Sand­wich Board

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The Fur­longer Club Toasted white bread? Check. Frilly tooth­picks? Check. Real chicken? Check. It has been on the menu for as long as we can re­mem­ber — and may it re­main there forever­more. The Fur­longer Club is a true clas­sic, faith­ful to the genre. Where it strays, it does so flaw­lessly — de­lec­ta­ble peameal ba­con stands in for tra­di­tional ba­con strips, and a lightly gar­licky ver­sion re­places plain mayo. Served with a choice of fries, salad, or soup. $14. The Manx Pub, 370 El­gin St.

Sushi Bur­rito Some might con­sider it gim­micky, but we’re all in favour of the sushi bur­rito, a.k.a. the per­fect hand food. This is a bur­rito-sized sushi roll (those with smaller ap­petites will want to share) filled with fresh fix­ings and wrapped up like a shawarma. Try the sig­na­ture Pork Jab, a si­nus-clear­ing de­light, the sea­weed wrapped around tonkatsu (breaded pork), rice, pick­led cab­bage, cu­cum­ber, a sprin­kling of jalapeno and green onions, and a healthy dol­lop of wasabi mayo. Build-your-own op­tions avail­able. $12.95. Bur­rito Sen­sei, 199 Bank St.

Egg­plant Tem­pura As the star of the hum­ble veg­etable has risen, ev­ery joint in town does a veg­gie sand­wich. But ca­sual cof­fee house stal­wart Pressed has been on the veg band­wagon since it opened in 2012. The Egg­plant Tem­pura is straight­for­ward and tasty. Three in­gre­di­ents — egg­plant, ve­gan miso mayo, and Asian slaw — in a pressed panini. Squishy and crunchy and just a lit­tle bit spicy. Served along­side a small salad and sweet-po­tato chips. $10.95. Pressed, 750 Glad­stone Ave.

Dad Bod The sand­wich mas­ters at Red Door treat the hum­ble grilled cheese sand­wich as high art, cre­at­ing a slew of first-rate ren­di­tions (eight on the menu on our last visit) that mix and match all man­ner of cheeses and condi­ments. The Dad Bod brings to­gether aged ched­dar, cream cheese, maple-can­died Seed to Sausage ba­con, and pick­led jalapenos. $5.50–$9.50, depend­ing on the sand­wich. Red Door Pro­vi­sions, 117 Beech­wood Ave.

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