HOME > Chowhound > Greater Boston Area >


Sandwiches and Fresh Bread?

  • c

Does this comination exist in Back Bay? I am willing to travel to South End as well if it is impossible to find in Back Bay. I think this has been one of the most frustrating things to find in this area. All I want is a good sandwich on a nice FRESH multigrain bread...help?! We need more sandwich/lunch spots in this city. There are a million offices in the Copley and Pru alone to keep something like this in business. Who wants to deal with those food courts?!

  1. Click to Upload a photo (10 MB limit)
  1. DeLuca's market on Newbury St. has decent sandwiches but only for carry-out. Otherwise you could go to Flour Cafe & Bakery in the South End, where you'll find mostly excellent sandwiches on mostly excellent breads.

    1. mike + patty's make excellent sandwiches and use iggy's multigrain (with flax!). they're in bay village (church street), so not too far away.
      also, nashoba brook bakery on columbus. great sandwiches on their own bread.

      3 Replies
      1. re: porcospino

        I believe the Nashoba Brook Bakery closed their Boston location in late 2007. I used to love those sandwiches though.

        In the same general area, Finale in the Park Plaza actually has decent (but expensive) sandwiches at lunch time (I'm talking to you chicken salad). And the bread at Viga on Stuart St always seemed pretty fresh.

        1. re: ChocolateMilkshake

          Ha! I had no idea Nashoba Brook closed that location! Sorry to hear it... it was a good spot.
          On the Viga note... I walked past it by chance the other day, having never heard if it at all, and was amazed to see a line of people waiting outside before noon! That is always a good sign, IMO. Not sure how the food is, having never eaten there myself, but if you can get people lined up for lunch, you're doing something right.

          1. re: porcospino

            viga' s pizza is good, its pastas are ok, but the portions are enormous for the price. i used to work right near there and there really is nothing else within a couple blocks for take-out except an au bon pain.

      2. Flour Bakery in the South End has the BEST sandwiches and soups. Breads are homemade and excellent

        1. Formaggio on Shawmut uses great bread for their sandwiches.

          1. Au bon Pain. Ha! Just kidding. Seriously though, as I recall, Parish Cafe uses fresh breads for their sandwiches. I don't know who the vendor is though. I used to walk by each day when I used to work in the Back Bay and the bread guy was always dropping off bread in the mornings.

            1 Reply
            1. re: BackBayGirl

              why the dig at au bon pain? everything is baked fresh and the sandwiches are a good value compared to many other places like it. beats the hell out of cosi which brags about its bread -- which to me is more like cardboard.

            2. Also, during Farmers' Market season, Iggy's has a stand at the Copley Square Farmers' Market and they sell sandwiches on their fresh bread.

              1. flour bakery and cafe has delicious sandwiches! my favorite. deluca's sandwiches are ok but not the best ive had

                1. High Rise Bakery and also Darwin's near Harvard Sq. on Mt. Auburn street fits the bill. Formaggio Kitchen and Whole Foods Market are other options.

                  1 Reply
                  1. re: robertlf

                    hi-rise and darwin's aren't exactly convenient to the back bay for a quick sandwich dash for lunch.

                  2. Try Appleton Bakery on the corner of Appleton and Dartmouth. A 5 min. walk from the Dartmouth exit of Copley Mall. They have delish sandwiches on homemade bread - not positive about multigrain but it's always good. Also the South End Buttery has great sandwiches... but it's a bit further into the South End than Appleton. Enjoy!

                    1. Been a while since I worked in that neighborhood, but I occasionally picked up a sandwich at Davio's To Go and ate it in the Public Garden. Billy's Sub Shop on Berkeley Street just over the Turnpike does a pretty decent gyros sandwich. Caffe Jaffa is a pasable Israeli joint. The Parish Cafe does good if not exactly budget-priced sandwiches, also useful for takeout (call ahead). Oddly enough, I found the hot Italian sandwiches at Maggiano's pretty good, though predictably they are big enough for two lunches.

                      Further afield, I often hit Chinatown for banh mi (Mei Sum was my favorite, but I've also had good ones since at 163 Vietnamese Sandwich), Felafel King on Winter St for falafel sandwiches, and Pita Kabob at the downtown Hyatt for excellent kubideh and other Persian kebab sandwiches.