I’m a big sandwich fiend and with the proliferation of fancy sandwich shops opening in the Vancouver area lately, I have to count myself as being quite lucky. One such place that I really wanted to try out was Big Lou’s Butcher Shop, a half butcher shop, half sandwich shop place that opened up right at the edge of Chinatown. Jenkins and I do a lot of our grocery shopping in Chinatown so we figured we would stop at Big Lou’s one day before our shopping expedition.
Once inside, I was offered some samples of meat loaf, which I graciously accepted. Too bad we had dinner plans already that weekend or I definitely would have liked to try out some of the offerings from the butcher shop side. I guess that will just need to wait for my next visit!
As usual, I had already figured out what to get prior to arriving but I was still swayed by all the offerings on the menu. After deciding to go with my original choice, Jenkins and I snagged a couple of counter seats and waited for our sandwiches to be made. First, we had some black cherry soda from Boylan’s. I never noticed this flavour before but I think it’s going to be one of my favourites from now on.
Jenkins went for the porchetta sandwich. I was really glad he got this because it had been one of my top choices as well. The juicy pieces of porchetta were generously piled onto the ciabatta loaf and drizzled with some chimmichurri sauce. I found the size of this sandwich as well as the amount of pork quite a bit more abundant than the version from Meat & Bread but I did find Meat & Brad’s cracklings to be slightly more crunchy. Other than that minor criticism, I really liked this sandwich and would definitely order it again in the future.
My pick was the whole roast beef sandwich, which was definitely a hit for me. Thin slices of medium rare roast beef were piled onto the baguette, topped with onions, and just the right amount of red wine sauce and mayo. I felt that the crunchy pickles in this sandwich really gave it an extra kick that made a great sandwich fantastic. The pickles were so good that I probably would have just eaten them straight out of the jar on its own and added some vinegary acid to the sweet red wine sauce.
Given Big Lou’s proximity to my weekend grocery shopping route, I’ll definitely be back and hopefully will be able to stray away from the porchetta and roast beef sandwiches long enough to try their other offerings. The sandwiches ($7.50-9) are fairly priced in my opinion for the quality of what you get.
269 Powell Street, Vancouver