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Black Camel

Posted by Gadjo Sevilla / Reviewed on June 12, 2010 / review policy

Black Camel TorontoThe Black Camel has been slinging sublime sandwiches since it opened in 2004 and their approach is as smart as it is simple.

Starting with five basic sandwich choices, they allow you to personalize your meal by choosing from a range of high-quality in house prepared sauces and toppings.

Black Camel TorontoOptions include slow roasted beef brisket, pulled pork shoulder, seared steak, roasted pulled chicken and roma tomato, red pepper, arugula and eggplant. Prices start at $7.00 (with one sauce). There are also plenty of sauces and condiments and extra toppings available for less tha a buck.

So popular are these sandwiches that Black Camel uses their Twitter to let people know when they've sold out which, on most days, is before their scheduled closing time. .

Black Camel TorontoAlso on the menu is a Black Camel chili ($3.25 for 6 oz., $5.25 for 12.0z) and a variety of multi-roast blend coffee and loose-leaf tea selections from the nearby House of Tea.

Black Camel TorontoFor breakfast, there's an eggspresso sandwich served until 11 am. Eggs are cooked a little different than usual (they use an espresso machine steam wand) and paired with either pancetta ham, steak or house-cured salmon, sweet pepper and red onion mayo).

After lining up for around 5 minutes we order lunch. First is the slow roasted beef brisket with the signature Black Camel BBQ sauce and a slathering of chipotle mayo and creamy horseradish.

Black Camel TorontoThe huge and heavy sandwich is loaded with super tender beef brisket (slow-cooked for 12 hours) that is browned with molasses and caramelized onion and pungent with the flavour of the BBQ sauce and the mild zing of creamy horseradish. It's amazing and incredibly filling.

Black Camel TorontoWe also decide to try the roasted pulled chicken with roasted sweet red pepper. It's moist and equally tasty although lighter than the imposing beef brisket sandwich. Both sandwiches come with generous helpings of meat and sauce and it takes a monumental effort to keep everything together in that large bun.

Black Camel TorontoSeating is extremely limited and it can gets pretty crowded inside so it's best to try and get seating outside or find a shady spot on any of the nearby park benches.

Black Camel TorontoMonday - Friday: 7am - 8pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 8pm

Discussion

28 Comments

Tanja / August 28, 2006 at 07:13 pm
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Now there's nothing on a menu I dislike more than a sloppy sandwich, but those options do sound GOOD. When is the liberty village location opening? any idea?
Michael / August 28, 2006 at 08:37 pm
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damn these sandwiches can get pricey...but damn them again for being so tasty.
Steven / August 28, 2006 at 09:28 pm
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Had it for dinner tonight by coincidence. Fantastic! Nothing but praise.
Dave / August 28, 2006 at 09:41 pm
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They opened a second (?) location on adelaide downtown. I must admit, it's pricy, but the bloody sandwiches are delicious. That brisket is just pure comfort on a bad day.
T-Bone / December 2, 2008 at 10:15 am
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The best sandwich I've ever eaten in my life, and I've had alot!!!
Tiberious / December 2, 2008 at 10:19 am
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This place deserves 4.5 stars out of 5.

Absolutely the best sandwich I've ever had in my life, and I've had many different kinds.

For any meat lover, the beef brisket with mushrooms and charamoula mayo doesn't get any better.

A gift from the gods!!!!
Phoebe / June 4, 2009 at 10:03 pm
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I was at this place today and accidentally dropped some of their signature bbq sauce on my shirt. It took me a while to get the stains off in the bathroom, and as I was coming up the stairs, I accidentally overheard some rude remarks the staff were making about me occupying the bathroom.

The food isn't bad, but the quality of service at Black Camel definitely needs to step up. Not sure if I'll be back at this place again.
Matt / November 22, 2009 at 12:06 pm
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I've had all the best Lattes in the city and the Camel makes a mean one - as good as Ezra's, Jeftuel and Dark hoarse - it is Ideal! Especially convenient and convenient for a bike ride into the office.
Eric26 / June 13, 2010 at 12:37 pm
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I know it's blasphemy to suggest that they use a nicer bun, but the bread tastes like it comes in a giant bag from Metro or something. I don't want a fancy, gourmet bun... I just want a good one.
Eric26 / June 13, 2010 at 12:41 pm
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Oh, and they no longer have a second location. The one on Adelaide is now closed.
fiveteamer / June 13, 2010 at 01:07 pm
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They are good sandwiches but you can make them at home with a crock pot.
Yvonne / June 13, 2010 at 01:38 pm
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do they serve camel toe?
Colleen McGoey replying to a comment from Matt / June 13, 2010 at 06:16 pm
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I agree, the coffee is to do die for. They take such care in preparing each latte/americano. Love it.
HUK / June 13, 2010 at 06:28 pm
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What le what? This is a really old review. Did Black Camel serve you a free sandwich in exchange for a plug here and you were too lazy to update it or something?
Tim replying to a comment from HUK / June 13, 2010 at 06:42 pm
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Why so cynical? Gadjo went for lunch here a few days ago and decided to write a review about his experience. Why suspect foul play and that someone got paid off?
steve / June 13, 2010 at 07:47 pm
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Stuff White People Like #63
Chris / June 14, 2010 at 08:41 pm
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Tim,

