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Zo's original = best sandwich-ish offering downtown?

ebone Feb 10, 2012 09:55 AM

I just had an original gyro from Zo in Center Plaza. That has got to be one of the best sandwich-type offerings downtown, if not the best. Any competitors? (I know, I know, Chacerero is great too)

  1. Bob Dobalina Feb 10, 2012 10:01 AM

    In that area, that is probably the best one, but the lamb and house-made marinated eggplant at Artu is pretty good.

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    1. re: Bob Dobalina
      ebone Feb 10, 2012 10:03 AM

      I like that one too. Which reminds me, I haven't had one in a while...

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      Gabatta Feb 10, 2012 10:53 AM


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      1. re: Gabatta
        marais Feb 11, 2012 06:54 PM

        Yes. Sam Lagrassa's by all means, especially the succulent pastrami and the transcendent Italian sub. That said, I love Zo's gyro (and soups and salads and baklava and rice pudding) and Chacarero as well. And I'm a sucker for a burrito al pastor from Anna's on Cambridge St.

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        ScotchandSirloin Feb 10, 2012 12:08 PM

        I'm not sure what it is, but out of all of the sandwich/burrito/wrap carts outside of Macy's, most are deserted, but one of them always has a 20+ person line. Not sure what their specialty is, but it must be good.

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          Beachowolfe Feb 11, 2012 06:59 AM

          Both the Herrera's and South End Pita stands are pretty crowded.

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            nsenada Feb 13, 2012 08:58 AM

            I think that's the Karo's cart - their grilled chicken kabobs and garlic sauce are unbelievably good.

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              Northender Feb 13, 2012 12:41 PM

              That's the one! Always a line. Great garlic sauce.

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            devilham Feb 11, 2012 12:30 PM

            I like the King special with lamb from Falafel King, but also loooove the original from Zo's too!

            1. MC Slim JB Feb 12, 2012 08:06 AM

              Most of my favorites have been mentioned: Zo's original, Zo's chicken gyros, Chacarero's chacarero, La Grassa's pastrami, Pita Kabob's kubideh in pita, Falafel King's falafel with babaganoush or hummus.

              Some others I'll mention: pastrami sandwich at JM Curley's, which puts slaw, fries and pickles inside the sandwich; doner kebab at Sultan's Kitchen; frikandel speciaal at Saus; crispy sardine bocadillo at Neptune; corned beef at Emmett's Pub; Mrs. Marliave at Marliave; Cubano at Volle Nolle; chicken kabob in pita from Karo's.


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              1. re: MC Slim JB
                southie_chick Feb 12, 2012 10:10 AM

                Casa Razdora makes a great sandwich - LOVE their foccacia. Hope the new Zo's (near Faneuil Hall) is as good as the original.

                1. re: southie_chick
                  nsenada Feb 13, 2012 09:00 AM

                  2nd Razdora - everything they put out is good.

                  1. re: southie_chick
                    ebone Feb 24, 2012 10:06 AM

                    Thanks to you southie_chick there is a new hat in the ring. I checked out Casa Razdora for lunch today and had an Italiano (an italian with the usual fixins) on foccaccia and definitely found a new competitor for "best sandwich-ish offering downtown".

                    We also had a seafood pasta with shrimp, scallops, and sundried tomato, thyme, and garlic sauce. Also delicious.

                    Casa Razdora has a new fan.

                  2. re: MC Slim JB
                    ebone Feb 13, 2012 08:27 AM

                    Interesting...there are a few things mentioned on here I have not tried yet. Specifically,:Pita Kabob's kubideh in pita, pastrami sandwich at JM Curley's (or anything at JM's for that matter); crispy sardine bocadillo at Neptune; corned beef at Emmett's Pub; Cubano at Volle Nolle; or anything from Casa Razdora. Looks like I will have to make a list. I am glad I asked!

                    I will note that I am happy to see someone else mentioned the Mrs. Marliave, I love that thing and wondered why I don't often see it (or their other sandwiches) mentioned. Also nice to see a Karo's mention, they do a nice job on something so simple.

                    1. re: ebone
                      MC Slim JB Feb 13, 2012 08:57 AM

                      The sardine bocadillo at Neptune is a sometime special, so be prepared for Plan B, which isn't too hard there; the vitello tonnato sandwich is always reliable.


                      1. re: ebone
                        Alcachofa Feb 13, 2012 09:45 AM

                        I would put any sandwich at Volle Nolle at the top of the list. BUT, since you mentioned Zo, I would also put any pork sandwich from the Puerto Rican place right next to Zo on top of that list as well. In fact, I would put their pork above Volle Nolle. Cafe Latino, I think it's called?

                        1. re: Alcachofa
                          MC Slim JB Feb 13, 2012 09:51 AM

                          It is Cafe Latino, and I'm overdue to get back there. Chowhound led me to their amazing pernil asado, which I've been trying to avoid for fear of eating it once a week. A sandwich sounds like a good compromise. Worth noting that they put lettuce and tomato on the Cubano there unless you explicitly nix it. Wonder if they still do the plantain "lasagna"?


                          1. re: MC Slim JB
                            Alcachofa Feb 13, 2012 09:54 AM

                            Yes, you have to basically walk them through it if you want a traditional Cuban sandwich. (Which is: however you like it.) Worth it, though!

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                              ebone Feb 13, 2012 10:40 AM

                              I agree that Cafe Latino has amazing pork, but I much prefer it in a plate with some crispy skin, rice and beans, and tostones on the side. I have done it in sandwiches as well, but always go back to the plate-form with some hot sauce. Beware though, because the plate will put you in a serious food coma if you pass the half-way point...

                              1. re: ebone
                                devilham Feb 13, 2012 12:35 PM

                                And yet you can't ...stop.....eating it!!!! God I could make a meal alone out of the skin with some hot sauce.....druel.....somewhere, out there, my doctor is feeling a disturbance in the force

                                1. re: devilham
                                  ebone Feb 13, 2012 01:07 PM

                                  Exactly...I never did say I actually excecuted the half-way plan.

                                2. re: ebone
                                  jgg13 Feb 13, 2012 02:10 PM

                                  Seconded. I used to work down that way and had the same thought that Slim did - but I never enjoyed the sandwich nearly as much as that plate.

                              2. re: MC Slim JB
                                nsenada Feb 13, 2012 07:04 PM

                                I have had to scale back my visits for the same reasons. Wednesday used to be pastelon day - I may just stop by this week. I also loved their chicken wings last time I was there.

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