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Best Sandwich Shops in Boston That Are Open for Dinner?

hiddenboston Apr 24, 2007 10:05 AM

I'm doing the Walk for Hunger in a couple of weeks, and will be walking all over Boston after work tonight to get ready for it.

I'll be looking for a place to get a great sandwich along or near my walking route, which will include the North End, the Financial District, the South End, the Back Bay, and Beacon Hill.

Any suggestions for great sandwich shops that are open on weekday evenings? Any kind of sandwiches will do (favs are below), though I'm not looking to pay much more than $10 or $12, including a drink. I'm looking to do takeout, too.

Favorites: eggplant sub, steak and cheese, turkey club, Cuban sandwich, meatball sub, hot roast beef, and corned beef sandwich.


  1. Dr.Jimbob Apr 28, 2007 04:07 PM

    Panificio in Beacon Hill and the Back Bay don't exactly have what you're describing but they do make a lovely chicken-and-mozzarella sandwich. I also like Artu, but I'm pretty sure they stopped selling the sandwiches at dinnertime.

    1. anitab Apr 25, 2007 02:26 PM

      If you're going down to Washington St in the S. End, Flour offers great sandwiches. My favorite is the portobello melt - thick, juicy slices of portobello mushrooms, tomatoes, fresh mozz and pesto on ciabatta bread (I think). Its all pressed and toasted in a panini press. Yummy and very satisfying. And, since its Flour, you can't leave without a sweet treat or two.

      p.s. Flour is open until 9p on weeknights

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        chezchristine Apr 25, 2007 07:11 AM

        Artu's on Charles Street has a great sandwich called the Favarito: prosciutto, fresh mozzarella, tomatoes and basil. Ask for it toasted! It is not on the dinner menu, but you can get it to go in the evenings, and a huge sandwich for only $6.

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        1. re: chezchristine
          9lives Apr 25, 2007 07:38 AM

          Artu is also on Prince in the North End..everything there is good..but the roast lamb/eggplant sub is a favorite..also done with pork.

        2. iheartveggies Apr 24, 2007 04:23 PM

          The Parish is great and has lots of selection.

          1. Dax Apr 24, 2007 03:59 PM

            Cubano at Miami Cafe in the South End on Aguadilla Street (right off Tremont) is only about $5.

            1. hiddenboston Apr 24, 2007 11:45 AM

              I couldn't find an online menu for Volle Nolle, but I did see the menu for Dino's. Looks like they have some pretty nice sandwiches! How is the steak and cheese with Italian spices? Anyone try it?

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              1. re: hiddenboston
                twentyoystahs Apr 24, 2007 12:05 PM

                I also really like the chicken parm at Il Panino Express in the North End.

                1. re: twentyoystahs
                  maillard Apr 25, 2007 07:59 AM

                  Is that related to the Il Panino on Mass Ave in Cambridge? I got a chicken parm there and was very underwhelmed. Different owners? Or very different kitchens anyway?

                  1. re: maillard
                    Bostonbob3 Apr 25, 2007 08:09 AM

                    I believe that's another Il Panino Express. They're okay, and actually fairly good for a really quick, economical bite. (At least the North End one is.)

                    But Trattoria Il Panino across Parmenter from their "Express" location is really very good. Slightly underrated in fact.

                    1. re: Bostonbob3
                      twentyoystahs Apr 25, 2007 08:40 AM

                      It's interesting. Years ago that Trattoria Il Panino on Parmenter was definitely well known. It would get Boston Mag's "Best of Boston" and would have all the awards and write-ups posted in the windows....the upstairs was an order-at-the-counter sort of place, like Il Panino Express...and the downstairs was a full-service restaurant with waiter service etc. There were always huge lines and unless you went on an off-peak time, it was tough to get into. This was about 15 yrs ago now....those were the days ;)

                      1. re: twentyoystahs
                        hiddenboston Apr 25, 2007 08:51 AM

                        I think Il Panino was better known back then in part because they also had that wild and crazy club in the Financial District, so they had a bit more name recognition back then.

                        1. re: hiddenboston
                          Bostonbob3 Apr 25, 2007 08:54 AM

                          I used to go to that place occasionally. It was like four or five floors of bars and dancing.

                          My friends and I used to call it "STD's." Not very PC, but pretty accurate.

                          1. re: Bostonbob3
                            hoplover Apr 25, 2007 09:08 AM

                            That was funny! STD"S LOL

                            1. re: hoplover
                              hiddenboston Apr 25, 2007 09:20 AM

                              It's funny 'cause it's true! :-D

                              I love Il Panino on Parmenter Street. They have outdoor seating, too which is a big plus, though I also love the room downstairs.

                          2. re: hiddenboston
                            twentyoystahs Apr 25, 2007 09:50 AM

                            Actually, the time I am referring to is BEFORE the Financial District incarnation....back when Il Panino stood alone on Parmenter St. Then yes, it was followed by Il Panino Express, the Financial District restaurant/club, an outpost in Fanueil Hall, and countless others. But I have a special place in my heart for the original. It was good then, and I'm sure still good now, though I haven't been in quite a while.

                            1. re: twentyoystahs
                              Bostonbob3 Apr 25, 2007 10:54 AM

                              It IS still good now. I go every now and then. Especially when the weather's nice and I can dine outside.

                  2. re: hiddenboston
                    Bostonbob3 Apr 24, 2007 12:59 PM

                    I believe that's the Steak Italiano, right? It's good. So is the Steak Pizzaiola (steak, mozzarella, marinara).

                    Great prices there, too. Around $7.00 for a 16" sub.

                    1. re: Bostonbob3
                      buffet king Apr 28, 2007 04:46 AM

                      I got a Steak Italiano sub yesterday from Dino's to take home. I drove up and down the side streets trying to find a visitor parking space in the North End. I finally found one and walked to Dino's. The Steak Italiano $8 for a 16" sub was pretty good but their sub roll is very narrow. The sub roll however was very tasty. If Dino's switched to french bread instead of the narrow sub roll I think that would make their subs even better IMHO. Most of their hot subs are $8. I still think that Carl's in Waltham makes a better steak.

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                    BostonBarGuy Apr 24, 2007 11:06 AM

                    Volle Nolle on Hanover in N End. Great nite 4 walk, enjoy!!

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                      Bostonbob3 Apr 24, 2007 10:51 AM

                      Dino's on Salem in the North End.

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                      1. re: Bostonbob3
                        Dreamworks Apr 24, 2007 07:32 PM

                        Second Dino's. I know you didn't ask for this, but the special with mozz and tomatoes and basil is really amazing. Their steak and cheese is good as well.

                        1. re: Dreamworks
                          hiddenboston Apr 25, 2007 05:52 AM

                          I ran out of time last night, so I didn't get to walk through either the North End or the South End. I definitely want to try Dino's at some point, though.

                      2. tatamagouche Apr 24, 2007 10:41 AM

                        Of course there's the Parish; if the Cuban's still at City Bar, I recall it being excellent.

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