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Oct 28, 2009 11:07 AM

Speed's Has Added Grilled Pastrami and it's worth a special visit

We were working on a story for Serious Eats when we discovered the Chef Greg at Speed Boston Dog has added a grilled pastrami sandwich to his menu. It is delicious, warm, melting with crispy bacon-like edges. I'm salivating writing about it.

Now we're going to have to have both a Speed's dog and a Pastrami sandwich on our visits. Might be best to bring some friends with you.

He recommends mustard and barbeque sauce on it-- try it that way first. It was perfect.

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  1. And it looks like he'll be there on Saturdays through November-woo hoo! Maybe I can get my sister up from CT for a dog and pastrami. Oh my lord!

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    1. The look on Mario's face has me convinced. Thanks BZ.

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      1. re: yumyum

        Boston Brisket does make a nice Pastrami, but BBQ sauce on Pastrami -- you must be in Boston..........

        1. re: itaunas

          That's what I thought until I tasted it. I also hesitated about what is on the Speed dog but it does work.

      2. That photo put me over the edge. Guess where I'll be tomorrow for lunch.......

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        1. re: catsmeow

          Those photos is what is defined as "Food Porn"

        2. I guess the steak sandwich experiment has been abandoned. I saw it a couple of times, went for the dog, and then tried multiple times afterward to get it, but he never brought it back. This seems worth a spin!

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          1. re: MC Slim JB

            someone ratted him out to the city that he was serving steak sandwiches and without proper refrigeration he had to take them off the menu. that visit from the city is also why he had to move location from where they had always set up.

            1. re: jack daniels

              Dang - I had the best intentions of trying the steak, but could never bring myself to pass up the dog. Hopefully he'll still be doing Saturdays after my physical in mid-November (got to keep the cholesterol down temporarily).

              1. re: jack daniels

                I don't understand: steak needs refrigeration, but hot dogs don't need it?


                1. re: MC Slim JB

                  My guess is it's because the dogs and pastrami are fully cooked

                2. re: jack daniels

                  He's still in Newmarket Square, though?

                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                    Still at Newmarket Square in front of Katsiboura's (sp?) Fruit. I got my first Speed's dog last week --YUM!--and saw some folks getting the Pastrami, which looked really good, too. Greg is gregarious --I felt very comfortable sitting on his picnic table eating alone and chatting with Greg and other customers.

                    1. re: alohagirl

                      He does seem to attract the nicest group of customers, doesn't he? I've gone by myself and felt perfectly at home with the guys who come to enjoy the dogs. I also love to sit there nibbling and watch and listen as regulars order by holding up fingers for two or three or just saying "my usual."

                      Speed's seems to have its own friendly community.

                    2. re: Bob Dobalina

                      Katsiroubas (no apostrophe, ha!) Bros., 42 Newmarket Square, just a little up the right side of the triangle that is Newmarket. They're the ones with the ubiquitous forest-green produce trucks; they supply a lot of restaurants. You can see it from the old Speed's location. Actually a little less dusty and big-rig-exhausty than the original.


                      1. re: MC Slim JB

                        Last time I was there, he had a big sign up in the old spot with an arrow pointing to where he was now that said he'd moved.

                        1. re: jgg13

                          I went this afternoon and had the pastrami with mustard but no BBQ sauce. The sandwich was terrific. What makes the pastrami special is the cooking method, not the meat. Good, but not great pastrami. Worth the trip for either the hot dog or the pastrami.

                          1. re: laulauman

                            This is torture - I have to get one of these. I've always thought that the Pearl dogs (and the ones he's using now) tasted like pastrami to begin with (I think it's the coriander seed). And pastrami is the most sensual of all the salted cured meats.

                            1. re: nsenada

                              Thank you nsenada, you've given me a perfect excuse for going back and ordering one of each. I need to see if there is a note of pastrami in the dog.

                        2. re: MC Slim JB

                          I know this info has been passed back and forth many times, but I really want to try and get my first dog before the season comes. Do we have any ideas when Speed's will pack it up? I'm aiming for a Tuesday afternoon- probably next week. I've got my hopes up!

                          1. re: voodoocheese

                            Greg says he plans to keep Speed's open right through the winter. Current hours are 9:30a-4:30p M-F, 10:30a-3:30p Sat. You can always call to see if he's open on any particular day (bad weather in all seasons keeps him closed): 617-839-01012.


                  2. It's pretty damned tasty. A bit lean for my taste, a product of grilling over wood charcoal and a pretty lean version of pastrami to begin with: it's one of three varieties produced by the adjacent Boston Brisket Co., and Greg says he thinks he's one of a handful of people actually ordering that product. The charred roll is a plus. I had Greg go light on his (kinda sweet) barbecue sauce, but the combination with yellow mustard works well. (He's selling jars of his BBQ sauce and relish for $8 each now.)

                    Also a hot news flash: he's looking at a location in Peters Park on Washington Street in the South End. That would be pretty amazing, and a lot more accessible for many people: it's not far from the New England Medical Center and Back Bay stops on the Orange Line, the Arlington stop on the Green Line, and it's really close to the E. Berkeley stop on the Silver Line.


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                    1. re: MC Slim JB

                      Lean, eh? That, plus my faith in the scientists that discovered that brisket is health food ( may prompt a pre-blood-work visit to Speed's.

                      1. re: nsenada

                        Lean for pastrami probably doesn't qualify as lean-lean. But overly lean (to my taste) pastrami is pretty common these days.