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Lauren R. Jan 8, 2009 10:20 AM

I just had my first sandwich from Sam LaGrassa's on Province Street in the financial district. I went with a colleague who pretty much insisted I get one of the Sam's specials - I ended up ordering the roast beef special, which was tender roast beef, roasted red peppers, caramelized onions, warm melted swiss cheese, and a creamy BBQ sauce that almost brought me to tears (in a good way). At $11 for a sandwich and a diet coke, this is not a recession-friendly lunch destination by any means. But, I think I could die now secure in the knowledge that I've had the best sandwich within a 5 mile radius of my office.

  1. Prav Jan 8, 2009 10:28 AM

    What is this sex you talk of? Where can a hound find it?

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    1. re: Prav
      Lauren R. Jan 8, 2009 10:30 AM

      Just go to Sam's - it's cheaper and less messy.

      1. re: Lauren R.
        AHan Jan 8, 2009 10:42 AM

        No, it's not.
        Good corned beef though.

    2. applehome Jan 8, 2009 10:44 AM

      Yeah - wish they could get away from the portugeuse buns and soft ryes.

      1. hiddenboston Jan 8, 2009 10:54 AM

        Heh, I thought that was an arrow. Got me thinking, What exactly is going on at Sam LaGrassa's these days? :-D

        I really need to try their sandwiches at some point. Their hours don't really allow me much of a chance to get there, as I am almost never in Boston on a weekday...

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        1. re: hiddenboston
          Mr Bigglesworth Jan 8, 2009 11:12 AM

          Lauren. Take a trip out to Dominick's in Waltham. I think you'd really like it - killer sandwiches.

          1. re: Mr Bigglesworth
            Lauren R. Jan 8, 2009 11:35 AM

            Thanks for the rec! I'm car-less so don't get out that way much, but if I'm in the area, what's your go-to order?

            1. re: Lauren R.
              bachslunch Jan 8, 2009 01:39 PM

              You actually don't need a car to get to Waltham from Boston -- commuter rail runs out from North Station to this town. Domenic's is a bit of a walk up Main Street from the train stop, but certainly not an unreasonable hike, either. They do make excellent sub sandwiches there, among the best in the Greater Boston area.

              1. re: Lauren R.
                pondrat Jan 8, 2009 04:49 PM

                In my opinion there are 2 go-to orders:

                The Eggplant parmesan panini (melenzane) on their atrtisan bread, the Dom's special, or if you want to compare to your roast beef, get the Manzo (roast beef, carmelized onions and gorgonzola).

                You can also order trays of the melenzane... really good stuff. Well worth the ride.

                see: http://www.getdoms.com/

              2. re: Mr Bigglesworth
                heypielady Jan 16, 2009 09:59 AM

                My office was desperate in need of a new place for the lunch rotation (We are in Watertown). Went to Dominic's today off this recommendation and was very pleased. I had the Coppa panini with coppa, pickled eggplant (which I adore) and arugala. Delicious! And it reminded me of the sandwiches I had in Rome this summer.

                Most of my co-workers were pleased too. Some got chicken parm. Some got other deli sandwiches. One co-worker got the meatball panini and didn't like it. He thought the meatballs were too dense or too tight. I could have told him he was ordering poorly. It's not a sub shop...

                1. re: heypielady
                  Blumie Jan 16, 2009 05:01 PM

                  I love Dominic's, but much prefer the cold sandwiches to the hot ones.

              3. re: hiddenboston
                9lives Jan 8, 2009 11:43 AM

                They used to be open Sat..some years back..and may reopen again if the 45 Province St hi rise ever gets completed and occupied..same with the Chacarero on Province.

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                9lives Jan 8, 2009 11:15 AM

                A friend and I went halves on a corned beef and pastrami this week. Good as ever and I could easily overlook the subpar light rye.

                While it was great, I don't know about "better than sex,' maybe you're doing it wrong..::)...or you could have sex while eating a pastrami sandwich, messy but the best of all worlds..:)

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                1. re: 9lives
                  nsenada Jan 8, 2009 12:13 PM

                  Must also be watching TV to hit the trifecta. Pastrami is the most sensuous of the smoked meats.

                  1. re: 9lives
                    pemma Jan 9, 2009 05:09 AM

                    There was a Seinfeld where George was eating a pastrami or corned beef sandwich while having sex.

                  2. yumyum Jan 8, 2009 11:16 AM

                    Oh man. I love it here.

                    1. Lauren R. Jan 8, 2009 11:28 AM

                      Ok maybe it wasn't actually better than sex, c'mon guys, it was a HYPERBOLE.

                      The best would be having a hot sesh with Russell Crowe and then afterwards having Russell buy me the roastbeef Sam-wich and eating it while he gazed lovingly into my eyes.

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                      1. re: Lauren R.
                        hiddenboston Jan 8, 2009 11:35 AM

                        Once you see the trailer for the upcoming Russell Crowe movie, you might decide to change your mind. He looks like someone who was kicked out of Uriah Heep.

                        So other than the roast beef and corned beef sandwiches at Sam LaGrassa's, what else is worth getting there?

