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Best Chicken Salad Sandwich in Boston

Lately I have been craving chicken salad, weird, I know.

Any suggestions of chicken salad sanwiches around town?

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  1. I am very fond of the chicken salad sub at Al's State Street Cafe on State Street in Boston. Although the place (despite the "cafe" in the name) is a glorified sub shop, their chicken salad sub is fabulous. However, keep in mind that the "large" sub at Al's is huge.

    1. It's hard to find a decent, albeit great, chicken sandwich in Boston, as many places use little to no seasoning on the bland mayo and chicken combination. Thatis, except for the Otherside Cafe in Back Bay. This hole-in-the-wall hipster scene typically has a few different chicken salads to choose from (my favorite is the curry) and there are plenty of spices to go around. Oh, and the prices make it even more satisfying.

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      Other Side Cafe
      407 Newbury St, Boston, MA 02115

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      1. re: Snomad

        Snomad, we must have been typing at the same time!

        1. re: ghettochic

          I love it when that happens, though. Great tastebuds...

      2. The Other Side Cosmic Cafe has a "chicken salad of the day". I love the one with almonds and grapes, reminds me of the one my mom used to make. Other varieties include tarragon and curry (not my favorite, but tasty). Now I am craving chicken salad! Another idea is Francesca's in the South End.

        1. If you like a "straight" chicken salad, meaning mayo, celery and chicken, believe it or not, Roche Bros. supermarket makes the BEST chicken salad at their deli counter. It comes in both white meat and dark meat versions, and it rocks. I've never been able to duplicate it. It's fairly expensive, but very tasty.

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          1. re: Kbee

            I have been buying Roche Bros/Sudbury Farms for years and it's decent but nothing to write home about; I usually enjoy the chicken salad made by Baker's Best in Newton made with mayo, red grapes, red onion, etc.

            1. re: paulgardner

              Agreed on the Bakers Best chicken salad. I usually get it on pullman bread (white or wheat) with red onion. It's terrific.

              1. re: Blumie

                3rd for Baker's Best. My runner up favorite chicken salad is at Kurkman's Market in Brookline- they don't make it on site so I don't know the company- but it is has cranberries and is not the chicken salad with cranberries at Roche Bros. I'm not too crazy about Rochie's chicken salads in general.
                I used to love the chicken salad at the old Ritz Cafe.

            2. re: Kbee

              I got a curried version from the W. Rox store and did not like it at all.

              1. re: Joanie

                Curried chicken salad at Hi-Rise, last I had it, was mouthwatering.

              2. re: Kbee

                They used to also have a second ready-made version with grapes that was decent for making a quick wrap at home.

                Made at home starting with a rotisserie chicken is the best version, IMO.

                1. re: Kbee

                  and they offer a balsamic version at their gourmet food counter as well most days next to the regular deli counter... which has red onion, dark meat, and balsamic vinegar to flavor it, very good for a change.

                  I second the white meat salad because it is straight chicken and Hellmann's mayo plus celery. This makes it easy to gussy up, too!

                2. If you like Roche Bros. Chicken Salad then I have great news for you. I once was getting a pound and they needed to open a new container. It was "Hans Kistle" brand, and they sell it at your local BJ's Wholesale in white or dark meat!!!!