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The Best Peameal Bacon Sandwiches in Toronto

Posted by Luke Champion / August 4, 2011

Peameal Sandwiches TorontoThe best peameal sandwiches in Toronto evoke a comfortable sense of fictional Canadiana. One where all police officers look like Mounties and everyone sounds like they're from Newfoundland. Peameal - or Canadian Bacon - is one of the few internationally recognizable Canadian cultural signifiers.

So whether its in a BLT, pressed in a Panini with some melted cheese, or just piled between two pieces of bread it's Canadian. And unlike other Can Con Cuisine like say, poutine, it doesn't have any real geographical home base. That is, unless you're feeling a little Toronto centric (aren't we always?) and then, as this list suggests, you need to start at the St. Lawrence Market.

Photos by Luke Champion and Jesse Milns.

See also:

The best sandwiches in Toronto
The best panini in Toronto
The best BLT in Toronto

Paddington's Pump

Paddington's Pump

Sometimes greatness is born from simplicity. Take for example the Paddington’s Pump peameal sandwich - just a soft white bakery fresh bun and lots of thin sliced salty peameal griddled golden. Add to that some pickles and tomato on the side for those who want to dress the sandwich up a bit, but there’s no need. $6.25 More »

Carousel Bakery

Carousel Bakery

A sammy for peameal purists - just a soft white hamburger bun stuffed with thick cut Canadian bacon. No veggies, no cheese, no sides. They must be doing something right though. Usually they're selling them about as quickly as they're being made, with a line up to boot. $6.50. More »

The Lakeview Restaurant

The Lakeview Restaurant

One of the best things about the peameal sandwich at the Lakeview is that no matter when you get a craving, you can have one. Their “never closed” philosophy means that one of the city’s truly great sandwiches is available - always. Served with lettuce, tomatos, ancho chili garlic mayo and a side of fries or salad - oh, and melted cheddar cheese. This one goes for a measly $8.50. More »

Drift Bar

Drift Bar

While not a menu item per se, the peameal sandwich at Drift is a specials board staple. Whether it’s rolled up in a wrap or pilled high between two pieces of crusty bread it never disappoints. And when paired with their thick cut French fries it’s pretty close to perfect. $8.00 More »

Avenue Open Kitchen

Avenue Open Kitchen

For over 30 years the Avenue Open Kitchen has been an institution in the garment district, and for good reason. Their home cooked cuisine is the epitome of no frills comfort food. Take for example the peameal sandwich - super thick pieces of tender peameal with fresh lettuce and tomatoes and lots of creamy mayo, and all for $4.95. More »

Boom Breakfast

Boom Breakfast

How do you make a BLT better? Easy, just add peameal. That’s right, Boom spoils its patrons by giving them both peameal AND regular old strip bacon along with the requisite lettuce and tomato on toasted bread. Price of admission is $7.89. More »

Real Sports Bar

Real Sports Bar

Real Sports invokes Toronto’s Peameal Mecca by naming their sandwich after the St. Lawrence Market. Served with cheddar cheese, sauteed onions, mustard and a side of either fries or salad, its $10.99 price tag is on the pricier end of this list, but you’d be hard pressed to find a better sandwich. More »

Discussion

31 Comments

Earth Wind Fire Water Bacon / August 4, 2011 at 09:52 am
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There are at least 3 joints in St. Lawrence Market that make fantastic peameal bacon sammies.

