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Best Sandwich Destinations Within 1hr of Boston?

I know that there was just a "best sandwich in Boston" thread, but that's not really what I'm looking for.

I'm looking more for a sandwich DESTINATION: a place that serves not one great sandwich, but numerous fantastic (and, preferably, inventive) sandwich options. A real professional sandwich establishment. And I don't care if it's in Boston -- I'm willing to travel for this one, to pretty much anywhere in the greater (and I mean greater) Boston/Eastern Mass area.

Anyone have any places that fit the bill? It doesn't have to have JUST sandwiches, but multiple great offerings are key. Thanks!

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  1. Tuto's

    Hyde Park, MA
    1893 River St, Hyde Park, MA
    (617) 361-4700

    Italian with imported provolone - no lettuce

    Or the lamb and eggplant sandwich at Artu on Charles Street Boston

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    1. re: gyppielou

      Tutto Italiano has multiple locations: Hyde Park, Lakeville, Lexington, Wellesley and the North End. It's an Italian deli with wonderful sandwiches on great bread. Not a sit-down sandwich destination but high-quality food.


    2. Dominic's Deli in Waltham.

      My fav panini:

      Tonno--imported yellowfin tuna in olive oil, black olive tappennade, house marinated artichokes, baby greens (best if you get them to stir the tuna up so you get enough oil to soak the sandwich)

      Melenzane--house made neapolitan melenzane ‘al funghetto’ topped with smoked mozzarella and basil (I think this is one of the best sandwiches in Boston, but the one I had last weekend really wasn't up to it's usual quality, almost like it hadn't been marinated for long enough)

      Manzo--house-made garlic roast beef, caramelized onion, gorgonzola, arugula (always great, as long as they don't run out of roast beef, which is frequent by the time Sat rolls around)

      Parma--imported ‘black label’ parma ham, basil marinated tomatoes, fresh mozzarella (lovely fresh flavors, but eat it right away or the ciabatini will get soaked and loose that amazing texture)

      Descriptions taken from their website (my comments)

      Closes early so not good for after work, packed at lunch, and the sandwiches are sometimes surprisingly inconsistent (see melenzane above), but when they are on they are really on. And the fresh ciabatini is the best you'll ever have (at least that is consistent).

      987 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

      1. Bob's Food Store Medford
        Anthony's Stoneham

        1. Sam La Grassa in Boston (which you no doubt have seen on the other sandwich threads) definitely fits the bill. Pricey, but I'm always torn about what to get there, and there are many good options. I love their non-traditional Cuban, Grilled Texas Brisket, pastrami, reuben, london broil, roast beef. It's all amazingly good.

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          1. re: nsenada

            Never heard of Domenic's, but they've clearly got a passionate fan in you and their Yelp reviews are great, so I'm filing this one away for sure. As for Sam LaGrassa's, I've been there 8 billion times. Yes, their sandwiches are incredible, but I'm looking for something a little more out-of-bounds.

            1. re: nsenada

              I wish La Grassa's was open on weekends!

            2. Parish Cafe in Boston. Unique chef-designed sandwiches. I love the Regal Regis - sliced steak and portobello on a romano cheese roll.

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              1. re: FoonFan

                Had the Cushman O Ya sandwich today - it was amazing. Seared yellowfin tuna on a sesame seed fluffy bun, with spicy mayo, greens, tomato, and pickled ginger. Definitely a "more than the sum of the parts" sandwich.

              2. I'm not going to argue that it's the absolute best within an hour of downtown, but I'd say the Linden Store, Wellesley, is right up there and well worth a visit. The place has been around for ages and is popular with the landscaping/construction crowd. I love their sandwich with tomatoes, mozzarella, roasted peppers, balsamic and fresh basil (the "Caitlyn" iirc). Huge and ultra-fresh.

                Linden Store
                162 Linden St, Wellesley, MA 02482

                1. All Star Sandwich bar in Cambridge. Flat Patties in Cambridge (classics: burger, roast beef, pulled pork).

                  All Star Sandwich Bar
                  1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139

                  Flat Patties
                  81 Mount Auburn St, Cambridge, MA 02138

                    1. I have not yet been to Dharma Buns, newly opened in Lowell www.dharmabuns.net but the reviews I've read are thus far favorable, and I like the idea that they are roasting their beef and turkey in-house, and have their rolls baked specially for them. They only have a few sandwich choices, because their aim is to do a few things very well. They also have soups, Belgian fries, and some 60 bottled beers. Lowell also has some wonderful banh mi sandwiches but they are mostly from take-out places.

                      1. I second Bob's Food Store and Domenic's. Both are AWESOME.

                        987 Main St, Waltham, MA 02451

                        1. Dave's Fresh Pasta right out side of Davis Square on Holland st. in Somerville. Amazing.

                          Dave's Fresh Pasta
                          81 Holland St, Somerville, MA 02144

                          1. Much as it's not known primarily for sandwiches, I'd add Russo's, because they have multiple amazing sandwiches. I've ha the meatball and sausage subs, but I've heard raves about the others.

                            1. Scups (mentioned in a recent post) in East Boston. In a working boat yard. Delicious BLT with cheddar from the creator of Emma's.

                              1. I think that Iggy's has some great sandwiches. My favorites are the tuna and mozzerella cheese and tomato. They also have great pizza slices. The catch is that they bring out sandwiches and pizza about 11 and when they are gone, that's it. They don't make them to order.

                                1. The Good Food Store in Walpole MA
                                  try the Ranchero sandwich

                                  1. Neillio's Gourmet Kitchen in Lexington has good sandwiches. But the "Turkey Terrific" is the "worth driving for" one. Classic day-after-Thanksgiving sandwich on a French roll. They roast 18 turkeys a day!