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Sky Blue Sky Sandwich Company

Posted by Melissa Yu / Reviewed on February 24, 2010 / review policy

Sky Blue Sky Sandwich CompanySky Blue Sky is the name of Wilco's sixth album. It's also the name of a cozy sandwich shop on Bloor Street West, right in the heart of Koreatown. When owner Chad Comfort decided to open up shop last fall, he settled on the Wilco-theme by chance. And now all of the sandwich names on the legal-paper-sized menu are affectionately named after Wilco songs, from "We're Just Friends" to "Hoodoo Voodoo."

The counter is lined with loaves of fresh bread and plates of cookies. Chad bakes all of his bread and cookies ($1.25 each) fresh every day and also makes all of his soups from scratch. On the day I visit, there are four listed on the chalkboard, and I opt for the Boston seafood chowder while my chum orders the "Chicken and Rice Flu Chaser" ($3.79 for each 10 ounce bowl). After some time contemplating the menu, we order "Side With The Seeds" ($4.29) and "How To Fight the Loneliness" ($4.99).

Sky Blue Sky Restaurant TorontoAt a small wood table by the window, I tuck into my hearty chowder, generously flecked with morsels of salmon, salty bacon and vegetables. The creamy broth is flavoured with white wine and herbs. The chicken and rice soup almost resembles the texture of congee, and true to its "Flu Buster" name, it's spiced with ginger, cumin, cinnamon and garlic.

Our sandwiches arrive promptly to the table, the bread toasty and hot. "Side With The Seeds" contains slices of thick cheddar and caramelized onions, slathered in saucy roasted tomatoes between two slices of cheese bread. The simple white loaf is dense and swirled with cheese and the crust is sweet and flavourful.

Sky Blue Sky Toronto"How To Fight Loneliness" contains slices of chicken, apple and bacon. The crispy green apple counters the saltiness of the meat and the toasty naan-like bread is floury and sweet. Both sandwiches are served with dill pickles on the side.

But what makes the Sky Blue Sky experience a good one isn't just the crust on the breads, it's Chad himself. Kind and jovial, this entrepreneur delights in accommodating his customer's tastes and requests. The menu also allows you to create your own sandwich ($4.99), choosing from one of the nine freshly-baked breads that include cranberry cream cheese, plain bagels, and a vegan-friendly loaf as well. Fillings include another list of nine, including five kinds of meat and three kinds of cheese -- you can pick up to four of the nine filling options.

Sky Blue Sky TorontoGarnishes include everything from sweet pickles and roasted red pepper spread to barbecue sauce. Vegetables include cucumber, lettuce, mushrooms and more. Customers can preorder online via email, noting choice and pickup time. Online orders also benefit from a 5% discount.

At this bright and homey spot on Bloor West, it's blue skies for your wallet even if you don't order online. Sandwiches are all under five dollars, and the addition of the soup brings it to just $6. In a city where it's hard to come by a decent meal under $10, Sky Blue Sky is a breath of fresh air.

Sky Blue Sky Toronto

Discussion

66 Comments

Gloria / February 24, 2010 at 11:20 am
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A online pre-order feature? Neato! I live in the neighbourhood; definitely will drop in soon.
SANDWICH YES / February 24, 2010 at 11:45 am
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Even though I have a love them/bored of them relationship with Wilco, I look forward to trying one of these sammys...

The Google streetview shot is from before they opened - a fro rent sign's in the window...
Andrew / February 24, 2010 at 01:20 pm
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I've been in a couple of times now. The sandwiches are great and Chad is definitely super friendly. Huge recommend.
mp / February 24, 2010 at 01:59 pm
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Sigh, I haven't wanted gluten for a while but this kind of makes me sad I can't have it!
Darcy McGee / February 24, 2010 at 02:42 pm
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I will eat here one day.
by / February 24, 2010 at 03:17 pm
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THEY HAVE THE BET PEANUT BUTTER COOKIES!!!!!
by / February 24, 2010 at 03:19 pm
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i meant BESTTT!!
Neil / February 24, 2010 at 03:29 pm
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Sweet. I saw Wilco in Hamilton last night. While a sandwich could never be as good as the band itself, this looks like a must-visit.

www.be-log-blog.blogspot.com
mondayjane / February 24, 2010 at 05:07 pm
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so quirky and cool. Will definitely check it out!
Patrick / February 24, 2010 at 11:09 pm
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damn fine spot! damn fine.

