4/11 Responses to The Globe's feature on Best Boston Sandwiches?
I enjoyed this piece. I'm sure, evidenced by the best boston sandwiches CH thread, that many of your favs were not in the Globe piece, but which ones HAVE you had and how did you like them? I particularly want to try the chimi di pierna at Alex's Chimis, the Nat Queen Cool, the All Star's Alexander the Great, and the Pork Milanese Cemita at Dorado.mmmmm. all of them. right now.
the really loooong sandwich thread, fyi:
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I have had a few of the sandwiches mentioned. The Nat Queen Cool was the most recent and one of my favorites, definitely one that makes you want to keep eating even if you're full.
I thought the East by Northeast Pork Belly was good, fatty and tasty, but it didn't blow me away.
I have enjoyed the Blue Ribbon Pulled Pork on occasion, but the best sandwich I have had there was some kind of brisket special. For pulled pork options in the area I would consider this pretty solid, though.
I had the Oriental de Cuba Cuban years ago. It was a fun experience and a good sandwich. The environment of the restaurant was a trip. It's out of the way for me so I haven't been back, but if you want that real Cuban feeling, this would be the place.
nick, now YOURS is the kind of response I thought there would be lots of; strangely not though, eh?since i am a huge fan of the chez henri/dave's pasta cubano, have you tried these? and how were they diff from oriental de cuba's?thnx much.
p.s. we stopped by All Star after East CGrill brunch and asked about the Nat Queen . we were told that the menu changes daily; and that hasn't been on for awhile.phooey!
Nat Queen Cool is at Hi Rise not All Star, but is available every day at Hi Rise.
The All Star sandwich that was listed was Alexander the Great. I would like to try that one as well, so a heads-up if you see it would be welcome.
Speaking of All Star, I had a special their last week that was a Kimchi pulled pork (didn't have a name as it was under the Funky heading, but similar to the toppings currently on the Kimchi burger), that was awesome. It had a flat sesame roll that they said came from Iggy's pressed with really rich and flavorful pulled pork, wonton strips, their take on kimchi, and some kind of creamy sauce. My stomach would have been happy stopping after eating the first half, but my mouth said no way, so I ate the rest.
I have not had the Chez Henri or Dave's cubano, so can't compare. Only made it to Chez Henri once, and we ate in the dining room, but the drinks were disappointing enough not to make me want to go back and eat at the bar.
Personally, have been really enjoying the $3 breakfast sandwich and $5 chickpea fritter sandwich from the Clover Food Truck.
Also, side note - don't take issue with discussing the Globe thing but it is not really an article - it is mostly a gallery and compendium that seems to be designed to elicit multiple unique page views that can boost their numbers for advertising rates. I don't begrudge them this given the effect of the internet on newspapers, but a flipbook of high gloss sandwich close-ups is not really an article assessing the merits.
That's what a mostly-text-driven website like CH is for. ;)
re: Bob Dobalina
I despise this technique -so annoying since my favorite way to navigate the web is the back button- especially when the pic sizes are not all the same and you have to keep fiddling with the scroll bar to see the caption along with the pic, or keep moving the mouse around in order to click on the next button. It does seem to be all the rage though.
re: Bob Dobalina
And just to show that I am not a complete shill for Clover, had their mushroom sandwich from the truck today and it was not very good - cold diced, pre-cooked mushrooms, some spinach leaves, a little bit of dressing of some sort - for $5, it was meh at best. Very little flavor. The fritter sandwich is definitely the way to go.
re: Bob Dobalina
I've had one encounter with the clover chick pea sandwich and it wasn't pleasant: http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/714417#6420339 .
The Globe sandwich article was the genuine article in print. But they often convert decent, recognizable print articles with text and pictures into purely visual and largely uninformative slideshows on their website. I remember that they did that once with a terrific print piece on the great dinnerware designer Eva Zeisel, splitting the text off from the visuals (which they made into a slideshow here: http://www.boston.com/yourlife/home/g... ).
I haven't had too many things on this list (and probably won't be rushing out to try more based on Globe recs). There are more good area sandwiches missing than listed here IMO. Quick impressions on the ones I have had.
Cutty's - Pork Fennel and Pork Rabe: I find their pork to be a bit dry. I preferred the Fennel to the Rabe, however both could be excellent with better meat. The Roast Beef trumps both of these every time for me.
Chez Henri - Cuban: A very good sandwich that has been overhyped here and other places. I actually prefer the vegetarian version. It is annoying that they won't serve them in the dining room. That bar is too cramped.
Mike & Patty's - Torta: Awesome like pretty much everything there.
Blue Ribbon - Pulled Pork: Nothing particularly special.
Something Natural - Sheila's Favorite: Tough to beat grabbing some of their sandwiches on the way to the beach.
Hi-Rise - Nat Queen Cool: One of the highlights of Hi-Rise's menu. Enough for two people (you can order 1/2 sandwiches there.
Speed - Dog: Excellent, but honestly too big for lunch if I am planning on doing anything productive in the afternoon.
Coppa - Italian: One of my top two italians in the city (Monica's). The cherry peppers are fantastic.
East x NE - Crispy Pork Belly: A tasty bite.
Rami's - Falafel: I prefer Fordee's.
Neptune - Lobster Roll: There are more interesting things to eat at Neptune other than the Lobster Roll. I get my fix at Belle Isle which has 2x the meat for 20% less.
I'd be interested to try the meatloaf from Charlie's Sandwich. I have only eaten breakfast items on my many visits there.
"Hi-Rise - Nat Queen Cool: One of the highlights of Hi-Rise's menu. Enough for two people"
sounds like just the right size for me.
Cubano's- cannot beat Dave's Pasta for these( a direct copy of ChezH i think.) A few tables there too, but no bar.
glad to learn that about cutty's pork; saves us a major traffic sat. haul.