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Best sandwich... ever?

I've had a lot of sandwiches in my life, but I think I've found The One. Or even The Two.

If you haven't gone to Good Food Cafe on Mass Ave yet, you should go for lunch as soon as possible and get either the Roasted Turkey with cranberry sauce & stuffing (aka the Gobbler) or the Roasted Red Pepper, Mozarella, and Pesto sandwiches.

The latter is a perfect balance of flavors -- sweet and smoky peppers, rich and creamy fresh mozarella, and intensely garlicky pesto -- on fresh, crispy bread with a chewy, tender crust. It's honestly the single best sandwich I've ever had. I've been told their gobbler is just as good.

Can anyone second this? Or if not, post YOUR favorite sandwich ever?

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  1. I've actually been craving this for the last few days - the porchetta sandwich at Artu (tender, thin-sliced roasted pork with garlicky marinated eggplant). A close second is the Stuzzicante (provolone, salami, coppa and marinated eggplant).

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    Artu
    6 Prince St., Boston, MA 02113

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    1. re: Rubee

      If you want to meet there for lunch this weekend it will be my treat ;-)

      All you have to cover is your airfare!

      To stay on topic my current favorite sandwich is a tie between the Reuben's at Pops and Mike's.

      1. re: heathermb

        Tempting, Heather!

        I forgot to add that the Meridian Special at the Meridian Market in East Boston is a favorite too - breaded chicken cutlet, prosciutto, bocconcini, fresh basil, and roasted red peppers.

        1. re: Rubee

          Absolutely! I had a Meridian Special last Friday and it was amazing as usual. I usually go with a small special and an arancini. I could actually go for another one right now! :)

          1. re: Rubee

            Rubee,
            You've been holding out on me. These are the kind of places I need to know about :-)

            1. re: arizonagirl

              Ahh, you're right. I better get to work pronto with other suggestions for your trip to Boston!

              Hey fellow CHs - be extra nice to ArizonaGirl, she's been great to me here in AZ ; )

      2. I don't like to choose a favorite, but a few I like:
        Cuban at Chez Henri
        Lilly's Lunch at Blue Shirt Cafe
        Reuben at Pops
        Andi's Loose Knit Crew at Hi-Rise

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        1. re: gini

          Wow, I can't beleive the Reuben @ Pops has fans. I had it a few weeks ago and thought it was disgusting. The huge thick slabs of corned beef were downright gross. I much prefer a nice stack of thin slices... It was also really really greasy. I mean I know that greasiness kind of comes with the territory when you order a Reuben but this was out of control!

        2. I've never been to the Good Food Cafe before. Definitely will have to try it. That's the place near Joe Sent Me in North Cambridge, right?

          I'd say that the best sandwich I've ever had is the Cubano at Chez Henri in Cambridge, but the BBQ sandwiches at Chacarero in downtown Boston are up there, too.

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          1. re: hiddenboston

            That's the place. Stick with the sandwiches and coffee -- the two things they do brilliantly; I've had some truly disappointing soup and smoothies there.

            1. re: Boston_Otter

              I just had ran into that place accidentally and had an incredible smoothie: banana espresso yogurt, perfect combination! I can't wait to go back and try their sandwiches!

          2. Chacarero chicken with extra hot sauce. Mmm..

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            1. re: kobuta

              I love a good sandwich, but I can't imagine any sandwich ever bumping a chacarero (chicken, extra extra hot) from the top spot.

              1. re: Blumie

                Will they listen to you if you say "extra, extra hot"? Usually my exchanges go like this:

                dude making my sandwich: "you want everything?"
                me: "Yes, extra hot please"

                and then its not hot.

                1. re: jgg13

                  "Extra hot" is supposed to mean that, in addition to the bright green hot sauce, they add a second, more brown-green hot sauce. When I ask for it "extra extra" hot, sometimes they add more of the second sauce. But recently I've noticed that they have little containers of the hot sauce behind the counter, so now in addition to asking for mine "extra extra hot," I ask for one of the containers of the hotter sauce to add when I get back to my office.

                  1. re: Blumie

                    ah, good to know. i don't get over there often, is it obvious what/where the hot sauce containers are?

                    1. re: jgg13

                      My experience is that sometimes it is just kind of hot and sometimes it is REALLY hot, like I want to stick my head underwater hot and I kind of like it that way. But I always ask for extra hot and it comes in varying degrees.

                      1. re: ebone

                        One thing I've found (I always eat it there, when i'm wandering out for lunch its due to me wanting to get out of the building here) is that while i almost never find it hot while i'm eating it, there's always a pleasant hot-ish sensation on my walk back. So whatever it is, it does linger a bit. :)

                        1. re: jgg13

                          I'm with this group, if we are talking Best Sandwich I think the Chacarero is the winner(Original Chicken for me). The one thing I think that could be improved on it is a better way to evenly spread the hot sauce, but whether you get a spicy or a mild bite its all good. I'm also a pretty big fan of Dave's Fresh Pasta for sandwiches. My Fav's are the Marinated Chicken with Tomato Mayo(Chicken #1?) and the Turkey with Chipolte Mayo and pickles(often a special). I'm not a big Chicken sandwich fan but whatever they do to that chicken ends up making it perfect for a sandwich. The two spreads I mentioned are also outstanding, so flavorful compared to similar spreads you'd find elsewhere.

