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Boar

Posted by Josh Wise / Reviewed on April 1, 2013 / review policy

Boar TorontoBoar is a new addition to Yonge and Davisville area that should make sandwich lovers quite happy. Located a few steps east of Yonge on Glebe Street, you'll find this new bare-bones restaurant pumping out home-style Italian classics.

From the owner of the Black Camel, Boar opened at the beginning of March and has already started to make a name for itself on a strip of Yonge that's quite robust when it comes to dining options.

Boar TorontoBoar is designed for the grab-and-go crowd with a very sparsely decorated interior and seating for a scant eight people. Manning the cash, Eli (son of Black Camel owner, Irwin Schwartz) is quick to greet new and emerging-regulars as they come in to check the place out. In the same style as the Black Camel, you get to choose between five base sandwich fillers to match up with 13 topping/sauce options.

Boar TorontoBy Eli's recommendation we order the classic veal sandwich (starting at $8.25 + toppings). We're told the recipe of the sandwich is based on the widely popular California Sandwiches. Breaded and fried veal cutlets are stacked three high with a thick tomato sauce and mushy caramelized onions. While it's not ready to compete with California's just yet, this less-greasy version of the iconic veal sammy was still delicious.

Boar TorontoNext we ordered the chicken sandwich with the lemon-garlic aioli, sweet roasted red peppers and provolone ($9.65 total). The prepared grilled chicken breasts were still moist and tender, and once smothered in the creamy aioli were bursting with Mediterranean flavours. The Italian bun soaked up the liberal coating of sauce, keeping most of it off of our clothes.

We were a little disappointed in the Sausage sandwich, ordered with lemon aioli and hot banana peppers ($8.40). It comes served on the same bun as the other sandwiches, but with one skinny sausage cut length-wise, the amount of meat doesn't match the size of the bun.

Boar TorontoTo accompany our sandwiches we got a large order of the olives ($4). The warm mixed olives had a serious anchovy kick, and the savory, salty infusion was a great companion to the sandwiches (and healthier than potato chips).

Boar TorontoIn keeping with the tradition established at the Black Camel, Boar has already had a few sell-out nights in their short history. If you're looking for some solid sandwiches and are a fan of the Black Camel, it's worth giving Boar a shot. Frequent diner cards are available, so you'll get every 13th sandwich free if you're looking to try out all the different combinations.

Boar is open from 11am- 8pm, Monday-Saturday. If heading there closer to the end of the day, make sure to check their twitter feed (@boarsandwiches) to make sure they've still got a bun ready for you.

Boar TorontoPhotos by Marni Wolf

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10 Comments

Thomas Gonder / April 1, 2013 at 08:18 pm
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This spot is just a couple of blocks from where I work. I'll be sure to give it a try sometime soon.
Gonzo / April 1, 2013 at 08:18 pm
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What's the point? San Francesco's already exists.
Francesco / April 1, 2013 at 08:36 pm
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Leave the panino shops to the Italians,
Mens / April 1, 2013 at 08:39 pm
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good but not as good as black camel.
Ramal / April 1, 2013 at 09:05 pm
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Gouda Gouda POP!
Gabe / April 1, 2013 at 09:14 pm
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Looks pretty good but they'd do better if they lively up themselves. Even Italianize it a bit...
everyone / April 2, 2013 at 01:05 am
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ya, stop being different. i want the same thing that i've always had. no changing.
2toe-post replying to a comment from Francesco / April 2, 2013 at 09:57 am
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hear hear.
Katy / April 2, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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Tried it last week. Had the Veal with lemon-garlic aioli, arugula, roasted sweet peppers, and provolone. OMG is all I have to say. HIGHLY RECOMMEND.

DELICIOUS!!! And surprisingly not messy!! Will definitely be going back, especially since it's so close to my office. So happy they opened, now I can get my California Sandwich/Black Camel cravings satisfied!! (my waistline will probably not be as happy to this addition in my lunch rotation)
AA / May 10, 2013 at 12:28 pm
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Good sandwiches, but a Hot or Sweet Veal should be the same price. The heat should be free, not an extra $1... especially if the price point is $8.25

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