Sandwiches have been a staple in the Western diet for over two centuries. But, what makes a really great sandwich? This is a debatable question, but something we’ve been happy to investigate thoroughly. For us, sandwiches should be hearty, comforting, full of flavor and not break the bank.
We first took to Twitter, where there was no shortage of opinions on whose sandwiches were the best in the city. However, we couldn’t help but notice how many suggestions we received for the same places – Meat & Bread being one of them. As one of Vancouver’s most popular sandwich spots, it’s obviously hot on everyone’s radar – while they do make for a good meal, this had us thinking that perhaps we should explore the sandwich scene a little more to see what hidden gems we could find beyond the usual suspects.
While we have yet to try every sandwich shop in the entire city, here are six exceptional ones that made the cut – all available for $10 or less.
Fat Duck Mobile Eatery
Fat Duck Mobile Eatery is, in our opinion, one of Vancouver’s best new food trucks, and deliver so big on flavour it’s almost mind boggling. Their must-try Duck confit “Philly” style sandwich (above) are what foodie dreams are made of – impossibly juicy duck confit, marinated mushrooms, pickled red onions, swiss cheese and truffle Parmesan mayo ($9). This is one you’ll definitely need a napkin for. So. Freakin’. Good.
If you’re a fan of Turducken, then you’ve got to try Fat Duck’s version between two slices ($10), served with a delicious pear and cranberry chutney and bacon preserve smeared on top. Voila, you’ve got all the protein you need for the day right here, folks!
Location hours vary, but you’ll usually find Fat Duck Mobile Eatery parked in front of Queen Elizabeth Theatre most weekday afternoons. Check out their Twitter or Facebook for regular schedule updates.
East Cafe has quickly become a neighbourhood favourite in Hastings Sunrise, and once you try their amazing selection of paninis and baguette sandwiches from La Grotta Del Formaggio, it’s easy to see why. We’re particularly fond of their Montreal Smoked Meat panini, made with Swiss cheese, mustard and caramelized onions ($7.50). You also get a little side of regular potato chips, which could always be added for a little extra crunch, if you’re so inclined.
Address: 2401 East Hastings Street, Vancouver
Weekdays, 7:30 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Weekends, 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.
Big Lou’s Butcher Shop
Big Lou’s Butcher Shop is a nose-to-tail butchery serving up some kick-ass sandwiches from their restored heritage storefront in Railtown. With a Sandwich Counter offering an extensive menu selection, the shop has classic appeal with a modern aesthetic. We’re fans of the BBQ house-smoked Pulled Pork, which comes topped with apple BBQ sauce and Granny Apple coleslaw ($9.50).
Address: 269 Powell Street, Vancouver
Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Urban Fare‘s selection of sandwiches is surprisingly extensive, and while you might not expect much from a grocery store, guess again. We fell in love with their Prosciutto Grilled Cheese, made with Fontina and Parmesan, crispy prosciutto and grilled asparagus on house-made sourdough bread ($6.99). This was decadent and flavorful, especially with the grilled asparagus which is nice touch. The sourdough is buttery and crispy, and works very nicely with the sharpness of the cheeses.
All locations are open seven days a week.
Image: Railtown Cafe
If you’re looking to spend your lunch hour with really successful good looking people, head no further than Railtown Cafe. The trendy eatery offers a delicious variety of locally sourced fare, but what really has us coming back time and again is their Chicken Club ($10). Warm chicken breast from Maple Hills Farm, 72-hour bacon from Cioffi’s Meat Market & Deli, fresh tomato and avocado between their house-made focaccia bread. Perfection, in carb form.
Address: 397 Railway Street, Vancouver
Weekdays, 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
What makes a great sandwich for you, and where is your favourite place for one in Vancouver? Sound off in the comments and let us know!