330 Takeout stands out in the Financial District thanks to its bright yellow signage that beckons passersby inside for massive, meaty sandwiches. The small space by Mercatto (as its name suggests) is really a takeout-only spot, but there are a few stools if you'd like to sit and eat before heading back to the office.
But really, this spot is built for to-go lunches. This becomes obvious with the heavily branded sandwich boxes, by Toronto design firm Office/Bureau , that each feature a different cute little icon based on which protein you order; either chicken, pork or steak.
The sandwiches come on focaccia from Fred's Bread and the porchetta, rotisserie chicken and steak are all prepared in house.
Chef Doug Neigel says he sources pork from Perth Pork in Stratford. The porchetta sandwich ($10) features piles of fatty meat, rapini, honey roasted garlic and padono cheese. The whole thing's a little too sweet for me.
I prefer the strip loin steak sandwich ($13), which has some bite thanks to a few banana peppers and a generous dollop of creamy horseradish sauce. A slice of mild provolone cheese balances it all out.
Thanks to the on-site rotisserie, 330's Ontario, grain-fed chicken is all freshly roasted in house daily. And Neigel credits the rotisserie as the inspiration for this takeout joint.
And along with the sandwiches, you can grab a half or whole chicken ($15/$28) meal that comes with one or two sides, respectively. Sides include potatoes and Caesar salad.
Since this alcove-like area used to hold a cafe, 330 is still serving up coffee and light snacks such as polenta cake and biscotti. And while these might satisfy in the morning, at lunchtime, it's all about the sandwiches.
Photos by Hector Vasquez.