on Sunday and created the sandwich for their monday lunch special. By simply adding an extra layer of ham and turkey to the already popular BLT- the clubhouse was born

      1. Moimoi Aug 8, 2011 11:09 AM

        I can't believe I'm saying this, but I had the best club ever at The Burger Cellar (Yonge/Lawrence) http://theburgercellar.com/ yesterday... a real chicken breast, apple cider bacon, a complex but delicate chipotle mayo and fixings on a brioche bun with a side of lovely, crisp, fresh apple and cabbage cole slaw (maybe fennel too - not sure). $10. I'm surprised because I didn't have high expectations for this new joint and I was really impressed. They also have a really nice, comfy-looking bar, so I'll be back for a nice glass of red with one of their burgers that look amazing!

        1. prima Aug 2, 2011 08:47 AM

          Another poster mentioned Fanny Chadwick's served a good clubhouse in a past thread. I haven't tried it yet. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/772601

          Has anyone seen a BLT with avocado offered anywhere in TO?

          Fanny Chadwick's
          268 Howland Ave, Toronto, ON M5R 3B5, CA

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          1. re: prima
            sasgirl Aug 2, 2011 09:42 AM

            The Blake House has an avocado BLT which is really good! I went last summer for lunch and it was delicious! They have a lovely patio too.

            The Blake House
            449 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

            1. re: sasgirl
              prima Aug 3, 2011 07:57 AM

              Thanks, sasgirl. Haven't tried The Blake House yet. Happy to hear they serve a good avocado BLT. Might have to check out that patio. ;-)

              The Blake House
              449 Jarvis St, Toronto, ON M4Y, CA

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            FrankD Jul 29, 2011 10:13 PM

            I used to love the club at the now defunct Canary, but Charles..

            For a different taste, try a "Hollywood" - BLT on one side, chunky chicken salad on the other. It's messy, but so good!

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              bigheid Jul 29, 2011 11:19 AM

              I recently had the chicken club at Goody's. Perhaps not a traditional club it included nice portions of moist chicken and guacamole. The older gent told me that the bread they use for it is an Icelandic brown bread. It was fairly dense but very tasty. I would definitely have it again. It was also served with poutine.

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              1. re: bigheid
                Googs Jul 30, 2011 06:11 AM

                WOW does that ever look decadent. Another stop along the way to trying everything at Goody's for me.

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

              2. iMarilyn Jul 29, 2011 07:24 AM

                The turkey club at Gale's Snack Bar is $1.75. They roast the turkey daily. Who else bothers to do that?

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                1. re: iMarilyn
                  ingloriouseater Jul 29, 2011 07:43 AM

                  $1.75, wait let me say it again....$1.75......no really....$1.75? please say this is a typo or this place is going to be madly lined up around the block, nay the city....

                  1. re: ingloriouseater
                    iMarilyn Jul 29, 2011 08:07 AM

                    That's the price. Fries are $1.25. You'll understand when you walk in the door.

                    1. re: ingloriouseater
                      TorontoJo Jul 29, 2011 08:42 AM

                      And a buck and change for a chocolate milkshake. It's not gourmet food, but it's honest and tasty. Love Gale's. Please leave a big tip. They deserve it.

                    2. re: iMarilyn
                      Charles Yu Jul 29, 2011 10:18 AM

                      Wow!! $1.75??!!! Bacon, fried eggs, tomatoes, lettuce, bread, mayo.... all 'extra'??! Ha!!

                      1. re: Charles Yu
                        gwanderc Jul 29, 2011 10:32 AM

                        The Pork Belly Club at Queen and Beaver was amazing when I had it last week - was a one time experience for me but it really hit the spot and was a nice take on the Clubhouse

                        1. re: Charles Yu
                          TorontoJo Jul 29, 2011 10:47 AM

                          No fried eggs (which I don't think of as a standard club sandwich ingredient), but it's a standard double decker club with fresh carved roasted turkey, bacon, tomatoes, lettuce and mayo.

                          But let's be clear -- I don't think iMarilyn was nominating Gale's sandwich as the best club sandwich in Toronto -- just the best value. :)

                          1. re: TorontoJo
                            tjr Jul 29, 2011 12:33 PM

                            Though it may actually be better than a lot of the clubs served in chainy roadhouse type places.

                            1. re: tjr
                              TorontoJo Jul 29, 2011 01:06 PM

                              True -- the real roast turkey goes a long way towards that.

                        2. re: iMarilyn
                          T Long Jul 29, 2011 08:17 PM

                          The club house sandwich at Gale's Snack Bar is pictured here. Not bad looking at all !....

                        3. s0memale Jul 27, 2011 02:07 PM

                          I've given up on club sandwiches here in North America. I'm too acustomed to the smaller more compact versions in asia.

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                          1. re: s0memale
                            millygirl Jul 29, 2011 03:09 AM

                            House of Parliament does a nice one.

                            1. re: millygirl
                              Charles Yu Jul 29, 2011 06:52 AM

                              Better than the White House?

                              White House
                              95 Front St E, Toronto, ON M5E, CA

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                            canadianbeaver Jul 27, 2011 01:13 PM

                            I really like the club sandwich at Harbord House. They put a side of cranberry mayo that is really delish, too.

                            Harbord House
                            150 Harbord St, Toronto, ON M5S1H2, CA

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                              Bigtigger Jul 26, 2011 06:35 PM

                              Actually the very best club sandwiches I have ever had were in Lima, Peru, and poolside in Bangkok - both had eggs fried into the bread.

                              In Toronto, for a straightforward and tasty club sandwich with thick-cut bacon and fresh ripe tomatoes along with real chicken breast go to Senior's Steak House on SE corner of Pleasant (1 block S of St Clair) at Yonge - the street where the back entrance of the subway disgorges.

                              Senior's Steak House
                              1397 Yonge St, Toronto, ON M4T1Y4, CA

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                              1. re: Bigtigger
                                Charles Yu Jul 27, 2011 06:13 AM

                                Thanks for your input!
                                The one I had in Hong Kong actually used chunks of the ' more flavourful and less dry dark meat'! Could be another reason why it tasted so good?!

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