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Jul 26, 2010 11:28 AM

Best sandwich in boston?

I'm headed out for a long weekend, and need some places to go where a guy can get a really good sandwich. It's gotta be in the city, since I won't have a car.

It can be something simple like a deli, or something unusual and interesting, or whatever -- quality is all that matters to me. For reference, my favorites are Paseo in Seattle, Parisi in Denver, Mr. Beef in Chicago, places like that.

Any recommendations?

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  1. If you want a "sandwich" that is unique to Boston/New England, stop by Neptune Oyster in the North End and get the best lobster roll in town. If you are just looking for a typical sandwich selection with very high quality ingredients, check out Sam LaGrassa's on Province Street.

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    1. re: Gordough

      Sam LaGrassa's was the sandwich place Guy Fieri visited while filming his Food Network show here last summer. They have the best pastrami in the city (in my opinion) and their Chipolte Pastrami sandwich is amazing.

      I'd also recommend All-Star Sandwich Bar in Inman Square. My favorite there is the roast beef w/ horseradish, with a side of 3 deviled eggs for $0.99.

      1. re: TroyOLeary

        Haven't been to ASSBar in a while - that brisket sandwich of theirs was great. I also like typing "ASSBar."

        1. re: TroyOLeary

          I think their pastrami is some of the best I have had anywhere.

            1. re: StriperGuy

              I've been.

              I'm not saying LaGrassa's is better, but it is probably just as satisfying an experience for me personally. There are plenty of other things in NYC which Boston has no answer for.

              1. re: Gabatta

                Our pastrami tastebuds clearly come from totally different universes. LaGrassa's just tweaks up a commercial product.

                Honestly in my book, not even in the same ballpark.

                1. re: StriperGuy

                  I'm with you StriperGuy, I love Sam LaGrassa'a pastrami, and I like Michael's in Cooldige Corner, but I can't put them anywhere near the same league as Katz's. I'm going to NYC in November, and I can't wait to get a pastrami. I'm already drooling!

                  1. re: kimfair1

                    The other thing is LaGrassa's is Roumanian style, which is a little sweeter.

                    Tip the cutters at Katz while they are serving you and you'll get just a little extra. ;-) It's my favorite sandwich in the world, although I usually just buy the pastrami and lock it in the trunk for the drive home. By the time I hit the pike I am going WILD.

                    1. re: yumyum

                      I always tip my Katz's cutter! And I ask for extra pickles and pickled tomatoes!

                    2. re: kimfair1

                      I agree there's no pastrami in Boston that comes close to the good stuff in NYC. Corned beef, however - different story. I had the great culinary good fortune to eat at Michael's and Second Avenue Deli in the same week last spring, and while Second Avenue won on most counts (gotta love a place that gives you gribnetz as an amuse-bouche!), Michael's corned beef was distinctly better.

                  2. re: Gabatta

                    Sorry, just need to hop on the bandwagon. Boston has no answer for Katz's pastrami. (I tip the slicer not because I'm looking for a bigger sandwich, but because it's part of the wonderful ritual of the place!)

                    1. re: Blumie

                      Katz's best is better than LaGrassa's but I think LaGrassa's is better at turning out a consistent product. I've had pastrami's at Katz's a few times that has been too lean even when I've specifically said "not too lean". Also, the light rye at LaGrassa's is way better than the rye bread at Katz's.

                      1. re: cing2x

                        But they give you a piece to taste at Katz's, and you can see them slice it in front of you. Surely you could have just asked them to cut from another slab?

                        1. re: cing2x

                          I've been to katz's and lagrassa's many times and like them both. If they were next door to each other, though, i would never return to lagrassa's.

                          1. re: Blumie

                            I haven't been there often or recently enough to tell, however the funny thing about the whole Katz's obsession here is that many of my friends in family still in NYC feel it has really slipped in quality over the years while prices have gone up. In consensus, they previously preferred 2nd Ave Deli, and now have other go to options for their pastrami fix. I'm not saying Katz's isn't quite good, but I think it's quite amusing how it is over romanticized here and other places (e.g. Man v Food).

                            1. re: Gabatta

                              I have a funny Katz's story. I was meeting my bro there. He got the drinks while I got the pastami. I was carrying them on a tray and also a small duffel bag. The tables are close and I brushed the shoulder ofan older gent at his table. He said watch it, you just banged my shoulder. I said sorry, I'm trying to get these sandwiches to the table. Then he asks me, "what's more important,my shoulder or the pastrami. I exchange looks with my bro who was now behind me and asked the guy if he really wanted the answer to that question. His whole table started laughing and so did he.

                              We had a few laughs through the meal and he got in last lick. Wacked me in the shoulder with his wife's handbag on the way out..not hard, just in fun.

                2. re: TroyOLeary

                  All this talk of ASSBar and nobody has mentioned the Atomic Meatloaf Sandwich? For shame! By far the most consistently awesome thing I've had there.. though greasy enough to give me pause.

                  1. re: celeriac

                    That is a great sandwich, and an opportunity for additional mentions of ASSBar, which is good. The Parish's meatloaf sandwich is also great.

                    1. re: nsenada

                      I too enjoy the atomic meatloaf at the ASSBar. Speaking of, I still say that they need to open a Tavern In The Square over next door to it.

              2. Boston is not the strongest sandwich city, but two items that are particularly good here are the Vietnamese Bahn Mi Sandwich at Mei Sum in Chinatown, or the Chacarero sandwich also in downtown Boston.

                The Cuban Sandwich at Chez Henri in Cambridge is also a noteworthy contender.

                Chez Henri
                1 Shepard Street, Cambridge, MA 02138

                101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

                1. If you will be near the North End, Volle Nolle has some of the highest quality sandwiches in town.

                  Volle Nolle
                  351 Hanover St, Boston, MA 02113

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                    Are you researching a book or article? I notice that your previous posts ask the same question for different cities.

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                    1. re: greygarious

                      nope -- just making a sandwich-themed vacation of boston and NYC.

                      1. re: captainlou

                        My favorite Boston sandwich: Chacarero (a year or two or go, I switched from the Chicken version to the Beef, with the works, extra, extra spicy).

                        My favorite NYC sandwich probably is Katz's pastrami on rye with a side of fries (ordered from the counter, not table service).

                        101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

                    2. Mike and Patty's pulled pork torta is amazing (though next time I'm trying the croque madame)

                      Second Chacarero (regular chicken) and basically anything at Sam La Grassa's (especially pastrami, brisket, and the Cuban sandwich).

                      Artu for pork, lamb and rotisserie chicken hot sandwiches, and basil/tomato/mozzarella cold sandwich.

                      Antico Forno's lamb and red pepper sandwich is really amazing.

                      Those all currently vie for my favorite sandwich.

                      Antico Forno
                      93 Salem Street, Boston, MA 02113

                      101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

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                      1. re: nsenada

                        Vinny's at Night-- Chicken Parm.
                        Baraka- Chicken Sandwich w/fries
                        Bob's in Medford- Steak Tips w/ hots
                        Sherman's- BLT w/sliced Apples
                        Chacaero- Chicken Sandwich
                        Sabra- Chicken Shwarma
                        Sami- Falafel with pickles
                        AssBar- Beef on a Weck, Turkey, Cranberry Relish, Stuffing and Gravy

                        Baraka Cafe
                        80 Pearl St, Cambridge, MA 02139