Yum yum: Best sandwiches

Sandwiches are versatile – they work for pretty much any meal (kinda like pizza, right?). We’ve sampled at restaurants all over our city, so it was hard to narrow it down to just a few, but check out some of our favourite spots to grab a sandwich in Toronto. If you need further inspiration, blogTO has some additional choices in their recent sandwich round up (we didn’t copy, we swear!).

If you’re looking for variety, this is not your place. But if it’s the best pulled pork and pulled chicken sandwiches in the city you’re after, then look no further. Located a stone’s throw from Rosedale subway station, this sandwich bar is one we often find ourselves craving. They start out with the basics, including beef brisket, pulled pork shoulder, seared steak, roasted pulled chicken or tomato, pepper, arugula and eggplant. From there you can choose from a selection of house prepared sauces and toppings. Did we mention the brisket and pulled pork preparation process lasts five days?

What better place to get a grilled cheese sandwich than a shop that specializes in cheese? Don’t let the name deceive you, they have three locations across the city, all serving up delicious gourmet concoctions. Specialties change by day and location, but we have yet to meet a grilled cheese here we don’t like. We especially love their flavoured ketchups – the balsamic-infused version takes your sammy to the next level.

Bonjour Brioche 
We love a little French cuisine once in awhile, and the fare at this east end hot spot is bang on. While a number of things are droolworthy here (everything baked, for example) we also love the rare roast beef sandwich on a crusty-yet-soft baguette. The garlic aioli and Brie add delicious creaminess. Rare beef + baguette + Brie? No brainer.

If you’re in the market for a beef brisket, get over to Lou Dawg’s. They make all their sauces in house and their smoked beef brisket sandwich shows just how much love and tenderness they put into their menu. The briskets are smoked for 14 hours and then partnered with the Genuine Smokehouse BBQ sauce for unbeatable Southern-inspired flavour. 

The name says it all. If you are a huge lover of sandwiches, this is the place for you. From sliced rib eye to a fancy BLT to “The Classic” PB & J, the selection of sandwiches could have you choosing a different sandwich a day for two weeks, each one more decadent than the next. We especially love the Uncle Phil – a take on a Philly cheesesteak – but it’s best to eat that rich meal when you’re feeling good about your waistline.

Happy lunching! 


Fave Five: Best Eggs Benny

A good eggs Benedict can be hit or miss. Luckily, we consider ourselves brunch connoisseurs, and have done tons of research into what’s tops in Toronto. We’ll trek all over the city for a well-executed Benny. Here, we serve up some of our favourites:

A weekend staple for many of us, the Drake’s Eggs Benedict ($13) offers the classic favourite with eggs over smoked pork loin with a generous dollop of Hollandaise. There is also a delicious Eggs Caleb with smoked salmon. Enjoy it with a DIY Caesar you can share with your friends. 

While not a traditional Benny, the vegetarian Eggs Milestone ($9.99), a delicious combination of goat cheese, sliced Roma tomatoes and avocado salsa topped with hollandaise, makes it an easy brunch decision. Top it off with a Sunshine Mimosa and your weekend’s off to a great start. 

If you’re in the Leslieville area, Lady Marmalade has a great selection and offers a more decadent version with brie, avocado and bacon ($13.50). Enjoy it with your cup of joe and be sure to bring some bills – the restaurant only accepts cash. 

A Rosedale option is The Rebel House’s Rebellion Eggs ($10.75). Your choice of peameal bacon or smoked Atlantic salmon with a tangy fresh H-sauce. They offer a little Bailey’s in your morning coffee, a great addition to any breakfast choice. 

Out at Bloor and Landsdowne, The Bloordale Pantry has a great diner vibe and a Benny menu titled “Hello my name is Benny.” To set them apart, their eggs sit atop a house-made griddle scone and their Classic Benny with peameal bacon ($11.99) is an easy choice when we’re in the area. A glass of freshly squeezed juice tops off a well-rounded brunch. 

Where’s your favourite spot to enjoy a Benny? Let us know @rockitpromo.