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Feb 10, 2012 09:55 AM

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

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)

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  1. 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

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

      1. re: Gabatta

        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.

      2. 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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        1. re: ScotchandSirloin

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

          1. re: ScotchandSirloin

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

            1. re: nsenada

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

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

            1. 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

                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

                  2nd Razdora - everything they put out is good.

                  1. re: southie_chick

                    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

                    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

                      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

                        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

                          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

                            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!

                            1. re: Alcachofa

                              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

                                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

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

                                2. re: ebone

                                  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

                                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.