15 Sandwiched Foods for Summer
Possibly the best thing since sliced bread is what goes between two slices of bread.
The sandwich is the ultimate dish: food wrapped in more food. Hand-held, portable, served hot or cold, it is at turns humble and exotic, having found a home in all cuisines and whose creativity is limited by only the imagination. Though most widely associated with lunch, we’ll take any of these sandwiches, any time of the day.
Bridgeland Breakfast Sammy
Sandwiches need not be restricted to lunch; a good start to the day can also come in between two pieces of bread. Such is the case with the Bridgeland breakfast sandwich that takes the best breakfast foods — eggs, bacon and cheese — and squeezes them with a slathering of pesto mayo between slices of sourdough.
The view out the window onto the lovely landscaping and lush grass of Memorial Park is charming, but watching golden roasted chickens and pork spin on Boxwood Café’s rotisserie, juices glistening, is just as beautiful. Nestling slices of those savoury, juicy meats between two halves of a ciabatta and topping with a slathering of aioli or mostarda makes for a perfect lunch in the park.
Slow-cooked Meat Sandwiches
photography by jared sych
Top to bottom: Albacore tuna sandwich, jerk chicken sandwich and shaved sirloin sandwich from Butcher and the Baker.
The menu is straightforward, covering all the major meats, but the sandwiches from this new downtown spot are anything but basic. Fresh breads are topped with slow-cooked shaved sirloin, jerk chicken and pork belly that are neatly complemented by tangy slaws, salsa and pickles. Keeping it uncomplicated doesn't mean the sandwiches are simple.
Tucked away just outside the downtown core, the sandwiches at this hidden gem are well worth searching out. Like the name implies, expect a menu heavily influenced by Italian classics, meatballs and chicken parmigiana topped with a rich tomato sauce, or roasted veggies and bocconcini.
999 8 St. S.W., 403-277-7572
Grilled cheese, that comfort-food staple, gets a creative makeover at this bright orange food truck with owner Nicole Fewell’s focus on local produce and housemade fixings like bacon jam and kimchee, all melted over with ooey, gooey cheese.
Meaty mortadella and salami are piled up on this somewhat-classic Italian sandwich, filling up a perfectly baked baguette, but it’s the slathering of grainy mustard aioli and sharp, tangy hit from the red peppers that have us lining up.
Grumans doesn’t mess with this classic sandwich that is inextricably linked with delicatessans, from the rye and Russian dressing to the high pile of smoked meat and tangy sauerkraut.
Heavenly is one way to describe the panini sandwiches from this joint in Calgary’s Beltline. The thin bread is perfectly grilled to create a crisp crust enveloping all those tasty fillings, including a vegan option in the New Californian.
827 10 Ave. S.W., 403-261-9759, holygrill.ca
With a good baguette as a base, the sandwiches from this little French spot know how to get started. But it’s the foie gras, rosette de Lyon salami and rich duck rillettes — along with a smattering of roughly chopped tangy cornichons — that make us feel like we’re snacking somewhere along the Seine.
1325 1 St. S.E., 403-514-0555, lepicerieca.com
With toppings that get sandwiched in the beefy patty that is then sandwiched between two halves of a bun, the burgers at Naina’s are like lunch Inception. Choose from classics like bacon and cheese, or try owner Erin Mueller’s signature Nainalicious burger, stuffed with pulled pork, apple, aged cheddar and caramelized onions.
8, 2808 Ogden Rd. S.E., 403-263-6355, nainaskitchen.com
Gourmet Italian Creations
The Vesuvius from Peppino.
The only bad thing about ordering a sandwich from Peppino is trying to figure out which one to get. With classic Italian creations like chicken parmigiana or the spicy Vesuvius and good old roast beef, there’s good reason to come back time and again.
With unique creations that change daily, smart sandwich lovers know to follow Sidewalk Citizen on social media to find out what is on the menu for the day. Blending international cuisines and flavours, everything from poached eggs to slow-roasted pork, cheese and tangy sauces, including spicy harissa and soothing aioli, gets sandwiches on the freshly made bread that put Sidewalk Citizen on the map.
The Italians know good bread, good deli meats and a good meatball, so it’s no surprise Spolumbo’s knows how to put all those things together. The cold cut combos are excellent, but it’s the sausage served on a crusty bun and topped with tomato sauce or the homemade Italian meatballs that make this Inglewood spot really shine.
Curious Combo Dogs
Cap'n Crunch Dog from Tubby Dog.
Can it be considered a sandwich when the bun wraps around the sides of a hot dog? We’re going to argue yes so we can include the creative culinary combinations coming from Tubby Dog. A bacon-wrapped dog, in all its simplicity, is worth the lineup, but it’s in the odd concoctions — think peanut butter and jelly or pickled ginger and seaweed — that sets this 17th Avenue restaurant apart from anywhere
else dishing up dogs.
Meat and bread aren’t the only things that get sandwiched. Taking two fragile, colourful meringues and using them to encompass a layer of buttercream qualifies, making the macarons from Yann Haute a sweet sort of sandwich. Expertly made, the meringues are textbook-perfect, from the rounded domes to the softness that yields when biting through the crisp outer layer. And, on any given day, with 12 options from numerous flavours offered up at this sweet little house in Mission, there’s always something to tempt the taste buds.