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Posted by Liora Ipsum / Profiled on December 3, 2012 / review policy

Rashers TorontoRashers is a tiny new Leslieville take-away counter offering an artisanal take on classic bacon sandwiches. If approaching on foot you'll smell the powerfully seductive scent of bacon before you even set eyes on the place.

Rashers TorontoThe shop, previously home to a very short-lived Pastalicious, now features only four window-facing seats and some red vintage school chairs out front. During the busy dinner-time rush it is standing room only, but the friendly staff are quick to accommodate and the wait for our order is spent taking in the wall of bacon themed ephemera and learning about different cuts of bacon; peameal = Canadian; strip = American; rasher = British. All of them = delicious.

Rashers TorontoOwners John Clark and Richard Mulley want to introduce Torontonians to the quintessential British sandwich that they fondly remember from past lives in the U.K. Most specifically, there is the Bacon Butty ($6.64) featuring the British-style rasher bacon (a cut that includes both the back bacon and the belly) served on plain white bread topped with a choice of ketchup or housemade brown sauce (think: HP sauce).

Rashers TorontoAll their bacon is custom brined and smoked by Perth Pork Products and then sliced in-house. The focus is on keeping it simple but using quality ingredients which is exemplified perfectly by the Beer BLT ($7.52) that teams beer braised bacon with tomato, arugula and beer mayo, sandwiched between slabs of fresh baguette.

Rashers TorontoThe Grilled Cheese ($7.04) is my surprise favourite. The combination of cheddar cheese and strip bacon are already a sure thing, but the addition of the housemade ale mustard gives it a kick.

Rashers TorontoThe Hogtown Sandwich ($6.64) is the signature Toronto sandwich featuring thick-cut peameal bacon on a golden bun with a choice of sauce and the option to add an egg for 75¢ and cheese 50¢. It is the St. Lawrence Market-morning experience that I only dream could be as ubiquitous and easily available as a McMuffiin.

Rashers TorontoHaving only been open since mid-November, Clark already hints at coming franchises. A second Toronto location is already being planned for the spring – though the neighbourhood is yet to be determined. For now, lucky Leslievillers get to stop by on a whim in their pyjamas...the rest of us will have to make the trek out to Queen East and Carlaw.

Rashers TorontoRashers TorontoPhotos by Jesse Milns

Discussion

56 Comments

Steve / December 3, 2012 at 10:03 am
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Come-on, $9 tax in for a small peameal bacon+egg+cheese sandwich?
Ozzwald / December 3, 2012 at 11:45 am
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There is nothing served there a person can make at home for a FRACTION of what they charge - a sorry but true fact, fellow baconites.
Ryan replying to a comment from Ozzwald / December 3, 2012 at 12:15 pm
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You're totally right. I never venture outside of my house because I immediately start incurring expenses. In fact, I live in a tent and am using this wi-fi from a Starbucks after ordering a water.

My monthly expenses = $0 booya! Granted, I don't have any fun or enjoy my life at all, but I'm living Ozzwald's dream life!
Jorge replying to a comment from Ryan / December 3, 2012 at 12:28 pm
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Good point Ryan -- Clearly there can be no middle ground where perhaps you still go out, but spend somewhat wisely.

Thanks for contributing in such a meaningful way. You have informed this discussion greatly.
brian / December 3, 2012 at 12:40 pm
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i can buy a entire pack of bacon for 4-5 dollars and some nice fresh buns for 50cents and eat 4 of those sandwiches at home, only a retard would pay more then 3.99 for a single bacon sandwhich
nick d / December 3, 2012 at 12:45 pm
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Working at Queen and Carlaw I was excited at the prospect of a bacon-themed restaurant.