great folks and crazy delicious food. the soups are party in your mouth good.

double yum.
lucas samuels / February 25, 2010 at 12:05 am
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just saw the Wilco show tonight in London, Ontario. wish they were serving some of these sweet sounding sandwhiches there.

check out my many of my wilco show reviews over at
http://backin15mins.blogspot.com A discussion of all things music.
Christopher replying to a comment from Gloria / February 25, 2010 at 08:27 am
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Ditto!
Ira replying to a comment from Neil / February 25, 2010 at 02:07 pm
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haha nice link building Neil and Lucas
Neil / February 25, 2010 at 03:57 pm
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Link building? Pshaw. There's no such thing as a self-interested blogger ;) I'm just excited to try out a sandwich shop themed around the band I love.

PS - yet another Wilco post on my blog today ;)
anon / February 25, 2010 at 08:19 pm
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fantastic sandwiches, soups, prices and people... highly recommended!
It's nice to see, and nice to support, someone who opens up a shop because they really have a passion (and talent) for what they are doing.
Alex Wu / February 25, 2010 at 09:30 pm
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Stopped by today for a late lunch and was happily surprised. Very friendly service and excellent value. The Pumpkin soup and Carrot soups were very tasty.

The cookies were indeed amazing! I had a Peanut Butter Cookie and a Pumpkin cookie. The Pumpkin Cookie was phenomenal, balance flavour and amazing texture.

This place for me will replace the occasional trip to Karine's for a tasty breakfast/lunch.

My only qualm with the trip was that we ate in, but while sitting were served our soup in Styrofoam bowls and our sandwiches arrived to-go wrapped in wax paper. I'm not the classiest person or the biggest environmentalist, but it seems to me that asking if an order is to stay or to go and providing some real China (just some plates from Sears or Ikea or something) would give a better image to the restaurant.
. / February 26, 2010 at 07:38 pm
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I go there pretty regularly and can vouch for the place and Chad - they're great!

My favourites are the soups. The best: Senegalese peanut soup, eggplant parmesan, and fish chowder.
Patrick / March 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm
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We need one in Chicago !!
Leigh / March 1, 2010 at 01:25 pm
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Yum, such a cool idea!
Leigh / March 1, 2010 at 01:25 pm
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Yum! Such a good idea.
Andrew / March 1, 2010 at 01:31 pm
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Very fond of this place. I work next door, so it's a pretty frequent stop.
Stu McKinlay / March 1, 2010 at 01:58 pm
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Cool. Sandwiches might go down well with a porter called "Pot Kettle Black" from my brewery!!!
Angie / March 2, 2010 at 09:36 pm
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Party in the mouth indeed. The mango chutney sammy is absolutely amazing, not to mention Chad is just such a cool dude. Gives the place a real personal touch. Nice one, Mel!
Heather / March 3, 2010 at 10:38 am
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Went in on Saturday and was so disappointed. We waited well over an hour and a half and still didn't get our sandwiches, despite our reassurances that they were coming. How long does it make a sandwich?!!!!! It was wasn't busy, there was maybe 2 other tables along with ours.

what a waste of two hours. Wasn't hungry when we went in, but sure was starving when we finally left with no sandwiches.
LKJ / March 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm
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I like Wilco, but this is idiotic. Only white people would do this.
LKJ / March 3, 2010 at 12:58 pm
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I like Wilco, but this is idiotic. Only overeducated white people would do or like this.
jeffrey replying to a comment from Heather / March 3, 2010 at 01:55 pm
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You waited an hour and a half for sandwiches? Right...sure ya did.
Scott replying to a comment from jeffrey / March 3, 2010 at 02:19 pm
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Nice one jeffrey. Ya we did wait an hour and a half for three sandwiches. Mine came after an hour but I waited for my friends which never came. We were given a small pickle to tide us over. I really wanted to try their sandwiches, but for now I recommend Victory Cafe around the corner if anyone needs some good quick food.
Bob / March 3, 2010 at 03:02 pm
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I didn't see a reuben sandwich named "Impossible Germany" Chad, you will have to get on that. :)
Bob / March 3, 2010 at 03:03 pm
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Where is the reuben sandwich named Impossible Germany?
adam / March 3, 2010 at 03:40 pm
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i take it this place doesn't have "Reservations"

ha. ha ha. ha ha ha.
Andy / March 3, 2010 at 05:30 pm
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What's on an I Must Be High?

