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best take-out sandwiches to take on the train?

prima Jun 13, 2013 07:40 PM

What are your favourite sandwiches to take on the train? I'd especially like recs for sandwiches that are still pretty good the day after, since I'd probably be buying the sandwich the afternoon or evening before a morning train.

I've bought eggplant parm sandwiches at Mustachio's in SLM, and I know the Bifana would also be a contender.

I'd think Black Camel sandwiches might be prone to sogginess.

Ideally, I'm looking for something within a few blocks of the Yonge subway line south of York Mills.

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  1. happycamper RE: prima Jun 14, 2013 10:12 AM

    Friendly Butcher make great peameal and steak n' cheese that still taste phenomenal next day.

    Bread & Butter in Davisville is also a good deli and uses quality bread. Their schnitzels don't compare to Mustachio's though.

    1. jayt90 RE: prima Jun 14, 2013 02:06 PM

      Why not ask a good sandwich shop, like Thuet, to make you a deconstructed sandwich? So you could put together two or three pouches, into the roll on the train.

      1. kwass RE: prima Jun 14, 2013 02:18 PM

        Are you bringing a freezer bag with you? Because if you are, that opens you up to different options.

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          prima RE: kwass Jun 14, 2013 07:48 PM

          I might bring my reusable bento box.

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            kwass RE: prima Jun 15, 2013 04:16 AM

            I know that you asked about sandwiches, but left over chinese or pizza is always a good thing to take on a long trip.

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              prima RE: kwass Jun 15, 2013 06:02 AM

              Thanks, kwass. Maybe I'll try to visit Bitondo's or Danforth Pizza House, and take the leftovers with me on my trip. :-)

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                kwass RE: prima Jun 16, 2013 11:02 AM

                Sounds like a great idea!!

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                prima RE: kwass Jun 16, 2013 08:09 PM

                I decided to go with your leftovers idea, since I didn't have time to get to Bitondo's. I ordered take-out from Tabule for dinner, including a chicken in a pita sandwich for the next day. When I ordered, I let Tabule know I'd be eating the pita sandwich the next day, and they recommended the beef or chicken over their other fillings, since they'd be less likely to make the pita soggy. They packaged the tahini and dressing separately, so I could add them on the train. The chicken in a pita and leftover tabule made a great lunch to bring on the train.

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                  kwass RE: prima Jun 17, 2013 04:39 AM

                  I'm so glad to hear that!! Glad it all worked out :)

          2. estufarian RE: prima Jun 14, 2013 02:39 PM

            I've taken the Panini from Boccone (Yonge, S of St Clair) on a plane before - but never kept them overnight.

            1. prima RE: prima Jun 14, 2013 08:41 PM

              Thanks for all the ideas so far. :-)

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                bytepusher RE: prima Jun 14, 2013 09:49 PM

                I guess the urgency is off a little since the VIA strike won't happen.

                +1 for Boccone
                I wish I could think of someone doing Spanish style boaccadillos, those have sustained me through several European train and plane trips

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                  magic RE: prima Jun 15, 2013 05:10 AM

                  Zara's Tandoori Chicken Roll, it's fantastic at room temp.

                  Can be purchased at Kitchen Table in Atrium on Bay (on Yonge line but requires a quick stop at Dundas station - but no need to go out outside, Kitchen Table just a 20 second walk from subway platform).

                  It is tandoori seasoned chicken wrapped in a kathi/roti type skin. With accompanying sauce. $6. Or $3 if close to "sell by" date. Delish. Portable, locally made, perfect for a train ride. Find in the deli meat fridge case. Also at other Kitchen Tables, including Forest Hill Village store.

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                    prima RE: magic Jun 15, 2013 06:00 AM

                    Thanks, magic :-)

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                      magic RE: prima Jun 15, 2013 06:30 AM

                      :)

                  2. prima RE: prima Jan 19, 2014 11:08 AM

                    Content with Whole Food's curry chicken wrap (wrapped and ready to go, near the sushi)and Pusateri's chicken tandoori naanini (from the deli counter) lately.

                    Recently tried Canteen's smoked salmon on a pretzel roll. The pretzel roll was somewhat stale. Don't think I'll be buying any Canteen sandwiches again.

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                      Bigtigger RE: prima Jan 19, 2014 02:22 PM

                      Prima, I often take home Black Camel sandwiches and eat one the next day. The bun is quite firm and seems to hold the contents without becoming soggy, and equally without being in any way "hard" or difficult to chew; so I wouldn't hesitate to bring my choice (roast beef with mayo and horseradish) onto the train. If you are really concerned, you can always have them put the dressings on the side and grab a plastic knife or spoon from the service counter at the front to throw into the bag and use on the train.

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                        kwass RE: Bigtigger Jan 19, 2014 02:28 PM

                        I've done it too. Still delicious the next day! Or at the very least, hours later.

                      2. jayt90 RE: prima Jan 21, 2014 03:11 PM

                        It is too bad Via has dropped the ball. In the CN days, there were always fresh sandwiches and coffee or tea. Ham sandwiches and egg salad sandwiches made on the train.
                        And a dining car. I could have a full course trout dinner between Toronto and London, prepared by a chef from fresh provisions. The thing is, this was one service for all of us, unlike a coach car on New York Central.

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