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I'm sitting here eating a BBQ beef Bahn Mi from Thai Binh market, wishing it were two and reading about Clem and Ursies Lobster Roll that I will try early next week when I'll be in Provincetown. It got me thinking about sandwiches that I've had that changed my life. OK... so I need a life. This said, every once in a great while, a single bite makes the Earth move and the stars twinkle. On my short list are the Mufellatta from Central Grocery (New Orleans), the handcut pastrami from Katz (NY) and a charcoal grilled pork souvlaki from a little stand in Athens that had been there since WWII. Are there others out there that you can share? Even better if they are in or within striking distance of Boston.

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  1. There was this place in the East Village in the early 70's... oh, you meant that figuratively.

    1. The cuban at Chez Henri.

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      1. re: Shaebones

        If you think the Cuban at Chez Henri is good, you ought to try the Cuban at Versailles in Little Havana in Miami!

        1. re: StriperGuy

          Agree on Katz's, agree on Versailles, agree on Central Market, would like to add brisket sandwich at County Line in Austin, Tx.

          1. re: Coyote

            I thought the County Line's brisket was terrible! I ate there in July and it was WAY too dry and the sauce was terrible. Salt Lick's was much tastier IMHO.

            1. re: Dax

              County Line was good when I lived in Austin some years ago. So was Salt Lick.

        2. re: Shaebones

          I'm curious: how does it compare with the one at the Plough and Stars (which I think is really tasty)?

        3. for a while there, it was the story at darwin's in harvard sq: a classical combination of prosciutto, fresh mozz, and tomatoes, but they've got this amazing vinaigrette that binds it all together. i prefer it on the rosemary garlic bread, but 7-grain works when all they have is olive loaf.

          1. what about the chacarrero, near filene's in downtown crossing?

            1. This may just be me, but there is a "new" deli in Coolidge Corner in Watertown called Fordee's Grill. It's right by the Green Peapod on Mt Auburn.

              Their "Vader" sandwich is possibly one of the best tasting sandwiches I've ever had the pleasure to eat. Lean, black forest pastrami, carmelized onions, spicy mustard and a slice of white american cheese, melted. I think it's definitely best on a bulkie - the way all the flavors meld together ... I can't go on. Try it, you won't regret it.

              And if you do, you can always go to Sevan or any of the other local armenian stores and gorge yourself on fresh pastries.

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                Peter B. Wolf

                ....""Lean, black forest pastrami, carmelized onions, spicy mustard and a slice of white american cheese, melted."""

                I guess this Black Forest Pastrami can't be much if it's so easy to ruin with "AMERICAN CHEESE", or is this a Chowhound specialty?