Aptly named Schnitzel Queen’s sandwiches are mammoth, delicious and well priced.
Though it only seats three people - four if you count the stool - Schnitzel Queen (237 Queen East, at Sherbourne, 416-363-9176, rating: NNNNN) is responsible for some of the largest sandwiches around. One can easily feed two people.
The pork schnitzel comes pounded, battered, then crisply fried and dressed simply with mayo, sliced tomato and leafy lettuce on a nine-grain ciabatta bun ($6.99). Optional toppings range from lemony potato salad and caramelized onion (the Bernard) to diced bacon, sauerkraut and processed cheddar (the King). You can also get these colossal cutlets as dinner plates with the 'kraut, salad and creamy mushroom sauce on the side (all $9.99). The schnitzel by itself goes for five bucks, perfect for building a busy-day dinner around.
There are also very good house-made soups like a hearty leek with smoked ham ($3.99) and a brought-in Viennese-style cheesecake ($4 a slice, all prices tax-inclusive). Needless to say, lineups at lunch are insane. You have to fight your way in, wait for what seems like forever, then fight your way back out. Not fun. Thankfully, the Queen has just started delivering in the downtown core.
"But only if I like you," jokes current owner Karl Hubsch. "I'm a bit of a control freak."
Such is the overwhelming demand, he's also about to introduce two new vegetarian schnitzels.
"Deep-fried cheese and deep-fried eggplant. They're very popular back in the Czech Republic."