My favourite sandwich type being the BLT, I tried Rashers' equivalent and was utterly disappointed.
cosmosuave / December 3, 2012 at 01:23 pm
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BLT's at Jim's Best Westerns just across the street are great 1/2 the price...
Khristopher / December 3, 2012 at 01:30 pm
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I work in the area, and new places to eat is always great! However, after seeing the above prices, I won't be. Way too much money for what you get.
Steve / December 3, 2012 at 01:46 pm
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Ya, I actually go to Jim's a fair bit as well. It's basic breakfast, but:

The Western Sandwich is killer.
The Greek Omelet is fantastic - no subtlety, but tasty.
The Peameal bacon breakfast gives you what seems to be most of a pork loin worth of peameal.

...all at more realistic prices. Not artisanal, but good value. There has to be a better compromise - something between utility breakfasts and $9 peameal sandwiches.

Maybe I'm just old and cheap.
JJ / December 3, 2012 at 01:47 pm
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Quit complaining about the prices !!! Oh, I can make it cheaper, Oh, so much money. Your eating out. Suck it up or PLEASE stay home and enjoy your bachelor apt. Some people like to go out and enjoy life !!!
mayor dodge replying to a comment from JJ / December 3, 2012 at 02:53 pm
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Perhaps a wise individual, one of the 1% like you, should have spent some of your big bonus bucks investing in a grammar course. Don't slip in the bacon grease dripping off your monogrammed mittens as you pass by one of us 'average folks'.
Sarah / December 3, 2012 at 04:11 pm
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Nom. I will definitely be visiting soon!
Joey / December 3, 2012 at 04:33 pm
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"only a retard would pay more then 3.99"
"Way too much money for what you get"
"one of the 1% like you"

Aw, it's so adorable when people see how much things really cost.

My favourite comment though is by Brian, who seems to think that a slice of bacon in a bun is going to taste the exact same as the food in any of the pictures featured in this review.
Pete / December 3, 2012 at 04:36 pm
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Wow, reading these comments makes me feel like people don't know what city they're living in anymore. At least there's still a handful that seem to have a grasp on reality and look to venture outside of their home for enjoyment. I think this is a great addition to the neighbourhood and look forward to trying it.
Jmons / December 3, 2012 at 05:11 pm
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The tomatoes in the beer BLT are salmon coloured. Ruby red tomatoes or go to hell!
porker / December 3, 2012 at 05:36 pm
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Yes, you can pay less money for inferior meat, or you can support a small business and eat some of the best pork in the country.

Stop whining.
Sean / December 3, 2012 at 06:07 pm
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Their website: COMING SOON

:-(
not important / December 3, 2012 at 06:54 pm
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i don't really care about the price or whatever but that hardly qualifies as thick cut peameal
bob loblaw / December 3, 2012 at 07:23 pm
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Went. Underwhelmed. Slow. Expensive. I'm sure the hipsters will love it.
LP / December 3, 2012 at 07:36 pm
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We went. Liked it and will go back again. Why such hostility towards this place?
Sabrina / December 3, 2012 at 07:40 pm
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I went on the weekend and my husband and I both enjoyed the grilled cheese and BLT sandwiches.

