Guest Post by Jennifer Sharp
Toronto’s Moss Park neighbourhood has a welcome addition to their culinary options with the launch of new sandwich shop “FAMO” at 122 Sherbourne Street, equal steps between Richmond and Queen.
The ambiance in the shop is charming and warm. With a nod to the building’s heritage, the décor features rustic, exposed brick on the walls and an original fireplace. Heavy wooden beams bear dangling, bare electric light bulbs above the plentiful diners’ seating. Above the fireplace hangs a massive replica cow’s head, which appears to be fashioned from iron.
The renovation was an 18-month labour-of-love for owners Shabnam Moier and Babek Fahmi, who wanted to create a space in keeping with the atmosphere in the developing neighbourhood. The name “FAMO” is Fahmi’s playful blend of the two owners’ last names. Formerly of Terroni, the chef/owner has extended his creativity beyond the space, clearly leading with flavour and capitalizing on the idea of sustainability.
FAMO’s hashtag #daretobite is a cheeky introduction to the menu. Using unique cuts of meat, Chef Fahmi is encouraging diners to experience something different than the city’s typical sandwich fare. Slow-braised beef cheek, roasted lamb and beef tongue are paired with different cheeses, and selections of toppings, including truffle mayo and mango slaw. For the less adventuresome, other options include pulled pork, chicken and “The Farmer”, a grilled Portobello mushroom, smothered in caramelized onions and cheese. Of course, there is also a burger available, made from brisket chuck beef, as well and fish and chips (“The Brit”) featuring peas and tartar sauce, wrapped in a tortilla.
All of the buns used to create the sandwiches come fresh daily, from local bakery “Le Petit Thuet”.
Absent from the menu are typical “fast food” garden salads and sides; on offer at FAMO are three delectable slaws: the beet or “purple” slaw, fennel, and green apple choices are all beyond fresh, bursting with colour and flavour. The FAMO fries are adorably different fingerling potatoes, fried to mouth-watering perfection. A delicious complement to the sandwiches.
At FAMO, the concept of sustainability extends from the atypical meat choices to the drinks on offer. Rotating selections of craft beer and local wines are served from stainless steel kegs; the absence of cumbersome corks and bottles make for pleasingly quick service and kegs can be returned and replenished for years to come! Non-alcoholic choices include a rotating selection of soft drinks and refreshing cold-brewed coffee from Toronto’s “Station Cold Brew”.
Prices are surprisingly moderate for the value and uniqueness to be had, and locals will be happy to see the shop open beyond the lunch hour, until 10 pm on weekdays.
FAMO is destined to become a highlight of the ‘hood, blending modern sensibility for sustainable food and drink with Moss Park’s on-going gentrification.
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122 Sherbourne St, Toronto, ON
Jennifer Sharp is a life-long Torontonian and avid traveler. Jenn lives in the Beaches with her two teenage sons and fat black cat. She loves dining well, creative cocktailing and everything and anything vintage, especially wine.