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Murrays Sandwich Emporium

Posted by Meaghan Binstock / Listed on December 8, 2010 / review policy

Murrays Sandwich EmporiumMurrays Sandwich Emporium, recently opened at Queen and Bathurst, joins the ranks of a handful of west-end eateries that open not only for lunch hours, but also cater to the area's late night crowd. Early in the week this small sandwich shop serves from lunchtime until 10pm, but Thursday to Saturday when the 2am post-bar munchies run rampant on this strip, these indulgent sandwiches can be had as late as 4am. At a more reasonable hour, my friend and I decide to stop in for a quick lunch to see what Murrays has to offer.

Murrays Sandwich EmporiumThe restaurant's narrow space with exposed brick and wood floors consists of a counter at the back and three communal tables along one side. A steady stream of people grabbing takeout continues throughout our meal, but the small room is also much more welcoming for a sit-in meal than a lot of the area's surrounding fast food joints. As hip hop plays from speakers overhead, we examine the chalkboard menu, the kitschy sandwich names adding to the quirky theme the place seems to be going for.

Murrays Sandwich EmporiumThe menu consists of eight different sandwiches - six savoury and two sweet - and a handful of sides like a daily soup, fries, onion rings and chili. None of the options are particularly healthy, but some, like the sweet ones, are unquestionably over the top. But I guess in the grand scheme of the city's burger and poutine obsession, this really isn't so bad. After much deliberation and suggestions from the cashier, we place our order and grab a spot at one of the tables to wait for our meal to begin, and let's just say I'm glad I came hungry.

Though we're tempted by items like The Dogfather (choice of breaded veal, chicken or eggplant with roasted peppers and tomato sauce) and Gimme The Keys Grilled Cheese (triple decker grilled cheese with the option of adding bacon), when the cashier mentions that The Uncle Phil ($9) is her absolute favourite, we decide this is a must try.

Murrays Sandwich EmporiumThe very generously sized take on a cheesesteak sandwich consists of sliced rib eye, sauteed onions and green peppers, and gooey, melted provolone cheese piled on a fresh baguette. This classic combination of ingredients is comfort food to be sure, and though we find the meat to be a little on the dry side, it's still an enjoyable sandwich. Nine dollars may seem a bit steep, but in the restaurant's defense the serving is pretty gigantic.

The BL-Tizzy ($8 - top photo), the restaurant's version of a BLT, is by far the favourite of the meal. A giant, soft white bun holds strips of very crispy double smoked bacon, romaine lettuce, slices of fresh tomato, and a big scoop of lemony guacamole to top it all off. The guacamole is the perfect addition, and though some of the Uncle Phil goes unfinished, we devour the entire BLT in no time flat.

Murrays Sandwich EmporiumIntrigued by the sweet sandwiches on the menu - strawberry jam or nutella, rolled and fried - we opt for The Nutorious ($5). The sandwich consists of white bread smeared with nutella, rolled up and dropped in the deep fryer, and served with a little container of whipped peanut butter for dipping.

I know, more carnival food than appropriate lunchtime fare, but nonetheless, somewhat irresistible. Almost like a donut in consistency, by the time we sample this confection, after eating the already heavy savoury sandwiches, we begin to feel like we've pushed it too far. Regardless of bordering on extreme fullness, I have to admit that this greasy dessert tastes pretty good.

Murrays Sandwich EmporiumMurrays Sandwich Emporium may not offer what could be considered a light lunch, but the restaurant's short card of classically comforting sandwiches makes for a quick and satisfying meal. And with items that have definite late night snack appeal beyond the usual poutine or pizza, being open till the wee hours of the morning will most likely prove worthwhile.

Photos by Taralyn Marshall

Discussion

62 Comments

APOW / December 9, 2010 at 10:20 am
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This place is garbo. I've had better sandwiches at the Bloor St Station convenience store. Sandwiches I made from wonderbread and crushed up Twix bars. Try it. It's better than Murrays.
Tone Loc / December 9, 2010 at 10:27 am
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APOW... What did you eat? You sound Po'ed for other reasons. Did you not make the cut?

Grow up... Jaggoff!

