Waldorf chicken salad Bannock 401 Bay St., 416-861-6996
The excellent sandwiches at Oliver and Bonacini’s new downtown Canadiana spot Bannock epitomize the high standards and unfussy elegance of big brother Canoe, at grab-and-go prices. A savoury Waldorf salad—the classiest vehicle for mayonnaise and chopped chicken—arrives on a perfectly buttery, flaky croissant.
Porchetta Porchetta & Co. 825 Dundas St. W., 647-352-6611
Instead of continuing his slog up the ranks of Toronto’s best kitchens, Nick auf der Mauer opted to open this Dundas West hole in the wall, where he serves a slow-roasted pork shoulder wrapped in prosciutto and cured pork belly with bits of crackling. Optional toppings—like a rich truffle sauce or sautéed mushrooms—fill out the soft sourdough bun.
Fried chicken thigh The County General 936 Queen St. W.,416-531-4447
The buttermilk-soaked chicken thigh in The County General’s most popular sandwich is cooked sous-vide, dusted in cornflour and fried to achieve the perfect balance of crispy and moist. It comes on a down-home milk bun with creamy avocado, red onion, fresh coriander and a lowball glass full of spicy fries with homemade smoked ketchup.
By Andrew D’Cruz, Matthew Hague, Rachel Heinrichs, Emily Landau, David Lawrason, Jason McBride, Mark Pupo, Peter Saltsman and Courtney Shea. (Images: Ryan Szulc)