Get your hands ready to hold these buns. Vancouver’s favourite sandwich shop Meat & Bread is opening up in the heart of downtown Calgary.
After opening up its first set of doors in Gastown, Vancouver in 2010, Meat & Bread expanded to have two more locations in BC, and another in Seattle, with plans to keep growing and serving up delicious sandwiches. Although Victoria’s Meat & Bread closed its doors at the beginning of this year, eastward expansion is underway.
The black modern letters of the sandwich shop’s name now mark the corner windows of the historic Grain Exchange Building on 9 Avenue and 1st Street SW.
Created by two friends with a love for meat between bread, this sandwich shop offers a minimalist menu, quick service, and fine, fresh ingredients in each bite.
Under $10 each, there are four sandwich types listed on the menu—two types of meat options, one veggie, plus a changing daily-featured sandwich. There is the option of adding a side salad or soup that changes daily also. The chainlet is best-known for their incredible porchetta (roast pork) sandwich with cracklings and salsa verde.
The less is more approach to their brand makes decision making a lot easier. The simplicity of their food is also seen in their service. Once you place your order, the guys behind the counter work in a sandwich factory-like assembly line; one person will slice the bread with a sharp knife while another carves your choice of house-made, roasted meat to order and stacks it on a freshly baked ciabatta bun.
Sticking to keeping it simple—there are no whole wheat or wrap options here. A dab of mustard or house-made sambal is added on the side of the stacked bun before it is passed to you on a wooden plank. Pick from a bottled soda, water or coffee then cash out, sit down at a communal table, chow down, and get out.
Their turnover is as quick as their service and the love for their sandwiches is proven by the lengthy lines of hungry lunch-goers seen at their Vancouver and Seattle shops.
So when can you have a taste of a sandwich you wish your mother would have made you for lunch? We’ll let you know. Stay tuned…
Address: 821 1 St SW