Toronto’s Best Sandwiches: peameal bacon on a bun from Carousel Bakery
By Karolyne Ellacott
Canada on a bun (Image: Karolyne Ellacott)
After Anthony Bourdain’s whirlwind tour of our fair city last week, it only seemed logical to follow in his footsteps. His first stop was St. Lawrence Market’s Carousel Bakery, where chomping on an infamous peameal bacon sandwich is akin to biting off a piece of Hogtown history.
After Englishman William Davies immigrated to Toronto back in 1854, he brought with him the knowledge of how to cure pork. He set up a pork company from which to ship abroad, earning our city its hoggy moniker. Around 1875, Davies developed peameal (a.k.a. Canadian) bacon, and, well, the legacy continued from there.
“This is the most authentic Torontonian food — no other place can claim it!” says co-owner Robert Biancolin.
Consisting of a stack of pure peameal bacon — we counted six layers — the meat is tucked into a soft country bun and left unsullied ($5.75). For those who need a little bit of flair, there are standard toppings (lettuce, onions, tomatoes) as well as five mustards to choose from, including a couple from fellow Market-dwellers Kozlik’s.
And for dessert? We’re told after tucking into his sandwich, Bourdain had just enough room for a classic Canadian butter tart ($1.10-$1.35). Sounds good to us.
Carousel Bakery & Sandwich Bar, St. Lawrence Market, 93 Front St. E., 416-863-6764
More of Toronto’s best sandwiches:
The What Zane Eats from Caplansky’s Delicatessen
The banh mi at Rose’s Vietnamese Sandwiches
The roast beef sandwich at Rowe Farms