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A really great sandwich between Fresh Pond and MGH?

Can anyone help me think of a really great sandwich to get tomorrow at 4pm? I need something substantial, tasty and available for takeout. Ideally I'd like the sandwich to be grilled and contain protein, produce, cheese and condiments. Just say no to the wrap.

So far all I've come up with is Hi-Rise in Huron Village or a torta from Lupita.

Any other ideas?

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  1. Cheddars - steak, cheese and mushroom sandwich with a toasted bun.

    or if you are going by T:

    Artu on Charles Street

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    1. re: beetlebug

      Formaggio - on the counter with the cash registers, has these great sandwiches. Early Girl, Early boy, something like that. But, it is a B&R on a demi baguette, with proscuitto, cheese and one of them, has the hot peppers found in Spanish tapas. Not grilled, but pretty damn tasty.

      1. re: beetlebug

        I've tried those and they're good, but would also suggest the BLT at Formaggio. GREAT quality bacon, plenty of mayo and - hello - local tomatoes. A steal at $4.50.

        Otherwise, what about the pressed/grilled sandwiches at Middlesex. The italian one (I forget the ingredients) is pretty good. There are at least 5 or so to choose from.

        1. re: MB fka MB

          I love those BLTs as well as the grilled paninis. They usually run out of the sandwiches by 2 pm though. I also adore Ishan's Slim Jim - salami and cheese stuffed into a ficelle. These taste better ungrilled.

          Gini - you can always call FK and have them set aside a BLT or panini (they'll grill it when you get there). The sandwiches by the cash register should still be there at 4 (the premise is that these sandwiches are for an afternoon snack, but a phone call to save one never hurts).

          1. re: beetlebug

            I think I might be getting said sandwich earlier in the afternoon, and a panino from Formaggio sounds awesome. Maybe a BLT too!

            1. re: gini

              Don't forget to check both counters - sandwiches by the cheese and the cash register counter.

              The demi-baguette sandwiches are called Bad Boys and Bad Girls. These ingredients are so great that grilling them would ruin the sandwich.

              1. re: beetlebug

                I was feeling sort of lazy, so I just opted for a grilled cheese - really great bread definitely made this sandwich. I need to remember about the Bad Boys and Girls for next time.

      2. re: beetlebug

        I like Cheddar's, but does anyone else feel that they skimp on the fillings?

        How's the pizza? (sorry, off topic)

          1. re: Aromatherapy

            Thanks for the warning. I've been tempted to give it a shot, but when we get take-out pizza, we usually get it on Sun. night, and they are closed, so I've been saved so far.

      3. You might want to consider a grilled sandwich from Pemberton's on Mass Ave around Davis Sq. I almost always have their grilled panini special. But their regular menu is quite good too.

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        1. re: makonna

          I always forget about their sandwiches, but am always pleasantly surprised when I do get one. Thanks for the reminder!

        2. Hasn't Limster recommended the veal parm sang-wich at Venice on Cambridge Street, just about across the street from MGH? Artu on Charles? Or is this cutting it too close to MGH? Cafe Kiraz?

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          1. re: digga

            I haven't had the veal parm there, but the chicken parm has been pretty good. Lately the sauce has thinned a bit, but it's still pretty good.

            1. re: limster

              Oops...my apologies. I will get my references straight next time!

          2. Get a cuban sandwich at Montrose market on Mass Ave.

            1. Not really in between your two endpoints, but in Central Sq, there is Hot off the Press if you want something grilled or Mariposa bakery (are they still doing sandwiches on that yummy pretzel bread?).

              1. Villa Mexicana right across the street from MGH.
                I don't see tortas on the menu but I recall the owner, Julie?, saying she could make me one.

                I think such a great burrito as that transcends the wrap category.

                1. Requisite All-Star Sandwich Bar mention...

                  Thank you.

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                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                    Do you have a favorite there? I didn't like the veggie cubano I had, but really should have known better than to order a sandwich like that. The meatloaf is pretty good. Any others?

                    1. re: gini

                      The ASSBar BLT is very good. I like the Beef on Weck too, but it wont travel.

                      Second the rec for Montrose spa -- not just the cubano, which is quite good if not outstanding, but there are several other pressed choices and it's easy to run in and out of there.

                      1. re: gini

                        I don't really have a favorite - tend to pick from the daily specials - the rec was in recognition of the variety offered, rather than one shining (all) star.

                    2. How about the Spotted Apron, right at the Charles MGH T-stop? I've had one utterly sublime pastry there (pain aux raisins), as well as some fair-to-middling other things (empanadas, carrot cake), but they have a food porn picture on their website of a very tasty looking grilled sandwich: http://thespottedapron.com/sandwich.html

                      I'd be quite curious to hear your opinion...

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                      1. re: finlero

                        I had to dash up the hill by the time I got to MGH, but I'm saving this recommendation for sometime soon - I keep meaning to stop in there. Thanks!

                      2. The Plough and Stars has a good Cubano, the pickles could be considered produce. :-)

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                        1. Thanks for all of the ideas! Hot Off the Press, Montrose Spa, Spotted Apron and Venice didn't even come up on my initial radar. I can't eat 'em all, but wish I could.

                          1. The Oxford Spa on Oxford St in Cambridge has yummy sandwiches.

                            Also Darwins - the special sandwiches are the ones to go for (changes daily).

                            1. It's a little out of your way, but I adore Dave's Fresh Pasta in Davis Square. They have hot and cold sandwiches, as well as salads and a soup of the day. The Mediterranean Wrap is amazing.

                              At 4pm, they may be out of some kinds of bread...

                              1. Haven't had anything there myself, but just last night my husband was reminiscing about the Greek pocket (w/chicken) and other sandwiches at Big Daddy's on Western Ave. (if coming from Memorial Drive, it'd be just after the plaza w/Star Mkt. on the same side as Star). Apparently he used to eat there 2x/week during b-school . . . .

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                                1. re: gansu girl

                                  paninis from Basta Pasta on Western. darn good