Sandwich Artistry Afoot at Carousal Bakery

J.M. Lesinski

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A shot of the front of the Carousal Bakery stand at St. Lawrence Market in Toronto, Ontario.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

The hustle and bustle of the marketplace is a veritable sensory feast, and one of the greatest markets of them all, is St. Lawrence Market in downtown Toronto, Ontario. Within the market’s walls, there is one shop that offers an iconic meal, alongside some of the most tantalizing baked goods and sandwiches money can buy.

The Carousal Bakery is hard to miss with its bright yellow roofing and cool blue accents. The beloved bakery and sandwich locale gained notoriety after Anthony Bourdain stopped there on the Toronto episode of his Travel Network show “The Layover.” Since then and even post-COVID, the shop still sees massive amounts of business on a daily basis.

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The peameal bacon sandwich from Carousal Bakery.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

The iconic peameal bacon sandwich is Carousal’s flagship item for good reason. The bun is fluffy and light but holds the oil from the bacon well. The bacon itself is where the magic is, with each bite perfectly salty and savory. The peameal texture adds just the right amount of grainy, wholesome flavor, while also filling you up more than a simple BLT.

The wraps from Carousal Bakery are another must-try, with the veggie wrap and tuna pita as lunchtime highlights. For your other sandwiches, the roast beef is a behemoth of flavor, while the veal parmigiana comes with fresh tomato sauce, melted mozzarella, grilled peppers, and onions for an amazing savory meal.

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The zesty chicken parmigiana sandwich from Carousal Bakery.Photo by J.M. Lesinski

Their newest offering, the zesty chicken parmigiana, features the same toppings as the veal and comes with a crispy, juicy chicken breast fried up perfectly. For those who love attention to detail and quality in flavor, anything off the menu is sure to please at Carousal Bakery.

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I have worked as a professional journalist for over five years now, covering the arts, music, food, politics, and culture up and down both coasts of the United States. I have a B.A. in English from SUNY Fredonia with minors in Psychology and Creative Writing, as well as an M.F.A. in Creative Writing from California State University, Fresno.

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