UNCLE PHIL FOR LIFE!!!
Brandon / December 9, 2010 at 10:32 am
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MORE HOAGIES.
trav1dr / December 9, 2010 at 11:16 am
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I've eaten here no less than 5 times and have been super impressed on every occasion. Classic hip hop on the speakers is a nice touch.

also, LOVE the logo!
Steve Rock / December 9, 2010 at 11:34 am
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I agree with APOW. this joint was lack luster. Reggies still runs the sammich game in this town, no contest
Sammy / December 9, 2010 at 11:42 am
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The place is OK. I can appreciate all the hard work they put into the design, but the food is simply OK (and it's a little too pricey). Hope they add some more healthy sandwiches to the menu, there is enough junk food places around.
Tom / December 9, 2010 at 12:16 pm
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Had an Uncle Phil here around a week ago it was amazing the steak was tender and the peppers etc just set it off. I work across the road and I will be back for sure. Also the fortune cookie thing is a cool little thing I like it.
hammer / December 9, 2010 at 12:22 pm
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iv had the uncle phill and the dogfather both really good.
the phil- really nice flavor, tender beef.
the dogfather- AMAZING tomato sauce great italian sandwich

i loving the new place to get a great sandwich.(close to home)



Carleeeeeeee / December 9, 2010 at 02:03 pm
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BLT izzy and grill cheese soooo goood!!! Mmmmm
Hahahaha crushed twix on wonderbread? Maad povo
Carleeeeeee / December 9, 2010 at 03:30 pm
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Apow= stalker
Burg / December 9, 2010 at 03:57 pm
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I've been twice. It's OK, but there's a slew of better burger places in the neighborhood so I won't be rushing back. Their "bulk bin" Metro buns are the most disappointing element.

Reggies and The Counters burgers/sandwiches destroy Murray's on every conceivable level. Hell, even Oh Boy! and Craft Burger are better in my opinion.

bilbo / December 9, 2010 at 04:15 pm
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What's with all the love for Reggies? That place is terrible! Murray's is miles ahead in terms of quality / flavour IMO.
Tone Loc / December 9, 2010 at 05:18 pm
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They actually get Ace Bakery delivered everyday.

Far from bulk bin nonsense.

Don't think they are really competing with The Counter.
WHATEVA / December 10, 2010 at 12:41 am
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What a terrible review.
who cares / December 10, 2010 at 02:57 am
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this place is stupid. saw that they were open late thurs-sat or whatever and stopped in for a sandwich around 12:30 tonight. closed. what?
went to reggies instead and had a mediocre, small sandwich and basically uncooked fries, plus i had to be on king street. ever since they changed the menu reggies has gone consistently downhill. i probably won't bother any more. i'll give murrays a chance if they stop lying to me
tpoeoe@yahoo.com / December 10, 2010 at 08:43 am
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Reggie's is disgusting.
Gregory / December 10, 2010 at 10:20 am
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Checked this place out yesterday. The owner took my order, he was kind, pleasent and eager to serve a phat sandwich. I had the BLT. It was delicious. The Bun was super soft and just cripsy enough on the outside, killer guac, fresh tomatoes and a heaping of salty, wonderful baking. Decor is awesome, music was great, the only con is it was a bit pricey. $9.05 for a BLT is a bit steep. That sandwich should be 7.50 tops. But I'd go back , and will.
Patrick Bateman / December 11, 2010 at 01:09 pm
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You forgot to mention the sexy chick who works there. Seriously, too cool for school.
LJ replying to a comment from Patrick Bateman / December 13, 2010 at 02:08 pm
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they didn't forget to mention the sexy chick that works there Patrick, this is a food place review, not a sexy chick review.
anyways, im going to check this place out this weekend-thanks for the head's up
Serena / December 18, 2010 at 01:06 pm
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Just tried this place. BLT is delicious, but I'd have to say price is steep for sandwhich. I guess its worth it since the sandwhich is right on.
michael / December 19, 2010 at 09:47 pm
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Hey Anthony it sounds like things are rolling along quite well. I will be in TO on the 29th Dec. so i look forward to having a great sandwich.
Larry / December 24, 2010 at 11:13 am
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O V E R P R I C E D !


14.00 for a sandwich combo for lunch. HA HA. you can get a 'full real meal' for that price.

Way to many other proper places in that hood.
Murrays=deadpool in 2011.
sorry about your greed.
Larry loves the cock / December 25, 2010 at 04:47 pm
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Goto subway and get a "premium combo" it's only a doll hair less then Murrays.

Except your not eating garbage at Murrays.

Plus the Sammies are a "Full Meal"

Stupid.

This place is super tasty. If you want to eat a meal for $5 go eat at Mcdonnies!

Ohh wait u can't even do that.
Pete / December 26, 2010 at 08:34 am
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ya looser. There is no other place like Murrays. This place is awsome. Well worth it. Always fresh. Great value for your money. Way to go Murrays. Love it.
Mia wallace / December 28, 2010 at 10:33 am
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I actually find the prices quite reasonable. Portions are huge and the quality is great! Mmmmmurrays!!
Nolan / January 1, 2011 at 12:07 pm
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APOW... hahahahah ..you rule! No sandwich in Toronto compares to La Botega in Ottawa... Toronto kicks ass for food but is really slacking in the deli sandwich department!!!!
Sally / January 3, 2011 at 08:42 pm
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Oh and it should be Murray's Sandwich Shop you illiterate moron!!!
Sam / January 4, 2011 at 02:11 pm
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OK, so definitely half the people defending Murray's either work there, or are the owners friends.

