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anyone been to Taste? In the old Roly Poly spot

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julieapfel Nov 17, 2011 07:30 AM

Just wondering if anyone's been to Taste yet that opened up where Roly Poly used to be. A coworker said they have a good-looking Italian sub but hasn't tried it yet. It's always nice to have more good sandwich options close to the office. Thanks.!

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    beb31 RE: julieapfel Nov 17, 2011 07:44 AM

    I went there the other day and made my own sandwich with grilled chicken (which is apparently only used for salads, but they were accommodative nonetheless). It was just OK, especially since the price was on the high side ($8). While pleasant, service was very disorganized - I think everyone working there asked me if I wanted a bag. Not really in a hurry to go back.

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      ChocolateMilkshake RE: beb31 Nov 17, 2011 09:30 AM

      Perhaps the sandwich was "just ok" and service was disorganized because you made them create something for you not on their menu.

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        9lives RE: ChocolateMilkshake Nov 17, 2011 02:13 PM

        That's certainly possible.

        It's also possible that it's a lousy restaurant.

        I've walked by and the menu and look are very uninspiring for me to want to try...not a whole lot different than Roly Poly; which I didn't try either (and apparently not enough people did..and like)..

        Disorganized service could be excused to being a new place but if they can put a piece of grilled chicken on a salad; why can't they put it on a roll and or bread and make a sandwich?

        I know you can't judge a book by it's cover but this place has a pretty boring cover..:) I hope I'm wrong cuz I work across the street; but I'll wait for a few more reviews before I try.

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          rlh RE: 9lives Nov 17, 2011 02:57 PM

          I agree - walked by today, looked inside and at the sign - I tried Roly Poly a couple of times and was solidly disappointed on both days - this appears to me to be a rebranding and repackaging of the same lame thing that was there before - I kept walking and enjoyed Chacarero - again.

          Somebody please share the good experience they've had here? It SHOULD be a gold mine given the location....just needs some good food....

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          101 Arch St, Boston, MA 02110

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            rlh RE: rlh Dec 14, 2011 06:57 AM

            OK - went inside today and it doesn't seem connected to Roly Poly at all and the menu actually seems pretty good now, along with a front case full of decent looking baked goods, HOWEVER, my quest for a good, made to order breakfast sandwich in the Financial District continues in vain...

            I ordered a basic bacon, egg, and cheese - it took long enough that I had high hopes it was being custom cooked, however, what I received for over $4 was a super soft, almost soggy, untoasted roll filled with extremely overheated (too long in the microwave?) scrambled eggs, way undercooked, squishy bacon and a minute amount of cheese without any flavor - it was WAY too hot to eat and not very tasty once it cooled sufficiently - I threw away 2/3 of it. Blech - I won't be back here (and FYI, they serve Kahve coffee if you happen to like it - I don't.).

            Anyone know where around Post Office Square / Downtown Crossing you can get a freshly-cooked egg with crunchy, flavorful bacon and melted cheese on custom-toasted (or better yet, grilled!) bread or a roll - seems it should be SO simple but it turns out not to be (at least for me for me).

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              Bob Dobalina RE: rlh Dec 14, 2011 07:12 AM

              Cafe de Boston. They are halal, so the bacon and sausage is all-beef. I think they have turkey ham. All sandwiches made to order on the flat grill. Totally customizable.

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                rlh RE: Bob Dobalina Dec 14, 2011 10:55 AM

                Curious about this all-beef bacon option - definitely going to try this - thanks!

    2. Bob Dobalina RE: julieapfel Nov 17, 2011 12:00 PM

      Did not realize they were up and running - my google skills disappoint - could not locate a website (although surprisingly found a number of restaurants nationwide called "Taste of Boston." Wonder what that's like?)

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        Bob Dobalina RE: Bob Dobalina Nov 18, 2011 05:43 AM

        Answering my own question -
        Menu says: www.atimetotaste.com, but there is nothing there.
        Curried egg salad on raisin pecan bread - $8...really?
        How could that possibly be the same price as salami, capicolla [sic], prosciutto, provolone, roasted red peppers, olivetta spread, olive oil on ciabatta bread?
        I guess I have my doubts too.

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          Bob Dobalina RE: Bob Dobalina Nov 22, 2011 09:16 AM

          So I sampled the Italian sandwich - it is pretty good - a lot of thinly sliced cold cuts - pretty decent hardy/crusty sandwich roll - not a sub, so at $8.00 + tax, it's not the cheapest option in the area - but it merits further exploration of the menu.

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