Good quality ingredients really shine through, and I love the attention they are paying to the quality and source of the meat.
brenda / December 3, 2012 at 08:31 pm
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I would make the trek down to st.lawrence market almost every saturday for a peameal bacon sandwich at carousel bakery. it was okay. Haven't been back since rashers opened it's doors. the quality is non-comparable.
Davey / December 3, 2012 at 08:49 pm
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Love the concept. Great service and fresh ingredients. Bacon never tasted so good!
dvc replying to a comment from Ryan / December 3, 2012 at 09:02 pm
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I think 90% of the people on this thread need to move to Huntsville. One of the most boring places on earth, which house some of the most boring people on earth, because they say the most boring shit on earth. Just like you. Get a life. You don't know how lucky you have it.
evan / December 4, 2012 at 12:44 am
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Oh if only they had aioli and micro greens! then everyone would be fawning. Just because it's made of simple ingredients doesn't mean it's not worth it. You don't hear everyone saying they could buy a some ground beef, wonderbread buns, and american cheese and suddenly they'd have Burger's Priest at a fraction of the cost. Maybe what they make tastes good???!
not important / December 4, 2012 at 01:14 am
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i mean really, you can easily make a burger's priest quality burger at home. it's not exactly the same thing due to factors beyond your control but you can get damn close for damn cheap. it's just a matter of if you want to do it or not, same with these bacon sandwiches
evan / December 4, 2012 at 02:44 am
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Oh man do I really have to dust off my meat grinder and griddle? >15 dollars for a delicious filling meal is not an actual problem.
James / December 4, 2012 at 07:11 am
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Can't believe I missed this place! I moved back to the UK from TO in June. I often craved bacon butties with British-style bacon. Oh well, guess I know where to venture for brunch next time I'm visiting...
my name is shane / December 4, 2012 at 09:27 am
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Hi, I read blogto and I am never happy.
Mohita Moghe / December 4, 2012 at 06:06 pm
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Amazing food
Mohita Moghe / December 4, 2012 at 06:07 pm
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Amazing food !
Sabrina / December 4, 2012 at 09:40 pm
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I live and work in the area, and happy to see new small business open here! However, the price just does not match the value for what I'm getting from this place. Food is good, but not worth over $10+ tax for 2 pieces bacons on a small bun.
Rashers / December 4, 2012 at 10:44 pm
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Interested to know what you ordered... There is only one thing on our menu that is $10 with tax in, which is the wild boar in a baguette and comes with 5 slices.
Rico / December 8, 2012 at 06:09 pm
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Why do people keep bringing up that Burgers Priest place? That's expensive, and very simple. I don't like the place at all. Want a real burger? Go to GBK at Gerrard & Jones.

Rashers is ok. The wild boar sandwich is too thin. Peameal sandwich…all over Toronto. Their grilled cheese is probably the best "cooking" here, as it's the most complex thing on the menu.
Mitch / December 9, 2012 at 12:47 pm
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I fully agree with Rico, GBK has the best burger around but speaking of cost, it's right up there. As for Rashers, I really like the place. Yeah, it is up there on the pricier side but it is good stuff. Not a huge fan of the wild boar when I compare it to the blt which is one of the best, IMO, in town. The butty reminds me of London. No problem recommending this place to my friends and colleagues.
Mandy / December 9, 2012 at 04:20 pm
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LOVE this place!!! Went today and had the hogtown with egg and a coffee. Best hangover cure!
eddie / December 9, 2012 at 07:56 pm
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Burgers Priest out. Rashers in, awesome idea whoever you are.
Cheapo / December 9, 2012 at 08:02 pm
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Yes it's an expensive sandwich. but so worth the $$.

Name: Required / December 11, 2012 at 02:26 am
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This place fits right in the neighbourhood, right next to the $10 ice cream parlour and across the street from the $15 fried chicken joint.
Danny / December 21, 2012 at 05:08 pm
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Been there, QUALITY FOOD! Now i just cant wait to go again!
Really? / January 5, 2013 at 01:01 pm
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As a Brit myself, I'm embarrassed by this. This is the kind of food I would make in 2 minutes at home, out of laziness or lack or something better to eat. If actually bought outside your home, a bacon sandwich wouldn't cost more than a couple quid from a Morrison's supermarket or even an M & S (known to be a bit pricey).

