The 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.
Options 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. .
Also 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 .
For 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.
The 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.
We 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.
Seating 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.
Monday - Friday: 7am - 8pm
Saturday - Sunday: 11am - 8pm