hot dip toronto

Hot Dip

COVID-19 Updates

Hot Dip is currently open for takeout. Masks are mandatory and hand sanitizer is at the counter. 

Hot Dip is a sandwich shop serving sandwiches that each feature a different delicious dip, including a roast beef with cheddar dip and a chicken parm with creamy alfredo on the side. 

Customers await their order on an outdoor bench next to the large front windows while their sandwich is assembled at the counter in the tiny store on Queen West. 

hot dip torontoSomething about it, maybe the vintage meat slicer on display, the modest size, the friendly, laid-back staff, or a mix of all of these things, makes the spot feel a bit like an old-style deli. 

hot dip toronto

Jon Lucas, previous owner of J&J Bar-B-Que and chef de cuisine at Harbord Room, got the idea for Hot Dip around his favourite sandwich of all time: the classic French dip. It's brought to life with help from Jules Thuet, who Lucas worked with in fine dining back at the Harbord Room. 

They first met 15 years ago while Lucas was working at Petite Thuet, the bakery known for its delicious bread and pastries and founded by Jules' father, Marc Thuet

hot dip toronto

The sourdough baguettes and pretzel rolls the sandwiches come on are all handmade over at Petite Thuet's wholesale facility in Leslieville. 

hot dip toronto

Before getting loaded with meat and other toppings, the bread, fresh baguette in the case of the French dip ($10), is put over a roller to cover it in butter and beef fat in preparation for it being toasted. 

hot dip toronto

The beef, which is carefully roasted and sliced in-house, gets dunked in the beef broth au jus, which in French culinary terms translates to "with juice," for both the French dip and the Hot Dip sandwiches. 

hot dip torontoEight ounces of tender roast beef, as well as hot horseradish, pile on the warm baguette. 

hot dip torontoThe French dip, ironically enough a popular American hot sandwich, has long been Lucas' go-to due to its unreal juiciness thanks to the au jus. It's that controllability over juiciness that Lucas affords every sandwich that comes out of his shop with a dip on its side. 

hot dip toronto

Although every sandwich here is a different take on the French dip, the one that will come most recommended to customers is the namesake of the place. The Hot Dip ($12) comes with a creamy cup of hot cheese for dipping. 

hot dip toronto

Roast beef, horseradish mayo and crispy onions are placed between a warm pretzel bun for this one. 

hot dip toronto

The third sandwich on the menu of four is the chicken parm dip ($12). A toasted baguette gets the same treatment with butter and beef fat and takes four breaded chicken fingers, the reputable San Marzano tomato sauce, mozzarella and spicy peppers. 

hot dip torontoAs if the tomato sauce isn't enough, an alfredo dip will come on the side. This combo is perfect for those who often find themselves choosing between chicken alfredo and parmesan. 

hot dip toronto

The mushRueben dip ($11.50) provides a vegetarian option. It's basically a Rueben sandwich sans the corned beef. A big pastrami spiced portabello mushroom comes between two slices of toasted rye with caraway sauerkraut, a bit of swiss cheese, and Russian dressing, a dip consisting of ketchup and mayo. 

hot dip toronto

A few sides include marinated olives ($3), kale caesar ($6), and Kosher pickles ($1.50), made with brine and garlic. There's also the cheese-covered taters ($7). 

hot dip toronto

The loaded tater tots, which are a meal in their own right, also get sour cream, green onions, bacon bits and crispy onions. 

hot dip torontoIn terms of refreshments, there are a few non-alcoholic options, as well as pilsners from Ace Hill by the can. 

hot dip toronto

Photos by

Fareen Karim


Hot Dip

Leaflet | © Mapbox © OpenStreetMap Improve this map

Join the conversation Load comments

Latest Reviews

Mado Cafe

LJS Khasos

Pastor Taco

One Night Only

Hot Dip

Indar's Roti and Doubles