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THE CARVING STATION

Has the carving station opened yet? web site says coming soon sounds like a great new place

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  1. Not yet. I walked by yesterday, and they looked like they would be opening any day though. There were numerous staff inside, making final touches. Deli slicers were set up behind the front counter, chalk boards behind the counter mostly had items written on them, looked like they were arranging some tables and chairs, etc.

    1. Man, haven't even heard about this place. Mostly lunch/counter service, I assume?

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      1. re: tatamagouche

        Yes, I don't think there's much table room (it used to be a small Copy Cop); seems more counter-oriented - it's on Tremont in front of One Beacon.

        http://www.thecarvingstation.com/inde...

        1. re: StevieC

          wow. nothing on the menu for less than $7.

          1. re: DotDiner

            Not quite - a roast beef sandwich without cheese is $6.50, ham (ditto) $6.00. Read down to the bottom of the menu.

      2. Today is their official opening. A friend dropped by yesterday during their extra-soft opening for friends and family for lunch and had a pulled pork, said it was so-so (no elaboration).

        I just picked up a reuben from there - the corned beef is OK, the sauerkraut tasted off, having a slight sharp bitterness in one or two of the bites. The rye bread was also not right - slightly stale and far too hard to chew threw the crust. Russian dressing was fine. Sandwich came with half or dozen or so large pita chips that had excellent crunch but were incredibly salty to the point where I am still tasting the burn from the salt as I type this, 20 minutes after eating them. No free pickle with sandwich.

        Coworker picked up a 'Day After', basically a Turkey Cobb sandwich - sliced roast turkey, mashed potatoes, cranberry sauce and gravy - he was thoroughly unimpressed, said gravy and turkey was flavorless and felt the same about the pita chips.
        Overall, sandwich does not compare to the likes of Sam Lagrassa's at the same price point.

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        1. re: avial

          I'm dubious whenever a place says, like on their website, something on the order of "We visited (insert multiple authentic food locations here) to study their methods, and bring you the best, etc, blah, blah.

          1. re: avial

            Dropped by for lunch there last Friday and had the Turkey Reuben. The coleslaw was bitter. I had the same experience with the rye bread -- very, very dry. It was difficult to eat the sandwich... (or sandwhich as printed on the board).

            The "chips" that are included in the meal were terrible. Oversalted and way overspiced.....

            Back to Sam LaGrassa's - they make an excellent sandwich!

          2. I just had their Roast Chicken sandwich and I am definitely not impressed! I stick to the easy, basic stuff--stuff that's hard to goof up when I try a new place to see if they can do it properly. The 'remoulade' was nothing more than plain mayonnaise--hoards of it! So much so that I felt like eating Chicken Salad sandwich. The bread was o.k but the chicken had too much cartilage for my licking. As noted earlier by someone, pita chips were too salty.

            The deal breaker: for $7.88, I had anticipated a pickle; no EXPECTED a pickle! But I found none.

            Sorry to offer such a scathing review but while I am at it, someone please tell them that their 'bread-and-butter', their business, their rai·son d'être, the sandwich is not spelled 'sandwhich'.

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            1. re: orzo

              I just looked at their website. They charge $2.00 for pickles. I think I'll keep going to Whole Foods for my Panini...

            2. For those prices, to have that measly bread and cheese selection is not an omen of greatness....

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              1. re: Karl S

                There must be some regulation in Boston that requires Financial District eateries to suck.

                1. re: Blumie

                  Sultan's Kitchen was and remains the exception.

                  1. re: Blumie

                    I see this place is connected to Pressed Sandwiches..which I've always felt was overpriced..so I'm not surprised.

                    There are some good financial district places I do like..Sam La Grassa's, Sultan's Kitchen, Viga, Pace, Good Life, Sakura Bana, Chacarero, Pizzeria Rico(good turkey..Thurs only)

                    1. re: 9lives

                      You are, of course, correct, although I will point out that I do not consider Sam La Grassa's or Chacarero technically to be in the Financial District!

                      1. re: Blumie

                        I don't think they are in the financial district either; but they're closer to it than the Carving Station...which is what I thought this thread was originally about.

                        1. re: Blumie

                          I've always liked the food at Milk St. Cafe, which is definitely in the Financial District.

                        2. re: 9lives

                          Speaking of Sam's - I hadn't been in a while, but E picked up a couple of sandwiches today for lunch (we were planning on gyros, but Mediterraneo was out by 3:00). I'm glad we did. I had such a great sandwich. It's new to me - under the grilled sandwiches. It's a pressed sandwich on their seeded bun called a "Chipotle Pastrami" and is pastrami layered with cheese and coleslaw, with chipotle honey mustard. Delicious.

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                          1. re: Rubee

                            Sam LaGrassa's

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                            Sam Lagrassa's
                            44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108