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01 Nov, 2017

Lunch at Holland’s Cake and Shake

Posted by andrea tomkins in: Ottawa|Recipes and Food

When I got in the car I started out with a very specific lunchtime destination: the newly renovated Corner Express convenience store in Hintonburg. It’s been relaunched as the Spadina Dina and had a grand opening on October 24. I’ve been determined to visit ever since I read about the proposed menu, which includes authentic Halifax-style donairs. (I was practically drooling as I pulled into a parking spot.) It was exactly noon when I arrived, dreams of donairs dancing in my brain, but I quickly discovered the door was locked and that they were closed. Huh. So much for that plan! Not to be deterred from a good lunch, I remembered something online about a sandwich that sounded promising so I pointed my car towards Holland’s Cake and Shake.

Here’s the tweet that caught my eye:

(The lesson here folks is that TWITTER WORKS. Call me if you’d like a social media consultation. I’m booking!)

The sandwich special at Holland’s Cake and Shake changes all of the time and it was the thought of that PARTICULAR ham sandwich that my brain couldn’t shake. Here it is:

Lunch at Holland's Cake & Shake

It’s tough to get a good photo of something that is mostly brown. Sorry about that, but I think you get the picture.

Confession: I’ve never had potato chips IN my sandwich before. Have you? It was amazing. The sandwich hit all of the right tastes and textures for me: Fresh bun, salty ham, crunchy chips. Even the broccoli salad in there was delicious. And you wouldn’t generally think to put something like that between two slices of bread. Somehow, it all worked. It was SANDWICH MAGIC.

For the record, I opted for the package deal which came with a coffee and one of their mini-cakes, which were all Halloween-themed. I chose the one titled Gingerbread Man Massacre because (a) I love gingerbread and (b) you can’t beat fake blood on a cake and (c) WOULD YOU LOOK AT THOSE X’s on the faces?!


Mini-cake, from Holland's Cake & Shake

My other Holland’s Cake and Shake recommendation, if you decide to go, is to try one of their cake shakes. They take one of their mini-cakes and blend it into a milkshake. (!) It’s fabulously decadent.

p.s. If you are the kind of person who likes to get a heads up about great finds, you will definitely want to subscribe to the Extra Helping, a free email spotlight on one great product, service, nook, or edible treat from the wilds of Westboro Village and its environs. Read more about it right here.

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