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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My Hood: Summerhill/Rosedale

Next up in our My ‘Hood series, Kylie chats about living north of Bloor in Rosedale/Summerhill.

I moved to the Rosedale/Summerhill neighbourhood last January. What I love about the area is that the location gives you an uptown family ‘nabe feel, but you are also blocks away from Bloor street, and a quick jump on the Summerhill or Rosedale subway to downtown. Because most of my week is spent downtown at the office, I enjoy sticking around on weekends and browsing through the local shops, restaurants and all the other fun spots that the area has to offer.


Here is how you can find me spending my ideal Saturday:

11 a.m. Head over to the Rosedale Diner for brunch. A classic spot where the food is definitely more gourmet than greasy spoon. While your basic breakfast options are available, I usually go for the Eggs Benny and Brioche French Toast (not to mention some of the best Caesars in town). 

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1 p.m. Wander down Yonge St. for some window shopping and retail therapy. Whether it’s clothes or home decor, there is no shortage of selection in the area. With brands like JBrand, Equipment, James Perse and Dolce Vita, Shop NYLA is a great store for essentials like jeans and T-shirts, but is also the perfect destination for that awesome party dress. As far as home decor goes, look no further than the five blocks between Summerhill and Rosedale station. This interior design mecca has something to fit everyone’s taste. My personal favourite is the shabby chic store Putti where you can find everything from bedding and lighting, to furniture.
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4 p.m. Get pampered at Mani Pedi. Good prices and good service (not to mention an amazing selection of nail polish).

5 p.m. Pick up wine and groceries for dinner. Lucky for me, the city’s largest liquor store is located just steps from our door. The train-station-turned-LCBO is hard to miss with its surrounding moat and huge clock tower. Not only is it convenient, but the selection is better than almost any other LCBO in the city. On my way home, I often head to the Five Thieves for groceries. The Harvest Wagon is perfect for picking up some extra veggies last minute, or, if I’m feeling indulgent, splurging on some prepared food at All the Best Fine Foods.

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11 p.m. My day ends at Le Petit Castor with wine and friends. Nights there tend to start off innocently enough with a glass of wine at the bar or one of the cozy booths, but their signature Pink Panthers (the menu advises you not to have more than one) typically lead to at least one person dancing on a table, and without a doubt a big dance party at the back of the bar. Their food hits the spot, too.

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That’s my perfect day in my ‘hood. See you at LPC for a Panther.