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The Best Pork Sandwiches In Toronto, 2012

AndrewWalshe Dec 22, 2012 10:17 AM

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.

Tags: Toronto pork sandwich porchetta shoulder gruyere mozzarella lunch downtown

  1. elasticwaistband Dec 22, 2012 10:32 AM

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

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    1. re: elasticwaistband
      AndrewWalshe Dec 22, 2012 10:50 AM

      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. justxpete Dec 22, 2012 10:54 AM

      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
        AndrewWalshe Dec 22, 2012 10:59 AM

        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. re: justxpete
          AndrewWalshe Dec 22, 2012 11:03 AM

          what's your twitter @ ?

          1. re: AndrewWalshe
            justxpete Dec 22, 2012 11:32 AM

            JustpeteTO, and Andrew!

        2. Googs Dec 22, 2012 11:00 AM

          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
            AndrewWalshe Dec 22, 2012 11:04 AM

            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
              prima Dec 22, 2012 08:12 PM

              +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
                AndrewWalshe Dec 22, 2012 10:38 PM

                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
                  prima Dec 23, 2012 06:31 AM

                  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
                    Googs Dec 23, 2012 09:13 AM

                    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
                      prima Dec 23, 2012 09:17 AM

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

                      1. re: prima
                        AndrewWalshe Dec 23, 2012 02:29 PM

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

                      2. re: Googs
                        AndrewWalshe Dec 23, 2012 02:27 PM

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

                      3. re: prima
                        AndrewWalshe Dec 23, 2012 02:25 PM

                        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
                          fickle Dec 23, 2012 03:09 PM

                          Rebozos has a really good carnitas torta.

                          1. re: fickle
                            AndrewWalshe Dec 23, 2012 03:18 PM

                            good tacos as well?

                            1. re: AndrewWalshe
                              fickle Dec 23, 2012 03:22 PM

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

                              1. re: fickle
                                AndrewWalshe Dec 23, 2012 03:43 PM

                                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
                      Michael N Dec 23, 2012 12:55 PM

                      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
                        AndrewWalshe Dec 23, 2012 02:22 PM

                        Where are some of your favourite spots?

                    3. jennjen18 Dec 22, 2012 08:26 PM

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

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                      1. re: jennjen18
                        AndrewWalshe Dec 22, 2012 10:39 PM

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

                        1. re: AndrewWalshe
                          jennjen18 Dec 27, 2012 08:46 AM

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

                          1. re: jennjen18
                            AndrewWalshe Dec 28, 2012 01:42 PM

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

                      2. m
                        magic Dec 23, 2012 06:17 AM

                        Pork Meatball Banh Mi at Banh Mi Boys.

                        Pork Meatball Banh Mi at Rose Cafe.


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