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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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    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.

                              2. Just a plain old corned beef on rye with a big slather of mustard at Michael's. Simply good.

                                1. Randy's Roast Beef at Dough East Boston - roast beef, cheddar, caramalized onions, roasted red peppers and hoseradish sauce - I like mine on whole wheat, pressed. Also love their Cuban Reuban and the Vermonter (turkey, smoked gouda, bacon, sliced green apple and red onion with sundried mayo on multi grain, baked in the oven.

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                                  1. re: judej

                                    I had a cubano Monday at El Oriental that was one of the best I have had in a long time. The thin sliced roasted pork and the crispy exterior of the bread really made it stand out.

                                    I also had a chicken I guess I'll call it a schwarma at Cedar Grocery in Norwood a couple weeks ago that still has me and my friend thinking about it. Absolutely amazing with what seems like a mixture of labneh and yogurt as a spread and just the right amount of harissa. There were also these herb marinated onions that they put on that just really had great flavor. Almost turned the car around to get another.

                                    I made a sandwich mixte with rosemary ham, imported swiss, échiré butter and black pepper on a B&R baguette yesterday that has me craving more also.

                                    The flavors in the cubano and schwarma were truly outstanding!!

                                  2. Fourth the Chez Henri cubano. Interesting though, I recently had the opportunity to try the cubano side by side with the veggie cubano [or with respect to esteemed hound Peter B Wolf, the vegetarian sandwich in the style of a cubano, which I'd never be so vulgar and crass as to just call a veggie cubano].

                                    I was surprised to discover I actually prefer the veggie cubano. The meat version is awesome, but for me it's a little like eating a pint of Ben and Jerry's in one sitting: it can certainly be done, it makes my taste buds deliriously happy, I know I probably shouldn't be doing it, and somewhere towards the end my brain starts receiving signals to give up, but I'm almost done so I finish it anyway, then feel mildly ill, opting to drown my caloric guilt in several more periodistas. OK the periodista thing wasn't so much about the Ben and Jerry's, but you get the idea.

                                    Anyway, the veggie cubano is about the sweet spot for me in terms of striking a balance between richness and bold flavor.

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                                    1. re: finlero

                                      This is why I usually share a traditional cubano with a friend.

                                      Can you describe what is in the veggie sandwich in the cubano style? The sandwich formerly known as the veggie cubano? The "other" one?

                                      1. re: yumyum

                                        Roasted vegetables (I want to say squash, eggplant, and red peppers?) and a Swiss-style cheese. Same bread, same accouterments.

                                        The first time I had one, it was brought to me as take-out. I loved it, but it didn't occur to me until later that it was vegetarian. It's not a great vegetarian sandwich; it's just a great sandwich.

                                      2. re: finlero

                                        LOL reading your post finlero because you have perfectly described the sensation I had last time I had a Chez Henri Cuban (though I was washing it down with Mojitos).

                                        1. re: finlero

                                          I've only been to Chez Henri once for dinner and it was at least 4 years ago and I need help me out with the logistics. If I want this cubano can I only order it at the bar or can I also get it in the dining room. Also, how crowded does the bar get on say a Friday night vs. a Thursday night?

                                          If you wanted to get a cubano what is your plan of attack?

                                          1. re: heypielady

                                            Bar only. Get there early. Bring a friend.

                                            1. re: heypielady

                                              The bar on Friday nights gets very packed post-6:00/6:30pm. Get there early. My plan of attack for premium cubano enjoyment is to bring a friend, get the cubano and one other dish (possibly something vegetable or acidic to combat the sandwich; their ceviche is interesting, but a little too tough for me). Order a rum based drink, or several. Repeat as necessary.

                                              1. re: gini

                                                I just wanted to thank CHers for their tips on Chez Henri's cubano. Mr. and I went Saturday evening, got there early, had a few drinks and split a cubano and an order of ceviche. The sandwich was indeed outstanding.

                                            2. re: finlero

                                              Finally got over to Chez Henri for their veggie cubano. I have to agree -- it's really a great combination of veggies (I'd say squash, eggplant, zucchini, and red peppers) without any that assert themselves over the others. What really makes the sandwich shine is the vinaigrette they serve with it.. cuts through the heaviness beautifully.

                                              I can't say much for the root veggie chips they serve with the cubanos, though, and for as good as the innards of their sandwich is, the greasy panini bread makes me wish for the terrific bread Good Food uses.

                                            3. My favorite sandwich, possibly EVER, was/is found at Marblehead Munchies in Marblehead, MA. I don't even know if the sandwich shop is still open. But their Jose Jr. was the stuff that dreams are made of. Triple decker sandwich of pumpernickle bread. I believe it had swiss cheese, coleslaw, Russian dressing, turkey, and roast beef. It was big, it was sloppy, it was filling and it was delicious. My Mom often picked them up to eat before having to go watch my brother's soccer game or a picnic at the light house or the beach. Served with Cap Cod chips and a root beer...mmmmmmmm.

                                              Anyone know if Marblehead Munchies is still open? I would love to swing by when I'm in town this summer.

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                                              1. re: Elyssa

                                                Sorry to go OT, and I don't mean to pick on your post, but I don't get triple decker sandwiches. I also don't get so-called "overstuffed" sandwiches. I like my sandwiches to have a nice balance: two pieces of bread (no more, no less) or a sliced roll, and just the right amount of filling so that it's not overwhelmed by the bread, but also so that it doesn't overwhelm the bread. I'm not looking for a cow or a turkey or a pig forced between two slices of bread. One of the reasons why a chacarero is my favorite sandwich is because to me it's perfectly balanced.

                                                1. re: Blumie

                                                  I'm going to Boston this weekend and want a Chacarero chicken. Is the regular or the BBQ the one to get?

                                                  1. re: Wolfgang

                                                    i *think* the difference is that the bbq steak/chicken/combo has the meat with some sort of marinade/rub (not sure which). I definitely prefer the bbq.

                                                    1. re: jgg13

                                                      Thank you.

                                                      1. re: jgg13

                                                        I've never had the bbq. My addiction is to the regular. The bbq, in addition to the rub, is served with grilled and/or marinated bell peppers, too.

                                                        1. re: Blumie

                                                          Ah right, the peppers. I always get the bbq now and forgot that wasn't on the main one. I usually end up getting the combo as I can never decide if I like the beef or the chicken better. I do prefer the beef more often than i prefer the chicken, but its not always that way.

                                                      2. re: Wolfgang

                                                        I prefer the bbq. I think it also includes roasted peppers. Be aware that they're only open M-F...til maybe 7PM

                                                        1. re: 9lives

                                                          I also prefer the bbq (although the regular is certainly good). Just to be clear, it is definitely *not* made with a gloppy American-style bbq sauce; it's a relatively mild extra layer of flavors.

                                                    2. re: Elyssa

                                                      No it is not open anymore. The manhattan sandwich company from Swampscott took them over.

                                                      1. re: Diski

                                                        Do they have the Jose Jr there?

                                                      2. re: Elyssa

                                                        Oh my GOOOODDDDD that sounds good! It would need a big, half sour pickle on the side for me, too!

                                                        1. re: SSqwerty

                                                          YES they served it with a sour pickle...totally forgot about that.

