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The Best Sandwiches in Toronto

Posted by Liora Ipsum / May 9, 2014

best sandwiches torontoThe best sandwiches in Toronto will make your brown bag lunch jealous. This catch-all category doesn't discriminate between Banh Mi and BLTs, chicken parm or panini - so long as it's supremely delicious and assembled on fresh bread. These are the city's best handheld meals, regardless of origin or style.

Here are the best sandwiches in Toronto.

See also:

The best veal sandwich in Toronto
The best peameal sandwiches in Toronto
The best grilled cheese sandwiches in Toronto
The best banh mi in Toronto
The best BLT in Toronto

Brock Sandwich

Brock Sandwich

This sandwich specialist on Bloor crafts each order with care for delicious results. The regular roster features an array of faves like the shrimp and squid po' boy ($10), and the spicy piri piri chicken on a bun ($9). More »

California Sandwiches

California Sandwiches

Established in 1967, this local chain of sandwich shops majors in Italian classics. Priced at $7.75 or less, options include breaded veal, chicken or eggplant slathered with red sauce and optionally smothered with cheese or sauteed veggies. More »

Porchetta & Co.

Porchetta & Co.

This Dundas West takeout shop keeps the menu straightforward, specializing in succulent porchetta and crackling sandwiches ($7.25) that can be customized with extras like truffle sauce or rapini. Daily specials are advertised on Instagram - and have been known to include noteworthy buttermilk fried chicken sandwiches. More »

The Fish Store

The Fish Store

This unassuming seafood shack on College is known for its fresh selection of fish that's best had grilled and then nestled onto squishy white or whole wheat bread. The daily catch includes choices like tuna ($8.75), tilapia ($9.25) and shrimp ($10.25). More »

Sky Blue Sky

Sky Blue Sky

Now with two locations, this sandwich company does over two dozen signature sammies, all named after Wilco songs. Quirky choices like the Heavy Metal Drummer ($6) come layered with thoughtful toppings like cream cheese, turkey, bacon, jalapenos and cheddar on three cheese bread. More »

Banh Mi Boys

Banh Mi Boys

Sink your teeth into the ultimate fusion food at this modern Vietnamese sub shop that now boasts two locations (on Queen West and at Yonge and Gerrard). Top choices include the braised beef cheek, kalbi and duck confit, dressed with crunchy, fresh slaw. More »

Black Camel

Black Camel

This Rosedale sandwich bar offers a line-up of five basic sandwiches ($7), which can be personalized to order with house-made toppings and sauces. Choose from slow-roasted brisket, pulled pork or chicken, seared steak or melange of veggies and load it up with flavoured mayos, fontina cheese or extra vegetables. More »

This End Up

This End Up

Cubanos ($15), po' boys ($15), banh mi ($14) and vegetarian BLTs ($13) are all on the menu of this DuWest sandwich purveyor. Better still, these guys are open late, making this spot a top source for ultra-satisfying after-hours grub. More »

Stockyards

Stockyards

Totally deserving of all the piled-on praise, this smokehouse and larder on St. Clair stacks their sandwiches with tasty toppings like house-cured bacon, pulled pork and BBQ brisket. The BAT ($9.50) notably upgrades the classic BLT with the addition of arugula and fried green tomatoes. More »

Discussion

40 Comments

Marco / May 9, 2014 at 12:56 pm
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Totally agree with 1-4 on the list (#4 only being good depending on the specific location though).

I would have only added Boar to the list though.
The best Italian sandwiches I've had in the city so far
http://www.yelp.ca/biz/boar-toronto
Aaron / May 9, 2014 at 12:57 pm
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Dundas Park Kitchen!!!
S / May 9, 2014 at 12:58 pm
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This is a pretty good list (not a huge fan of Porchetta&co), but with one massive omission: Clubhouse Sandwiches should be at least top 2. They've got the best fries in city & the deep fried turkey sandwich is really, really good, the oyster sandwich is pretty good and apparently vegetarians love their fried green tomatoes sandwich.
f12 / May 9, 2014 at 01:10 pm
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good list.
Charmer / May 9, 2014 at 01:12 pm
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Ummm....how about the one im eating at my desk right now?

This list blows.
Geoff / May 9, 2014 at 01:15 pm
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Fry Haus' schnitzel sandwich really ought to be on this list
nick d / May 9, 2014 at 01:20 pm
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pretty sure the Brisket at Leslieville Pumps just won some kind of intergalactic award for best sandwich in the universe... but it's understandable that it'd be overlooked-- probably a bit too far east and wouldn't count as 'Toronto proper'
Jared / May 9, 2014 at 01:21 pm
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What about Subway?
Sandy Which / May 9, 2014 at 01:22 pm
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Not a bad list, but when I really want a great sandwich, I get the brisket from Leslieville Pumps.
K-Borg / May 9, 2014 at 01:26 pm
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This list is relevant to my interests.
Paul / May 9, 2014 at 01:27 pm
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Vinny Panini's
Honest replying to a comment from Charmer / May 9, 2014 at 01:28 pm
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Whoever gave you the idea that you are a funny person should be shot.
Poop / May 9, 2014 at 01:34 pm
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Boy, I can't wait for all of the restaurant owners to spam this list with "WTF? Why isn't X on this list?!" This is BlogTO's list, not yours.
Colin Smillie / May 9, 2014 at 01:43 pm
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Hi, anyone know something similar to Di Rienzo's in Ottawa?
Todd Toronto / May 9, 2014 at 01:55 pm
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Time to up your game, entire eastern half of Toronto.

