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I'm hosting a teenager whose favorite sandwich is a French Dip. He likes the one at Grendel's, but I wanted to see if anyone knew of another to recommend. Do they still do them at Deli-icious? Can they do one at Kelly's?

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  1. I love the one that they serve @ Hillstones (f/k/a Houston's) in Fanueil Hall. I believe they only serve it @ lunch.

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    Hillstone
    60 State St Ste P, Boston, MA 02109

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    1. re: mk24

      2nd Hillstone. That is the only one I can to think of to recommend. It is excellent.

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      Hillstone
      60 State St Ste P, Boston, MA 02109

      1. re: mk24

        For $18, I should certainly hope that it's excellent! I guess I'm looking for a more budget-friendly sandwich for a kid who just likes to dip beef in beef juice :)

        1. re: Boston_Otter

          I have no idea other than what this Googling produced: it's 4 years old (Garden of Eden, for example, is no more). But it's probably faster than other sources. French dips aren't a local specialty in the roast beef sandwich category, so I wouldn't expect much around here.

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          1. re: Boston_Otter

            Ok, you asked for 'best' in your OP, your revised criteria is a bit different from that.

            Charley's on Newbury has one which is probably comparable to Grendel's.

            Grafton Street is an option if you want to stick on the Cambridge side of the river.

            Franks on Mass Ave has a version which I would say is on par with the rest of their menu (honest family fare, not fantastic or great ingredients, but consistently pretty good).

            I have enjoyed the version at the Seven's in the past, but that was after a few beers. Also since it is pretty much a bar, it may not kid friendly at all times.

            While not up to the level of the Hillstone version, all of these are cheaper.

            1. re: Gabatta

              Thanks, that's super helpful. True, I should have clarified, though I didn't imagine that the best French Dip in town would ring in at nearly $20!

              1. re: Boston_Otter

                You're welcome. From your posts it seems like you are on my side of the river. Upon further consideration you might really want to try Franks. I like it there. I don't think it's the chow so much, but it takes me back to places I would have gone on a Sunday with my grand parents and parents. Many of them are no longer with us, so I get a nice nostalgic feeling there. The service is warm as well.

        2. If you're not married to the classic, there's the Beef on Weck at All Star Sandwich Bar. Rings in at under $10.

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

          1. If you want a good albeit pricey adult version, Aquitaine Bis has a very fine one. The quality of the beef, bread, and jus is very high.

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            Aquitaine Bis
            11 Boylston Street, Chestnut Hill, MA 02467

            1. I know it's not held in high regard around here but the french dip sliders at The Tides in Nahant are delicious. For $10 they are worth every penny. That and a dozen cherrystones and I'm a happy dude.