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Halifax’s super sandwichesBy Trevor J. Adams | Aug 18, 2011
Tags: downtown Halifax, lunch, restaurant reviews
They say one plus one equals two but when it comes to slices of bread, one plus one actually equals a world of mealtime possibilities. Forget tired PB&Js and leave the deli meats in the fridge–this week we’re uncovering the most sensational sandwiches from around the world. No passport necessary!
“Authentic French cuisine just hit Halifax, and it was well worth the wait,” according to Philip H. He’s just one of many franco-fanatics who have fallen en amour with Argyle Street newcomer Bistro Le Coq. While there are plenty of rich, far-from-diet-approved options on the menu, the selection of savoury French sammies are show-stopping. The steak sandwich topped with Gruyère and traditional fried egg “was hot and delicious,” served with frites “done to perfection, thin and crispy.” Mon Dieu!
Our next destination takes us to South Park Street where Haligonians are being introduced to the glory of Banh Mi, a Vietnamese variation on the submarine sandwich. Indochine won over Kathy N with their “fantastic” lemongrass chicken sub topped with “super fresh” cilantro, pickled carrots and daikon and chilies. Six other meaty options are ready to satisfy carnivores but it’s the three protein-packed vegetarian picks (lentil and bean pate, veggie meatball, and “Buddha”–a barbecued tofu) that are really shaking up the lunchtime scene.
Finishing off our tour a little closer to home, we head to the Hart & Thistle on the Halifax waterfront for a thick-cut Reuben worthy of its royal title within the sandwich hierarchy. Paul B was pleasantly surprised after getting “used to putting up with a tin, greasy sandwich with little in between. This one was full of meat and sauerkraut in what must have been French toast.” Pretty close, Paul! In addition to the Montréal smoked beef brisket, the marbled rye, the Swiss cheese, ‘kraut and classic Reuben dressing, these guys Monte Cristo it up by frying the masterpiece before you dig in!
Still got bread on the brain? Leave a comment with your favourite sandwich in the city. I’ll be back next Wednesday with more tips on the latest on greatest on Haligonian plates. Until then, subscribe to the Weekly Yelp for even more delicious details. Got a tip of your own to share? Get your Yelp on!