                        1. re: hiddenboston
                          Mr Bigglesworth Jan 8, 2009 11:37 AM

                          Lauren, the Parma sandwich is great, but honestly, I like pretty much everything there... If you do make it out there, I'd strongly suggest heading on over to the amazing Russo's on your way home- amazing amazing market.

                          1. re: Mr Bigglesworth
                            Lauren R. Jan 8, 2009 11:56 AM

                            Biggles, are you trying to convince me to move to the 'burbs at the tender age of 26?? :)

                          2. re: hiddenboston
                            applehome Jan 8, 2009 12:36 PM

                            The pickles are good. Order a side - they'll give you a whole plateful. The soups are very good.

                            1. re: hiddenboston
                              Rubee Jan 8, 2009 12:44 PM

                              My favorite was the pressed chipotle pastrami with chipotle honey mustard, while E's was the brisket special. Now I'm hungry.....

                              Chipotle pastrami -

                              Sam Lagrassa's
                              44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108

                              1. re: Rubee
                                Pia Jan 17, 2009 05:00 PM

                                I love the grilled veggie sandwich -- I'm not a vegetarian, but I'm not into the big meaty sandwiches (still talking about food here). It's great that they have yummy veggie options along with the big piles of meat.

                              2. re: hiddenboston
                                Joanie Jan 9, 2009 05:24 AM

                                Out of all this talk, Uriah Heep is what caught my eye. You gotta be looking bad to be a Uriah Heep reject. One of the local bookers asked me if I thought people would be interested if they came to the area and at least 3 of us would. "Easy Livin" baby. As far as Sam's go, didn't it become even harder to get there with a further restriction of opening times a year or so ago? I do need to return one day.

                                Now if it were Ryan Gosling feeding me sandwiches...

                                1. re: Joanie
                                  hiddenboston Jan 9, 2009 05:49 AM

                                  Easy Livin', indeed!


                                  How is the Cuban sandwich at Sam LaGrassa's? I'm always looking for a good version of that...

                                  1. re: hiddenboston
                                    nsenada Jan 16, 2009 10:40 AM

                                    I know it's non-traditional, but it is my favorite sandwich there. It's on a sesame braided roll, topped with a sweet/spicy chipotle mayo, contains gruyere (I think), sliced roast pork, and pickle chips. I also really like their brisket sandwich special on Tuesdays.

                                2. re: hiddenboston
                                  Taralli Jan 9, 2009 06:14 AM

                                  Office fav is the Jumbo Reuben.

                                  Sam Lagrassa's
                                  44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108

                                3. re: Lauren R.
                                  enhF94 Jan 8, 2009 12:01 PM

                                  Hyperboule? Is that better than a regular boule? :D

                                  1. re: enhF94
                                    Mr Bigglesworth Jan 8, 2009 01:03 PM

                                    Lauren, I would do no such thing... but a zip car account certainly ain't a bad thing... and Russo's prices and quality is insanely good. I only know Waltham because I work there....

                                    And to be 26 again :-)

                                  2. re: Lauren R.
                                    9lives Jan 8, 2009 01:38 PM

                                    I'm just funning with you. I happen to be 1 of SLG's biggest fans and it's fun to hear from someone who enjoys it as much as me experience it for the first time.

                                    Another great sandwich is the Chacarerro..next door on Province or on Arch St.

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                                    gramercyfoodie Jan 8, 2009 01:30 PM

                                    I am so with you. I left in awe.

                                    1. steinpilz Jan 8, 2009 04:50 PM

                                      Love the title of this thread - guess I'll have to go there! Hoperfully this is the start of a new Chowhound trend.

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                                        stradacouple Jan 8, 2009 06:01 PM

                                        Sam's is the best. Big enough to share and always good!

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                                          Blumie Jan 9, 2009 09:11 AM

                                          Wow, a lot of love (so to speak) for Sam LaGrassa. I think Sam's, Chacarero and Dominic's are three of the best Boston-area sandwiches (probably would throw in others, like Al's, ASSB and a gyro from Farm Grill), but they're really not at all comparable; they all offer very different products. Sometimes you feel like a nut, sometimes you don't.

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                                            grabtrees Jan 16, 2009 10:04 AM

                                            the sounds incredible!

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                                              beeker77 Jan 17, 2009 05:57 PM

                                              This was our office favorite, and was mine for the past two years.. but as for the Corned Beef / other meats these days? Eh. The last ten times we've ordered, I've noticed the meats to be overly fatty, and practically inedible. I'm honestly not sure what happened, and why., but our entire office has noticably been ordering elsewhere these days. I'm shocked no one else has mentioned this.

                                              1. pecan sandie Sep 8, 2009 09:35 AM

                                                The roast beef sandwich is like sex on a plate lol. I'm willing to say it's the best roast beef sandwich I've had in Boston.

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                                                  Gabatta Sep 8, 2009 10:16 AM

                                                  Agreed, their RB is awesome. I was in the area last week and got a surprisingly bad sandwich from Chacarero (Province St. location). I was bummed I did not go to LaGrassa's instead. I won't make that mistake again.

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