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The Best Peameal Bacon Sandwiches in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / December 19, 2014

Peameal TorontoThe best peameal bacon sandwiches in Toronto are a homegrown icon, and while the famous vendors of St. Lawrence Market still top this list, there are plenty of great renditions happening at diners and sandwich shops around the city. While Hogtown's signature dish needs nothing more than a stack of thinly sliced, cured pork loin, and a bun, you'll find the new guard imparting a little flourish here or there - nothing major, just a slice of cheese, tomato or fried egg.

Here are best peameal bacon sandwiches in Toronto.

See also: The best sandwiches in Toronto

Photo of Lisa Marie by Kyla Zanardi.

Carousel Bakery

Carousel Bakery

The St. Lawrence stall makes an iconic sandwich ($6.50) for peameal purists. Canadian bacon here is griddled and stuffed into a squishy hamburger bun, to be appreciated in all its natural glory, no cheese, no lettuce, just pure bacon goodness. More »

Paddington's Pump

Paddington's Pump

Order at the counter inside St. Lawrence Market, to enjoy this simple feast of thinly sliced peameal layered into a thick pile on a soft, white, bakery-fresh bun. Pickles and tomato on the side are supplied for those who want to dress it up a bit, but it's uncalled for. More »

TLP

TLP

The Barberian's Steakhouse spin-off specializes in iconic Canadian comfort foods on a bun, and the peameal-focused TLP is their signature sandwich. Find cornmeal-rolled back bacon layered with tomato slices and lettuce; add on cheddar or a fried egg for a dollar more. More »

Rashers

Rashers

Devoted to all things bacon, this takeout counter on the east side stacks its Hogtown sandwich ($7.50) with tender pieces of Canadian bacon on a warmed bun. Add on an egg or cheddar if you like. More »

Jim's Best Western

Jim's Best Western

Piled sky high with peameal, the sandwich at this old-school Leslieville dinner sells au naturel for $6.75, or with extra lettuce and tomato for $7.75. More »

Avenue Open Kitchen

Avenue Open Kitchen

This old-school diner in the garment district has been in business for over three decades and with good reason. Their menu covers breakfast and lunchtime staples, including this glorious sandwich, built with thick slabs of peameal, lettuce, tomato and mayo for under five bucks. More »

Lisa Marie

Lisa Marie

The peameal sandwich ($16) at this Queen West eatery only graces the brunch menu. It comes stacked with braised bacon, old cheddar, fried green tomatoes, caramelized onions and an egg, plus a choice of salad, duck fat home fries or pad Thai poutine. More »

The Lakeview

The Lakeview

The Captain Canuck, with its quarter-pound of peameal bacon, is one mighty sandwich. Available 24 hours a day, this baby is built on a kaiser, blanketed in melted cheddar and dressed with maple caramelized onions, lettuce, tomato and sweet chili mayo. More »

Fat Phill's

Fat Phill's

Peameal bacon gets grilled then stacked on a white or whole wheat kaiser. Go all-meat for $6.50 and have it dressed to order, or opt for the version on the all-day breakfast menu with a couple eggs for $4.50. More »

Discussion

14 Comments

ssteeephen / December 19, 2014 at 11:28 am
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Zupas peameow
mmmmmBACON / December 19, 2014 at 11:41 am
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You missed the Loblaws at Maple Leaf Gardens. Made fresh and well priced! Two pieces of peameal, tomato, fried egg, mayo and the freshest bun known to man.
Grilled Cheese and Bacon is the Best! / December 19, 2014 at 12:18 pm
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Just putting it out there that The Rebel House at Yonge and Rosedale makes a killer grilled cheese with grilled pemeal bacon! You should dig in! SUPER D-LISH!
aDawg / December 19, 2014 at 02:50 pm
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Good list. I also think that This End Up's Hogtown Cubano also deserves a mention... CURED, HICKORY-SMOKED AND SEARED PORK BELLY / PEAMEAL BACON / SWISS CHEESE / DILL PICKLES / PICKLED JALAPEÑOS / SMOKED GARLIC MAYO / HOUSE MUSTARD... Now we're talkin'! http://s30.postimg.org/v6gz88g41/10818122_342109712660176_802946059_n.jpg

mike in parkdale / December 19, 2014 at 04:33 pm
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Love the Carousel Bakery. Not only to they make a mean pemeal bacon sandwich, the breakfast and meatball sandwiches are delish too.
Nancy / December 19, 2014 at 05:55 pm
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If you're out in the eastern reaches of suburbia, I highly recommend the peameal bacon on a kaiser at Jumbo Burger on Kingston Rd., just west of White's Rd. in Pickering. Any time I'm home, I head straight there for my fix. :-)
Cindy / December 20, 2014 at 03:46 am
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The Peameal Bacon sandwich at Paddington's Pump is the best over Carousel Bakery any day. I miss their sandwiches since moving away from Toronto. Damn good.
sam / December 21, 2014 at 01:34 pm
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Jim's rules! Well worth the trip east
Hof ter Zielbeek / December 23, 2014 at 04:28 am
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These vendors in Toronto serve really awesome bacon sandwiches. The Avenue Open Kitchen is the place to go for some of the best peameal bacon sandwiches.
shay / January 6, 2015 at 07:18 pm
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Rashers is absolutely delish! I'd go as far as saying it's number 1.
mimico / February 8, 2015 at 01:12 pm
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everyone knows the best peameal sandwich is at mimico arena in etobicoke after a lacrosse game.
Mfizz / February 8, 2015 at 03:11 pm
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I know it's blasphemy, but the plain peameal on a bun that places like Carousel and Paddington's sell at the St. Lawrence Market are boring and greasy crap.
Christine Cooper / February 9, 2015 at 07:57 am
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I've been to Rasher's a couple of times. Meh. Better stop is across the street to the Leslieville Pumps. They have a BLT that has back bacon on it and it's stellar.
192.168.1.1 replying to a comment from Cindy / February 22, 2015 at 09:48 am
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Agreeing with Cindy - Paddington's sandwich is much better than Carousel's, and it boggles my mind that Carousel has managed to assert itself as the 'iconic' or 'original' version. Paddington's are the Masters of the Maillard.

The Canwiches assessment here is consistent with my experience:
http://canwiches.blogspot.ca/2010/01/back-bacon-bonanza-or-peac-meal.html

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