Is it just two pieces of pizza squished together with the crusts on the outside? I'd eat it.
Kevin / March 3, 2010 at 05:39 pm
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What kind of music do they play? Son Volt?
david replying to a comment from mp / March 3, 2010 at 06:24 pm
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....you havent had gluten in awhile but your tempted...are you even a celiac.....if not you just an idiot.
Bill / March 3, 2010 at 07:55 pm
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Looks great Chad. I did a 1 off Wilco print that would look great in your shop.
You can see it on my blog.
Benjamin / March 3, 2010 at 08:10 pm
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This is maybe the best thing that's ever happened. And right in my neighbourhood! I'm afraid it looks like a lot of my life will be spent in this here shop.
mttmcgrgr / March 3, 2010 at 09:22 pm
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how could they not have an "ELT" sandwich? did they leave it out because it's so obvious?
doritos / March 3, 2010 at 11:05 pm
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I really wanted to like this place. Although I didn't have a sandwich and opted for a snack of hot chocolate and an oatmeal raisin muffin, I was absolutely disappointed. The overall atmosphere and aesthetic of the space was almost depressing, the painted-brown table tops unpleasant to the eye and arrangement of furniture from the front counter to booths awkward. My muffin was stale and dense while the hot chocolate could have easily been from Tim Horton's. I'm really sorry!
rudy / March 4, 2010 at 10:59 am
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super tasty sammiches. super nice dude. I'd definitely recommend this to anyone.
Mia / March 4, 2010 at 01:42 pm
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Get your liquor license so you can serve Wilco brew! http://www.unnecessaryumlaut.com/?p=3238 (Sorry Stu)
Phyllis / March 9, 2010 at 02:15 am
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@mttmcgrgr "ELT is gonna tear you apart."

A diet coca-cola and unlit cigarettes for only 3.63? What a deal!


Can I get a side order of American flag ashes with that?
larue / March 9, 2010 at 06:52 am
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It's a simple sandwich shop with cheap prices. Were you expecting the tables to be made of gold?
coughsnobcough
jeff k / March 12, 2010 at 04:59 am
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what I wanna know is if they serve Candyfloss! and when I leave I'll yell "I wanna thank you all for NOTHING! I wanna thank you all for NOTHING AT ALL" and hope that I'm so misunderstood!
Matt MacLennan / March 19, 2010 at 06:38 pm
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Been there dozens of times since I found the place - slowly working my way through the entire menu (or discography I guess).

Always treated well and kindly. Always floored by the incredible sandwiches. The bread alone is worth the price. So easy to support two good people doing something they love. Especially when they're very good at what they do.

Would be great to include their website and twitter with the review. They have live menu updates, discounts and contests:

http://www.sbssandwiches.com/
http://twitter.com/SBSSandwiches

Matt MacLennan replying to a comment from doritos / March 19, 2010 at 06:40 pm
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Dude, you went to a sandwich shop for a muffin and hot chocolate and you were disappointed.

Go to a nunnery looking for a date and you'll probably be disappointed too.
Matt MacLennan replying to a comment from Heather / March 19, 2010 at 08:42 pm
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An hour and half? Sorry, Heather, going to have to call total utter bulls*&t on that one... Unless you were hiding under a table or something. The shop's like 10 feet by 10 feet.

Look, I've gone in several times when they were SLAMMED on a busy day and the longest wait I've had to endure was 10 minutes. Not long at all - but still they were all apologies and made it up to me on the spot.

You might find that your wait time is dramatically cut if you're nice and maybe do something kooky like remind people about your order.

There is no way Chad or his wife don't care about every customer that walks in their door. Good on them for being busy for making a quality, unique product available to people at a fantastic price.
john / March 23, 2010 at 03:13 pm
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Browsed blogto.com last night looking for a restaurant to take my mother to on her visit and found Sky Blue Sky Sandwiches. Turns out the restaurant has a lovely atmosphere for a place with such inexpensive fare. It has two or three cozy booths, a couple of tables by a large picture window overlooking the street, an unlit fireplace against the wall (not wood-burning). Very kind service, and quick :) Not busy at 12:30 on a drizzly Tuesday afternoon -- five people in the restaurant including us, with three or four more entering as we left.