                                                          And I answered my own question. The Manhattan Sandwich Co. does serve the Jose Jr. but they call it the Empire Club now. I also forgot that there is ham in the sandwich. It's so good.

                                                          http://www.udine4less.com/manhattansa...

                                                          1. re: Elyssa

                                                            Mickey's #7 sure sounds yummy!

                                                        2. re: Elyssa

                                                          That triple decker sandwich you describe is rather ubiquitous in northern New Jersey and is called a sloppy joe there. It was one of my favorites. It's pretty hard to find places in Boston that have anything close to it.

                                                          http://query.nytimes.com/gst/fullpage...

                                                          1. re: wontonton

                                                            I am pretty certain Pizzi has that as one of their combos (not certain, though, if its club or served in a roll) and I have seen that particular combo in other places too. Arthur's in Chelsea, maybe Michaels... The tongue and corned beef mentioned in that article is appealing to me :-)

                                                        3. In no particular order here's a few I really enjoy...

                                                          bbq beef at Chacarero

                                                          pastrami on light rye at Sam LaGrassa's..corned beef good also. I've never had a CB sandwich at Michael's but buy their CB for takeout..they edge out LaGr slightly

                                                          lamb/eggplant at Artu..pork second. BTW, Pace on Devonshire does an inferior but still good version of these on different days of the week...option if you work in the Financial District and don't have time to go to Artu.

                                                          favorite Italian cold cut..probably Tutto Italiana on Fleet St .. Meridian(Market) Special in East Boston

                                                          roast turkey, stuffing, cranberry...Pizzeria Rico..Bromfield St..Thurs only

                                                          1. I too am a fan of the Gobbler at Good Food, but I have to say I prefer the Bombay at Soleil Cafe in Teele Sq. Tandoori turkey with herbed stuffing and cranberry mayo. It is outstanding!

                                                            1. So on Boston_Otter's say-so, I checked out Good Food Cafe last night, and tried the mozzarella, pesto, and red pepper.

                                                              Definitely a fine sandwich, and the above description is spot-on, save that it must be mentioned: this is a pressed sandwich, which definitely adds something. The fillings are fine, a good set of clean, balanced tastes, but at least for me, they were nothing earth shattering; more tasty than sublime. But the bread deserves a special nod, being much lighter than the usual rustic bread you tend to find in a grilled sandwich around these parts. The texture actually reminded me a lot of a Parisian street sandwich or Spanish bocadillo, where the sandwich is actually prepared on half-baked bread, then finished on the press.

                                                              So even though the sandwich has not become my personal One or Two (in Boston, those would still be at Chez Henri and Mei Sum, respectively), the texture deserves attention for its excellence.

                                                              [Side note: on the DIY tip, Wilson Farm in Lexington sells half-baked baguettes, white or wheat, which make for great grilled sandwiches at home.]

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                                                              1. re: finlero

                                                                Thanks for the follow-up, finlero!

                                                                Very fair comments, and I'm glad you dig their bread -- to me, that's really what made it great; it wasn't a heavy, chewy bread, nor a tough baguette, but a light bread with a great crust.

                                                                I should probably note that my enthusiasm for this sandwich comes from finding an excellent VEGGIE sandwich; seen against other vegetarian options (typically, a mediocre 'veggie wrap' or egg salads galore), it's a brilliant sandwich. Compared to a Cubano, it probably pales. Then again, I haven't had the veggie Cubano at Chez Henri yet. I have had the tofu banh mi from Mei Sum, and it was excellent... but second, to me, to Good Food.

                                                                1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                  have you tried any of the following at Hi-Rise?
                                                                  I'm especially fond of: #11. Grace's Newest Nanny Basil pesto, hummus, tomato, red onion, mesclun greens on semolina, grilled 9.25
                                                                  But this one is great too: #15. DDC Olive's Fix Grilled portabello, onion confit, swiss, spicy mustard on concord, grilled 8.75
                                                                  For me, too much bread: #5. Jonathan's Vegetable Garden Goat cheese, radish, cuke, red leaf, tomato, basil pesto on Huron 9.00
                                                                  #12. Classic Grilled Cheese Monterey jack and canadian cheddar cheese, tomato, spicy mustard on concord, grilled
                                                                  7.75 (W/ bacon) 9.25
                                                                  #16. Kate's Rough Ride Half an avocado, tomato, coleslaw, cuke, lettuce, russian dressing on Huron 9.00

                                                                  Also, how do you feel about the veggie options at Blue Shirt?

                                                                  1. re: gini

                                                                    No, I haven't been to Hi-Rise, but I definitely will with these recommendations, thanks!

                                                                    Blue Shirt is a mixed bag. I enjoy the Tofu Groovin' Rueben and the Thai Peanut wrap, but the last time I got their "Lily's Lunch", the avocado was so underripe that it was nearly crunchy. Overall I think they use quality ingredients but under-season their food to the point of blandness, and the service there is often sketchy at best. I still dig the place, though.

                                                                    1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                      I like the Thai peanut wrap too - I always ask them to hold the wrap and just dump the tofu on top of a salad. That's too bad about Lily's Lunch. Have you tried the Little Italy? I find it's construction much better.

                                                                      1. re: gini

                                                                        I also like Blue Shirt's Thai peanut.

                                                                        The pressed veggie sandwich at the Independent, eaten at the restaurant half's bar (I prefer it to the pub side) with a glass or two of a nice rough red, makes for a cozy, cheap weekday dinner out.

                                                                    2. re: gini

                                                                      The #16 is amazing!!

                                                                2. I still love the "Charlestown" at Scola's Cafe on the waterfront. One of Sam Scola's sons owns the place.
                                                                  It's potatoe and egg with italian coldcuts.

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                                                                  1. re: janzy

                                                                    Wait a second...Scola's from the North End opened up somewhere? Where? I have been missing their potato and egg for about 5 years now...if they are back in business, tell me where!

                                                                    1. re: bostongal

                                                                      Scola's had a couple of spots over the past few years. One was at the FlowerMart on Albany St. (closed) and one next to the old Jimbo's.
                                                                      This one is owned by Larry Scola and it's in a building at 88 Black Falcon Ave. That's where you get the cruise ships out of Boston.
                                                                      The potato and egg isn't as good as the old sandwich on North St, but still excellent. Everything else is great too!

                                                                      1. re: janzy

                                                                        YES! I love Scola's at 88 Black Falcon. I thought the owner was Michael, not Larry, but I could be wrong. In addition to their potato and egg ( a staple on Fridays during Lent!!) Their grilled chicken is good too (if you want to sound like a regular, just order a "GX"). Steak tips are good in a sandwich or with salad.

                                                                        Everything priced at a good value.

                                                                        1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                                                                          I think you're correct about Michael, I think Larry passed away about a year ago.

                                                                  2. So many good ones already - I'd completely agree with the Artu lamb/eggplant sandwich, the Lupita torta, the banh mi at either pho viet or mei sum, and chacarero.

