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California Sandwiches

Posted by Tim / Listed on June 12, 2007 / review policy

California SandwichesCalifornia Sandwiches has locations all over the GTA (all still family-member owned), but downtowners have access to the original location at 244 Claremont, open since 1967. Some locations serve sides, but basically it's just about the sandwich. It's a straight pick your meat, pick your heat (sweet, medium, hot) deal.



sjacobs / January 17, 2009 at 09:13 am
user-pic many other joints, they got popular and raised sandwich is worth up to ten bucks!
Gail / January 19, 2009 at 01:21 pm
$10.00 bucks, it's been that long since I had one.
Aaron Laurinat / January 25, 2009 at 08:12 pm
I beg to differ - these sandwiches, although pricey, are most definitely worth it. You get them hot, fresh and you have no idea how I've been craving one as it's been nearly 10 years!!! I've got to get myself down there very soon and get another before I die!
apetimberlake / March 21, 2009 at 07:20 pm
Very good.
Although I am partial to Comisso Bro's.
loureiro / June 30, 2009 at 06:56 pm
still the best well worth the price
Richard S / July 11, 2009 at 06:39 pm
Its huge in size; worth the price. I mean, a footlong sub is about 8 bucks usually, so for something better, this isn't a bad deal.

The lineups are perpetually gigantic, though.
mo / September 5, 2009 at 10:21 pm
tried it today, will have it again tomorrow.
Joe-E / November 24, 2009 at 01:46 pm
Tried the Claremont location and their Dixie Road place. ABSOLUTELY FABULOUS veal sandwiches. SO big you can take half of it home for supper! I always go out of my way for one of these when I'm in TO.
daniel / May 16, 2010 at 12:20 pm
good sandwiches but not worth it for 10 dollars
mike / December 27, 2010 at 10:42 am
Sure its worth 10$ are you nuts go anywhere for a sandwich that is not even close to the calliber that California makes. Good luck in finding one wish i could open up one were im living id be rich in a year or at least living much better than what i am now. Those that say they are over priced go to Harveys,Mc puiks, Burgerking and any other fast food estab and youll be paying 10$ a person and hungry and not to mention sick an hour later . I would like to thank the owners of California Sandwiches for sharing one of the food wonders of the world and knowing its family owned but opening the gates for a person like myself to open a California restaurant franchise, ty mike
ali / March 25, 2011 at 05:29 pm
can any one tell me about franchise opportunity with california sandwiches ?
Greg replying to a comment from sjacobs / March 27, 2011 at 04:57 pm
You gotta pay for the best cheapo
PG / December 25, 2011 at 11:40 pm

You will not find a better Italian sandwich. GUARANTEED.
JS / January 25, 2012 at 05:31 pm
Worth Every Penny! The most delicious and tender veal you will ever have, their sauce is just right, their buns are fresh, you really can't go wrong with their veal sandwich! You can spend the same amount on a burger and fries from (I don't even want to compare the two) McD's and that is crap compared to fresh veal pan fried to perfection every time! There is a new location for you East enders, Warden and Eglington. Been there a few times, and I have to admit, the sandwiches are just as good as the original one on Claremont. Maybe better???
I do have to admit that their add ons are a bit pricey, Cheese, Mushrooms, etc, but well worth it! Just a little tip, the sandwiches taste best when you eat them there at the restaurant, the buns get a bit soggy when doing take out, but I wouldn't say no to one. : )
River / January 28, 2012 at 02:58 pm
Been eating these sandwiches for a few years now. We love them. THey recently opened a place in Richmond Hill so we are now regulars there. Their homemade olives are fantastic! Also, try the eggplant sandwich if you're in the mood for a veggie choice. Totally worth the price. They make each one fresh to order. They're not sitting around pre fried. It's also immaculate inside, you could eat off the floor!
Tuffy / January 31, 2012 at 01:31 pm
Best Italian style veal sandwich in Canada! I've been going their since I was a kid and the veal was $5.50!!! Still great value for a great meal.
BD / June 25, 2012 at 09:28 am
Not a big fan. I went down to one of their locations after reading these reviews, and listening to a couple of my wife's co-workers and ended up disappointed. Though the portions were large, I simply found the sandwiches to be fairly bland tasting (even with almost every possible addon possible ie. jalapenos, mushrooms, sauce, there weren't much) - and pricey, I think I paid something like $10.50 each. I did order a side of their olives as well, they were ok at best - imagine jarred olives in olive oil and you simply add sliced jalapenos (they hadn't been "marinating" long enough, tasted like they were made that morning). Overall nothing really stood out about this place, nothing to write home about.
JimJamm replying to a comment from BD / June 25, 2012 at 10:25 am
You sound like one of the overfed, jaded, and obese 1% the whole planet would like to see placed on a deserted island with shark infested waters. Go away and stuff yer gut somewhere else. You have no clue what a good sandwich is, clown.
BD replying to a comment from JimJamm / June 25, 2012 at 02:06 pm
Since you can't actually disprove anything I said, you instead try to attack me personally - pathetic.
Deacon James replying to a comment from BD / June 25, 2012 at 04:00 pm
Obviously it must be a bold, and not pathetic reaction to everything you have said. You words may all be wrong. We bet you are a chain smoker to find such food bland, even with jalapenos. There are many places in town that will over salt and over-season to your 'unique' taste buds.
BD replying to a comment from Deacon James / June 25, 2012 at 05:30 pm
You got me - I am an overfed, obese (redundant), jaded, chain-smoker....

