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Boar is the new (Black) Camel!

peppermint pate Feb 28, 2013 06:58 AM

Toronto's sandwich scene is about to get another yummy boost. The folks at the Black Camel are opening a new spot called Boar. It will feature a whole new selection of sandwiches - hot Italian veal, meatball, grilled chicken, roasted portobello, Italian sausage - and a variety of mix 'n match sauces and toppings like aioli, provolone cheese, peppers, bocconcini, etc. Like the Camel, they've found a new little boite off of Yonge Street, this time on Glebe (a few blocks north of Davisville). No coffee or breakfast sandwiches at Boar. They're planning to open in the next couple of weeks.

In all the years I've been going to Camel, I've never had anything less than a stellar sandwich.Their commitment to high quality ingredients and consistency is amazing. I'm sure that Boar will deliver the goods - I'm psyched!

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    ylsf Feb 28, 2013 07:23 AM

    Thanks for this, I still have yet to go to Black Camel but on my "list" if I am ever directly in that area...

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      magic Feb 28, 2013 08:17 AM

      Oh man. SO PSYCHED!

      Thanks for the scoop!

      1. Davwud Feb 28, 2013 10:54 AM

        Close to work for me.


        1. kwass Feb 28, 2013 11:00 AM

          That's awesome!! Black Camel is one of my favourite places to get a sandwich. I'm sure Boar will be just as good :) Really excited!! And what a great location!!

          1. kwass Feb 28, 2013 11:29 AM

            Peppermint Pate, how did you learn of this exciting news?

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              peppermint pate Mar 1, 2013 07:06 AM

              Heard about it at the Camel on a recent visit. Exciting indeed!

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                kwass Mar 1, 2013 07:41 AM

                Ridiculously exciting!!

            2. kwass Mar 3, 2013 06:12 PM

              Just read that they could be open as early as next week.


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                peppermint pate Mar 6, 2013 06:08 AM

                Hope you ate a light breakfast guys - they're opening in a little under 2 hours...:)

                A few additional menu details - veggie sandwich is roast portobello + roasted peppers + arugula, the meat mains are sweet Italian sausage, roasted/grilled chicken, Italian veal and meatball.

                Sauce options - tomato, puttanesca, arugula pesto mayo, roasted garlic aioli, dijon mayo and maybe another...?

                Toppings - caramelized onions, hot peppers, bocconcini, sauteed mushrooms, provolone cheese, arugula, roasted peppers

                I'm dizzy already with the mix 'n match options. I have a feeling we'll be starting the "favourite Boar sammie combo" shortly...see ya there.

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                  magic Mar 6, 2013 07:18 AM

                  If you go maybe ask them why it's called Boar?

                  While the menu sounds great I'm kinda curious how there's a pork or boar focus.....

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                    peppermint pate Mar 6, 2013 08:14 AM

                    Of course, that was my first question! And the answer was...Boar has about as much to do with the menu at this new spot as Camel has to do with the menu at the original shop. Nada.

                    1. re: peppermint pate
                      estufarian Mar 6, 2013 08:53 AM

                      No Camel at Black Camel???!
                      But they do serve boar there!

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                        magic Mar 6, 2013 09:24 AM

                        Is Boar served at any of the two? I don't recall boar being served at BC...

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                          bluefirefly Mar 6, 2013 05:46 PM

                          Was there just tonight. No boar, but pulled pork is the closest thing to it!

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                            magic Mar 6, 2013 06:21 PM

                            Did you like Boar?

                          2. re: magic
                            prima Mar 20, 2013 11:05 AM

                            domesticated boar, aka pork!

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                              magic Mar 20, 2013 12:28 PM

                              That, I know :-)

                        2. re: peppermint pate
                          magic Mar 6, 2013 09:23 AM

                          Hmm, interesting.

                          Very well.