                                                                    But has anybody mentioned the panini at Domenic's Paninoteca in Waltham? Those are near the top of my personal sandwich pantheon, particularly the Melanzane (slow-roasted eggplant, slow-roasted tomatoes, smoked mozzarella, and basil). The pre-made ones on top of the counter are the best (although the Verde is pretty dull, just a pile of greens with some gorgonzola and tomatoes), but their amazing bread does wonders for anything they put on it, and their deli meats are pretty high quality. I also like their "mediterranean" tuna salad with roasted peppers, capers, and olives.

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                                                                    1. re: MichaelB

                                                                      I personally LOVE the turkey sandwich at Tutto Italiano in the North End (next to Prezza on Fleet Street). It has to be made on the chewy Italian bread (not a big fan when they make it on focaccio). They put shredded lettuce, tomato, and those yummy sliced pepperoncini on it. Yum and very fresh.

                                                                      1. re: bostongal

                                                                        I go to the original one in Hyde Park and love everything there. The fresh basil, mozzarella and tomato on their delicious bagettes are soooo good. I sometimes have them replace the basil with fresh oregano. I also really like their tuna. I get that witj the slices of pepperocini. I sometimes get a container of each and bring it home.

                                                                      2. re: MichaelB

                                                                        I second Domenic's Melanzane. A truly fantastic sandwich.

                                                                      3. My favorite sandwich ever has to be a North Shore specialty, the roast beef w/ sauce, cheese, mayo on an onion roll. Nick's Roast Beef in Beverly and Mike's Roast Beef in Everett are my favorites. Not a fan of Kelly's but eating at the beach location makes it palatable. "Roast Beef Joint" may be it's own category and not to be included but not sure what others think.

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                                                                        1. re: Hambone Willy

                                                                          I'm with you, Mike's Super w/ some seasoned fries. Forget about it

                                                                          1. re: Hambone Willy

                                                                            I may be doing a food-based road trip to Beverly, Essex, and Gloucester in three weeks, and Nick's in Beverly is on my short list of places to go. Big Bully's will be a part of the trip, too, I think.

                                                                            1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                              I forgot to add Harrison's in North Andover to the list of my favorite roast beef sandwhiches (pizza roll for a side). Let us know what you think of Nick's.

                                                                              1. re: hiddenboston

                                                                                FYI, Big Bully's is now closed. I heard rumors of them reopening somewhere else (South Shore maybe),

                                                                                1. re: TomH

                                                                                  Thanks for the update on Big Bully's. I just found this blurb on their closing:

                                                                                  http://salemnews.com/punews/local_sto...

                                                                              2. re: Hambone Willy

                                                                                I went to Mike's the other day and had the best RB sandwich I've ever had. I hear Nick's is even better, but never had the chance to make the hike to Beverly. Which is the best?

                                                                                1. re: Guinness02122

                                                                                  Right up there with those two are Pete's super beef and Beachmont roast beef both in Revere.

                                                                              3. I just keep adding on:

                                                                                The chicken cutlet with cheese & sauce at Mighty Sub in Needham. It's huge, it's fried, it's tomatoe-y, cheesy and crunchy all at once and it's great. It's the only thing I miss about working in Wellesley.

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                                                                                1. re: gini

                                                                                  Whoahhhhh. I only ate at Mighty Sub once and it was horrendous. The large sub could feed a person for a week. Isn't that their "chicken parm?"

                                                                                  1. re: Dax

                                                                                    Dax, I don't know what you're talking about. The Mighty Sub is mighty, mighty fine.

                                                                                    1. re: gini

                                                                                      "Their large is our small!"

                                                                                      1. re: Prav

                                                                                        i brought a friend there and he got the idea to argue with the manager about how selling sandwichs that size was a bad business plan. that day, i ate my mighty sub quietly in shame.

                                                                                        1. re: poppashobes

                                                                                          Your friend should be flogged.

                                                                                          1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                                            Should be flogged AND keel-hauled!

                                                                                            Harp

                                                                                            1. re: Harp00n

                                                                                              True, true.

                                                                                2. When I need a great sandwich I get the pastrami sandwich at Sam LaGrassa's in Downtown Boston.

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                                                                                  1. re: Delhiwala

                                                                                    This thread is killing me.. I keep reading and I'll have to go pants shopping soon..:)

                                                                                    got the SLG pastrami yesterday and a Chacararo bbq beef xtra hot today...on a coin flip with the Artu lamb/eggplant.

                                                                                    both great!

                                                                                    1. re: 9lives

                                                                                      Oh, now I have a craving for one of my favorite pressed sandwiches at SLG's - the Chipotle Pastrami with chipotle honey mustard.

                                                                                      Pic
                                                                                      http://www.chow.com/photos/76429

                                                                                      1. re: Rubee

                                                                                        Had one of those last week -- posted about it in the reuben thread -- it was awesome.

                                                                                  2. Great post Otter. One of my favorite sandwiches ever was from Arthur's Paradise Diner on Bridge Street in Lowell. The sandwich was called the Boot Mill, named after an old mill next to the authentic diner car. The rolls were fresh, soft and lightly grilled. The top of the rolls were golden brown, and if you got there when they first opened, you could smell the fresh bread, delivered only moments ago. The first layer of the sandwich was perfectly-cooked home fries with a little bit of grilled onions. The home fries were soft and provided a perfect foundation for the sandwich. The next level was an egg cooked any way you like it. The egg was followed by bacon, ham or sausage, or a combination of all three. A slice of cheese topped off the sandwich and pulled all of the ingredients together when it melted over the meat. I used to put a little ketchup on the top of the warm, soft bun before pressing it onto the rest of the ingredients and diving in. The home fries and incredibly fresh rolls made "Arthur's Famous Boot Mill Sandwich" one of the best experiences of my life. I'll send a gift certificate for a Boot Mill sandwich to the first person who can tell me if they're still open, and still great. Thank you.

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                                                                                    1. re: Falcon 64

                                                                                      Falcon, you're killing me here. That sounds completely incredible, and I've just got to have one.

                                                                                      1. re: Falcon 64

                                                                                        Sounds like a legendary sandwich. Maybe you can send the folks posting on yelp a certificate if their info is accurate, always a gamble. Anyway, the pics of the Boot Mill sandwich look pretty awesome, like a living relic of a bygone era.

                                                                                        http://www.yelp.com/biz/arthurs-parad...

                                                                                        1. re: bear

                                                                                          I agree always a gamble, and not one I'm willing to take any stock in. Yelp is too JV for my liking.

                                                                                      2. By far, the best sandwich for me is the proscuitto, fresh mozzarella and tomato one at the Pasta Market in Malden. I have tried so many others but this one is so so tasty.

