The Canteen’s first life was as a 20-seat sandwich bar that closed at 6 p.m. so owner-chef and food writer Renée Lavallée could spend time with her young children. This year it reopened downtown, “all grown up,” as Lavallée says, a family restaurant that welcomes the whole community.
Disappointed by the smoked meat sandwiches on offer in Toronto, Zane Caplansky started curing and smoking his own briskets, then opened his first deli on College Street in 2008. Now with five locations and a food truck, his places make sandwiches that are the equal of any in Canada – including the delis of Montreal.
Matt Christie started out as a fish butcher at Go Fish!, the iconic restaurant shack right beside the dock where Vancouver’s fishing fleet moors. Twelve years later, he’s the chef, taking his pick of the daily catch and turning it into sandwiches, burrito-like tacones and awesome fish and chips.