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Best Sandwiches in Boston

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I love Flour Bakery for their fresh sandwiches made with house baked whole wheat foccacia, but I am looking for other places around that are just as good (or maybe even better!).

Flour Bakery + Cafe
12 Farnsworth St, Boston, MA

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  1. My favorite sandwich for overall sensory satisfaction is the Banh Mi at Pho Viet at the Super 88/Hong Kong Supermarket food court in Allston.

    Pho Viet
    1095 Commonwealth Ave, Boston, MA 02215

    1. Some of my favorite sando's in the metro Boston area:

      - Chacarerro
      - Pastrami at Sam La Grassa
      - Roast lamb at Artu
      - porchetta at my house
      - Kelly's Roast Beef
      - breakfast egg sandwich at Magnificent Muffin (Somerville)

      Magnificent Muffin
      1118 Broadway, Somerville, MA

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      1. re: yumyum

        Dominic's in Waltham: Melanzane (house made Neapolitan Melenzane ‘al funghetto’ with smoked mozzarella and basil on their wonderful fresh ciabatini), $8.50

        1. re: Tir_na_nOg

          Oh yes. And how could I forget my one true-love? Carne Asada torta at Tacos Lupita.

        2. re: yumyum

          Now I'm really thinking about this I'd add:

          - Cubano at Chez Henri
          - Soft shell crab sando at Courthouse (in season)
          - Artichoke and fontina at Dave's Fresh
          - Prego at J+J Food

          Chez Henri
          1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

          1. re: yumyum

            Don't forget the lobster salad sandwich at Alive n Kicking (Cambridge). I clearly have a sandwich fetish.

          2. re: yumyum

            Second the Roast Lamb with Marinated Eggplant at Artu. Still superb after all these years.

          3. Some of my standbys:

            - Fern's Problem-Solver @ Hi-Rise
            - Texas Reuben @ All-Star
            - "Cubano" Torta @ Olecito
            - Cuban Reuben @ Highland Kitchen
            - Banh Mi @ Mix and/or Pho Viet
            - Presunto e Queijo Fresco @ Atasca
            - grilled PBJ+banana+nutella on When Pigs Fly apple-cinnamon bread at my house (I just thought of this, and haven't actually tried it yet, but it's almost certain to be the greatest thing ever)

            At the lower end, I admit to weaknesses for:

            - Boston College @ Kiraz
            - Chicken/Hummus @ Cheddar's
            - The Navaho @ The Cheesecake Factory

            1. PMT (proscuitto, mozzarella, & tomato) w/basil and olive oil on house baked torpedo roll from Tutto Italiano. Also their sopressata friuliani w/ imported provolone (the happy breath special ;-)

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              1. re: taooffood

                My friend and I have been in search for the best traditional reuben in the City. What we have found so far is that the edge goes to Sam La Grassa. Mike's in Brookline comes close. The beef at Mikes may be a bit better, but not quite good enough.

                Thoughts, comments, recomendations?

                1. re: bostonrich1234

                  Definitely and wholeheartedly second Sammy's. Their reuben is head and shoulders over any other reuben in town and a few in reuben-esque cities like New York.

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

                2. re: taooffood

                  Just for an FYI, Tutto Italiano in the NE closed this summer. He reopened in the old Martignetti's space and it's now called DePasquale's Pasta; but Joe from Tutto is running it. Same great sandwiches.

                  Fresh Cheese reopened on Fleet in the old Tutto space..also make a good sandwich.

                  I'm a fan of many of the above mentioned. Hot Tomatoes makes great sandwiches; favorites of mine are meatball or bolognese. A friend loves the veggie.

                  Pizzeria Rico on Bromfield makes a great Thxgiving sandwich, fresh roasted turkey( no turkey roll, white and dark meat, stuffing, gravy and cranberry. Thurs only.

                  Fresh Cheese
                  81 Endicott St, Boston, MA 02113

                  Pizzeria Rico
                  32 Bromfield St, Boston, MA 02108

                  Hot Tomatoes
                  261 North St, Boston, MA 02113

                3. I love the sweet potato sandwich at Crema Cafe in Harvard Sq. Perfect combo of textures and tastes. Really amazing sandwich!