                                                                                        1. Sclafanis in Gloucester, MA try the Italian large for 4.50. I sub ham for mortadella but it rocks either way. Amazing bread bring home an extra loaf

                                                                                          1. Count me as a huge fan of that greasy, thick-cut Reuben at Pops, though the more traditional one at Michael's in Coolidge Corner also rules. A few others, many repeats:

                                                                                            * BBQ beef banh mi at Pho Viet
                                                                                            * Kielbasa sub at Cafe Polonia
                                                                                            * Melenzane panino at Domenic's Italian Bakery in Waltham
                                                                                            * Steak bomb at Carl's in Waltham
                                                                                            * Roast pork sub at Izzy's (Fri-Sat only)
                                                                                            * Roast beef sandwich at Royal in East Boston
                                                                                            * "Georgia Reuben" (brined roast turkey with slaw, Swiss and Russian grilled on rye) at Hi-Rise Bakery in Huron Village
                                                                                            * Turkey shwarma with hummus in pita at Rami's
                                                                                            * Fava falafel in pita at Reef Cafe
                                                                                            * Vitello tonnato sandwich (with tuna crudo) at Neptune Oyster
                                                                                            * Panino Italiano on Via Matta's lunch menu
                                                                                            * Lobster roll at Belle Isle Seafood in Eastie
                                                                                            * Chipotle meatloaf club sandwich at Parish Cafe

                                                                                            Somebody does a superb egg salad sandwich with crispy lardons on excellent white bread -- maybe on a South End brunch menu? -- but I can't remember where, darn it.

                                                                                            * In memoriam: the porchetta panino at the bar at Caffe Umbra in the South End.

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                                                                                            1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                              I'm still searching for a great egg salad sandwich in Boston, myself.

                                                                                              1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                                                Blunch does a curried egg salad periodically on the chef's whim menu, on excellent white bread, very nice. Very fine sandwiches in general: a great meatloaf sandwich, for one.

                                                                                            2. lupita torta al pastor (my drop-of-a-hat anytime sandwich)
                                                                                              Bob's (medford) Lamb tip
                                                                                              Emma's pizza BLT

                                                                                              great thread!

                                                                                              1. This post is making me hungry:

                                                                                                Turkey Tip sub from Dom's Sausage in Malden. It's been years since I've made it down there, but I still think of this sandwich all the time.

                                                                                                BBQ steak tip sub from Superior Roast Beef in Lynn- steak tips, bbq sauce, lettuce, tomato, and feta- The feta makes the sandwich incredible.

                                                                                                Chorizo torta from Tacos Lupita. Nice and spicy.

                                                                                                1. I love the Hubbard Park sandwich at Darwin's on Mt. Auburn St in Cambridge. It has hummus, carrots, avocados, tomatoes, green apple slices, sprouts and honey mustardand you can order it with cheddar (which I recommend). It has the right combination of crunch and flavors...mm so delicious! I personally think the pepperjack bread is best but it is only available on weekends.

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                                                                                                  1. re: eastiefoodie

                                                                                                    Trutony's Deli (formerly Langley Deli) in Newton has amazing sandwiches. It's just north of Rte. 9, near the Atrium Mall. Their sandwiches are so good! I've tried all of the sandwiches on the menu, and my favorite is the Honeybee, which has ham, honey mustard, lettuce, swiss and some other delicious things I'm forgetting. Jason Varitek goes there all the time.
                                                                                                    Just don't get the owners started on the Pats or the Sox if you want to make it a short conversation! Also, see if there are any cannolis while you're there - Tony, one of the owners, makes them from scratch, and they're way better than the ones at Bova's and Mike's in the North End.

                                                                                                    1. re: jack324

                                                                                                      I don't know this place, but the old Langley Deli (aka Bernie and Ruby's Langley Deli) is now home to Johnny's Luncheonette.

                                                                                                      1. re: Blumie

                                                                                                        The place jack324 is referring to is very close to Rte 9 at the other end of Langley Road from Newton Centre & Johnny's. I've driven past it a million times, now I want to stop there!.

                                                                                                  2. Good Food Cafe is very good - its my second fav sandwich shop behind Domenic's http://www.getdoms.com/ Seriously you need to go there - the eggplant sandwich is marinated for 2 days and is to die for. The Prosciutto is mouthwatering, the Arancini shouldn't taste that good - it doesn't have the right. And the bread - oh man the bread - its all baked right there.

                                                                                                    I still occasionally take the long lunch there - its seriously that good.

                                                                                                    ~A

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                                                                                                    1. re: aranthe

                                                                                                      here here!

                                                                                                    2. Just a quick shoutout to the breakfast bomb at Alexander's on Main Street in Medford. (And thanks to the hound who put me on to this about a year ago).

                                                                                                      $1.50 get a full-sized sub roll with eggs, cheese and your choice of bacon, sausage, or ham. They usually have a bunch wrapped in foil under the heat lamps so you just run in, grab and go. The heat lamps keep it so hot that the cheese is very well melted. It's not high sandwich cuisine, but for a buck fifty, I think it deserves a mention on this thread.

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                                                                                                      1. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                                                        Hey thanks -- I missed this the first time. Is it Alexanders at 277 Main Street?

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                                                                                                        Alexander's Convenient Food
                                                                                                        277 Main Street, Medford, MA 02155

                                                                                                        1. re: yumyum

                                                                                                          Yes.

                                                                                                        2. re: Bob Dobalina

                                                                                                          I had a sausage breakfast bomb this morning from Alexander's in Medford for breakfast. I also like the sausage, egg and cheese on an english muffin which is also $1.50.

                                                                                                        3. Just finished inhaling my small Italian, works, extra hots, from Al's. It doesn't usurp Chacarero on my "best" list, but it was a mighty fine sandwich, probably my favorite Al's sandwich. (I haven't had the much loved meatball sub at Al's, but I've decided that I much prefer Al's cold subs to the hot ones.)

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                                                                                                          1. re: Blumie

                                                                                                            I was slightly reminded of Al's when I had my first sandwich from Dino's in the north end on Sat. The roll is better than usual (but not as good as Al's) and a 16" sub gets me three meals for $8. I went with chicken pesto w/ tomato and maybe something else (besides not having my glasses, the scribbling on the blackboard isn't the best). Good amount of chicken, lots of pesto. The steak & cheese that went by looked great and the guy working the counter was nice. Will definitely go back.

                                                                                                          2. I haven't been there in a long time now, so I hope its still the same, but the St. Joseph's sandwich at Virgilios Bakery in Gloucester was my absolute favorite from age 5-30! The best Italian coldcuts with olive oil and oregano on a freshly baked crusty roll...I will have to revisit it sometime soon.

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                                                                                                            1. re: saridt

                                                                                                              YES, it is still the same and still unbelievably delicious. I was just getting ready to post a note about Virgilios when I saw yours.

                                                                                                              1. re: resipsaloquitor

                                                                                                                So good to hear, but now I am tormented because I am pregnant so I can't eat cold cuts!!!! I'll be thinking about eating one for the next 6 months...

                                                                                                            2. Hmm, the best ever? You have to go to Pittsburgh for a Primanti Brothers Deluxe Double Egg and Cheese, which is topped with slaw and fries and tomatos (onions too if you like 'em!)

                                                                                                              Locally, the Artu line up (lamb, porchetta, favorito, preferito, roast chicken) and Sessa's Italian are tough to beat.

                                                                                                              But if I had just one more Boston sandwich in me, I'd go with Sammy LaGrassa's meatloaf sandwich special, which is so delish.

                                                                                                              The meatloaf is dewy like mom makes and has just the right amount of black pepper doused with melted jack, carmelized onions, roasted sweet red pepers and kick ass Chipotle aioli all atop a fluffy bun. This is a belly buster!

                                                                                                              1. recently gone vegan.........
                                                                                                                formaggio kitchen's roasted eggplant with hummous on iggy's grain bread!!

