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Dec 22, 2012 10:17 AM

The Best Pork Sandwiches In Toronto, 2012

For the last four months I have been trying to figure out what I want out of life. No matter what I end up doing one thing is for certain: I want to eat pork sandwiches, lots and lots of pork sandwiches. I rarely find a pork sandwich I don’t fall for and I don’t see this trend changing anytime soon. I’ve decided to chronicle what I believe is the beginning of a lifelong love affair with pork sandwiches. These four sandwiches are the first of many.

Delux: Cuban Medianoche

Cured pork shoulder and gruyere on a fresh bun. When it arrived it looked daunting to say the least and I was worried I wouldn’t be able to finish it. It took me less than five minutes to prove myself wrong. Next time I visit I look forward to trying either their chicken or cubano sandwich and getting some donuts to go.
(92 Ossington Ave http://deluxrestaurant.ca/ @DeluxRestaurant


Porchetta & Co: The Sandwich

Pork shoulder that is marinated for 24 hours, then wrapped in prosciutto, then wrapped in cured pork belly, then roasted and slow cooked. All of this is sliced and served with crackling on a sourdough bun. I got the standard but plan on adding cheese, rapini, and extra meat on my next visit. This sandwich introduced me to crackling and in many ways helped to broaden my pork sandwich worldview.
(825 Dundas Street West http://porchettaco.com/ @PorchettaAndCo


LiI Baci Hero

Pork/beef meatballs worked wonders together in this sandwich. Along with tomato, basil and melted mozzarella this is something I could see myself eating and enjoying every day. Looking at this picture makes me wish I had two: one for now and one for my fridge.
(2013 Yonge Street/892 Queen Street East http://www.lilbaci.com/ @LilBaci


Porchetta & Co. : Breakfast Sandwich

I really enjoyed my first experience at Porchetta & Co. and promised I would check out their breakfast sandwich as soon as possible. As soon as the weekend came I decided there was no time like the present. The breakfast sandwich had the same marinated pork shoulder, prosciutto, cured pork belly, and crackling. What made it a breakfast sandwich was the addition of gouda, egg, and sauce. This incredible sandwich made my morning and kept me full late into the afternoon. I am now very excited to try their grilled cheese, soups, and most likely order a pound or two of their meat to take home.
(825 Dundas Street West http://porchettaco.com/ @PorchettaAndCo


As I mentioned earlier this is just the beginning. There was a brief period last winter where I tried going raw vegan and I feel like eating delicious sandwiches like these is the best way to make up for lost time. There are a lot of pork sandwiches in Toronto and I intend on becoming fast friends with all of them. If you know or hear of any Toronto spots serving up pork sandwiches reminiscent of these please let me know. I’d love to eat all of them.

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  1. Put the pulled pork from the Black Camel on your "to do" list.

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    1. re: elasticwaistband

      For sure! I didn't put that sandwich in here because I'm putting it in a post I'm writing about Black Camel. I recently worked my way through their menu and loved everything. Any others you recommend I try?

    2. Love the passion, Andrew! Keep us posted.

      You should also try the pork gyro from folia grille (danforth). Though not a "sandwich" per se, it's some of the best pork in TO. Not to be missed! (my #1 is Porco. Love the breakfast sandwich as well)

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      1. re: justxpete

        awesome thanks Pete just added it to my list. Anything else you love I should try, pork or otherwise? Always looking for new food to write about on here and http://andrewwalshe.org

        1. You should add these to your journey.

          Churrasco of St Lawrence: Bifana
          Bifanas start life as delicious. Add the wonderful piri piri produced by this Churrasco and ask for "the works", what you have is a sandwich that'll get you through the day.
          St Lawrence Market

          Big Bone BBQ Newmarket: Pulled Pork
          Sure everyone seems to make one. Here's one that's worth a trip.
          207 Eagle St, Newmarket

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          1. re: Googs

            awesome thanks so much! :) It looks like I already have enough for my first Best Pork Sandwiches of 2013 post. Whats your Twitter @ ?

            1. re: Googs

              +1 on the Bifana.

              I'd consider pork souvlaki on a pita and the pork gyros on a pita to be a sandwich. Try the versions at Folia Grill on Pape or Louis Meats on Danforth.

              I also like the daily sausage on a bun at Sausage King at the St. Lawrence Market.

              Maybe you should also add a Croque Monsieur and/or Croque Madame to your list. http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/830357

              Could also add pork schnitzel on a bun to your list. Not sure of the best version in town. Maybe someone could recommend their favourite. Most of the schnitzel restos in this thread: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/882045 should have the schnitzel on a bun option.

              1. re: prima

                awesome thanks a lot! added Pain Perdue, Le Cigogne, and Trio Restaurant to the list. If any others come to mind let me know.

                1. re: AndrewWalshe

                  I noticed you also need to add a BLT, and maybe a BLAT (with avocado), to your list!
                  Stockyard's sells a good arugula BLT with a fried green tomato.

                  Guess you could also add Club sandwiches, since a Club wouldn't be a Club without the bacon.

                  A pork taco could be considered a type of sandwich. I like the carnitas version at Black Hoof, and the al pastor version at El Trompo. I've heard good things about the versions at Grand Electric and La Carnita. Not sure if any Mexican places in TO are selling great pork tortas (a Mexican sandwich on regular bread) right now.

                  1. re: prima

                    Well if you're gonna go for bacon, then we better add Rashers. I haven't been myself, but friends in the neighbourhood love it. Do NOT skip the photos.

                    1. re: Googs

                      good call, Googs
                      Adding the link for Stockyards, which has 3 different pork sandwiches on its menu:

                      1. re: prima

                        nice, I've loved everything I have ever ordered there so am sure I'll love them all.

                      2. re: Googs

                        A dedicated bacon sandwich shop sounds incredible. Thanks again! :)

                      3. re: prima

                        good point. I've always looked at that sandwich when at the Stockyards but never ended up ordering it. I'll make sure to change that when I get home next week.

                        I have another post coming soon about best tacos in Toronto sometime soon. Have been to Grand Electric but will check out the other three. Also plan on going back to Tacos El Asador as it has been awhile.

                        1. re: prima

                          Rebozos has a really good carnitas torta.

                            1. re: AndrewWalshe

                              Yes. Both the carnitas and cochinita are tasty. Love the lengua too but that won't fit on your pork list :)

                              1. re: fickle

                                not to worry, I'm starting a best tacos in Toronto discussion on the 28th once I post about it on my Tumblr. Would love your input.

                    2. re: Googs

                      Regarding the Big Bone recommendation -- not that I don't trust Googs or the other people who have recommended the place, but I think they must have serious consistency issues. Because when I went, I was served what was literally among the worst pulled pork I've ever had (and I've certainly eaten my share of pulled pork). It was completely mushy, and soaked a in sauce that wasn't able to hide the gamy, reheated pork taste. No smokiness whatsoever. It had the consistency of paper towels soaked in BBQ sauce.

                      Again, maybe it's usually awesome and I just went on an off night, but it's something to keep in mind before you make the trek to Newmarket.

                      1. re: Michael N

                        Where are some of your favourite spots?

                    3. @comeandgetit416's hawaiian pork belly sandwich. And soon -- before they go away!

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                      1. re: jennjen18

                        I'll be back in Toronto on the 30th. Do you think I'll miss them?

                        1. re: AndrewWalshe

                          I think they plan to open back up in the new year ..

                          1. re: jennjen18

                            cool, I'm a big fan of their scotch egg benny

                      2. Pork Meatball Banh Mi at Banh Mi Boys.

                        Pork Meatball Banh Mi at Rose Cafe.