A new Bloor West shop constructs dreamy, decadent sandwiches for $5
The place: The art, the names of the dishes and the soundtrack are all inspired by the indie rock band Wilco. Groupiedom isn’t a prerequisite to eating lunch here, though; the Koreatown walk-up is welcoming, and the sandwiches are fresh and cheap.
The crowd: U of T types lingering over lunch by the electric fireplace, and local residents happy to have an alternative to the strip’s overwhelming number of Korean spots.
The deal: High-stacked or pressed sandwiches made with house-baked bread and luxe fixings, along with daily soups ($5) and loads of veggie options. Advance e-mail orders bring a five per cent savings for anyone in a rush or worried their selection will sell out.
The dish: We sample two hearty sandwiches: the Casino Queen and the Dreamer in My Dreams. The former, on honey-nut bread, is a rich rendition of a club with bacon, avocado and roast turkey, all sweetened by punchy balsamic onion marmalade. The Dreamer took 20 minutes, as we waited for the bread to bake (we’re told there’s a magic to intensifying the curry-cumin topping), but it is entirely worth it. The panino oozes succulent roast beef, caramelized onions, melted cheese and the aforementioned cumin.
The time: 48 minutes due to the Dreamer delay. Next time, we’re e-mailing ahead.
The cost: $13.50, including tax and tip.
Sky Blue Sky Sandwich Company, 605 Bloor St. W., 647-351-7945, sbssandwiches.com.