                      2. re: peppermint pate
                        kwass Mar 6, 2013 05:03 PM

                        Was planning on going to BC on Monday. Think I'm going to have to go to Boar instead :)

                    2. petek Mar 8, 2013 09:33 AM

                      Just got back from a quick lunch at Boar.Had the veal w/tomato sauce and provolone.
                      Solid sandwich,nice crunch floury Eye-talian bun,a bit under seasoned for my taste but good(next time I'll have it with the hot peppers) $10.35 all in no drink or sides.A few extra toppings could push this up to $15.00.

                      Asked about their affiliation with BC but buddy was a bit cryptic with his answer.Whateves..
                      Nice addition to the neighborhood,I'll go back since I live just up the street.

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                        milhuas3 Mar 8, 2013 11:26 AM

                        Same here. Had the chicken, with lemon garlic ailoi and cremini mushrooms. I would agree, solid sandwich. Mine was very tasty - appropriate seasoning and lovely grilled flavour with a very good sauce. But yep, over $10 without a drink or sides made things rather difficult to swallow. Yeah, I'll be back, but probably just to try the other sandwiches, and not very frequently. Instagrammed below - ironically of course ;-)

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                          Degustation Mar 22, 2013 12:24 PM

                          I tried the chicken with argula pesto and cremini mushrooms today. Thought the flavours were lovely, but I was not impressed by the two small pieces of chicken that barely covered the bun. It certainly did not look like the one that milhuas3 had. It was flat and practically all bun. It could have been that it was because they were low on chicken as I dropped in around 2:30 pm, well after the lunch rush. However, if I am going to pay over $10 for a sandwich, I will expect more than what I got. They could have told me they didn't have enough for a regular sized sandwich and I would have selected something else.

                          PP was right - the noce de leche were addictive. They were made by Eli's neighbour who apparently makes good pastries.

                          1. re: Degustation
                            magic Mar 22, 2013 08:53 PM

                            My father went yesterday and said the veal was beyond awful.

                            Dry and terrible, he said.

                            I still wish to go and try for myself.

                        2. re: petek
                          toronto guy Mar 20, 2013 10:48 AM

                          How did the veal sandwich stack up against the gold standard Calfornia on Clarmont?

                          Thanks in advance


                          1. re: toronto guy
                            petek Mar 20, 2013 12:07 PM

                            I haven't been to the original California in years so it's best I don't compare the two side by side.Check out Boar for yourself,it's totally worth it.
                            There's also a newish butcher shop just up the street from Boar that sells veal sammies,might give it a shot just to compare...;)

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                          mmacdon6 Mar 15, 2013 05:02 PM

                          Tried the veal sandwich today. As far as veal sandwiches go it's solid. They have a good bun and the veal had a nice crust, not greasy.

                          Here's a pic: https://twitter.com/mark_macdonald/st...

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                            peppermint pate Mar 16, 2013 12:44 PM

                            Been there twice now - really liked both times. Loved the sweet Italian sausage with roasted garlic aioli, caramelized onions and hot peppers - VERY tasty. The sausage was great, with fennel accents, and the hot peppers balanced the sweetness of the onions well. Also tried the roasted/grilled chicken (dark meat -incredibly moist and flavourful, not "just" chicken) with arugula pesto, buffula mozzarella and roasted peppers - so much better than the sum of its parts - seriously amazing. They also have these little sweets for dessert - a walnut shaped crunchy-ish cookie filled with dulce de leche. Super sweet (usually not my thing) but OMG ridiculously addictive. Still love the Camel but no complaints about having twice as many sandwiches to choose from now, plus no line-ups (so far). Love the space too.

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                              kwass Mar 16, 2013 08:22 PM

                              Can't wait to try it! Thanks PP!!

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                                prima Mar 20, 2013 11:06 AM

                                Looking forward to trying it out. Thanks for the detailed description of your sandwiches, peppermint pate!

                              2. prima Jun 15, 2013 03:18 PM

                                Now that Boar has been open a few months, has anyone found a favourite sandwich they'd recommend? Realize a few have been mentioned in the thread already- guess I'd be interested in the combinations people have ordered at least twice.

                                Also, has anyone tried their chickpea salad as a side?



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