                  Crema Cafe
                  27 Brattle St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                  1. Extra-spicy tofu bahn mi (Mei Sum Bakery)
                    Cubano (Chez Henri)
                    Lamb with goat cheese and tomato chutney (Flour)
                    Fancy Egg Sandwich (Mike and Patty's)
                    Tuna Wrap (Kookoo Cafe)
                    Lobster BLT (B&G Oyster)
                    Sloppy Joe (Hot Tomatoes)
                    Beef on Weck (All Star Sandwich Bar)
                    Lentil Kofte and Chicken Kebab (Brookline Family Restaurant)
                    Arepa with Queso--plus garlicky sauce (Viva mi Arepa)

                    Looking forward to trying:
                    Speed's Pastrami
                    everything at Cutty's (opening soon in Brookline Village)

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                    1. re: lizbomze

                      ...Also the
                      Goldy's smoked fish bagel sandwich (Bagel Rising)
                      Farmer's Lunch (City Feed)

                      1. re: lizbomze

                        Volle Nolle, on Hanover in the North End, is the most unassuming , tiny place with the best sandwiches. My favorite is the chicken breast with roasted peppers and onions,spinach, basil mayonnaise and mozzarella, all warm and melty on a baguette.

                        Volle Nolle
                        351 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

                    2. Pork Torta - Mike & Patty's
                      Hot Cooked Tongue - Michael's Deli
                      Hot Lobster Roll - Neptune Oyster
                      Meatball Sub - Dino's

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                      1. re: ilovedessert

                        meridian special sandwich at meridian market in east boston.

                        1. re: messyheat

                          Great sandwich!

                          Pace's is making an imitation but it's not nearly as good.


                          1. re: messyheat

                            Just to clarify- the meridian special is prosciutto, chicken cutlet, bocconcini, roasted peppers, basil & olive oil. it all goes together so well.

                            The chicken parm sub is killer too.

                        2. Two of my favorites are, the potato & egg at Sam Scola's in the North End, and any cold cut sub at Previte's in Weymouth. Hard to beat in my opinion. Let's not get into the Elsie's discussion again.

                          1. cubano at chez henri in cambridge
                            banh mi at pho viet in allston
                            chacarero at chacarero in downtown crossing
                            meridian special at meridian market in east boston
                            roast beef sandwich at beachmont roast beef in revere and billy's roast beef in wakefield
                            hot pastrami sandwich at arthur's deli in chelsea
                            reuben sandwich at lendy's deli in saugus

                            1. The Schlesinger at the Parish Cafe...come on, it's made with banana bread...heaven. I just went looking for it and it's only on as a summer special :(

                              1. I love the grilled Texas brisket sandwich at LaGrassa (despite the fact that it's not barbecue), and their Italian steak sandwich - pretty sure it's sliced london broil, gorgonzola, bechamel, and caramelized onions.
                                Chacarero is a given (regular chicken with orangey hot sauce).
                                I think I had some kind of torta at that place on Bedford Street that was actually pretty good.
                                Hot Tomatoes sloppy joe is great

                                Hot Tomatoes
                                261 North St, Boston, MA 02113

                                101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

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                                1. re: nsenada

                                  Looks like Chacarero upped their sandwich prices again - small regular chicken now $7.

                                  1. re: nsenada

                                    Their prices are getting to be a bit much for a chicken sandwich with green beans and avocado spread. If I am going to pay $9 for a sandwich (I usually get a large), I rather spend that same $9 at Sam LaGrassa's.

                                    1. re: Gordough

                                      Just had the same conversation with one of my coworkers, however, it's still slightly cheaper than LaGrassa, and still something that I have to eat at least 2 times a week. I do think that I might be more inclined to go to LaGrassa's when all things are equal now, though.

                                2. The Pulled Pork Sandwich at Redbones in Somerville, Davis Sq. is a winner.

                                  1. Pesto Chicken on Focaccia at Dave's Fresh Pasta. Anything at Dave's. Come hungry.