Bobby / May 9, 2014 at 02:13 pm
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Tenoch Torta
Todd replying to a comment from Marco / May 9, 2014 at 02:15 pm
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I'd definitely reccommend Red Sauce as well, on Clinton, formerly Acaidia. Great Italian sandwiches!
Colleen / May 9, 2014 at 02:16 pm
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East of the DVP - how about Leslieville pumps, or Rashers. The Lesliville Cheese Market makes a mean grilled cheese too.
Malcolm replying to a comment from Colin Smillie / May 9, 2014 at 02:18 pm
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Aw mannnnnnn, I used to live close to Di Rienzo's. Now you've made me hungry in a way that won't be satisfied unless I make a 500km commute :(
Malcolm / May 9, 2014 at 02:19 pm
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But I will try some of this list's suggestions. Thanks again blogto!
Martin / May 9, 2014 at 02:32 pm
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I think these polls say more about where blogto's readers live than anything about the quality of the business being ranked.
Mar replying to a comment from Todd Toronto / May 9, 2014 at 04:10 pm
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LOL, I'd say more a matter of getting our population up. We have plenty of great food in the east end just not the voting power when it comes to these polls.
mike in parkdale / May 9, 2014 at 04:23 pm
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I don't want to be one of those "but how can you omit ____" guys.... but I think Carousel bakery deserves an honorable mention.
I smell fish / May 9, 2014 at 04:48 pm
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Great list! Does anybody know if the fish store takes debit?
Gary / May 9, 2014 at 04:49 pm
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Sky blue sky? really? The menu is mostly comrpised of shitty supermarket cold cuts.
Khristopher / May 9, 2014 at 04:52 pm
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Surprised not to see Brown Bag Sandwiches on this list.

http://www.blogto.com/restaurants/brown-bag-sandwiches-toronto
Anilee / May 9, 2014 at 09:01 pm
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Just discovered Jody's for the best smoked meat sandwiches this side of Montreal.
Rusty replying to a comment from Anilee / May 10, 2014 at 09:34 am
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Jody's Deli, on Kingston Road?

I disagree, that place is terrible. I was there twice, and disappointed both times. The owner was not in the least big accommodating (he didn't want to give my friend an extra pickle slice...seriously?). They were out of almost all salads, and this was just about an hour after they opened for lunch. And the quality of the meat wasn't just fatty, it was rubbery and gross.
piero / May 10, 2014 at 11:25 am
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Pumps for sure. Also the Brick Street Bakery in the Distillery makes phenomenal sandwiches.
Jody / May 10, 2014 at 04:18 pm
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Pickles are expensive!
Anon / May 10, 2014 at 10:14 pm
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Nice to see Black Camel on the list. Haven't been there in years but from what I remember, their sandwiches are incredible.
jd / May 10, 2014 at 11:22 pm
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Why not put the California Sandwiches Little Italy location on the map, instead of Queensway?
Kat replying to a comment from Colin Smillie / May 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm
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The closest I've found to a Di Rienzo's (or La Bottega, etc) sandwich was a sandwich from Sanagan's in Kensington. Not really the same though, and thanks for making another Ottawa transplant have an inconvenient food craving, haha.
BillyO / May 15, 2014 at 04:19 pm
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Brock, Camel, Porchetta and Banh Mi are my favs. I thought the general consensus was Bitondos > California? I guess not.
Richard / May 15, 2014 at 04:47 pm
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My favourite thing about BlogTO is how they consistently NEVER put the name of the restaurant that the main picture belongs to. Really not frustrating at all.
Anilee replying to a comment from Rusty / May 15, 2014 at 05:02 pm
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Bummer. I go to the Jody's on Warden, but I understand the owners are related.
123 replying to a comment from Richard / May 15, 2014 at 07:29 pm
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It's from Sky Blue Sky!
PP replying to a comment from Colin Smillie / May 26, 2014 at 11:08 pm
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Colin - good question.. why aren't there any places like that here???

And not to make you jealous, was in Ottawa this weekend and had a DiRienzo sandwich... nom nom nom!
Andrew / May 28, 2014 at 08:50 am
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An year before I had been to Ontario. I stayed at furnished suite in Toronto(http://www.macsuites.ca/locations/downtown/).I am not a big fan of sandwiches.But after reading this blog I feel like having a sandwich.
Ian / June 3, 2014 at 11:01 pm
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I mean seriously you have to be kidding me. If I see Banh Mi Boys on another "best of" list Im going to lose it. Are they paying off reviewers or something? The sandwich there is easily the most over-rated thing I have ever eaten in this city. The problem: Not nearly enough meat. After a few bites all you have left is half a sandwich worth of bun. No thanks.

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