Look out for these Leslieville sandwich shops

Leslieville has become more gentrified over the years, but it's maintained a down-to-earth approach when it comes to food. The sandwich is one of the most easygoing meals there is, and it can be dressed up or down just the way you want. These local spots will definitely satisfy your hunger.

Hey Meatball

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912 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1J5

As long as you never utter the words “Sloppy Joe” in here, you’ll be fine. The staff at Hey Meatball pride themselves on kicking sandwiches up a notch, which you'll notice with the three pork balls, bolo sauce and pesto parmesan cheese on The Rodfather (vegan option available in The Little Abbey). Or, you can combine pickled veggies, onions, lettuce, donair sauce and spiced meats for The East Coast Connection. Each comes with a chopped salad and a house-made soda.

Leslieville Pumps

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929 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1J6

The first sign that this place is different comes with the pithy bon mots at the pumps – and the sassy sayings follow you inside to the chalkboard menus. Food choices are rotated regularly but you’re always guaranteed to find a hearty sandwich that'll require both hands to eat. Whether you fill up on a breakfast dish or a Pumps sandwich that features their signature smoked meat, be sure to save room for a loaded poutine on the side.

Completo

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5 Coady Ave, Toronto, ON M4M 2Y9

You may want to borrow a knife and fork from Paul Bunyan before diving into one of their huge sandwiches. To say that these Chilean-style sammies are big would be an understatement. The owners pile on the toppings but keep prices fair and reasonable. The great variety of sandwiches appeals to meat-eaters, vegetarians, vegans and gluten-free customers, and there are toppings such as mashed avocado, sunflower sprouts, tomato-cilantro salsa and more.

The Roy Public House

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894 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1J3

This Irish pub has more authenticity than you’ll find in much of the city, from the warm wood decor to the candle-like chandeliers. And, with the size of the sandwiches, your meal will be hearty enough to match your Guinness – or any of the oodles of beers they have on tap and in bottles. One of the best choices for satisfying a ravenous appetite is the half-pound beef dip, which comes with horseradish mayo and a side of chips.

Eadrey Food Company Ltd

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1129 Queen St E, Toronto, ON M4M 1K9

If you like surprises, check out the ever-changing lunch specials at Eadrey, where the sandwiches are paired with rotating soups. But if you tend to know what you want before you head in, they’ve got sandwiches on their everyday menu so you can quickly pick up your favourite. There are meat and vegetarian options made on organic and artisanal breads (gluten-free options available), which are just begging to be paired with one of their homemade soups.

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Eating out doesn’t have to be expensive – and you don’t have to sacrifice quality or taste just to get a good deal. Luckily for us, there are a number of Victoria eateries that offer satisfying meals for less than $10. Drop in, fill up, and leave with the energy you need to make it through the rest of your afternoon.
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