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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?

              2. I had to chime in again...

                I have a hard time eating Pastrami anywhere other then Katz's because nothing else compares.

                The best brisket I ever had was the burnt ends at

                Jake's Barbecue
                (816) 283-0880
                1227 Grand Blvd, Kansas City, MO 64106

                And then I have to share one of my favorite sandwich's:

                Get some really good smoked salmon. Alder smoked king if you want to get really picky.

                Get some really good bagles (let's not get into the whole bagel debate).

                Local tomatoes.

                Red onion

                Cream cheese

                Lemon

                Cracked pepper

                Assemble into a really top notch bagel and lox.

                Should be consumed with a large batch of spicey bloody mary's.

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                1. re: StriperGuy

                  Ahh, but I was only discussing Boston sandwiches in the last post. We're sorely in need of better burnt end sandwiches here.

                  The pastrami at Fordee's is typical high quality black forest variety, the other ingredients combine to make it so tasty.

                  I still have to go try that place near Davis that supposedly has the best chicken parm sammies. What was the name?

                  I'll put in another $.02 and suggest the smoked meats sandwiches at Schwartz' in Montreal. Cheap and delicious.

                  1. re: Dax
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                    Peter B. Wolf

                    .......""The pastrami at Fordee's is typical high quality black forest variety, the other ingredients combine to make it so tasty.""

                    What in the world is that? Black Forest Pastrami?

                  2. re: StriperGuy

                    Smoked Meat at Scwartz in Montreal

                    Italian cold cuts at Sulameria, North End

                    1. re: StriperGuy

                      You left out the capers.

                    2. SANDWICH PLACES I RELISH

                      Stone Soup, Ipswich
                      Big Daddy's - Elizabethtown, NY
                      Laughing Trout - Margaretville, NY
                      Zabars, New York, NY
                      Tapas , Beverly, MA
                      Virgilio's - Gloucester, MA (its the BREAD, man!)

                      1. Domenic's, 987 Main Street in Waltham. Head and shoulders above all comers (especially if you are a bread person).

                        Paul

                        1. It might just be nostalgia, but I loved as kid and still love the Italian sub at Newtonville Pizza. Order it toasted with oil and the works, including hot peppers.

                          Also have to agree that the Katz's pastrami sandwich is bliss.

                          1. if you want a good sandwich in boston, the best place to go is this cute takeout and sitdown place in beacon hill. its called "panicino" or something very close to that. they have the greatest italian-ish sandwiches that are so good! (they have great salads too.)

                            1. A couple of month's back I went to Tea Tray in the Sky in Arlington and had a mouth watering sandwich I was dreaming about days later. Roasted chicken, blue cheese, bacon, caramelized onions and caramelized apples on a focaccia-like bread. Heavenly.

                              1. Thanks all for your responses, delicious, nostalgic or otherwise. Your thoughts have stirred good memories. I fully agree with Schwarz’s and once spent more time and money than I care to admit for a cab ride there to get a smoked meat sandwich. For smoked salmon and bagels, I have a fondness for Barney Greengrass on Amsterdam in NYC. I’ll be in Miami for a couple of days in September and will try to get to Versailles for a Cuban. County Line and Salt Licks are new to me but having once has the BBQ prime rib at Kreuz in nearby Lockhart, I can imagine that the brisket sandwiches are excellent. I agree that we need a BBQ place here where burnt ends are more than an overpriced afterthought.

                                I made it to Clem and Ursies on Tuesday and thoroughly enjoyed the hot lazy lobster roll. I’ll definitely try Fordees grill which is close by. Panifico looks very good when I pass by during a run but it seems so counterproductive to stop for a bite. I did once get the onion rings from the dearly departed Buzzys and walked back very happily.

                                1. Thanks all for your responses, delicious, nostalgic or otherwise. Your thoughts have stirred good memories. I fully agree with Schwarz’s and once spent more time and money than I care to admit for a cab ride there to get a smoked meat sandwich. For smoked salmon and bagels, I have a fondness for Barney Greengrass on Amsterdam in NYC. I’ll be in Miami for a couple of days in September and will try to get to Versailles for a Cuban. County Line and Salt Licks are new to me but having once has the BBQ prime rib at Kreuz in nearby Lockhart, I can imagine that the brisket sandwiches are excellent. I agree that we need a BBQ place here where burnt ends are more than an overpriced afterthought.

                                  I made it to Clem and Ursies on Tuesday and thoroughly enjoyed the hot lazy lobster roll. I’ll definitely try Fordees grill which is close by. Panifico looks very good when I pass by during a run but it seems so counterproductive to stop for a bite. I did once get the onion rings from the dearly departed Buzzys and walked back very happily.