Location: 678 Queen Street East, Toronto
At this point, I’ve eaten several of the sandwiches from Toronto Life’s list of the best in the city. That’s a solid list. And the meatloaf sandwich from White Lily Diner (Toronto Life’s 12th best sandwich) is absolutely outstanding.
The sandwich features a thick slice of meatloaf, mayo, a sweet tomato sauce, and pickles. An egg is an optional surcharge, but of course you need to get the egg. Every sandwich is improved by the addition of a fried egg with a gooey yolk. That’s just science.
Oh, and did I mention that it also comes with a bowl of gravy on the side for dipping? Because it does, and it’s glorious.
It’s an incredibly rich sandwich — there’s the butter-laden toast (which they make in house, and which is amazing), the weighty slice of meatloaf, the fried egg, and of course, the gravy. That sandwich doesn’t take any prisoners. It’s not kidding around.
It’s also delicious. The meatloaf is perfectly spiced while still retaining a nice beefy flavour. It has a great texture, not to mention a nice crispy exterior from the griddle. The rich gravy only amps up the beefy flavour.
But it’s perfectly balanced; the pickles and the sweet tomato sauce ensure that it never feels one-note rich.
It comes with a salad on the side (and trust me, you don’t need anything heavier than that to accompany this sandwich) which is dressed with a simple vinaigrette; it works as a nice counterpoint to the very rich sandwich.