The sandwiches we had were great. I had their monte cristo on panini (4.99). Delicious, though I should have taken it on their fresh baked bread and not the panini. The portions were large, and I had to overeat to finish my order (I'm an athletic 165 lb man). Can't remember what Mom had, except that it was on triple-cheese bread, that she enjoyed it, and that it was similarly priced. The coffee doesn't suck. Bought a couple of chocolate chip scones on the way out, which I've never had before -- very tasty and not too sweet.

When I asked about their baked bread, the proprietor (I guess it was Chad) recommended that I order bread a day ahead of time by email, because they prefer to sell it as fresh as possible. I tried a complimentary slice of their whole wheat bread, and it's as good as any I've ever had from the very good Harbord Bakery. A loaf is $4.25. They bake fancier breads too, but that's not my thing. He also said their white bread is especially popular, but that's also not my thing.

People I recommend you ignore in this thread: marketers Neil and lucas samuels, who have never even been there; trolls Heather, Scott, and doritos, whose descriptions of the place, its food, and its service comport not at all with our experience today.
Neil / March 24, 2010 at 07:32 pm
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John, you realized that you ruined a perfectly good, informative review of this place by unneccesarily calling people out at the end of it?

First off, I can't speak for Lucas Samuels, but I'm certainly not a 'marketer'. I'm a Wilco fan who happened to find out about this place via Blog TO after seeing said band live, and who chose to leave a comment indicating that I love Wilco and want to check this place out. The only reason I haven't been in yet is because I live on the opposite end of the city, and usually don't travel 45 minutes for a sandwich.

Secondly, you chose to call out "marketers," yet for some reason didn't mention the comment from Stu McKinlay promoting a Wilco-themed beer from the brewery he owns. And then there was the comment from Bill, suggesting the owner of SBS consider buying a Wilco print from him for the resto.

Third, you call Heather, Scott and doritos "trolls" because theirs are the only negative reviews left here so far. Just because their experiences differed from yours doesn't automatically make them trolls (Granted, Scott's review does include a plug for Victory Cafe).

It is possible to write an informative review without starting a needless flame war. Something to keep in mind next time.
Caro replying to a comment from Neil / March 25, 2010 at 08:55 am
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seriously.
Jill / April 21, 2010 at 03:29 pm
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Amazing sandwiches! The turkey dinner sandwich is the best!
Laura Bee / April 25, 2010 at 08:42 pm
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I stopped by for a sandwich the other day with my partner. Both sandwiches were AMAZING. As vegetarians we usually get shafted and stuck with mushy (roasted) vegetables on bread. Not here. The Via Chicago and Red Eyed and Blue were both like nothing I've ever had. The home made bread was great, and the starter soups were YUMMY.

We really enjoyed the atmosphere too. It was completely laid back and friendly. And the owner was so happy to talk about his food, and get our feedback on the meal. He clearly put love into all his sandwiches. We will be back.
Neil / April 28, 2010 at 05:25 pm
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Finally made the trek from the east end to the west end today and went for lunch to SBS. Had the Casino Queen - a couple slices of smoked turkey topped with a balsamic onion marmalade, bacon, and avocado, on their brown bread.

A great sandwich overall. The flavours went really well together, and the bread was amazing (and I don't even like brown bread generally). I especially enjoyed how the onions in the marmalade were soft, as they should be, but still managed to retain some crispness. Unfortunately, my one major quibble is that the bacon did not have the same crispness. Nothing ruins bacon more than undercooking, IMO. One other small note - I got a sandwich and a glass of tap water, and ate in. The tap water came in a paper coffee cup, and the sandwich wrapped in paper. It seems like it'd be less costly, and more enviro-friendly, to serve both the water and sandwich in reusable plates/cups.

