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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.