Bailey & Sage
Anyone been? It's a new lunch place at 103 State Street. They have a bunch of salads (which made my eyes glaze over) and some sandwiches which look like they could be good. They have a Cuban sandwich, a brisket sandwich and a "real crab" sandwich on the menu, which look intriguing. Prices are around $10 per sandwich, didn't get to size any of them up, though. If it's another Foumamoid experience, I'm going to be unhappy.
A brief post about my brief B&S experience - have been brown bagging it lately but today noticed this place and popped in to check it out - Looked at the menu and assessed that the prices were probably the highest of the sandwich prices in the area (including Cosi and Sebastian) - so I headed out and the counter guy (possibly a manager) asked nicely why I wasn't getting anything so I told him, geez, you know, I can get a better deal across the street at Al's.
I just can't conscience paying $10 for just the sandwich, regardless of the quality, when I know I can pay $5.50 for essentially the same thing which suits my needs for a rushed lunch.
I felt a little bad telling the guy the truth, and maybe they will find their market, but I just can't see paying that, given all the other places that I would rather splurge on.
And $10 is just too steep for that neighborhood. Esp. since the high flying days of the banking economy, etc. are not too hot right now...
200 Terminal St, Charlestown, MA 02129
re: Bob Dobalina
I'd rather spend a dollar more and get two meals worth of food at Kebab House.
I think sandwich places in the downtown area do well enough to survive based largely on catering. This is anecdotal, but the amount of sandwiches and salad that is ordered on a daily basis for meetings, parties etc at my office 1 block from Bailey and Sage is plentiful to say the least.
Took one for the team today, and tried 'em out. I had a Cuban sandwich, and while the bread was excellent and "homemade" tasting, like the classic no-knead boule, the contents were extremely "meh" (is that semantically possible)? It had been pre-assembled prior to being put in the press, and the meats looked like standard "Bore's" Head. The sandwich was decent-sized, and I was definitely full after eating it, but not stuffed to the point of nausea and self-loathing, which is what I expect for $9. LaGrassa's version is way better at that price.
I may give the other offerings a try. A colleague had the brisket, which he said was 90% fat (not a terrible thing in my book), and said it was pretty good for those that enjoy lipidinous sandwiches. Another colleague had the proscuitto and brie, which looked like the winner of the bunch, with fresh-sliced meat, nicely gooey brie, and sun dried tomatoes. The proscuitto looked like it was stacked 4 inches high. The only down side on that one was the sheets of fat that he pulled out of the sandwich. Not that they existed (I would have eaten them) but that I had to watch him perform surgery on the proscuitto.