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The porchetta sandwich at The Sausage King in the SLM

shhhhhh...don't tell anyone but the porchetta sandwich and the The Sausage King in the SLM is now the best sandwich in the city. Hate if you want to but try it 1st and you'll see.

While you are there pick up the best damn blood pudding and double smoked kielbasa you have ever had. Then right before leave go back and splurge on the Bershire pork and don't leave without the beef short ribs from P.E.I. (cook it in Barolo...use Mario Batali's recipe in his Babbo cookbook).

Ok you are set...enjoy!

seriously foodies get down there...

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  1. That's good to know! I actually went to try the porchetta but was turned off when everything for the sandwiches were hidden away and I couldn't see what I was getting. They just didn't heighten my interest.

    Coincidentally, or just because they look so perfect, I did buy the PEI short ribs and also found that they taste great!

    1. What are prices like? I know the place is now owned by Oliffe so I'm assuming it is not cheap.

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      1. re: Cat123

        Short ribs were reasonably priced - not sure exactly but no crazy sticker shock. I normally spend 3.99 anywhere I can get them and rely on the process to make them great!

        1. re: justsayn

          i think prices are close to $8 - $10 / lb?

          1. re: plug

            Saw them today - 10.99 and they looked great. I know I didn't buy them at 10.99 so the price must vary.

            1. re: justsayn

              They were 4.99 today and looked great.

              1. re: justsayn

                those weren't short ribs though... those were beef ribs (whats left over after they remove the prime rib)
                much of the meat is remove....almost to the bone which is not the same as a short rib cut.

                1. re: plug

                  You are right - my bad. But they were meatier than bare...

                  1. re: justsayn

                    ya.. they looked really really good ... i was tempted.

        2. re: Cat123

          IIRC, the porchetta sandwich is around $6. They make it to order and put some crackling on it. It's already sliced and sitting in its own jus. Strong taste of rosemary. It's a different sandwich than you'd get at Porchetta & Co. I like it, but I wouldn't say it's the best sandwich in the city. A good banh mi has more flavors and textures than most porchetta sandwiches.

        3. So I tried and it was, well ok. I too did not enjoy the fact that the topping were not within view. While the meat was moist it was a little rosemary for me but that's totally personal pref. What really did it in for me was that my sandwich had ZERO crackling and that's my fav part. I was totally totally bummed and still sort of am. Sad but true.

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          1. re: JennaBean

            I get you JennaBean that does sound like a bummer :) Like bad french fries... always depressing!

            1. re: JennaBean

              i read somewhere you have to on a wednesday or tuesday and ask for crackling

              not sure how true it is though.

              1. re: JennaBean

                Crackling is critical! But I like the sound of rosemary and other seasonings. Porchetta and Co. cut back on the herbs and garlic from the earlier days and I really miss that in their sandwich. Thanks for the report. Look forward to hearing what Davwud finds.

                1. re: justsayn

                  I'm not a big porchetta person. I've had it a few times and while I like it, I don't see what all the fuss is about. I'm certainly looking forward to trying this one as a sandwich.

                  DT

                2. re: JennaBean

                  Finally tried it today! I had the same experience and feelings as JB. Too much rosemary for my pref, zero crackling available, meat was nicely moist but much too greasy for me. I don't like grease dripping out of my sandwich. In fact, I couldn't finish it because the last 1/4 of the bun acted like a sponge and was completely grease (not jus) soaked. Generous serving and very tasty, but not to my persoal preference. The pepperoni I bought, on the other hand, (literally) was top notch!

                  1. re: justsayn

                    Went here today since I hadn't had one in a while. While your bun was 1/4 soaked through w/ grease, the bottom bun on mine was completely soaked through in grease. So much so that when I unwrapped it and picked it up, there was actual congealed lard under the sandwich. I had to wipe the bottom of the bun w/ a couple napkins and continually dab and wipe until I gave up and just ate the top half. Even that got the paper towel treatment. Pretty impressive that the grease got around the peppers, tomatoes and onions on the bun and drenched it from the sides.

                    tl;dr: beware the grease & congealed lard.

                3. I think I may know where I'm gonna eat tomorrow.

                  DT

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                  1. re: Davwud

                    Ask for crackling. It's my favorite sandwhich in the city. Another amazing sandwich is the BAT at stockyards.

                        1. re: GoodGravy

                          House smoked bacon, Arugula and breaded deep fried green tomatoes.