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                                                                                                                1. re: holldoll

                                                                                                                  I've never been to Formaggio Kitchen, but now I've got to get there ASAP. Anything on Iggy's bread gets huge points right off the bat.

                                                                                                                2. Great post Otter.

                                                                                                                  17th the CH Cubano. Goes without saying

                                                                                                                  Dino's in the N. End makes an excellent and gigantic sub. My faves are the Steak and Cheese and the Mozz, Tomato and Basil.

                                                                                                                  Finally, on the boundary of sandwich, I have to tip the hat to the Shawarma King 2 in Brookline. They make a combination shawarma (beef/lamb) with hummus and pickles and fixins, then pressed on a grill. It makes the baby Jesus cry.

                                                                                                                  I hate you guys for making me read this and work in Framingham, where I'm not so near any of these places.

                                                                                                                  1. Hot Pastrami at Katz's Deli in NYC; Corned Beef at Michaels in Coolidge Corner and at Barry's deli in Waban; Pork Strip Sandwich with duck sauce on french bread at Ho Sai Gai, Putterham Circle a long long time ago!

                                                                                                                    1. For folks in the Boston area: Seven Subs in Brookline is fantastic. I've never had a bad sandwich there. Fresh ingredients and they don't use too much oil on the hot sandwiches. I'm a sucker for a good Reuben (lean, thinly sliced corned beef, delicately crunchy sauerkraut, melted swiss and a touch of Russian dressing) and this is one of the best I've ever had. Not greasy all! And the other sandwiches I've tried there have been equally as delicious. Right off of Beacon!

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                                                                                                                      1. re: thespottedduck

                                                                                                                        I'll get a sandwich at Seven Subs if I'm going to the Brookline Farmers Market across the street, to avoid buying everything in sight because I'm starving, but I'd never rate it above "pretty good." The bread is way too squishy for my tastes. I'm more likely to cross Beacon and do something from Michael's.

                                                                                                                        1. re: BarmyFotheringayPhipps

                                                                                                                          I just tried Seven Subs for the first time today. I got the Italian Supreme. I thought the roll was ok, but the cold cuts and cheese were sliced too thickly, kind of like that old style Oscar Meyer sandwich meat.

                                                                                                                      2. As long as this thread as been revived...

                                                                                                                        Took the wife (who's ten times the chowhound I'll ever be) to Good Food Cafe over the weekend. She dubbed it her "new go-to sandwich place", based on the strength of the aforementioned mozzarella panino, as well as an excellent chicken salad special made with apples and walnuts.

                                                                                                                        I also recently made my first trip to Tutto Italiano in the North End, and loved my prosciutto, homemade mozzarella, tomato, and pesto. With the weather getting nice again, this is surely going into my weekday lunch rotation.

                                                                                                                        1. All Star Sandwich Bar in Camb, allied with the East Coast Grill. check out these photos - http://www.allstarsandwichbar.com/San.... Picked Best of Boston 2007. Everything is good. Also like the chicken cutlet from D'Agostino's in Winchester.

                                                                                                                          1. The Gobbler f/ Good Food Cafe is definitely worth a try. Too many quality sandwiches to list, but the Gobbler is always a lock for a good eat

                                                                                                                            1. Since NY style onion rye doesn't seem to exist around Boston, this is a DIY: Costco's Roasted Garlic bread, toasted (way better than garlic loaves in other markets). Thin schmear of chive/onion cream cheese. Thicker schmear of Schaller&Weber Gold Medal Liver Pate or Goose Liver Pate (this used to be called liverwurst and was the staple wurst at NY delis - now available at Roche Bros/Sudbury Farms). It's very rich - I get 5-6 sandwiches from the 8oz. tube. Thin-sliced sweet onion. Spicy, grainy brown mustard. Sometimes 2-3 slices of hard-boiled egg. Pickle on the side. Beer or ginger ale. Ahhhhhh.....

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                                                                                                                              1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                That makes the pastrami sandwich I had at Katz's yesterday seem like health food!

                                                                                                                                1. re: greygarious

                                                                                                                                  Schaller&Weber Gold Medal Liver Pate or Goose Liver Pate are both great (all their stuff is good)... and I agree with Blumie.

                                                                                                                                2. Some of my area favorites are already posted here and I am especially pleased that Izzy's is getting some better notice on the board these days. There are a few other sandwiches of note in the area, which don't always get mentioned:

                                                                                                                                  Prego no Pao and Bifana: Portuguese steak and boneless pork chop sandwiches. These are staples at bakeries, bars, etc all over Portugual and quite inexpensive. I tend to like J+J's in Somerville. The Prego was what O Cantinho served as their steak sandwich. Always ask if they have PiriPiri sauce if you like spice.

                                                                                                                                  The Snack Bar in Cambridge does a variation on the Bifana -- the Portuguese Man-o-War sub, which comes with marinated pork, cheese (american I think), ham, and a nicely fried egg.

                                                                                                                                  The Brazilian X-Tudo is a patty hamburger, with bacon and ham, egg, american cheese, potato sticks etc. I like Pastelaria Broadway in Somerville, but the Brazilian bakery in Downtown Lowell also has a good one (and good basic plates with rice/beans/steak). If you go to Pastelaria Broadway they have a couple of variations, including the x-filet which is a steak version and I am preferring it to the burger right now.

                                                                                                                                  Its started to get more notice too, but Courthouse should have its Soft Shell sandwich soon. Its good with their tartar sauce, but I also like to get the marinated peppers they have in the market and put some of those on with mayo.

                                                                                                                                  Its worth searching out Italian shops that have nice vinegar peppers instead of jarred hots (Bob's, sessa's do, but I have seen some others). For cold cut subs, I also like Maria's Cold Cuts in Somerville because they cut to order. Its also hard to go wrong with 3-4 varieties of prosciutto too! I am hoping Giuseppe's in Medford improves now that they are back to their original menu, but the one recent sandwich I ate had domestic prosciutto too thickly cut :-( Il Panino Express in Harvard is surprisingly good for a basic proscuitto, mozz, and tomato especially later in the season.

                                                                                                                                  Any suggestions for a good tongue sandwich? Probably Michaels, but any other ideas? Believe it or not the Stockyard is a pretty decent alternative for a ruben with easy parking, meats not nearly as good as michaels, but nicely grilled.

                                                                                                                                  I am probably the only hound that likes the sandwiches from Pizzi Farms in Waltham. The quality was a bit mixed and a step down from Dominic's, but I did like some of their combination sandwiches (John Deere, nuked chicken on ham and cheese --usually just get everything on french bread).

                                                                                                                                  Some of my favorite sandwiches are buying a baguette and pate from Evergood, meats from Montrose... or cheeses and/or pate from formaggio.

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                                                                                                                                  1. re: itaunas

                                                                                                                                    Tongue sandwich..Barry's Deli in waban might have it...not the traditional deli sandwich but East Boston Mex..maybe they do a torta?

                                                                                                                                    http://www.boston.com/lifestyle/food/...

                                                                                                                                    I don't know the author but side note..he just wrote a good review on Zoe's

                                                                                                                                    1. re: itaunas

                                                                                                                                      I just had Izzy's roast pork sandwich on Friday for lunch - it was awesome!

