Sky Blue Sky (King East)
Sky Blue Sky has expanded to a second location on the east side. Since mid-March the Wilco-inspired sandwich shop has been in full swing on King St. East, on the ground floor of the Toronto Sun/Coca-Cola head office building.
The location adds a solid lunch-time option for those working, living or studying in the King and Sherbourne area. Keep a keen eye out walking along King, as the new outpost is pretty easy to miss. At the time of our visit they were without any real signage, save for a couple inconspicuous decals on the windows.
Inside, the decor is largely the same as their original Annex location , complete with red-checker tablecloths, Wilco posters and even a few board games stashed in the corner. The menu, too, is a close match, containing over 25 different Wilco song-inspired sandwich offerings, including both meat and vegetarian options. We dropped in on a weekday evening to see if the new location stands up to the original.
We ordered the King Pin ($6.49), a pulled pork and havarti sandwich served on French bread. We opted to customize the sandwich with free add-ons of sautĂŠed onions, roasted red peppers and bacon - yes, you read that right, bacon is a free add-on! The sauce was a little too sweet and tangy, and lacked spice or smoky flavours, but all in all, it was a good take on a pulled pork.
Next out was the Hey Chicken ($6.49) which, while technically not a Wilco song (it's a track from Loose Fur 's 'Born Again in the U.S.A'. album), still makes a great sandwich. The Hey Chicken came with a generous portion of pulled roasted chicken, and was topped with avocado, jalapenos, and roasted red peppers.
We were equally pleased with the Dreamer in my Dreams ($5.99), a classic roast beef sandwich served piping hot and taken up a notch with sautĂŠed onions, banana peppers, tomatoes, and cheddar.
We added a couple side salads to our order, but were underwhelmed by both of our choices. The spicy pasta salad ($3.29 with a sandwich) had a distinct jalapeno kick that lived up to its name, but missed the mark with some rubbery can-mushrooms and an all-too-oily sauce. The walnut and mandarin salad ($3.29) came in a plastic container brimming with romaine lettuce and topped with walnuts, canned mandarins and a sesame-cream dressing. Neither salad was very special, but along with daily soups and a selection of fresh pastries you can have a full balanced meal on the fly.
Overall the King St. East Sky Blue Sky measures up well to their original location. For a classic sandwich with some added flair, Sky Blue Sky is a solid lunchtime option.
The new location's hours (10:30am-6:30pm) seems to be set up primarily for lunch and take-out. While we were dining, most people coming through were quickly grabbing on-the-go orders, which can be made by phone, through email or online (http://sbssandwiches.com/).
Photos by Marni Wolf