                          1. re: Jakis

                            My SO and I really enjoyed it. I didn't mind not being able to see the toppings as the individual making the sandwiches was fantastic; patient when listing the toppings and certainly didn't skimp. I also don't know where they could put the toppings so you coudl see them. Tiny little space. BTW meat there is fantastic. For SLM I thought it was above average compared to some of the other spots.

                    1. I tried the porchetta sandwich today. I asked for crackling, but they said it was a bit "old", and recommended that I skip it, so I said okay. And perhaps they're reconfigured their prep space, because all the fixings were in full view.

                      Anyway, I thought it was an excellent sandwich, even without the crackling. Abundant flavourful pork, good fresh bun and toppings, and I liked the herbed mayo. Some people might be put off by the rosemary overkill, but I loved it.

                      I never was impressed with the usual St. Lawrence Market sandwich offerings, like Carousel's peameal bacon, Mustachio's eggplant, or the Churrasco chicken. I think this one's a winner.

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                      1. re: 5secondrule

                        Can't wait to try it now because like you, the other 3 offer nothing exciting to me.

                      2. Perhaps this sandwich was good when they first started offering it, but I gave it a try today and thought it was not up to scratch. The rosemary dominated, there was no crackling on offer (apparently they only have it available sometimes, which I don't understand - isn't that one of the first rules of food service, making your product consistent?), but worst of all, it was overwhelmingly oily. As I was eating the sandwich, oil was dripping off of it, forming a sizable puddle - I'd say a good teaspoon's worth. And it was just oil, it wasn't 'jus' or sauce or anything like that. I left a third of the sandwich uneaten because as I held it up and the oil was flowing downwards, the bottom third became saturated in oil. Really off-putting.

                        The pork sandwich at the churrasco place is still the SLM winner for me.

                        That said, the pork belly I bought from the Sausage King guys a while ago was first rate.

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                        1. re: dxs

                          Pork at the churrasco place upstairs? Do you mean chicken? I don't know them for having pork. Thanks!

                          1. re: justsayn

                            Yup. Look on their menu for "bifana" sandwich. It's a Portuguese sliced pork sandwich. Very tasty.

                          2. re: dxs

                            My sandwich was exactly as you described except I had cracklins. I didn't think the cracklins did much for the sandwich. Just made it seem gritty. Other than that, everything you said was a positive for me. I love sandwiches that drip down your arm and lose structural integrity.

                            I thought it was a terrific sandwich. I will say though, I found it very rich.

                            DT

                          3. Had one today and it was very good. I took the servers recommendation on toppings (no lettuce, tomato and onions) just porchetta, herbed mayo and pickled peppers. It had a bit of crackling and a huge mound of pork on a nice fresh bun. Moist, flavourful, but yes, a bit one-note with the sage and rosemary dominating. It's one of those things you can have every few months or so to satisfy your craving, but you wouldn't want it every day.

                            1. Personally, I prefer the porchetta at Porchetta and Co. I found the Sausage King sandwich decent, but nowhere near as mouth-watering as what Nick auf Der Maur produces. You never miss crackling in his sandwiches!

                              1. Interesting to hear other opinions on this sandwich...I love the fact that this is a messy sandwich that runs down your arm as you eat it. I can see that it would not be for everyone (much like Burger Priest) but I love it!!! I encourage others to try it...

                                1. had the oliffe porchetta sammy today. while it was very good, i've got to say porchetta and co's blows it away.

                                  1. Had the porchetta this weekend at Sausage King….there is no comparison with the Porchetta & Co one….The only similarity is that they have pork and comes in a ciabatta bun….

                                    So the sausage king’s porchetta was pre sliced soaked in jus….served on a ciabatta bun (not toasted) ….I went for the lettuce,onion,tomato ,which was a distraction,so I would say avoid these toppings….

                                    No cracklings.

                                    The meat was too thinly sliced almost like deli machine sliced,I prefer it more chunky….lots of rosemary flavor but that’s it,did not taste anything else….

                                    IMHO,Porchetta and Co ,even on their off day does a better sandwich….

                                    I would rate it a 2/5

                                    1. Just had the porchetta sandwich at Sausage King. I loved it initially, when I had it a year ago. Back then, I would have said it was better than Porchetta & Co.

                                      Sadly, today, it was absolute and utter garbage, and a rip off for $6. In the past, it was sliced to order. Now, it's sliced with a slicer and sitting in a steam table, getting an overdone, porky flavor.

                                      Don't waste your money. If you need pork on a bun, just get peameal on a bun from Carousel next door.