                                                                                                                                    2. Some of my favorite sandwiches have been from Dave's Fresh Pasta in Davis Square. Their grilled chicken, boursin cheese (homemade), roasted red pepper, and carmelized onion sandwich is delicious!

                                                                                                                                      1. My current favorite sandwich is probably the chicken curry banh mi, extra spicy, from New Saigon in Chinatown.

                                                                                                                                        1. Has anyone mentioned the Italian at Tutto Italiano in the North End / Wellesley? I also like the Beef on Weck at All Star in Cambridge...

                                                                                                                                          1. Hey, newbie here. Always in search of the best sandwich in the Boston area. My boss took me to his favorite old college place in Medford, near Tufts, called Bob's Food Store. Take out only- half sandwich/deli and half specialty butcher shop and food store. We had a steak and cheese and a chicken parm. Those sandwiches are HUGE and delicious. Check 'em out if you have the chance.

                                                                                                                                            Also like the Chez Henri cubano, but a bit too rich for me. Always feel like I have to shower after eating one.

                                                                                                                                            If you want a great meatball sub, check out La Scala in the Arcade building in Coolidge Corner. It's great.

                                                                                                                                            Thanks for the other sugg's. I'm all over them.

                                                                                                                                            1. For folks who are after quantity, Lucci's Supermarket in Wilmington puts enormous amounts on their subs. I once brought home a large ham and cheese, from which I removed a full pound of ham (oddly, beneath all the meat were just a couple of slices of cheese), which still left enough on the roll for two meals. They offer white or whole wheat bulky rolls, and regular and large sub rolls, plus syrian. BTW, I like their fresh meat section. Good beef, especially. They grind their own ground beef daily, and their beef liver is good.

                                                                                                                                              1. Based on your post I hit Good Food Cafe today and got two turkeys and one mozarella to go for myself and co-workers.

                                                                                                                                                General consensus on all three sandwiches was pretty good, but nothing noteworthy.

                                                                                                                                                If anything, the turkey sandwich was kind of skimpy on the meat and not that flavorful. Could have used a bit of gravy or something.

                                                                                                                                                Our place of work is a good bit closer to whole foods then Good Food Cafe, and I would not make the trek again.

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                                                                                                                                                1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                                                                                                  Ugh, Whole Foods. Different tastes for different folks.

                                                                                                                                                  More for me and my friends, then!

                                                                                                                                                  1. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                                                                                                    I am actually not at all a Whole Foods fan, I was just using it by way of comparison for a 1/2 decent sandwich.

                                                                                                                                                    I am WAY more likely to go to:

                                                                                                                                                    - Blue Ribbon
                                                                                                                                                    - Katmandu Spice
                                                                                                                                                    - Toraya
                                                                                                                                                    - Shangri-La

                                                                                                                                                    I was merely using Whole Paycheck as a reference and saying that if I were going for a generic "sandwich" GFC struck me as no better than WF. In fact, I would rather get a sandwich at Iggy's, Formaggio, Hi-Rise then either of the above.

                                                                                                                                                    1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                                                                                                      Funny, I hit GFC the same day you did sir stripesalot. I got the chicken avocado swiss and pesto and it was really good. (I asked them to hold the tomatoes as I don't trust them yet). The resulting sandwich was pretty large, nice amount of chicken and avo. Good garlicky pesto. And pressed on a ciabatta roll to gooey meltiness. Very good indeed. That said, I would be more likely to hit up Dave's in Davis or True Grounds for this kind of "gourmet" sandwich than GFC. They are just that 5 minutes closer to me. Funky little space, though, and nice owner guy. I'm going to stop in again to try the reuben.

                                                                                                                                                      1. re: yumyum

                                                                                                                                                        Don't get me wrong, place was not bad. But not even on my list for "Best Sandwich in Beantown."

                                                                                                                                                        1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                                                                                                          I'm going to have to agree with Striper. Thanksgiving sandwiches are my favorite. After reading about GFC I went last Saturday. Sandwich was okay and not worth the wait. Not sure if they were short staff? The woman at the counter told me it would "be a while." I realize that they have to press each sandwich, but can they only make one at a time? As I waited, (close to 20 minutes), three people went up to the counter asking for their sandwiches. One poor guy discovered that there was no sandwich coming for him. His friends had already eaten.He took it to go. Mistakes happen (just being a wise guy but not sure where the break down happened- she writes it down and hands it to the sandwich guy),but restaurants need to stay busy to stay open. Not certain how this place could handle more business. On a separate note, had Izzy's sandwich for the first time- loved it! Looking forward to the next warm-ish day to hit Belle Isle.
                                                                                                                                                          Any other suggestions for Thanksgiving sandwich? I think Mike's Diner does one?

                                                                                                                                                          1. re: purslane

                                                                                                                                                            I agree about their spotty service. I've been there when one or two other people are ordering food and the result is a 15 minute wait for a sandwich, which is really bizarre. Seems like it's been happening more lately, too.

                                                                                                                                                            1. re: purslane

                                                                                                                                                              I wouldn't make a special trip, but if you're in the area, Neillio's Gourmet Farms Kitchen in Lexington does a decent Thanksgiving sandwich. The stuffing has a bit too much sage for my taste, but overall it's good. The turkey is roasted on premises and hand cut, so it's warm and a decent thickness. I usually ask for extra mayo. It's big enough for sharing unless you're starved.

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: purslane

                                                                                                                                                                Flynnie's in Marblehead does a DELICIOUS Thanksgiving style sandwich. I order it whenever I'm back in town visiting my parents. Only problem is it might not be available all the time.

                                                                                                                                                                If memory serves me correctly (and this is in fact what you are looking for) it has real home-baked turkey (none of that fake deli style stuff) stacked with stuffing, cranberry sauce, lettuce and usually rye or wheat.I get mayo on it as well. It's big and delicious. Served with fries and a pickle. So so so good. And I think it costs around $7-8. That's a meal!

                                                                                                                                                                1. re: purslane

                                                                                                                                                                  I had a great Thanksgiving sandwich--my favorite kind of sandwich too--at Fiore's in JP a couple of weeks ago. Best one I have had in a long time. They have good vegan cookies in there too (and this is coming, obviously, from a non-vegan).

                                                                                                                                                          2. re: Boston_Otter

                                                                                                                                                            I love Whole Foods. Except their sandwiches.

                                                                                                                                                          3. re: StriperGuy

                                                                                                                                                            C'mon, Stripes! Call it both ways!

                                                                                                                                                          4. Boston_Otter, no offense, but I assumed you were the owner of this restaurant when I read your post originally. I didn't reply, but seeing as this seems to be one of the most popular threads, I can't resist.

                                                                                                                                                            I've been to Good Food Cafe three times, and each time I ask myself, "Why does this restaurant exist?" It's not actually bad, I guess my favorite that I've tried was the Thanksgiving sandwich. Also had the meatball sub and something else. Haven't tried the one you like yet. The owner seems nice, but it's a little too personal for me. I much prefer Greek Corner, Hana Sushi, Qingdao, Joe Sent Me (buffalo wings!), and that's just on the same block! For sandwiches, I prefer the ones at Pemberton Gardens about .5 miles away (so it does get best sandwich on the block award from me, unless we count the gyro sandwich at Greek Corner).

