Meat and Bread has been around for quite some time now. I’ve heard really good things about their pork sandwiches from friends, but for some reason I never ended up checking them out until now!
I went with my coworker JW. She loves all things pork, so I had a good feeling that we would both really enjoy Meat and Bread! When we first went in, we were a bit taken aback by the hustle and bustle in the shop. There was a fairly long lineup and the tables seemed packed! Luckily, they have a great hostess there to show us the ropes. Lines taper down quickly and they can almost always find people seats. I don’t know how they do it, but the timing just works out.
Their menu is huge (which I like), and simple (also like!). They do four types of sandwiches a day: their pride and joy pork sandwich (Porchetta), their special of the day (which happened to be a roast chicken), a fantastic meatball staple, and a vegetarian grilled cheese. They also have soups that change up daily!
Meat and Bread’s entire store concept is pretty awesome. Beautiful design, great atmosphere, and an over-the-counter sandwich making system that cranks out epic sandwiches to-order at lightning speed.
They have one guy cutting up the meat, another guy slicing the bread/adding sauce, and then they pass it down the line for some more people to finish the sandwiches and charge the order.
The seating space is really communal and I like it. It’s efficient for everyone and certainly adds to the bustling atmosphere! The only time it might not work out as well is if you’re there with a fairly large group. They also have some seating at the end of their really long counter top where they make the sandwiches and take orders.
JW and I both had the Porchetta. It’s a heavenly sandwich constructed mostly from pork that has been layered with fat, seasonings, and herbs. The crunch factor here on the pork skin is akin to the fresh Chinese style BBQ pork belly. The amazing ciabatta bun is made by Swiss Bakery and the delicious Salsa Verde marries everything together.
The pork’s juiciness and flavor had JW and I hooked! Dipping in their dijon mustard added that additional kick that made us both wanting more.
In fact, I ended up coming back just a few days later with VF and got take out for JW as well! This time though, I decided to try out their special (which happened to be BBQ Duck Banh Mi. It had cucumber, carrot, cilantro, and jalapeno aioli. I also ordered the daily soup, which was a really good Carrot Fennel soup!
The BBQ Duck Bahn Mi was unlike a typical Bahn Mi. It wasn’t heavy on the cilantro and the ingredients didn’t blend together like a Viet sub normally would. That being said, it was a really good sandwich. I still liked the Porchetta better, but the BBQ duck here was super tender and delicious. The sandwich also came with some sort of spicy sauce rather than the mustard that accompanied the Porchetta.
Their Carrot and Fennel Soup is delicious! Perfect for a chilly day, this soup is both hardy and hot. It’s got quite a kick to it, and originally I thought it was a curried squash soup. It went really well with the Duck Bahn Mi, and I would recommend getting this soup if you’re getting the Duck Bahn Mi!
With JW and VF having loved Meat and Bread so much (especially in the case of JW!), we actually went out and bought sandwiches for our office lunch! We happened to time it just right and didn’t have a huge lineup like the last couple of times I went.
I had their Thursday special, which was the Beef Sauerbraten.
The Beef Sauerbraten is a great sandwich made with Sweet & Sour Gravy, Cabbage & Kale Slaw, Grainy Mustard Aioli. VF and I traded half sandwiches again so that we could get the best of both worlds (Porchetta and the Beef Sauerbraten!). I also had the Fentimans Ginger Beer this time and man does it go well with these sandwiches! Highly recommended with the Porchetta.
For dessert, we shared Meat and Bread’s Maple Bacon Chocolate Bar (made by the renowned Beta 5 Chocolatiers!!)
It is a ridiculously good chocolate bar! Crunchy, chewy, sweet, malty, salty, and savoury all in one. Like bacon and chocolate? Get this chocolate bar!
Overall Meat & Bread has become a favourite! Great food, decor, and price! It doesn’t really get better than that. If you’re into sandwiches, you definitely have to check out Meat and Bread!!