Edmonton spots for sandwiches

Sometimes, you just want to grab your lunch with both hands. A sandwich is lunch perfection when on the go, or stuck at a desk. Or, if you’re honest with yourself, it’s the perfect way to fuel your prosciutto addiction. Hit these spots for great sandwiches with killer names.

District Café and Bakery

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101-10011 109 Street NW, Edmonton, AB T5J 3S8

A sleek, stylish café and bakery, District Coffee Co opened in 2014. Owner Nate Box is the genius behind Elm Café, so District’s opening caused quite a stir. Elm is known for their amazing, inventive sandwiches, and District is no exception. Their lunch sandwiches are crazy cheap at only $8 a pop, and change daily. You can supplement with soup or salad, but the sandwiches are the stars here. They also offer delicious breakfast sandwiches and assorted baked goods.

Farrow

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8422 109 St NW, Edmonton, AB T6G 1E2

This sandwich joint is the little sister of Three Boars Eatery, known for their dedication to using local products and their casual, laidback attitudes. But man, these guys are serious about sandwiches. A friend once claimed that his Farrow sandwich was laced with the best bacon he had ever tasted. And, I love the cheeky sandwich names, like From the Colonel’s Cold Dead Hands (it’s a cold fried chicken salad sandwich!).

Swiss 2 Go Inc

Run by a hardworking, tough-as-nails lady, Swiss 2 Go is small but sturdy. Their Italian Bride Sandwich was named one of Avenue magazine’s 25 Best Things to Eat by foodie Gail Hall. Their pretzel buns, studded with kosher salt, are legendary. They’ve also developed a gluten-free bun in-house. And, their excessive use of prosciutto excites me.

Elm Cafe

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100-10140 117 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 1X3

The sandwich connoisseurs at this small spot whip up different combos every day, constantly keeping everyone on the edge. There is no menu. Sandwiches are announced on Twitter every day prior to lunchtime. Sometimes, there will be potato chips on your sandwich. Other times, pulled pork, goat cheese, or arugula. Sriracha mayo. What will these crazy kids come up with next?

Cibo Bistro

4
11244 104 Ave NW, Edmonton, AB T5K 2X4

This Italian restaurant may be very elegant and refined but their lunch menu features one item that is delicious but ultimately very out of character for them: A meatball sub. I think they allow it because it is so tempting, with melted smoked caciocavallo melding with prosciutto and wilted arugula. The tomato basil jam seals the flavour deal. They also offer a sandwich special but do yourself a solid and just order the meatball sub already.

Italian Centre Shop

5
10878 95 St NW, Edmonton, AB T5H 2E4

Pure Kitchen does a lot of Panini and wraps, which I count as sandwiches. Delicious meats, cheese and veggies wrapped up in some sort of carb? It is a sandwich, in my eyes. The Pure Saigon wrap is popular but so is the Albertan – roast beef topped with pepper jack Havarti, caramelized onions and horseradish aioli. And the friendly staff doesn’t mind if you duck out for a coffee while they prepare your sandwich. They’ll remember you when you get back.

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