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13 must-try sandwiches in Calgary

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Hanna McLean Nov 02, 2016 1:00 am 1,383

There is nothing more comforting than eating a big old fashioned sandwich. Whether it’s for breakfast, lunch, dinner – even dessert – you can never really go wrong with choosing a sandwich as your meal.

We’ve never met a sandwich we didn’t like. Here are 13 of our favourites that you can get in Calgary right now:

1. Grilled Cheese from Janice Beaton

Janice Beaton has a huge selection of amazing artisan-made cheese, so it only makes sense that the shop would serve a kick-ass grilled cheese. The staples on the menu are: The Farm made with Le 1608, cow’s aged cheddar, housemade tomato chilli jam, and arugula (gluten free available); The Ham and Gruyere made with Valbella maple pepper ham, gruyere, brassica mustard, and arugula; and finally The Whim of the Week which is a rotating creation dreamt up by Chef Jess.

Address: 1017 16th Avenue SW
Instagram: @jbfinecheese

2. Bacon Avocado Crisp from Holy Grill

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This sandwich is on the brunch menu, and what a way to start your day! The Bacon Avocado Crisp is one of the most tempting breaky sandwiches in the city. This bad boy is stuffed with bacon, avocado, a fried egg, cheddar cheese, mayo, pickled eggplant, spinach, and tomato on a custom black poppy seed bun.

Address: 827 10 Avenue SW
Instagram: @holygrill

3. Daily Special Sandwich from Sidewalk Citizen


If you want to talk bread then head to Sidewalk Citizen Bakery. This bakery pairs its sandwiches with all different varieties of its freshly-baked loafs. Sidewalk’s breakfast sandwiches are on brioche buns, its cold sandwiches are on sourdough, and for the lunch feature they’ve created a round, soft pocket pita. Each day there is a meat and a vegetarian option. The features and fillings change, but the bread stays impeccably made.

Address: 618 Confluence Way SE
Address:  338 10th Street NW (Sunnyside Natural Food Market)

Instagram: @sidewalkcitizen

4. Meatball Sandwich from Fiasco Gelato

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Fiasco may be a gelato company, but the staff in its kitchen also make a mean artisan meatball sandwich. This gives you an excuse to go to their storefront and cafe for lunch, dinner, and dessert.

Address: 221 19th Street SE
Instagram: @fiascogelato

5. Montreal Smoked Meat Sandwich from Lazy Loaf & Kettle

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Once you taste the nine-grain homemade Kettle bread there’s no going back. The recipe has been passed down for generations, so it’s no surprise that the Loaf is a popular lunchtime hang. This spot has a big selection and no matter what sandwich you choose, they are always stacked high with fresh veggies, meat, and cheese, with a pickle on the side because that’s just the perfect combo.

Address: 8 Parkdale Cresent NW
Facebook: Lazy Loaf & Kettle

6. Pastrami Sandwich from Our Daily Brett

Our Daily Brett’s pastrami sandwich is stuffed with house made pastrami, golden kraut, smoked mustard aioli, bread and butter pickles, and a pile of arugula all together in a fresh ciabatta bun. This spot’s menu can vary depending on time and season, but again, the sandwiches here are always on point no matter the variety.

Address: 2509 14th Street SW
Instagram: @ourdailybrett

7. Oatmeal Ice Cream Sandwich from The Coup

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There’s a sandwich for every occasion, even dessert! The Coup makes one of the best sweet varieties in the city: two soft chocolate peanut butter oat cookies hugged around vanilla tofulatti ice cream. This dish is also vegan and gluten free.

Adress: 924 17th Avenue SW
Instragram: @thecoupcalgary

8. ‘Lunch All At Once’ Sandwich from CHARCUT

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CHARCUT’s ‘lunch all at once’ (you’ll be in and out in 45 minutes), isn’t just quick, it’s also delicious. With this meal you get the CHARCUT daily soup, crostini, the daily sandwich on focaccia, kitchen pickles, parmesan fries, and a bag of warm cookies. We’d recommend the prosciutto sandwich for this combo – you wont be disappointed.

Address: 899 Centre Street SW #101
Instagram: @charcut

9. Turkey Bagel Sandwich from Wayne’s Bagels

The only thing better than a regular sandwich is a bagel sandwich. Try one of Wayne’s freshly-baked bagel sandwiches and you’ll be hooked. We also recommend the Breakfast Bagel Sandwich from this spot.

Address: 4515 Macleod Trail SW
Instagram: @waynesbagels

10. Deli Sandwich from Spolumbo’s

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Spolumbo’s is a family-run operation that absolutely nails the deli sandwich game. As soon as you step into the Inglewood restaurant you’ll see it’s every sandwich lover’s dream – meat and bread are everywhere. Every Spolumbo’s sandwich comes with a cup of pickles, and it’s hard not to order a housemade cannoli for dessert. Choose from small or large sandwiches depending on how hungry you are.

Address: 1308 9th Avenue SE
Facebook:
Spolumbo’s Fine Foods & Deli

11. Loaded Meat Sandwich from Peppino’s

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An Italian eatery has got to know its sandwiches, and Peppino’s definitely does. This spot has everything from Calabrese Delights, to BLTs with Cheese. But the Loaded Meat Sandwich steals the show for meat lovers with a winning combo of ham, salami, meatballs, and fresh veggies.

Address: 101 1240 Kensington Road NW

Address: 717 2nd Avenue NE

Facebook: Peppino Gourmet Foods

12. Chicken Mozzarella Sandwich from Briggs


This restaurant does great comfort food for brunch, lunch, and dinner. A stand out on the menu is Briggs’ Chicken Mozzarella Sandwich, made with juicy chicken, creamy house slaw, avocado, and chipotle aoili on a fresh bun.

Address: 100 317 10th Avenue SW
Instagram: @briggskandb

13. Tipsy Texan Sandwich from Hayden Block

House-smoked, true-Texas BBQ that falls off the bone. This is what awaits you when you dine at Hayden Block. This joint has a great yet simple southern-inspired menu and the Tipsy Texan is a house staple. The pork is infused with the perfect balance of woodsy char and flavourful smoke vapours combined with a heaping of house slaw and sausage on a fresh bun.

Address: 1136 Kensington Road NW
Instagram: @haydenblockyyc


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Hanna McLean
Hanna is a Staff Food Writer at Daily Hive. She's lived on both coasts and has concluded that pizza tastes great no matter where you're eating it. She loves rap music, craft beer, and she probably has crumbs on her keyboard right now.

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