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                                                                                                                                                            1. re: jtw

                                                                                                                                                              Which bring me back to my original point: not a bad sandwich per se, but not even on my list for "best 50 sammiches in beanville" nevermind flat out best...

                                                                                                                                                              1. re: StriperGuy

                                                                                                                                                                Again, it's just a matter of taste. Good Food bakes their own bread, roasts their own red peppers, roasts their turkey... and in my opinion, the quality really shows. Hell, I'm admittedly ignorant of a whole palette of flavors out there, since I'm eating veggie sandwiches. I'll couch my opinion as "for me, the best sandwiches I've found in the Somerville/Davis area". I've had enough enthusiastic replies to my post that at least some folks seem to agree :)

                                                                                                                                                              2. re: jtw

                                                                                                                                                                I'm most definitely not the owner -- just someone who really enjoyed their experiences at Good Food and wanted to make a recommendation. For myself, a vegetarian who has trouble finding a decent sandwich, their roasted red pepper & mozzarella sandwich was one of the tastiest sandwiches I've had in years, and certainly the best in the area. My friends all rave about the spicy beef and the 'gobbler'.

                                                                                                                                                                I guess the place exists for people like me and my friends, who love their food.

                                                                                                                                                              3. Not the best sandwich ever, but I have become a little addicted to the vegetarian sub at Viga, the place downtown in PI Alley - your choice of bread - and I think this is key - that you upgrade to the braided roll, over the standard wrap. You get some grilled eggplant, spinach, artichokes hearts, roasted red peppers and alfalfa sprouts, standard. Then I believe you can ask for additional toppings without extra charge, so long as it is not cheese. I do get some provolone for a reasonable 40 cent upgrade. It also comes standard with sort of a garlic mayo, but I also add oil and vinegar and s&p. It's $4.95 without the upgrades, and it is really helping satisfy my lunch urges without weighing me down. Odd paradox that - I am willing to spend more (slightly) there to get less than what I'd get at Al's, because Al's, gotta love 'im, those sandwiches are narcotic to my workday.

                                                                                                                                                                1. Oh yes yes yes! - the Texas Reuben from All Star is definintely one of the best sandwiches out there. Also, through Chowhound I discovered Domenic's in Waltham. I happen to live about a quarter mile away from the place and never would've bothered going in if it weren't for the reviews I read here. Nonetheless, the sandwiches are amazing! The ciabatta they use is top-notch. I also really love sandwiches from Darwin's, right down the street from All Star.

                                                                                                                                                                  1. I had a tasty catfish po boy sandwich at Highland Kitchen on Tuesday night. Bread was perfectly grilled/crisped up (where do they get their bread?) and the coating/breading/spicy seasoning on the fish was just right and so were the lightly dressed mixed greens. Victory Pils on tap rounded out the meal.

                                                                                                                                                                    1. Went to Good Food this weekend to see for myself - Out of one special (chicken salad) but still on the board - Had the other special of chicken, with avocado, couple other things and lemon mayo. Somewhat slow in making two sandwiches as noted here before, although would I have noticed if it had not been on my mind? Bread was excellent - a saving grace - Sandwich really was overwhelmed by lemon mayo - needed cheese, salt and pepper - entirely too sweet/sour - little total character.
                                                                                                                                                                      Very fresh ingredients a plus. I just got the sense that the person making the sandwich really had no idea of how to make a truly tasty sandwich. The whole was less than the sum of its parts, whereas great sandwiches are the opposite. Would I return? Sure, although I will have to be more forceful in asserting what makes a good sammy.

                                                                                                                                                                      1. I had an unreal Jerk Chicken Sammy at The Red Fez (Providence, certainly not Boston) last week. Well flavored, spicy and moist chicken on a roll with excellent coleslaw. Washed it down with a couple Victory Double IPA's, great night. The fries were excellent as well

                                                                                                                                                                        1. I've been following this thread and finally went to the Good Food Cafe this weekend. (not that easy to find, btw). I read about the sandwiches mentioned, but opted for the chicken, avocado, pesto, swiss and tomato. I was surprised to find that they press the sandwiches there. Was this the best sandwich ever? Well maybe, maybe not; but it was the best sandwich I've had in recent memory. Truely potently garlicky pesto and avocado that seemed to be not a day too late or early in ripeness. If I had one of these and a chacarero in front of me, it would be a tough call.

                                                                                                                                                                          1. This post has kept me thinking. So, my personal sandwich hall of fame:
                                                                                                                                                                            http://www.theweeklymeat.com/the_week...

                                                                                                                                                                            1. At the grease trucks in New Brunswick, NJ we used to get "Fat Sandwiches." My favorite was either the fat veggie indian: felafel, mozzarella sticks, french fries, marinara sauce, lettuce, tomato on a sub roll...or the fat moon: bacon, eggs, chicken fingers, french fries, mayo, ketchup, and lettuce, tomato, onion.

                                                                                                                                                                              I recently saw on Phantom Gourmet a place that makes sandwiches like this, but now I can't remember the name. It's best when consumed hideously drunk.

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                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: tamerlanenj

                                                                                                                                                                                Has anyone mentioned the BLT at Flour in Seaport...not cheap But OH MY I dont want it to end Perfect bread, smoked bacon( lots) , roasted tomatoes and arugula with a perfect light dressing ... a meal

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                                                                                                                                                                                  That is the funniest post I have ever read.

                                                                                                                                                                                2. lawd this thread is making me hungry!

                                                                                                                                                                                  if we can call a sub a sandwich, then Victor's in Ball Square needs to be mentioned for the veal parm and eggplant parm, oh my.

                                                                                                                                                                                  Flour Bakery used to have a tuna sandwich with pickled carrots and olive tapenade that had me traveling across town for it, the balance of flavor was so good.

                                                                                                                                                                                  and a little ol' shout out for the very simple ($4.50 IIRC) BLT at formaggio kitchen. they use really good tomatoes, lots of mayo, and great bacon and there's usually a few breads you can choose from. I'd give a shout out to their pulled pork on ciabatta from the saturday bbq, too.

                                                                                                                                                                                  and of course 1000 dittos for the cubano at chez henri, torta at lupita's and the bbq beef bahn mi at mei sum.

                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Another vote for Dough East Boston. The Vermonter is a masterpiece. Well worth the wait. Just look at this thing: "Maple turkey, smoked gouda cheese, bacon, sliced green apple and fresh red onion with a sun dried tomato mayo. Served on extra thick sliced multigrain and baked in our oven".

                                                                                                                                                                                    They have a handful of other sandwiches that could also be in the running depending on your taste. The Cajun Chicken Cheesesteak is excellent. Curried Chicken Salad is also good. I would recommend it on the regular sub roll as opposed to braided though.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Another deli with excellent sandwiches is the Tasty Gourmet in Medford. The Caesar Chicken Salad Melt is fantastic. Chicken salad, bacon, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, caesar, grilled on thick tomato basil bread.

                                                                                                                                                                                    Just wish these places were closer to my work!!