I rest my case.
Maureen / June 26, 2012 at 10:06 am
These sandwiches are so, so good and tasty. They also are big enough for sharing so that makes them economical for us office gals on a budget. We go at least once a week.
John / September 6, 2012 at 09:45 pm
Just had one yesterday actually, been going to the Claremont one for 20 years now! Worth every penny in my opinion. You will spend about $11 on a sandwich, but this thing is so good and delicious, you won't even think twice about it. You could actually make 2 meals out of it if you don't stuff yourself! Their olives are not as good as they used to be though, they are too fresh, not marinated long enough. Compare it to a meal at say any Fast Food joint, it's 500% better, and you actually know what the heck you are eating for only a few bucks more!
The Warden and Eglington location is pretty new, and also very good, its the grand daughters of the women I remember who worked there years ago. Nice family business.

Gabe / September 8, 2012 at 10:04 pm
$10.00 Bucks is a still a good deal for a good sandwich and a quality piece of meat. This place is Great!
paul / November 4, 2012 at 12:26 pm
That Italian place Brampton smokes this place
Fred / January 31, 2013 at 07:14 pm
BAD SERVICE Etobicoke Location
I refused to pay another 1.50 to use the in store ATM on an order after they told me they only accept cash, and some Jersey Shore ass behind the counter wraoping sandwiches rolkls his eyes at me. So I called him on it, and said that was in poor taste seeing as I'm the customer and all. He then insults me and calls me cheap!
I'm cheap? Youi don't have Interact and I the customer is cheap??? Un believable!!
This is what happens when steroid minkeys work in the service industry, so i told him they were running 2 books, well of course then he calls me a cry baby, yada yada yada...
What an asshole, he'd be fired from any other food service company.
I don't even want to bother calling the manager, I just have the feeling it's the Stupid Ass Jersey Shore Mentality location. So what's the use?
Fred / January 31, 2013 at 07:48 pm
I refused to pay another 1.50 to use the in store ATM on an order after they told me they only accept cash, ONLY CASH in the year 2013??
and some Jersey Shore ass behind the counter wrapping sandwiches rolls his eyes at me cause I said no then, don't make the sandwhich.
Which they hadn't yet.
So I called him on it, and said that was in poor taste seeing as I'm the customer and all. He then insults me and calls me cheap!
I'm cheap? You don't have Interact and I the customer am the cheap one??? Unbelievable!!
This is what happens when steroid monkeys work in the service industry, So i told him they must be running 2 books, well of course then he calls me a cry baby, yada yada yada...
What an asshole, he'd be fired from any other food service company.
There sauce sometimes tastes like they use tomato paste, and gives me heartburn anyway.
There's healthier tasting places, my friends wanted to go there.
Nigel Smithee replying to a comment from Fred / February 1, 2013 at 09:18 am
WHAT? Plenty of places in town that are cash only. Quit sniveling and insulting people. You are the one that sounds like a jersey shore loudmouth. You don't deserve to have one of these fine sandwiches, so step aside and let a real customer place their order, cry-boy. Long live California Sandwiches!
Roger johnston / April 21, 2013 at 07:42 am
I live in Edmonton I was in T.O last year and have to say those veal sandwhiches are by far the best across Canada would be there every day if we had one here in the month I was there after finding the joint I was there four days a week!!!! I would be a millionaire in a week with a location here.. And while the line is long and yes no debit well worth every cent spent on them absolutely delish.. pLEASE open one in Edmonton Please Please Please! Thank you so much for getting us your loyal customers hooked on what I call the crack cocaine of sandwhiches with out multiple locations in every city; ) need a fix now!!! Anyway to the family I thank you for the expirience and hope to see locations across Canada ok even if it's only in Edmonton I'm good with that thanks alot
