My husband is a self-proclaimed sandwich aficionado who would happily eat one for every meal if I wasn’t trying to shove quinoa and salad in his mouth. According to him you can put anything between two slices of bread with peanut butter apparently the perfect accompaniment to virtually everything that is edible and probably some things that aren’t. So after a four year sandwich hiatus, sarnies are back in my life and thankfully there are some incredible local options. Here are my top tips for the best sandwiches in London, Ontario.
Wich is Wich
Let me start off by saying that this is not a normal sandwich shop. Imagine your favourite meal is between two slices of bread but just got ramped up to another level of deliciousness by a Josh Sawyer, the owner and head chef, who provides an exciting take on traditional flavour combinations. Wich is Wich is a specialist, exceptional quality restaurant that keeps things real by serving their mouthwatering gourmet sandwiches on parchment paper and red trays.
Freshly prepared meat sits tantalisingly at the counter willing you to order the steak BLT (NY strip steak, cheese, bacon, lettuce, tomatoes and a creole sauce) or Wild Boar Shoulder (pulled pork, jalapeno potato spread, coleslaw and bbq sauce). My favourite is the Porchetta Ariccia with salsa verde. Melt in the mouth pork with a herby lift – a little piece of garlicky heaven in every mouthful. The oven roasted tomato soup is punchy and the Spa Bowl a delicious option if chick peas and kale are more your thing.
Sandwich aficionado husband says Wich is Wich is the best because of its “local delicious ingredients,fresh bread, and great service – it’s that simple”. Wich is Wich allowed me behind the scenes to see what goes into the making of some of the best sandwiches in London, Ontario.
Wich is Wich provide catering and hospitality services and have just launched a brand new supper menu with amazing scotch eggs, salads, sliders and delicious seasonal entrees. They also have gluten free sandwich options.
Wich is Wich, 125 King Street, London, ON
The Early Bird
Grilled cheese “cheap and cheesy” ham and cheddar sandwich. When you’re worse for wear after a night on the tiles, you need this sandwich in your life. It’s my go to, foolproof hangover cure. The ham is thick cut and juicy, the bread is toasted to alcohol absorbing perfection and the cheese is yellow, stringy and very, very cheesy. I normally inhale this sandwich so I know it tastes good – I just can’t ever really remember eating it.
There’s something for everyone on The Early Bird sandwich menu with fillings ranging from tofu and veggie dawgs to smoked meat, duck confit and battered tilapia. Most of the sandwiches are huge and served with a choice of fries, chips or greens. Early Bird also offers non sandwich options including poutine, fried chicken, perogies and breakfast served all day.
I love the interior of The Early Bird. It’s totally unique in a cerise pink, day of the dead kind of way, crammed full of skulls, crosses, quirky pictures, a tissue paper pom pom ceiling and glitter booths adorned with old concert tickets. Plus in the Summer there’s an awesome patio at the front of the restaurant literally in the middle of Talbot Street. What’s not to love about any of this?!
The Early Bird, 355 Talbot Street, London, ON
Kosmos Eatery on Richmond Row is a down to earth family restaurant serving chunky feel good sandwiches that will delight your eyes and fill your belly. Sandwich aficionado husband regularly devours the Kentucky bbq pulled pork, mac n’cheese, grilled cheese sandwich. There is no talking during the devouring and very little after as he settles into post toastie satisfaction. Whoever thought of putting mac n’cheese in a sandwich is a genius.
My hairdresser recommended that I try the crispy chicken with honey mustard, pickles and aioli so try it I did and it did not disappoint. Chicken breast, lathered in a deliciously thick batter and fried to perfection. For sure this sandwich should come with a health warning – it is not for the faint-hearted and you won’t need to eat for the rest of the day but it is so, so good. I also tried the Greek fries with tzatziki, feta, veggies and olive oil which look and taste spectacular. Husband was too obsessed with his pulled pork to even notice them.
Kosmos also offer soup, salads and wraps and provide special corporate and catering menu’s. For mouthwatering sandwich inspiration visit their Instagram.
Kosmos Eatery, 551 Richmond Street, London ON