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! 

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Yum, yum: Barque

A trip to Austin, Texas a few years back introduced us to the delectable world of Southern BBQ. Us northerners were hard-pressed to find anything similar, until a wave of BBQ joints popped up here in Toronto. The Stockyards was one of the city’s trailblazers, offering delectable fried chicken and pulled pork up on St. Clair West. Now the (relatively) new kid on (a different) block is Barque – purveyor of all things smoked, from ribs to brisket to cocktails.

Photo via Blog TO.

Self-identified by chef-owner David Neinstein as “Toronto’s Urban Smokehouse”, Barque puts a downtown spin on the classic BBQ joint combining a comprehensive wine list and craft beers with smoked ribs, brisket and chicken. They also find playful uses for their signature candied bacon, such as rimming the glass of their Caesar.  

Photo via Blog TO.

We recently went to Barque for dinner and were seated at their back bar, overlooking the kitchen. For those who are interested in what goes on behind-the-scenes, this is the best spot in the house! It also helps when kitchen staff slip you a few pieces of candied bacon to nibble on while looking over the menu.

We decided to start off with the pulled lamb nachos ($10), followed by the sampler platter for two ($38). We highly recommend getting the sampler platter, as it allows you to, uhh, sample many different meats. You can choose three out of the following options – pork ribs, beef ribs, brisket and chicken – along with two sides. All of the sides are delicious, but we highly recommend the pickled platter as it’s the perfect complement to the smokey meat.

Eating Barque’s beef ribs made us feel like Fred Flintstone (we mean this in the best way possible), and their brisket was melt-in-your-mouth delicious. While we rarely order chicken when dining out, Barque made us reconsider our stance. They tout their chicken thighs as “Competition Winning” and we can see why.

We would definitely go back to Barque for dinner and can’t wait to try out their brunch menu as well. They also offer a “Family Dinner” on Sunday night, served as a prix fixe, family-style meal. Best of all? They accept reservations, a rarity in Toronto these days. 

Barque is at 299 Roncesvalles Ave. Visit their website for more info or find them on Twitter and Facebook