pr / April 23, 2013 at 05:09 am
Simply, the best. Anyone who disagrees just does not know what they are talking about. GET THE CHICKEN.
Bird / June 23, 2013 at 03:05 pm
Known that place for about 25y (claremont location) nd boy has it changed, sauce is not the same, use to get sauce buns as a kid and boy was it good (think grandma took the recipe from the old country with her when she passed away) it also seems to me the reason why they (sandwiches) are big cuz ther is just sooo much bread ; u got the bun then the veal is breaded too much to me dont actually know what it really tastes like,ther is much better places in this time and day .
Navy / July 2, 2013 at 12:16 am
Ah, what memories, what memories... My cousin and his friends first brought me to the original Claremont location in 1976. I have not come across anything that is even remotely close to what they serve. Although we used to order the hot veal, I do recall there was a meatball and a steak sandwich on the board as well. The white veal (Provimi) was cut at the butcher shop next door (Guessing it was owned by the family). The sandwiches came customized with a choice of sweet, mild, medium, hot and extra hot. The degree of "hot" was adjusted by the number of peppers they put into each sandwich. We were regulars, but a few times the 4 of us ordered a half pint of milk (To drink first to coat our stomachs) and 10 extra-hot veals apiece (On a dare and more than once!) and a Brio Chinotto to chase them down with. We always ate outside or in our cars. We'd eat as many as we can and saved the rest to take home. We'd sweat like mad whores after each hot veal session! Back in the day, it was mama in the kitchen and the two teenaged daughters taking the orders. Yes, they are the best hot sandwiches by far!
Krung Thep / October 4, 2013 at 05:40 pm
I've always been a Commisso and San Fran fan but never had the chance to eat their version. I guess it is time and it might as well be at the Claremont location. / March 29, 2014 at 08:21 pm
Claremont location1000% thumbs up! The best veal, steak sandwiches ever! Tried different locations you just can't compare! Location at dufferin and cast field is a joke their buns are small and sauce tastes like pure tomatoe paste! The guys who run that location are snakes! Therefore people recommend Claremont location..
daredd / December 4, 2014 at 02:36 pm
Travelled all over Toronto and the Gta for the best Veal sandwich . Far, NONE, compares to the the claremount location at California.s. Even their counterparts cannot compare!!! I moved from toronto a few years back, But everyone I get a chance to brave toronto traffic and the big city, i make it a away to stop off and grab a sandwich or two. AND IT IS ALWAYS WORTH IT!!I have brought my kids there , so they Can crave the Sandwich as well!!! This is the things that make me Reminisce of the old Toronto , where i grew up before it changed!!! Big up To California,s Hopefully it will still be around for my grand kids to enjoy it!!!
Kevin / December 14, 2014 at 09:01 am
My co-workers had been rambling about California sandwiches for years. When they finally opened a shop in Etobicoke I decided to go check it out. Bitter disappointment. Slow service as you stand in line (trying to make you feel like the chosen one I guess when your sandwich comes)
Now either my friends were lying when they said it's packed with veal, because my sandwich had a few pieces on it and a huge bun. I'm paying $10 for a bun? Sauce was mediocre at best, veal was disappointment.
Don / May 23, 2015 at 07:11 pm
It's true, the Veal sandwich at California Sandwiches is the best and I have tried most of them throughout the years. Everything now is 10 bucks, no getting around it. The sandwich is fresh when you get it, and something I learned a long time ago, when there is a line up, there is a reason for that, a damn good sandwich!!!
Harleyrider / May 25, 2015 at 04:37 pm
Can you open one up in collingwood please.

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