I finally had the chance to try Toronto’s Porchetta and Company. The famous Porchetta Sandwich certainly lives up to the hype and then some. A friend of mine who lives in Toronto’s trendy West Queen West neighborhood told me about how great this place was. But I’ll be honest, I barely gave it much thought. In fact, I distinctly recall looking down at my phone to check my Instagram as soon as I heard the word sandwich. How distinctive can a sandwich be? Great sandwich shops are popping up in every major city. I barely feel the need to research new Sandwich shops to try when I visit a new city. I remember finding some of the best Banh Mi stalls in Saigon every 10 meters it felt.
I heard the word “crackling” and I knew right away that this would be an absolutely delicious sandwich. I immediately knew that this was not just any sandwich. This was a sandwich shop that recognized the old chef saying that “fat means flavor” and completely latched on to it! Heck, as delicious as the roast pork is, it’s the crackling that competes for your palettes attention at every bite. The attention to detail in this delicious Porchetta Sandwich is impeccable. Even the mustard is the best damn mustard I’ve ever tasted. The house made kaiser bun is soft on the inside, but crunchy on the outside which helps to hold the sandwich together.
It was quiet in the morning when I walked in. I traveled to Toronto from out of town to watch my beloved Toronto FC soccer club lose on penalties in the MLS Cup Final. It was truly devastating and I needed the type of comfort food only my late mother knew how to cook. I walked in unannounced and was the only person in the shop. The staff were great sports playing along. The cashier Kim even posed for the camera but I ruined the moment thanks to my unfamiliarity with my new camera.
My sandwich was made quickly, but by the time the sandwich was ready their was already a line-up to the door. Clearly, this was the hottest place in town for locals. My first bite was as magical as the crunch on the crackling. At first, it doesn’t seem like they put a lot in, but as soon as you take the bite, I notice they jammed as much beat into the soft part of the bun as they can. Anthony Bourdain described it as melt in your mouth and I would have to agree. An episode of his hit television serious Layover was filmed in Toronto and aired on CNN and Travel Channel. Next time you come to Toronto don’t forget to keep this unscripted blog post in mind. I’d suggest skipping the lame CN Tower tour and go straight for this crackling good sandwich (pun intended). It is truly the World’s Best Sandwich.