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Jul 26, 2007 07:00 AM

Sam Lagrassa's does have great pastrami!!

So after hearing so much about Sam Lagrassa's I finally made it over there for lunch. People kept telling me it was great and I could not believe it because I thought that there was no such thing in Boston. Even in Newton and Brookline you cannot find the kind of pastrami that I am talking about. I found it yesterday. 9lives set me straight when I said that it did not exist. He told me that I was wrong and you know what? He was right.
I had a hot pastrami sandwich that was tender and just melted in your mouth. I even thought it better than Carneige. I love Carneige but you need a mouth as wide as a river to get around it. It was a perfect size and the quality of the meat was excellent. They look like they do a ton of caterings as I saw lots of platters being wheeled out. I wish they had another location, it's sooo good.

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  1. I second that - I thought NY Jewish Deli's were the only place to find meat/sandwiches (and pickles) like Sammys....boy was I wrong. I love it there.

    1. I completely agree. My office gets our lunches catered from there, and I couldn't be more thrilled. If you're a corned beef fan, theirs is delicious too. I'd say the best I've had in the Boston area...

      1. It may be the best here in Boston but IMO it doesn't hold a candle to NYC deli. My office gets lunches catered from there too and I would rate most of their food as average.

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        1. re: C. Hamster

          Well clearly... this isn't NYC, so I wouldn't even attempt to compare the two. IMO the sandwiches are great. No complaints here.

          1. re: bex77

            I will second both those sentiments.

          2. re: C. Hamster

            For NY deli in Boston go to Michael's in Coolidge Corner. He brings in his corned beef and pastrami from NYC daily.

            1. re: BobB

              Michael's has awesome corned beef, only so-so pastrami.

              1. re: BobB

                It's all about HOW it's made, not WHERE it's made. You'll find plenty of bad deli meats in NYC.

                1. re: Blumie

                  Not really. The pastrami that is made in New York is not made here as well. There is a certain way that it is cured and brined that makes it special. Most of the pastrami that deli's serve in Boston comes out of a wet bag and it is processed and almost gelatinous in texture. That is why it was so exciting to find something that resembled what pastrami should taste like. I agree that there are some deli's in NYC that do not serve high end pastrami but we would never eat there anyways now would we?

                  1. re: hoplover

                    My point is that getting pastrami and corned beef in NY does not necessarily make it good. I readily agree that we don't have great deli choices here in Boston. That said, I've alway been happy with a Sam Lagrassa's sandwich.

            2. Thanks for the report!

              It always surprises me when someone insists that there is absolutely no good pastrami/deli sandwiches, without checking out Sam Lagrassa's. Now I'm hungry.

              1. Thanks..Glad you liked it.

                Now you've got me craving 1 and I'm out of town for a week or so..:)