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Feb 5, 2008 03:25 PM

tuna melt?

hi! i'm looking for a place in the arlington/cambridge/somerville area that has good tuna melts... any suggestions? i looked at the all star sandwich bar's menu, but theirs has sweet pickle relish (i prefer dill.. getting picky, i know!).

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  1. City Slicker Cafe's is a little dollied up for me (though I'm a huge fan of theirs). When it comes to tuna melts, I'm a greasy-spoon kinda guy. I like "On Broadway" (fka Sound Bites BBQ & Grill, aka "Across the street from the original Sound Bites) for a plain 'ol - crispy bread from the frying, and if I remember correctly, carrots brunoise in the tuna salad for a little crunch and sweetness.

    Not a fan of Kelly's, sorry to say.

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    1. re: enhF94

      thanks for the rec - tried it today. pretty good! i hadn't realized it had changed it's name.

    2. I've only had breakfast there, but I noticed a tuna melt on the menu at Danny's Diner on Beacon St, Somerville just outside of Porter Square (near Zoe's and R.F. O'Sullivan). Pretty impressed with the food there so far, so I'm guessing that would be a good bet.

      1. High Rise Bread Company has a great and different take on the Tuna Melt. I cannot decide on about 4 different sandwiches every time I go there. If you feel the same way, choose the pulled-pork as a second option.

        Sam Lagrassa's which is not in cambridge, but off of tremont street/bromfield has the best tuna melt in the city. Light Rye w/ Bacon and tomato....

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        1. re: bugesboston

          Lagrassa'a is good, but I am going to have to vote Silvertone for that title.

          1. re: bugesboston

            Inquiring minds want to know! What's a great and different take on the tuna melt?!?

            1. re: galleygirl

              well, not that its so great or different, but good ones are hard to find. often they are too mayonaisey. it has to be on good bread that can hold up to it... have good cheese, preferably cheddar. and it has to be warm all the way through, which is actually hard to find. a lot of places just grill the bread, and then you have lukewarm or cold tuna in the middle. nothing ruins a tuna melt like that.. what goes in the tuna salad is important too... little bit of cruch and texture too it is good. and of course, the dill poickles. :)

              1. re: luvehr

                Oh, see, I'd push aside a tuna melt that was warmed through. For me, the interplay between the cold tuna salad and the warm bread is the whole point.

                I like the tuna melt at Helen's in Concord center, the place that used to be a Brigham's.

          2. It's been a few years, but I had a very good tuna melt at Lee's Sandwich Shop on Church Street in Harvard Square. It's a tiny, hole in the wall kind of place, but in a good way.