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Nov 2, 2007 07:50 AM

Real Deal sandwiches in JP...

I've heard that West Roxbury's Real Deal is joining up with the Emack & Bolio's on Centre Street in JP. If that's true it's great news -- another place to get good sandwiches and pizza. Right now the pizza options are abysmal, and although there are some tasty sandwich options, it never hurts to have another...

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  1. any info about real deal sandwiches? i've never heard of them. if true, it could provide a shot in the arm for that emack and bolio's. i've been wondering how long that place will last. pretty much everything they serve (that i've had there anyway) is mediocre, and the atmosphere reads suburban-kid-playground kind of bad. they've been empty or very nearly empty every time i've gone by in the last couple months.

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    1. re: autopi

      The sandwiches at The Real Deal in West Roxbury are excellent. They have a huge selection of specialty sandwiches and use Boar's Head cold cuts. Also, the chicken fingers / boneless buffalo wings are fantastic. Unfortunately, in my opinion, the pizza is average at best.

    2. I would be so pysched to have a real sandwich place in JP. I'm not a fan of Purple Cactus, Blue Frog and Canto 6 are tiny, Ula is probably good but a little out of the way for me. Altho if this became as popular as the W. Rox Real Deal, you'd never be able to sit.

      1. //Right now the pizza options are abysmal//

        I think The Dogwood has very good pizza, as long as you tell them to cook 'em well-done (but that's even that case at Regina's).

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        1. re: Bostonbob3

          Not a fan of Dogwood. Pizza is okay, but I had an issue there where they charged us for 4 pizza toppings when we had half pepper & onion and half mushroom and sausage. Four halves equals two in my book, not four, but apparently they don't see it that way. Charge me for the 2 most expensive ones, I don't mind paying, but don't try to charge me for 4. They claimed they double up the amounts or something lame like that. When we pointed out that it clearly was not the case, they just said "well, that's just the way we do it..." Even the manager. Like I said, pizza is okay, but not worth overpaying for.

          1. re: Kbee

            That's super lame, I'd axe them off my list of that happened to me.

            1. re: Kbee

              yeah that's sucky policy. however, we've had pretty good luck with them--probably our go-to spot for pizza in boston. (we prefer their pizza regular, not well-done.)

              one other spot for sandwiches in JP: city feed. i hear they may be expanding to the old video smith spot on centre, which would be great.

              1. re: autopi

                Holy cow, if City Feed moves to Centre Street that will REALLY improve things around here!!! I was just saying to the SO the other night...what we need is a good sandwich shop on Centre Street. The gods ARE listening!

                1. re: powella

                  well i saw it reported here a couple weeks ago; i keep meaning to ask when i'm in city feed to confirm the rumor...

                  1. re: autopi

                    word on the street is that the City Feed deal fell apart. but that is just what I heard yesterday. There is something going on with the space but I belive it's just getting "freshened up" for others to look at.
                    on another note, I do enjoy the caesar salad at real deal, I will enjoy it even more when it's in JP


              2. re: Kbee

                Have you tried the Greek pizza place down the block from The Dogwood? It reopened fairly recently (after burning down).

                Now, I know Greek-style pizza isn't everyone's fav, but they're pretty darn good there, and they're also pretty darn cheap.

                Makes for a good bar pie if you take it into the Fireside to enjoy with a beer.

                1. re: Bostonbob3

                  I actually liked the pizza from that greek place (JP House of Pizza?), it was the most acceptable in town (plus I really don't have any major beef against greek pizza -- it's just a different animal). Hadn't realized it reopened, thanks for the tip.

                  1. re: Kbee

                    I believe it's Forest Hills Pizza.

                    1. re: Bostonbob3

                      Yes! that's it! thanks... Anything changed about it? Pizza better, worse?

                      1. re: Kbee

                        To tell you the truth, I'm going by pre-fire tastings.

                        The bartender at the Fireside told me last weekend that it had reopened, but I'd already eaten at Neptune before going out to JP, so I wasn't up for pizza.

                        Don't see why it wouldn't be just as good as it used to be. Maybe even better, if the inferno imparted a woodsy/smokey taste to the ovens :))

            2. Perhaps you've overlooked the pizza at Same Old Place. It may just be a sub shop, but the pizza rocks. Check it out. In my opinion, it's way, way better than Bella Luna, for example. Also, I am a huge fan of the Real Deal. I would be in heaven (and have much less money in my wallet) if it does join up with Emack and Bolio on Centre St.

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              1. re: TheScribe

                I love the pizza at Same Old Place, too, but only for eat-in. I don't think it carries well for take-out. But if we eat it there piping hot, it's one of the best pies around.