The Best BLT in Toronto
The best BLT sandwiches in Toronto follow a simple formula: Salty, cured meat layered onto bread with crisp lettuce, juicy tomatoes and creamy mayo. The classic combination leaves little room for improvement - but that hasn't deterred Toronto sandwich makers from trying.
Many of the spots this list take an artisanal approach; curing and smoking meats themselves, whipping up aioli from scratch, or taking liberties with the recipe, diverging-from the three namesake ingredients by swapping lettuce for bolder arugula, or fresh sliced tomatoes for roasted or fried variations.
Here are the best BLT sandwiches in Toronto.
The smokehouse on St. Clair upgrades the classic sandwich with an original take that pairs its delicious house-smoked bacon with peppery arugula and a fried green tomato. Stacked on sourdough and dressed with lemon aioli, the BAT ($9.75) is indeed one worthwhile sandwich. More »
Expect long but swift moving lines at this finely-tuned luncheonette at Rosedale station. The BLT ($7) here takes some liberties with the original, subbing bacon for pancetta and dressing it up with arugula, roasted Roma tomatoes, and pesto mayo. More »
While some places feel the need to get fancy, this east-side specialist in all things swine understands the strength in its simplicity. The take-away shop does a beer-braised bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwich ($8.50) on puffy ciabatta bread with house-made beer mayo drizzeled over top. More »
The cozy (and cash only) brunch spot off College St. makes its BLT ($8) with the basics - snappy lettuce, plump tomatoes and strip bacon dressed with aioli on toasty challah. For $8, each order includes a choice of home fries, potato salad or salad on the side. More »
Served on the signature, house-baked burger bun, the BLT at this bakery is both delicious and easygoing on your wallet. Sold for just $4.50, the classic sandwich can be topped with cheese for 50 cents more. More »
Dubbed the 'ultimate' BLT, this sandwich is loaded onto a focaccia bun with house-smoked bacon and peameal bacon, sliced tomato and greens. The sammie then gets dressed up with bacon jam, truffle mustard, caramelized onions and roasted garlic mayo. Sold for $10, it comes with slaw and a deli pickle on the side. More »
Served on a toasty, hand-rolled bun, the classic sandwich (9.75) at this King East cafe is done with your standard bacon, lettuce and tomato and topped with house-made ketchup and aioli. More »
Found on Elm Street, this spin-off sandwich shop from the folks behind Barberian's Steakhouse makes its version of a BLT with a thick stack of peameal, lettuce and tomatoes on a bun for $6.65. Add on cheddar for $1 more. More »