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A Sandwich a Day: The Beastwich at Beast in Toronto

In this great nation of ours, one could eat a different sandwich every day of the year—so that's what we'll do. Here's A Sandwich a Day, our daily look at sandwiches around the country. Got a sandwich we should check out? Let us know. —The Mgmt.

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[Photograph: Michael Nusair]

Torontonians (or anyone visiting our fair city) take note: Beast serves what has to be the city's most decadently gluttonous sandwich. Aptly named the Beastwich ($14), it begins with a buttermilk biscuit, to which is added a ridiculously juicy breaded-and-fried chicken thigh, pimento cheese, and a fried egg. Did I mention the sausage gravy? I didn't? Because, yeah. They put sausage gravy on there, too.

If you're like me, then you're already figuring out how you can get your hands on this sandwich (figuratively speaking, of course—this is strictly a fork-and-knife affair. Pick this monster up at your own peril). If you're a bit more reasonable, you might think that this sounds a little bit too rich. Trust me, it's not too rich.

All the elements come together with such harmony that it never feels leaden or over-the-top; it all coalesces into something that my dining companion almost instantly declared to be one of the best sandwiches he's ever had. I can't say I particularly disagree.

The real star here is the amazingly crisp, perfectly seasoned chicken. It's dark meat, so it's naturally more succulent and flavorful than the breast meat that you tend to find in similar sandwiches. It helps, too, that it's perfectly cooked.

The creamy sausage gravy, pimento cheese, and silky fried egg collectively add a heady richness that's a perfect foil for the crispy fried chicken.

Am I using the word perfect too much? What can I say; it's that kind of meal. Let me use it one more time—the dense, buttery biscuit is the perfect vehicle for the other elements of the sandwich.

Let's be honest: this isn't exactly light eating. It is, to be precise, the exact opposite. In fact, I'm fairly certain that it shaved a couple of days off my life. But you know what? I'll take this sandwich over those days. It's worth it.

About the author: Michael Nusair is a Toronto-area writer / podcaster / cool dude who likes eating good food and watching Arnold Schwarzenegger movies. Sometimes at the same time! You can read about his various eating exploits here and here, and follow him on Twitter at MichaelKN.

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