            2. The chicken torta @ Tacos Lupita is my current favorite. Also a big fan of the Texas Rueben and the "Larry" special @ All-Star.

              Back in my native Philadelphia, even better than a good cheesesteak is a good roast pork italian (roast pork w/sharp provolone and sauteed/garlicky greens) from Tony Luke's, DiNic's, or the like. That is a great sandwich. Would love to find similar here in town (hint, hint -- any rec's?).

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              1. re: franksnbeans

                I was just going to chime in that no discussion of best sandwich goes un-torta'd. Tacos Lupita's carne asada torta is my pick -- grilled meat, runny beans, melty cheese, lettuce, tomato, jalapeno slices, avocado chunks, and a little mayo.

                I also love the Chez Henri cubano, but I get the Lupita Torta approximately 24 times as often.

                1. re: yumyum

                  *smack* Can't believe I left out that torta.

                  Adding on the bahn mi at both Mei Sum (beef) and Pho Viet (pork).

                  1. re: yumyum

                    What about the tortas at La Verdad? I used to live in Mexico City and I think these are the closest to authentic I've had in the US. Order the milanesa -- it's breaded chicken, but OMG, it TASTES LIKE PORK. The rolls they use are soft but sturdy enough to hold the milanesa, refried beans, chiles, cheese, tomatoes, guacamole etc., they pack in. As it that weren't enough, the bread is buttered before being pressed. ¡Divino!

                    1. re: High Heels and Frijoles

                      I haven't tried the torta at La Verdad yet. But the deity Ken Oringer himself guaranteed me it would be the best sandwich I ever had. I suppose I should get back over there and try it.

                      I LOVE sandwiches.

                      1. re: yumyum

                        You MUST. The tacos are great, too.

                        Speaking of sandwich love - where is this Pho Viet place I keep seeing mentioned? I'm new to Boston and very bad with directions. I saw a reference to Super 88, is Pho Viet there? Which location?

                        1. re: High Heels and Frijoles

                          When I was at La Verdad I was all about the tacos. Very good ... but there actually are better in Boston, believe it or not. If you haven't stumbled across a zillion posts about it yet, Angela's in East Boston is kicking butt for authentic Mexican in these parts. I like Taqueria La Mexicana in Somerville, too.

                          Pho Viet is in the food court connected to Super 88 in Brighton. Well worth a visit.

                          Love your user name, btw. Welcome to Boston!

                          1. re: yumyum

                            I'll make sure to visit Pho Viet and yes, I've heard of Angela's a few times - it's on my "To Do" list.

                            Thanks for the compliment!

                          2. re: High Heels and Frijoles

                            Pho Viet is in the food court in front of the Super 88 at the Packard's Corner T stop in Allston, where Brighton Ave and Comm Ave meet.

                          3. re: yumyum

                            ...says the woman who once said, "Sucky bread is sucky. You can quote me on that."

                            The 1 torta at La V. was fab. Still, it wasn't quite Lupita's, which nearly me cry, sitting on the curb in front of that car wash nearby.

                            1. re: tatamagouche

                              I love that you remember that.

                              I don't know if my love for Lupita's is rational or not, but the tortas there make me do the happy food dance.

                            2. re: yumyum

                              My SO had the steak torta at La Verdad about a week ago. I had already put down three tacos and a cocktail but I think I ended up eating about half of it. The meat was tender and juicy. The sauce was delightfully warm and complex. The guacamole and cheese were great complements to the warmth and heat of the other ingredients, and overall the sandwich just had a great texture. Plus it came with some nice fried plantain chips, which were very light and crispy. Hard to rank the best sandwiches I've ever had, but it was certainly a memorable one.

                              Ironically, I actually think even more memorable was the meatloaf sandwich at Toro that I used to get when I was working near BMC for the summer. It gives you pretty severe garlic breath for most of the day, but it's worth it.

                        2. re: franksnbeans

                          Oh my goodness, that roast pork and greens sandwich is my favorite thing ever as well, though I've only had it once. If you ever find anything like it in Boston, please post about it!

                          I guess my favorite in Boston is chicken chacarero. But it is a distant second to the Philadelphia sandwich.

                          1. re: maillard

                            The La Porchetta at Figaro's on Beach Street is slices of roast pork loin, provolone and caramelized onions. You can get it with or without the garlic/rosemary mayo. It is great and I usually get it on their braided scali roll but they also offer it on a grilled ciabatta. Beware that it is a special that they usually only have once a week though.

                          2. re: franksnbeans

                            What is the Larry and what day is it on the rotation?

                            For non-Boston sandwiches, I love the italian beef sandwiches in chicago (hot peppers, dipped)

                            1. re: jgg13

                              Hear, hear. God love the Italian beef.

                              1. re: jgg13

                                jgg- The "Larry" @ ASS Bar is ”Smoked BBQ Chicken Salad Melt with Jack Cheese and Tomatoes on Grilled Sourdough"; it's from the request book so it's not in heavy rotation.

                                1. re: jgg13

                                  Do you know if they sell those sandwiches in Boston? I am from chicago also and I am looking for italian beef sandwich, beef polish sausage or a decent gyros (not from a mall counter). Maybe some real deep dish (not UNO)

                                  1. re: DjSnipSNip

                                    If by some chance you see this months after the fact (just saw this thread for the first time in a while), there's a place named WIndy City Eats in Weymouth that supposedly can do the trick for chi-town style treats.