I'll be back to try their other items...
Sasha / May 3, 2010 at 04:33 pm
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This place is AMAZING. The sandwiches are delicious, and nothing is over $5. The owner is the nicest man ever, and the place is super chill. LOVE IT!
Dave replying to a comment from LKJ / July 12, 2010 at 10:44 pm
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now, to make it about race at all is just so silly. i guess to respond to your comment may be the only thing sillier.
Dave replying to a comment from LKJ / July 12, 2010 at 10:46 pm
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my response was to the lkj comment from march 3.
Kat88 / March 16, 2011 at 11:17 am
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I visited several weeks ago and had an acceptable experience, but there wasn't a clean table in the house. Alas, I took an out of town visitor there this past week. Big mistake. First, we were told to sit down and someone would came ove. Again, no clean tables, my friend scraped crumbs to the side with the menu. 15 minutes later I gave up and went up to the cash to order. They were out of turkey, and cream cheese bread. Then, our sandwiches took ONE HOUR. They said they had a large order. If my friend wasn't a special guest, I would have left. Finally, my guest found a hair in her sandwich. I was so totally embarassed, it was awful. I let the staff know but they were unapologetic about the whole experience. I am an annex resident and will not be back.
Chelseagirl / August 2, 2011 at 05:47 pm
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Kat88, I"m sorry I did not post my story back February. I ate here after a few weeks of PhD seclusion and was violently ill. The Toronto Board of Health ended up calling me because o fthe severity of my infection.

Yes, it also took almost an hour to get my sandwich.

Now I see they recently got a poor food safetyreview from the CIty -- not a surprise:
http://app.toronto.ca/food2/DineSafeMain?userRequest=view_history&;ESTABLISHMENT_ID=10351170

So... Beware, diehard Wilco or sandwich fans.
Daniel / September 7, 2011 at 02:44 pm
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Took 50mins which was pretty annoying. If I had known i would have gone elsewhere. However, the sandwich was absolutely delish - and for that price, sweet.
Jenna / January 5, 2012 at 12:49 pm
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Like some of the reviews, the service is not the absolute quickest (I've waited close to a half hour on a couple occasions) but I now email them ahead of time and it works perfectly. I go in quite a bit as I work nearby and the owners are super friendly and the sandwiches (I've had about 8 different ones) are delicious. The soups are great too.

It's incredibly casual, and very cheap which is awesome and the sandwiches fill you right up. They could probably speed up their service but I'm guessing it takes a while as it really appears that everything is completely fresh and just made. Hope it keeps up!
Josh / December 8, 2012 at 07:58 pm
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I recently moved to the area and checked this place out on a recommendation. I now go at least twice a week. Chad, Diego and the guys are all fantastic humans, and the sandwiches, soups and salads are an incredible value. I had dinner there last night, lunch today, and am about to put in another order.
Philamania / February 28, 2013 at 09:14 am
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I checked Google for a sandwich restaurant and found this place. Then, looked on BlogTO for a review... which I found and sold me on going. I went last week and couldn't be more satisfied.

FOOD
The sandwiches are simple, taste home made and truly satisfy. My picky 5-year old daughter is not one for sandwiches, yet gobbled up the whole grilled cheese, asking that we go again so that she can have the pulled pork (AKA 'Kingpin', which she tried from my wife's order). I was feeling festive, so I ordered the 'One Wing' which consisted primarily of turkey, cranberry sauce and stuffing. They were all amazing!!!!!

PRICE
AMAZING value! A true bang for the buck. Plus, we were all very satisfied with the meal.

EMPLOYEES
Couple of great guys at this place. Down to earth, friendly and seemed genuinely proud of what they are doing there. My wife and I plus our EXTREMELY picky 5-year old eater are looking very forward to our next trip... which I think should be tomorrow :P
Philamania / February 28, 2013 at 09:17 am
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One more thing.

SERVICE
As mentioned by others here, yes, it took a little time as these sandwiches are made to order, but we're not complaining at all. Unlike most places that expedite your food to you in moments, the meal and value here well made up for the wait (PS - You can place your order in advance on their site)
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Nikki / May 2, 2014 at 03:11 pm
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The service is ridiculous. Super slow. I'm not sure why it takes so long to make a sandwich. And sometimes they forget and leave your food in the kitchen until you go up and ask for it. The staff are not so friendly. They don't smile when you look at them, they walk around talking and eating. At one point two people were standing over another girl watching her put chicken in a salad. I bumped into my coworker there and she was so upset. She said she was not coming back because the service is super slow. There are seven people there. I go there often and I have seen them forget people's soups all the time. No one is friendly there but the owner. I will not be returning.
AC / May 9, 2014 at 11:52 pm
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No grilled cheese?
Cheeses, Etc.

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