In general, I'm a bit shocked how Canadians go crazy for British things as of late, and I constantly hear Torontonians deriding Toronto in favour of New York or London. I live in Canada because I actually really like it, you should have more pride! :)
James / January 7, 2013 at 12:19 pm
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9$ for bacon sandwich? Dust.
$9 indeed...sheesh! / January 8, 2013 at 01:02 am
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Is that Rob Ford in photo #3?
M / January 9, 2013 at 11:28 am
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I visited the first week and after a very long wait (only three people in front of me) I saw my order get thrown in the trash. I had to wait again only for it to happen yet again. I understand how frustrating this must have been for the chef as well (making little mistakes) but I don't know all day. I had to leave and was told to come back and I'd be taken care of. I had already paid and didn't get a refund. A week later when I returned I was given the correct order the first time for 'free', really I had prepaid the week prior but I wasn't trying to get compensated. The sandwich was alright. When I asked about the coffees (two unlabeled jugs) no one knew if which was decaf, if any.
Too much time wasted. I won't be back.
Mmm Bacon / January 12, 2013 at 01:15 pm
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As a Scottish transplant in Toronto, I can tell you all, "Really?" is an idiot and probably missing the entire concept of this or any other place like it. I don't go because it has a "British" style sandwich, I go because it sells bacon sandwiches, which as far as I can tell is a Canadian institution not necessary British. Case in point: St. Lawrence Market.
James / January 15, 2013 at 11:21 am
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You're a dead man walking, Rashers.
A / January 15, 2013 at 12:17 pm
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Stop the bollocks. Lower your prices and/or add more bacon. There is a reason 60% of the food industry fails.
Ell / March 6, 2013 at 04:16 pm
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The Sandwich indeed was terrific....subtle and delicious.
But oh how small it was....yes, I understand the cost of things, but I should not have left feeling very hungry still.
Charge me another $2 and satisfy my hunger!!

If Chino Locos can produce fresh product that dares you to finish for $9, than surly so can this business. How much can rent be in such a tiny place? This location is doomed it seems.
Mike / March 7, 2013 at 04:43 pm
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These guy claim they smoke their peameal bacon. They don't even have a smoker. Of you want real smoked peameal go to the Pumps across the street for the real thing.
Rashers / March 7, 2013 at 10:42 pm
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Mike, if you want to write negative comments about us fine but please, for the sake of those reading these comments, at least be honest about it. Never once did we claim we smoke our peameal namely because peameal is cured, not smoked. Get your facts straight if you want to put us down. Otherwise, because you probably are local to the neighbourhood given that you know both us and the Pumps, why not try backing local business rather than writing false information about it - it's good for everyone.

John@rashers.ca
Bacon Lover / March 8, 2013 at 09:58 am
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Wow... Sounds like someone's got a real hate on for Rashers on here... don't feed the trolls Rashers, you're doing a great job. Only place in Toronto I can get a proper bacon butty :)
All hail bacon!
mike / March 9, 2013 at 09:49 am
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Your cook on the griddle said you smoked your peameal. I guess i should have just listened to your menu. ( Guess my bad?). As i love all pork porducts, I do know that peameal is cured, but i also know that it can also be smoked peameal after its been cured. Ever heard of hickory smoked peameal? Ya it been done since the stone ages to preserve meat with more flavor. I am just a foodie that cares about the truth. I do have to admit that this sound a bit negative. Im still happy there is a shop dedicated to pork in Toronto, but i guess i had high expectation. Keep on with the good peameal and HP sauce?
Petra Glavotakis / April 13, 2013 at 11:39 pm
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Absolutely love this place. If Lady Marmalade is lined up (which it usually is) and you don't mind standing or taking your food to go, then this is the place to be on Weekend mornings. I've heard rumour they've got permission to sell in jimmy Simpson this Summer - can't wait!
Aron / July 4, 2013 at 07:47 am
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What is there to even say? Anyone who actually eats here knows that Rashers is AMAZING.

It's bacony, bacony paradise. The ale mustard? Um, yes, please!

Nothing on the menu is less than great. Stop in.
Eddie / January 19, 2014 at 02:59 pm
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For all the idiots ranting I could make it cheaper - no kidding you can make anything you eat in a restaurant cheaper. Btw these guys cure their own bacon and have all varieties (British Canadian American - all different) the full Monty rocks
Vadim Schwartz / January 19, 2014 at 05:16 pm
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This restaurant discriminates against Jewish people.

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