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Apr 24, 2007 10:05 AM

Best Sandwich Shops in Boston That Are Open for Dinner?

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.


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

    1. Dino's on Salem in the North End.

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      1. re: Bostonbob3

        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

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

        1. 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

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

            1. re: twentyoystahs

              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

                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

                  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

                    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

                      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: hoplover

                          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.

                      1. re: hiddenboston

                        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

                          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

                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

                  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.

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