The Stockyards is Tom Davis’s temple to barbecue. Seating just under 20, the narrow space is outfitted with terra cotta floors and barn-board ceilings, with throwback curiosities adding a lighthearted touch. Patrons can either get the goods to go, or mow down on the messy sandwiches, burgers or ribs while seated side-by-side along counter tops.">

Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: a meaty Cuban sandwich at The Stockyards


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A mainstay of the St. Clair West dining scene for over three years now, The Stockyards is Tom Davis’s temple to barbecue. Seating just under 20, the narrow space is outfitted with terra cotta floors and barn-board ceilings, with throwback curiosities adding a lighthearted touch. Patrons can either get the goods to go, or mow down on the messy sandwiches, burgers or ribs while seated side-by-side along counter tops.

We opted for the Cuban ($12), a relatively new menu option that has replaced the Porchetta as a lighter and more summery option. Davis, who used to live in Miami, is well-versed in Cuban cuisine, and this number is a play on the Cubano.

With meat sourced from a Peterborough farmer, the ’wich features cumin-and citrus-infused oven-roasted pork loin. As if that weren’t enough, the pork is matched with even more pork: thin, prosciutto-like strips of house-smoked belly. Atop sits Armstrong aged cheddar that has been smoked — using either hickory or apple wood — and then melted down, transforming it into “almost a processed cheese.”

The final touches are the mojo chimichurri, pickled onion and garlic mayo — all of which are made in-house. Paired with a fresh-squeezed limeade, this sandwich is well worth the trip to Wychwood.  

The Stockyards, 699 St. Clair Ave. W., 416-658-9666

More of Toronto’s best sandwiches:


The mozzarella avocado melt from The Rectory Café
The vegan-friendly BLT from Tori’s Bakeshop

A Wilco-inspired vegetarian offering from Sky Blue Sky

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