Fidel Gastro's Street Food Company in Toronto has found a new way to offer its delicious sandwiches, smash burgers and famous Pad Thai fries to those who are craving it.
Matt Basile gave up his job in advertising to start the food brand nine years ago. Throughout the years, it's taken on many forms as a food truck, booth at the former Air Canada Centre, and of course the well-loved brunch spot: Lisa Marie.
After closing its doors on Queen West about a year and a half ago, Basile has moved operations to Etobicoke. Their takeout menu, as well as marketplace items, are prepared with from-scratch ingredients including their deli meat that's all smoked in-house.
Consisting mostly of hot sandwiches, the takeout menu gets back to Fidel Gastro's roots that started as a pop-up sandwich shop.
You'll even find the sandwich that started it all on the menu, the Cubano Hoagie ($13), made with house-smoked roast pork, sweet ham, white cheddar, butter pickles, grilled onions, and yellow mustard.
The cheese is melted on the meat directly on the grill and is added again once the rest of the dressings have been put on the sandwich making for a contrast of melted and crispy cheese throughout.
The Smoked Philly Cheesesteak Hoagies ($14) is another best-seller that's made with house-smoked top sirloin beef, American cheese, grilled onions, roasted garlic sauce, and pickled pepperoncini peppers.
The AAA Top Sirloin is sliced and finished on the flat top to order for a nice hit of smoky beef which you don't find in a lot of other cheesesteaks.
The Meatball Hoagie ($14) includes Basile's homemade pork and beef meatballs in his classic tomato sauce, which you can also order separately from their marketplace offerings (seven meatballs: $16, 750ml Tomato Sauce: $12).
This one isn't cut before serving so that you can enjoy the meatballs whole (usually about three come on the sandwich).
Although there's no mess-free way to eat this meatball sub, the taste of the tomato sauce and meatballs between the fresh bread and melted provolone cheese makes it worth it.
Staying true to the street food style, they also make up a Double Smash Burger ($12). It's piled high with two patties of 100 per cent Canadian brisket, American cheese, onions, pickles and some special sauce.
Everything on the menu is prepared fresh by Basile and one other cook in a building that's shared with the catering company, Aphrodite Cooks.