Hey Victoria, it’s National Sandwich Day!
“Sandwiches are beautiful, sandwiches are fine. I like sandwiches, I eat them all the time. I eat them for my supper and I eat them for my lunch. If I had a hundred sandwiches I’d eat them all at once.”
—Fred Penner, musical genius
We share Fred’s sandwich sentiment here at Victoria Buzz.
That’s why to celebrate this near-holy day, we want to share with you seven must-try places to get a bunch of stuff between bread.
But first, let’s get a few things straight…
A sandwich is bread on top, bread on bottom. A hot dog is not a sandwich, a pizza is not a sandwich and for the purpose of this list, a burger is not a sandwich.
Okay, now that we got that out of the way, let’s get to it.
Here are the top seven sandwich spots in Victoria:
No soggy loaves here.
Some of the best bread in the city by far and away. Perfect crusty crust with the insides being soft, delicate and moist.
Their vegan tofu BLT is especially delicious.
They make their sandwiches ahead of time too, so no waiting around for a sandwich artist to complete your order. You just need to grip it and rip it.
- Where: 2506 Douglas Street
- When: Thursday to Sunday, 8 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sunday only until 3 p.m.
Simplicity makes every bite a perfect one.
HERO is a new addition to our city’s sandwich scene.
They operate a pop-up only sandwich destination that has Victoria lining up for blocks and selling them out every, dang, time.
They sold out of 234 sandwiches within 45 sandwiches at their last pop-up.
Give them a follow on Instagram to keep up with them and to be in the know for their next pop-up later in November.
- Where: TBD
- When: TBD
Banh Mi Ba Le Victoria
Vietnamese subs are exactly what a sandwich should be.
Acidity from the pickled daikon and carrot, fat from the pork belly or cured meat, crunchy on the outside soft on the inside baguette and cilantro to tie it all together.
This place is unassuming on the outside, but you simply cannot find a better place for a Vietnamese sub.
- Where: 774 Fort Street
- When: Monday to Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Part and Parcel
A tale of two sandwiches. Both are perfect.
Their vegetarian sandwich has broccoli charred to perfection with creamy goat’s feta, tangy pickled onions and a sweet date puree.
Their meat sandwich is an almond crusted, kamut fried chicken sandwich, with cilantro, creamy slaw and a spicy chili garlic aioli.
Can’t decide which one to get? Bring a friend and split them!
- Where: 2656 Quadra Street
- When: Tuesday to Saturday, 11:30 a.m. to 9 p.m.
Italian Food Imports
A little bodega style deli that is pretty cheap and incredibly delicious.
Italians really know how to make a sandwich and Italian Food Imports do not slouch on this reputation.
You can get deli style sandwiches, paninis, salads, cured meats and anything else remotely Italian.
If you’re having a party or need catering, you should definitely think about a sandwich platter from them.
- Where: 1114 Blanshard Street
- When: Tuesday to Saturday, 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
Motorcycles and sandwiches are an unlikely, but perfect combination.
They’ve had sandwiches come and go over the years but their Discovery Coffee rubbed brisket sandwich is a mainstay that you simply need to try.
They also always have a vegetarian feature, a cheap breakfast sandwich and an immaculately gooey grilled cheese.
Wheelies also has salads, soups and mac and cheese to pair with whatever sandwich you choose.
- Where: 2620 Rock Bay Avenue
- When: Tuesday to Sunday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Let’s talk about breakfast sandwiches.
Parsonage Cafe is the storefront for the incomparable Fernwood Coffee.
Many have tried to create the perfect fried egg sandwich that can delight the taste buds into a state of awakeness. Not many have nailed it on this front though.
“A breakfast bagel with everything,” is all you need to say, along with whatever caffeinated beverage you desire.
You’ll get a perfect bagel with an egg, cheese, steamed spinach, a tomato and thick cut bacon.
It’ll welcome you to the rest of your day and it can’t get much better than that.
- Where: 1105 Caledonia Avenue
- When: Monday to Sunday, 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
We know there are plenty of incredible places to try in Victoria, so if you think we missed anyone in this list, let us know!