The Best Veal Sandwich in Toronto
The best veal sandwich in Toronto is a matter of very bitterly divided opinion, which might have something to do with how aficionados consume them - either voraciously, to quench their midday lunch hunger, or late at night, to fill up a beer-filled belly after hitting the town.
Halifax has its Donair, Montreal has poutine, and New York its famous pizza, but Toronto's favorite after-midnight food is quite possibly the veal sandwich; served on an Italian bun, drenched in sauce and covered with mushrooms, cheese and peppers (hot or sweet). You can argue about the details - the breading and thickness of the veal, the sweetness of the sauce, and whether hot peppers are essential or pointless - and chances are people will get pretty passionate about their favorite.
Here are the best veal sandwiches in Toronto.
Here, you’ll find the sandwich in its classic form; breaded and fried veal on a crusty Italian bun, served with the usual toppings of cheese, onions, mushrooms, peppers. Big and well-stuffed, it comes with the sauce on the side, a popular option at this Dufferin lunch spot, probably because you can control the degree of messiness essential to the veal sandwich experience. More »
You'll find more classic sandwich offerings from this Little Italy perennial, with tender veal served in a big Kaiser, the full range of toppings and the optional sauce on the side. It’s a shame that too many folks know the San Francesco sandwich as a late night after-bar snack, since it deserves to be appreciated in the bright light of day. More »
This St. Lawrence Market lunch counter serves the most radical variation on the veal sandwich. It’s served on foccaccia bread with almost no sauce, in a trio of variations. On the high-end “Godfather,” you’ll find both eggplant and parmagiano. It’s a monster of a sandwich, though purists might want to plead for extra sauce. More »
The most civilized of the veal sandwiches is served by this Spadina eatery on a tidy, oblong bun that’s easy to grip, and almost dainty in its presentation. The sauce is rich and sweet, and the sit-down version comes with a neat side of salad and olives that will almost convince you that you’ve gone for the healthy lunch option. More »
There’s a tart edge to the homemade sauce on the veal sandwich at this Dupont Road lunch counter, and a toothsome crust on the veal. These are the small variations that make veal sandwich eaters rabid in their allegiances, and that’s given Vinny’s a loyal following in this relatively quiet pocket of the Annex. More »
Thanks to the massive hot table at this west-end takeout spot, you can get your sandwich topped with anything from grilled veggies and roasted peppers to the usual mushrooms and hot peppers. Commisso’s is a bakery, so as you’d expect, the bun is fresher than you’d otherwise expect. More »
Across the street from San Francesco’s, this well-worn Little Italy standby serves its veal sandwich with a simple, fresh-tasting sauce and a notably crisp corn meal-filled crust on its veal. More »