                                                                                                                                                                                    1. My brown bag lunch in the 10th grade. My dad packed roasted red peppers, crisp romaine, tomatoes, cucumbers, perfectly medium rare roast beef, pastrami, and a homemade honey mustard in individual plastic bags and then into a Tupperware with a toasted roll. The looks of awe and confusion from everyone in the cafeteria were priceless as I pieced together my gourmet lunch. : )

                                                                                                                                                                                      For less gourmet, I've always gotten a great sandwich down the street from Mass General at a sandwich shop that I can't remember the name of right now. The owners are Portuguese, I think. It's before the DD on Cambridge and right next to that liquor store.

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                                                                                                                                                                                      1. re: sox_foodie

                                                                                                                                                                                        It's Cafe Podima; I believe they're Turkish, actually (pretty sure that's a pic of Ataturk on the wall).

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                                                                                                                                                                                        Cafe Podima
                                                                                                                                                                                        156 Cambridge St, Boston, MA 02114

                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Boston: I'll be the hundredth person to cite the Chez Henri Cubano.

                                                                                                                                                                                        New York: Three sandwiches worth the trip:

                                                                                                                                                                                        Faicco's Italian Sub (one feeds two) -- the ultimate Italian sub from the back of a pork butcher shop. Nothing compares!

                                                                                                                                                                                        Rue B's:
                                                                                                                                                                                        --Spicy Sopressata, Sharp Provolone, Pepperoncini, and Arugula on ciabatta
                                                                                                                                                                                        --Smoked Bluefish Spread, Sweet Red Onions, Arugula on ciabatta

                                                                                                                                                                                        1. No one's mentioned Cafe Arpeggio on Broadway in South Boston. Their Arpeggio sandwich has turkey, pesto, roasted peppers, cheese, spinach and perhaps something else- it's been a while since I've had it. They serve a number of their sandwiches on boules which are very thick and delicious- not sure where the bread is from. Others come on foccacia- also good. They also have a turkey-cranberry-stuffing combo that's really good. The only thing there I've not liked is their tuna salad, which they make with rice which seems odd to me.

                                                                                                                                                                                          1. It's so hard to determine a "best," since in various categories, I like various things for favorites. Anyhow, a darn good sandwich, and I don't know if they still do it, is Parrish Cafe's Steak and Bleu Sandwich. I know they used to serve it in the summer and then in the winter it'd come up as a special from time to time. Pair that w/ the yummy Parrish potato salad and you've got a great meal!

                                                                                                                                                                                            1. If where talking about the best sandwich ever or sandwiches ever.
                                                                                                                                                                                              You have to try BOB'S deli in medford they have every hot or cold sandwich that u can imagine. This is one place that I can say that the quality and quantity of the sandwiches are excellent! If you in the medford area its a must try .

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                                                                                                                                                                                              1. re: gastropunk46

                                                                                                                                                                                                I posted recently on this thread about the lack of quality and consistency I was used to getting at Bob's as of late:

                                                                                                                                                                                                http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/623376

                                                                                                                                                                                                I have since made the move over to LaCascia's. I did call Bob's, and actually spoke to Bob himself. He apologized and offered to make me a new sandwich if I came back but at 5:30pm on a weeknight I was not going to drive all of the way back over there in traffic.
                                                                                                                                                                                                The main problem I had was it being the fourth or fifth time, in a row, I had problems with parts of my order there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                1. re: gastropunk46

                                                                                                                                                                                                  I wouldn't call Bob's sandwiches high quality. They are good but rather pedestrian. No special, artisanal, or organic ingredients. Quantity and price is very good there.

                                                                                                                                                                                                2. Hot Pastrami At Strip T's in Watertown. Great sandwich and huge.

                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. Just had that LaGrassa grilled texas brisket on pumpernickel with coleslaw and chipotle mayo - so wrong on so many levels, but so right. It has my vote until tomorrow, at least.

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                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. re: nsenada

                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Southwester @ Virgilios Bakery, Main St, Gloucester. Hot capicola, olive salad, provolone and romaine lettuce, oregano and olive oil on a fresh crusty Virglios sub roll......that and an Orangina and I am in heaven....

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        That sounds yummy, I need some lunch.

                                                                                                                                                                                                      2. Some additions since my last contribution to this thread:

                                                                                                                                                                                                        * Pork shoulder chimi at Alex's Chimis.
                                                                                                                                                                                                        * Open-face tuna melt with fresh tomato and really smoky bacon at Scup's in the Harbor
                                                                                                                                                                                                        * Sardine banh mi at King Do Baguette
                                                                                                                                                                                                        * Egg and eggplant sandwich from Clover Food Lab
                                                                                                                                                                                                        * Pork torta at Mike and Patty's
                                                                                                                                                                                                        * Gyros sandwich at Farm Grill & Rotisserie
                                                                                                                                                                                                        * Rings of Saturn (chicken cutlet/onion ring/BLT wrap) at Auntie B's
                                                                                                                                                                                                        * Curried tofu (mock egg salad) at Ula Cafe

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                                                                                                                                                                                                        1. re: MC Slim JB

                                                                                                                                                                                                          I'm a big fan of the gyro sandwich at the Farm Grill, but IMHO the raves are deserved only for the lamb and beef gyro sandwich, not the chicken gyro sandwich. Also note that even the lamb and beef gyro can range from transcendental to merely just good depending on how moist the meat is (which I imagine is a function of how long it's been on the spit).

                                                                                                                                                                                                          1. re: Blumie

                                                                                                                                                                                                            Agreed - that beef/lamb one is so amazingly good.

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. re: Blumie

                                                                                                                                                                                                              Speaking of gyros, I'd nominate the chicken gyro at Zo in Gov't Center.

                                                                                                                                                                                                          2. The Hubbard Park at Darwin's has to my pick. So simple but so good!

                                                                                                                                                                                                            1. try the Italian sub or Chicken Parm. at Panella's in Newton (near Upper Falls). It looks like a little convenience store and most people don't know about it...but if the local police eat there...you know it's good...the place is a gem!

                                                                                                                                                                                                              1. I had a "Tuscan Steak Sandwich" at La Grassa today - definitely up there on my list. Weighed about 20 pounds. Not sure what was so Tuscan about it, but it had slices of steak, cooked spinach, caramelized onions, and a blue cheese sauce (tasted like it was melted in bechamel) on a grilled ciabatta. Very messy eats, I left a puddle of blue cheese sauce under the park bench I ate it at.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                1. Hmm... there is this Italian place in Hoboken -- I can't recall the name of it, for some reason -- but they have these subs with fresh mozzarella and what I think was roasted bell peppers. Me and my friend (and her family as well) all call it "The Sandwich."
                                                                                                                                                                                                                  Also, any sandwich that combines pesto and mozzarella is a win in my book.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                  1. As a follow-up to my original post lauding the sandwiches at Good Food Cafe, has anyone been there recently? My last two visits were underwhelming to say the least, due to the quality of the bread taking a nose-dive... my last visit, I was told all they had were store-bought tortillas! Anyone know what's going on?

                                                                                                                                                                                                                    1. While most of my favorites have already been mentioned, here's one more:

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      The Buffalo Chicken Salad from Great Harvest in Lexington.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                      1. I literally dream about the fish sandwich at The Druid...
                                                                                                                                                                                                                        The Good Egg at Oxford Spa is pretty awesome, too.