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The Merits Of High Priced Sandwiches [Split from Boston board]

Am I the only one who thinks not quite $9 is pretty high for sandwiches? Esp since I bet no fries or fun things are served on the side.

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  1. [The All Star Bomb a.k.a. The Clogger $15.00 -- brisket, tongue, roast pork shoulder, chicken livers, and bacon with spicy mustard on oversized pumpernickel]

    If that's as good as it sounds, I won't feel overcharged.

    1. Garden of Eden has no problem selling sandwiches for $8-$9...

      1. I found the prices to be quite reasonably, assuming the level of quality we all expect.

        1. Another Cambridge spot charging $8/9 for a sandwich. No surprise. They can because HiPrice, Darwin's and Cardullo's do.

          Chez Henri recently upped their Cubano to $13 from around $8 (which is sad because I love Chez Henri, but this isn't worth the grease bomb anymore).

          But maybe you won't get the "employees' apathy/hostility" of HiPrice and Darwin's at All Star.

          I give credit to a great idea. I'm sure they'll be dynamic enough to rotate the menu?

          I'm cynical. If the quality is high and the sandwichs have solid large meal like portions, then it might be an option.

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          1. re: Seconds Please

            The Cubano was around $11+ the last time I was at Chez Henri and that was over a year ago. With the side of dressed greens and plaintain chips, it's enough for two to split for a light meal. I need to get back soon.

          2. I am really surprised at the "outrage" over the sandwich prices. I would pay $10 anyday for something high quality & home made. When you get a foot long sandwich for $5, you get what you pay for.

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            1. re: jonathan

              You miss the point. There are places, many places around the country where you can get an amazing, high quality sandwich for $5-$6. There is no outrage, but if you've been around enough to participate in various Chow discussion about the mentioned sandwich spots you'll learn that there are many people out there that just don't go for the high price = good sandwich.

              - price for quality is a must
              - quality meets expectations
              - market will bare the price

              1. re: Seconds Please

                The Sandwiches at the Parish Cafe cost $9 and up. They're always packed. Darwin's and HiRise seem to always be busy. The market appears to be able to bear these prices.

                A good Bahn mi costs about $2.50. People always have that option too.

              2. re: jonathan

                I'd hardly call it outrage asking if I'm the only one who thinks $9 is "pretty high". You thought Seconds Please was condescending but you're being the same telling me to get a foot long sub. And some of those subs are pretty excellent, i.e. Al's on State St. as mentioned below. I've had great grilled cheese w/ bacon and fries for about $6 at Paramount. Fish sandwich or blue cheeseburger w/ fries at Costello's. Huge panini at Campo di Fiori. All in town, all less than $9. It seems like this place gets an A+ before it's even opened its doors.

                1. re: Joanie

                  although i might've paid a buck or two more per campo's sammie if it meant they could've stayed in the harvard sq. area! sigh...

                  and i agree that some of the aforementioned sandwiches cause a bit of sticker shock, but if the constituent ingredients are expensive/labor intensive (same thing), i don't think it's surprising that they're double the cost of your typical grinder.

                  as for the hype surrounding a new schlesinger joint: i don't think it means people will hold back criticism if it's subpar when it does open. i can think of a couple of local chefs who seem to have lost favor with the chows for overextending themselves and letting quality suffer.

                  (aside to CH team: it strikes me as a weird bit of moderating to drag this sub-theme of the topic over to 'general chowhounding topics.' joanie's note might have been somewhat general in its wording, but most of these posts are still about boston. i would've thought it was odd to move the posts about toro, say, to a general thread called 'the merits of high-priced tapas.' just sayin'.)

              3. I'll pay $5-6 for a Turkey on Rye with a little spicy mustard, lettuce and tomato. This presumes we have delis in Boston, which we don't. But to me that's a 5 dollar sandwich.

                I'll pay a lot more for a good meatball parm or, even better, a great Cuban. The harder it is to find a good version of the sandwich, the more they can charge and the more I'll pay.

                1. i agree that $10 for a sandwich is outrageous. i only pay this once a year (Carnegie Deli) for the best Pastrami sandwich in the world. I also think that paying $4 for a lappay frappay granday with half soy two splendas and a partirdge in a pear tree is over the top silly. The WSJ finally wrote an article about what I've been preaching to my kids about the amount of money they will spend on these silly-coffee impersonators. They're now back to regular coffee and pocket the extra $10 bucks a week. Nope, they won't spend it on a sandwich either.

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                  1. re: jfood

                    Whether this should be in General Chowhounding Topics or not, I defer.

                    I do like the fact that we finally have a great discussion going on. Nice to get away from the usual "my favorite ten..."

                    To make this post relevant I'll just say I agree with Cambridge's trend toward Starbuckizing the sandwich. Avocado is expensive but not that expensive.

                    1. re: jfood

                      If you think the Carnegie is good, you should try Katz's for a really good pastrami sandwich.

                      1. re: Blumie

                        couldn't agree more, but a little out of the way from midtown. brother used to live on suffolk st. and katz and the pickle guy were destination stops.

                    2. Let's be fair and accurate, folks-- My wife and I ate sandwiches at Darwin's last night, and her turkey and cheese was 5.25 and my turkey, avocado, tomato, herb vin on olive bread was 6.25. The service is weird and aloof and forgetful, but Darwins do not make $9 sandwiches in general. Overall, of course an expensive sandwich can be worth it, in the same way that a gorgeous aged steak deserves to be more expensive than one from Sizzler. With any food, it's about quality of ingredients (and in Boston/Cambridge, the rents or mortgages these places have to pay...)