This place is OK - the food IS decent (I've eaten there a number of times), but it IS overpriced.
ROB / January 4, 2011 at 02:36 pm
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Too overpriced.

Food is decent but for the same cost you can get a full meal elsewhere. Reggie's is garbage pure and simple.
Jackie / January 4, 2011 at 04:59 pm
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I work in the neighbourhood, caught a glimpse of the "opening soon" sign, and was really looking forward to having a sandwich eatery around the corner from my office. Though I haven't yet checked it out since its opening, I'm disappointed to hear about the lack of "healthy" options and the limited menu. No whole grain breads? No (non-battered and non-fried) veggies? No thanks.
RoSpro / January 4, 2011 at 08:06 pm
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Murrays was not only deelish they took my food allergy very seriously! Thank you Murrays for letting me live through my meal!
Joshie / January 4, 2011 at 10:41 pm
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Portions are too big. Is this what we want Toronto? USA sized protions? Please just cause you get alot doesnt mean its worth it, think how much ends up in the trash!!! I know a goog amount of my meal there was thrown out. CUt it back a bit and lower the prices...
Sally Wright replying to a comment from Sam / January 5, 2011 at 10:38 am
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You are totally right, because only the owner and his stupid friends would think it was good! And the lack of maturity on their part tells you everything you need to know to avoid this place!
Chino / January 9, 2011 at 04:17 pm
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so i woke up today with the full intention of checking this place out for lunch (because i heart sandwiches!!) only to arrive and see that it was not open :(

what business on queen street doesnt open on sundays (minus ghandi's but that's on a different level)? unless you're well established and get enough business during the week (again...ghandi's) there is no reasonable defence to not being open.

anyhow, the menu does look rather slim to the point where only one item (and potentially another on my "i'll give it another chance" second visit)looks like a winner.
Murray / January 10, 2011 at 08:21 pm
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Hahaha u guys are jokes..

Haters gonna hate.

Yes we are closed Sunday's.

Also closed at 11pm Fri/Sat till the weather gets nicer.

P.s. Sally is a mentally unstable ex employee.
We had to let her go cuz she cried her first day on the job.
Not to mention she couldn't peal an apple if her life depended on it.

Her name is Christine Robbins .. BRUTAL!
jojo / January 13, 2011 at 07:16 pm
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Get over it Cristine Robbins. Get a life already. We known who u are. BRUTAL>>>>>>>>
dudebro / January 16, 2011 at 03:56 pm
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yo murray, your sandwiches are dece, but they cost too much
quit dickin around and get on the porchetta train. 6 bucks. i don't need to be paying ten dollars for a blt, even if it is tasty.
JohnyBgood / January 17, 2011 at 09:50 am
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Tasty tasty Tasty... nuff said.
Big man sandwiches not for the weak. Every sandwich is made fresh as you order. The open kitchen let's you watch as the chef creates his masterpieces. Great atmosphere for a casual lunch with friends. Go for the premium meal with the Boylan soft drink. This is the best sandwich shop on Queen.

Thank you Murray.
Brandon / January 18, 2011 at 01:18 pm
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Very tasty. Had the BLT with sweet potato fries. The fries could have been cooked a little bit longer, but the sandwich was epic. $13 for a huge sandwich, fries and a drink is not bad at all these days considering the quality of ingredients and how much food you get, so I'm not sure why everyone is bitching.
FS / February 8, 2011 at 01:55 am
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I went by on Superbowl Sunday at 4PM to try this place out but they were closed. Too bad.
andreasa / February 8, 2011 at 08:02 pm
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had the uncle phil...great sandwich guys, love your logo too...goodluck toronto is a rough market
mrspotato / February 11, 2011 at 12:47 am
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too $$.
and there is absolutely that caters to someone who dodesn't want a 3000cal meal.

...and i didn't have an option of the staff/owner until now.
i will NEVER EVER step foot in this place again. I will also tell my friends about this thread.

I won't support a business owner with such an attitude.


I hope you guys are deadpool 2011.

Marc Milewski / February 17, 2011 at 02:31 pm
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I just bought two steaks sandwiches and me and my intern agreed it was GREAT!

Now 20 bones for two sandwiches is a bit pricey, but the quality of the product is there. I would eat another one if I given the chance.

I would rater pay the $2 more for the high quality ingredients then just have been okay with my meal.

p.s - table top arcade machine is a a great touch.
JohnyBgood / May 20, 2011 at 02:47 pm
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So sad to hear a few of you have been negative about Murrays Sandwich Emporium... The Best Sandwich guys on Queen west..

First.. get over the fact that there is no diet sandwiches at Murrays, even the all veggie "DogFather" for the Vegan in you is HUGE...

