I’m not much of a bread girl. Some of my bread loving friends are always in shock when they learn that about me.
Most sandwiches I find pretty uninspiring, or certainly not interesting enough to be one of my first picks for a meal. That’s why when I find a place that does sandwiches really well, I get really excited.
Farrow Sandwiches is one of those places (read my old review of it here). I’ve had really good sandwiches at Sandwich & Sons (though never got around to blogging about it). And the other place that gets the simple sandwich so right, is the topic of this blog post: The Local Omnivore.
These guys actually have a special place in my heart for a few dishes: not just their stellar sandwiches, but also their unbelievable charcuterie board, and the best “brunch” poutine I’ve ever had.
I’m planning my next meal there as I write this. Ha!
The Local Omnivore is located at 10933 120 Street and originally started as a food truck in 2013. They opened their restaurant in late 2015, and are considered one of the few food truck-to-bricks-and-mortar success stories here in the city.
Their food is phenomenal. Their prices are great. Their look and feel is really cool. I love The Local Omnivore!
I’ve tried almost all of their sandwiches over many visits (though I only have photos of the two below) and since they started doing every day brunch (~music to your ears, I know~), the fried egg atop poutine dish has become a must-order too.
The Local Omnivore describes itself as a producer of specialty cured and smoked products – with a focus on providing the very finest of cured meats. They try to use sustainable, local ingredients wherever possible, and all meats (and basically almost everything on their menu) are produced in-house. They also make their own bread and their own preserves (both of which you can also just buy as items to-go, along with their smoked meats).
During a recent visit with my friend Vanessa, I had the Super Smoked Bacon Sandwich (pictured above) – with a fried egg (if you don’t know by now, I am all about fried eggs on foods) with cheddar on a toasted Russan Rye bread ($7.50) and Vanessa had their Canon (pictured below), where you can choose from garlic Uke/hot Italian or yellow curry sausage, with fried onions, malted honey mustard, mayo, and ctirus dressed arugula on a toasted cornetti ($11).
These sandwiches are modest in size, but totally flavourful and filling. What it lacks in size it makes up for in meat. Sides are a separate charge (fries $4, regular poutine $8, soup $5, salad $5) which I’d recommend ordering to complement your dang good sandwich.
I also recently shared their amazing Butcher Board on a different visit with my friend Pam, a board which blew our minds with how flavourful and well-portioned everything was. We tried the “Meat Market” which consisted of turkey, hammed pork and corned beef, served with their delicious preserves of pickles, mustards, daikon, and beets. We also added cheese (Sylvan Star Grizzly Gouda for $5) and Bread (Russian Rye for $3). The smokey flavour permeated throughout all three meats, which also came in plentiful portions.
Sometimes you have charcuterie boards where the meats just taste like well, deli meat that maybe you could’ve gotten at any grocery store. Sometimes you have charcuterie boards that are next level – in flavours, textures, portions and prices. The latter is the case at The Local Omnivore.
The Brunch Pirate Poutine is something I order with every visit here now. It’s shoe string pirate spiced fries with cheese curds, vegetarian gravy and green onions, topped with two fried eggs and citrus hollandaise. This poutine is massive, delicious, and again, like the other menu items, well-priced at $13.50. Be sure to break the yolk first so your crispy fries get soaked in a delightful gravy, hollandaise, egg yolk mixture (but still stays crispy!)
On the surface, you think The Local Omnivore has a simple offering – sandwiches – which as I mentioned at the start of this post, doesn’t typically get me too excited. But then you dive in, and realize just how wonderful sandwiches can be when done really right and with, as they promise, the finest cured meats.
Their space is also really funky – with twinkly lights, grafitti walls, abstract art, customer scribbles and very quotable ‘house rules’ like all over the place. It’s totally comfortable and casual (with a sprinkle of hipster, but unpretentious hipster).
Great food at great prices. Meat and sandwich lovers should find in The Local Omnivore, a favourite spot to indulge.
Bonus: It’s in the same strip as Time Escape Edmonton, an escape room company that I’ve really enjoyed so consider combining your meal with an escape too!
Have you been to the Local Omnivore?! What did you think?