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.

Blue Star Diner

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. 

809 1 Ave. N.E., 403-261-9998, bluestardiner.ca, @bluestar_yyc


Boxwood Café 

Rotisserie Sandwiches

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. 

340 13 Ave. S.W., 403-265-4006, boxwoodcafe.ca, @boxwoodcalgary


Butcher and the Baker

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.

181, 250 6 Ave. S.W., 403-265-7765, butcherbakeryyc.com, @butcherbakeryyc


Caffe Mauro 

Italian Classics

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


Cheezy Bizness 

Grilled Cheese

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.

403-826-0226, cheezybizness.com, @cheezybiz


Corbeaux Bakehouse 

Mortadella Sandwich

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.

730 17 Ave. S.W., 403-474-9214, corbeaux.com, @corbeauxbake


Grumans Catering and Delicatessan 


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. 

230 11 Ave. S.E., 403-261-9003, grumans.ca, @grumansdeli


Holy Grill 


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



French Classics

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


Naina’s Kitchen

Stuffed Burgers

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. 

1240 Kensington Rd. N.W. and two other locations, 302-283-5360, peppinogourmet.com, @peppinogourmet


Sidewalk Citizen

Fusion Sandwiches

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. 

338 10 St. N.W. and one other location, 403-460-9065, sidewalkcitizenbakery.com, @avivfried



Hot Sandwiches

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.

1308 9 Ave. S.E., 403-264-6452, spolumbos.com, @spolumbos


Tubby Dog

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.

1022 17 Ave. S.W., 403-244-0694, tubbydog.com, @tubbydoghotdogs


Yann Haute Patisserie 


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. 

329 23 Ave. S.W., 403-244-8091, yannboutique.com, @yannboutique

This article appears in the June 2015 issue of Avenue Calgary. Subscribe here. 


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