Murrays samies are built for the big person in you.. Yes the sandwiches are HUGE.... You can share if you are of the petite size.. Not a problem..

All sandwiches are made fresh, right there in front of you. They're big, you get lots of Sandwich.. Don't forget to feed the dog (Murray)at the cash..

As I've said.. Best Hungry man's (or woman's) sandwich On Queen street..


Ailyn / March 4, 2012 at 02:47 pm
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Definitely a dude's place to get a sandwich
Check out my review at http://verypleasedtoeatyou.tumblr.com/post/18742460232/murrayssandwichemporium
colette replying to a comment from Larry / June 21, 2012 at 08:51 pm
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hey Larrry, we are now in 2012, sorry your wish didnt come through... way to go MURRAYS SANDWICH EMPORIUM!!!!!!!!ehhhhh ahhhh.
colette replying to a comment from Sally Wright / June 21, 2012 at 08:59 pm
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ahhhhhhhh ehhhhhhh. sally.....
jooey replying to a comment from APOW / June 26, 2012 at 12:03 pm
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Hey Apow ur a very jalous person to make that kind of comments. U really have no idea, what a good sammy is. Go back to Bloor sandwich. Haters will be haters. Bye Bye.
allie replying to a comment from APOW / August 22, 2012 at 04:58 pm
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jalous??????
The_Dude / November 11, 2012 at 11:43 pm
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So sad to hear a few of you have been negative about Murrays Sandwich Emporium... The Best Sandwich guys on Queen west..

First.. get over the fact that there is no diet sandwiches at Murrays, even the all veggie "DogFather" for the Vegan in you is HUGE...

Murrays samies are built for the big person in you.. Yes the sandwiches are HUGE.... You can share if you are of the petite size.. Not a problem..

All sandwiches are made fresh, right there in front of you. They're big, you get lots of Sandwich.. Don't forget to feed the dog (Murray)at the cash..

As I've said.. Best Hungry man's (or woman's) sandwich On Queen street..
Michelle FOREAL / November 29, 2012 at 03:34 am
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Best damn sammies in the city... the country... the world!
Jonas / December 9, 2012 at 01:34 pm
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Just had my 2nd sandwich there. I have tried the Dogfather and the Uncle Phil and both were underwhelming. They are so bland and have no flavour. If all a place has going for them are kitschy names, then there's a problem. It's not that it's horrible here...the sandwiches are passable...it's just so lacklustre and flavourless. Honestly, I make better sandwiches at home...eating here really makes me think I can open my own sandwich shop
AS / February 10, 2013 at 06:56 pm
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My friend and I went there today for the first time and it was great! I would recommend it!
Lucy replying to a comment from Jonas / February 20, 2013 at 11:54 pm
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go nuts girl.... good luck ehhh ahh ur a funny girl
Lucy replying to a comment from Jonas / February 20, 2013 at 11:58 pm
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that was for JONAS..ur a funny> girl Jonas Good Luck with
ur Sandwich shop......
love for food / March 24, 2013 at 11:59 am
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Went there twice and regrets my $$$$ lost.. I am not a fan of the food...the place looks amazing which made me expect great quality food but when my food came I think the bellwoods the dingy bar serves better food than Murray's!!! For the $$ I'm paying I'm expectin fresh cut fries, non of that processed frozen stuff, onion rings taste frozen too, even a&w the fast food joint does there onion rings fresh and handmade daily... the sandwiches are nothing to be excited about.. grilled cheese in Kensington market deliver less greasy and way better quality grilled cheese than Murray's.. messini on the danforth offers a better and way way cheaper chicken sandwich with tazziki and fries in them.. soo good... and they are just over priced and don't meet the expectations... I've tried every place almost on that street and I was very dissatisfied with Murray's... u can get better food on queen for more or less. Murray's was a missed...
Lisa / March 24, 2013 at 07:55 pm
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I saw this restaurant on You got to eat here. Im going to have to try the food here, it sounds wonderful.
loooooooooove for food ahhhh replying to a comment from love for food / April 10, 2013 at 11:33 am
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another one that didnt make the cut..... haters will be haters.
loooooooooove for food ahhhh replying to a comment from love for food / April 10, 2013 at 01:08 pm
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jalous person looooooove for food... get a life.....
Connor / October 16, 2013 at 06:51 pm
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This place is absolute sh*t. Pay $10 for processed turkey? No thanks.

The lettuce was poorly chopped and the tomato was definitely a few days old.

Why couldn't I get a fresh tomato?

And why do I have to wait longer than 10 minutes when I'm the only one in the restaurant?
James / January 11, 2014 at 05:49 pm
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This Place Makes Subway Look.... Good!
Real pricey and RIP OFF
indiangirl / January 31, 2014 at 07:06 pm
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Is this place closed? I loved it

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