Did Gadjo update a previous review? I don't understand why there are comments from 2006 and a post dated June 12, 2010. I've noticed this in other reviews but never bothered to ask why. Can you clarify?
Gadjo Sevilla replying to a comment from Chris / June 14, 2010 at 09:46 pm
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Hi Chris, the review is all new, I visited Black Camel on June 10, 2010. Some of the older comments were posted in the previous restaurant listing and were likely linked as this review replaced the older listing.
Chris / June 15, 2010 at 12:34 am
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Thanks for clearing that up, Gadjo.

Tim, as a reader it's awful confusing to link comments from a previous post with a new one. In fact, I think it's bad practice. If you're posting a new review, why would you not start fresh with the comments and simply link to previous reviews in the new post? If you're going to do away with a 4-year old review, why not either do away with the comments as well or keep them separate from the new review?
Dennis Marciniak / June 15, 2010 at 09:12 am
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One of my favourite places to eat in Toronto - always super delicious.
Genevieve / June 15, 2010 at 08:39 pm
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I went there today. I'm not a big fan of sloppy sandwiches, but the roasted pulled chicken with chipotle mayo was divine. I'll definitely return soon.
A'Dreema Monet / June 15, 2010 at 09:59 pm
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it would be most helpful if you list the address with the store hours.
Elizabeth / June 17, 2010 at 11:51 pm
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Great pulled pork, and the chicken with caramelized onions is pretty great too!

And I think it's not that there was an old review, just that there was a restaurant LISTING before. Not a review. Listings are just a photo and website for the place etc, no actual description. And people write some good comments on listings, so they're useful to have! I think sometimes people even request a full review on places that have listings, and then they do get reviewed! So chill out, dude. Go have a sandwich...
Pulled Pork / October 28, 2011 at 01:08 pm
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My co-worker and I went today -- super tasty sandwiches, not pricy as others have indicated. I was surprised and impressed at how fast the sandwich was made. We waited less than two minutes before these gorgeous specimens were in our hands.

As a side, Phoebe's complaint about dropping BBQ sauce on her shirt and causing herself embarrassment because of her bathroom usage is...pretty funny. Why would you blame a restaurant for your mistake of not using a plate?
cindy / November 1, 2011 at 07:12 pm
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Finally tried this place. The sandwich was very yummy. Sauces were excellent. Service was good and it was pretty fast as well.
Gabe / January 31, 2012 at 01:14 pm
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I live around the corner and have had a few Black Camel sandwiches in the time I've lived in the hood. I would eat more if it wasn't so expensive for a pretty basic pulled pork sandwich. There's nothing they do I haven't done at home for much less.

Step up your game Black Camel, or lower your prices, that's the only way I'd spend another $10 on meat and bun.
Jamie Doo / February 29, 2012 at 10:05 pm
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Had a BC sandwich over the weekend and thought it was delish! An unlikely pairing of pulled chicken, caramelized onions and horseradish (managed to bring a tear to my eye) was satisfying and comforting. The latte I had (complete with froth smiley face) was also one of the best I've ever had. Small thumbs down for the prices - $23 for two sandwiches and a latte is a little steep - ill just have to learn that a trip to the Camel is more like a night out.
Keith / September 3, 2012 at 08:04 pm
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Not worth the price. I had the pulled pork sandwich with caramelized onions that the counter person recommended (he didn't mention it was an extra dollar). Close to $10 and I was still hungry afterwards.

The Sandwich did not have much flavor - just a pile of stringy meat. When I was nearly finished it occurred to me that I didn't taste any onions and could not see any. I don't know if they forgot to put the onions on the sandwich or is so little onions that they are not noticeable?

The basic Sandwich is pricey enough without charging extra for toppings that should be free.

The only thing exceptional about the Sandwich was the soft and fresh bun. With a slow cooker and a cheap cut of meat I could make a far tastier sandwich for much less.

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