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Apr 1, 2010 10:24 AM

Roly Poly in Boston

Anyone eaten there? It's at 189 Devonshire, I may try it tomorrow.

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  1. It is new, and seems to be the first local branch of a chain... have you tried it yet?

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    1. re: content

      I had the best of intentions, but wound up at Umberto's that day. Thanks for reminding me, I may try it out later this week - will post on it if I do.

    2. I’ve tried it a few times now. The first time was the day they opened which, although I know they had good intentions, should not have been the day they opened as they were not really ready for the public. Since then, the experience has been a bit better but they still seem slightly unprepared and the layout of the restaurant is indistinctly uncomfortable. That being said, the sandwiches…sorry…wraps aren’t that bad and are fairly inexpensive. I’ve had the hot Philly cheese steak each time and it was exactly what I expected for short money and nothing more. Don’t bother with the sauces they give you…from what I’ve tasted they are awful and ruin a perfectly mediocre wrap. If I had to guess I’d say this place will likely not survive as there are far superior sandwiches within walking distance but it seems as though they have a steady stream of patrons for now so maybe they’ll make it. Good luck to them. I wish any new place in the financial district the best of luck because I don’t want to see another Boloco or Cosi come in if I can help it.

      As a side note, I wish the original Grass Roots café was still next door…the cook in there was gifted at making simple yet tasty meals. His turkey plate, pulled pork, and mac and cheese were the best around. Unfortunately I don’t think he’s given the same latitude at the newish location across from Macy’s. I see construction at the old location, anyone know what’s going in there?

      200 Terminal St, Charlestown, MA 02129

      82 Water St, Boston, MA 02109

      Grass Roots Cafe
      101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

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      1. re: Piseach

        "Ruin a perfectly mediocre wrap" - excellent! Now I don't know that I'm so charged up about trying it, but we'll see - might at least poke my head in.

        1. re: Piseach

          I work across the street from Roly Poly and haven't made it in yet...just no real appeal for me.

          Grass Roots left because they were facing a big rent increase. BTW, their chef has been a fixture in the financial district for 30+ YEARS, built a big following and used to make huge sandwiches under the previous GR ownership. The new owners sort of reeled him in. Old timers may remember him from the Chickie's days...and many customers followed him to GR when they closed.

          Cafe Dino on the corner of Devonshire and Milk isn't bad..right on the corner and down a few, dreary eat in but good takeout.

          Cafe Dino
          45 Milk St, Boston, MA 02109

          Grass Roots Cafe
          101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

          1. re: 9lives

            I actually used to really enjoy eating in at Dino's. It's like someone dug out a restaurant in the ground, and had to snake around big rock deposits. It's bigger than it looks down there. Oddly charming.

          2. re: Piseach

            Just had an "on the go" wrap from them. It was quite small, but fairly inexpensive. $5 for a wrap and a drink. The ingredients were pretty good quality, especially given that it was pre-made. I had a whole wheat wrap with avocado, turkey, dried cranberries, and walnuts. Definitely not awesome, but a good alternative to boloco, cosi, viga, et. al. Fits in well with my new aspirational weekday austerity measures.