And - I can't believe I'm saying this - the basement Longo's beside the ACC makes a SPECTACULAR PEAMEAL BACON SAMMY.

http://www.baconorbeercan.com
rexdale / August 4, 2011 at 09:57 am
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Stop saying "Sammy" .
simba390 / August 4, 2011 at 10:00 am
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Just in time for Ramadan! (note the sarcasm)
Morrissey / August 4, 2011 at 10:38 am
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Meat is Murder
sarasarajanes / August 4, 2011 at 11:07 am
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Good thing... http://30.media.tumblr.com/tumblr_kues7o7Voc1qaw24so1_500.jpg
Will / August 4, 2011 at 12:04 pm
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The Lakeview Peameal Bacon sandwich used to much better (served on a sesame bun, actual lettuce and tomato) but now is just a sloppy mess of cheese and peameal bacon served on a store bought ciabatta bun covered in deep fried onions.

tl;dr: lakeview is seriously slipping
the lemur / August 4, 2011 at 12:21 pm
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Peameal bacon is not necessarily the same thing as Canadian bacon (which is a US term for our back bacon). Not all back bacon is peameal.
Kent Pat Bateman / August 4, 2011 at 01:34 pm
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I stopped reading after I saw that BOOM was on the list.
mr. hood / August 4, 2011 at 02:19 pm
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the new bacon supremification at Fynn's of Temple Bar is pretty damn tasty! lots of back bacon on a potato loaf!
jane / August 4, 2011 at 02:19 pm
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Cardinal Rule also makes a killer peameal panini.
Jen / August 4, 2011 at 02:35 pm
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Rebel House has a good one too.
gorf / August 4, 2011 at 03:31 pm
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Avenue Open Kitchen has always been #1 for me.
mike / August 4, 2011 at 03:43 pm
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Grandpa Kens at the Weston market
May / August 4, 2011 at 08:51 pm
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BlogTO readers must have unsophisticated palates if they think sandwiches from The Lakeview Restaurant are among the best in the city.

Hassan / August 4, 2011 at 09:50 pm
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Outside of the US, few refer to back bacon as Canadian bacon. More often it's called Irish bacon or short cut or something else.
Alberich replying to a comment from Morrissey / August 5, 2011 at 08:34 pm
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@Morrissey - Delicious murder!
agentsmith / August 8, 2011 at 09:48 am
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In my experience, peameal bacon, especially in sandwich form, is definitely a Toronto thing. Or at least an Ontario thing.
whodat / August 9, 2011 at 10:28 am
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Pddington's rules, Made it first and still making it the best.
Jimmy Choo / August 14, 2011 at 11:35 pm
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SPECTACULAR PEAMEAL BACON SAMMY.
SNEAKERS SHOP / August 16, 2011 at 10:44 am
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"Sammy" .
SNEAKERS SHOP / August 16, 2011 at 10:46 am
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@Morrissey - Delicious murder!
Jordan / August 18, 2011 at 11:40 am
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Yup. Paddington's Pump for the win. Usually I'll get hot mustard and onions and a pint of Waterloo Dark to go with it.
Jean / September 3, 2011 at 03:43 pm
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I miss peameal bacon sandwich. Used to go down to St. Lawrence Market by bike to do shopping from Scarborough area.

Hard to find peameal bacon sandwiches in Vancouver & Calgary, that's for sure.

Don't say Sammy. Sounds too American. :)
CHEAP UGGS / September 9, 2011 at 10:33 am
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"? Does this mean I can charge people for coming over to sit and look sophisticated on my designer couch?
Casino Gratuit En Ligne / February 21, 2012 at 09:28 am
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I guess you have made many really interesting points. Not as well many ppl would actually think about it the direction you just did. I am really impressed that there is so much about this subject that has been uncovered and you made it so nicely, with so considerably class. Top-notch one, man! Very special things right here.
AA / March 11, 2012 at 10:32 am
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There is no way Boom should make this list.

Jim's on Queen East @ Logan beats anything on offer at the Market.
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COSPLAY / September 26, 2012 at 11:31 pm
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Outside of the US, few refer to back bacon as Canadian bacon. More often it's called Irish bacon or short cut or something else.
MineCraft / September 27, 2012 at 08:52 am
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Great :)
ken / December 9, 2012 at 07:21 pm
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you can get the very best from Canada in the US at realcanadianbacon.com
Bonnie / August 18, 2014 at 04:00 pm
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Way cool! Some extremely valid points! I appreciiate you writing this write-up
and also the rest off the website is also very good.

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