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Killer Roast Lamb Sandwich - Greek Corner Cambridge

StriperGuy Mar 21, 2012 10:33 AM

I have avoided this place in the past due to so so reviews here. And I really do hate mediocre Greek food. Can't vouch for any of the serious entrees (moussaka, etc.) by my SO wanted to hit it cause a friend likes it.

Short story: roast lamb sandwich (I asked for extra Tzatziki) was just superb. Could not be improved upon. I got the plate (salad and some rice or fries). Would not order the plate again, the rice would nice, fries (my SO got fries) just so so. Not at all worth the extra $4. $6.50 for that sandwich... $8.50 would be fine. WAY better than Sofra's version at closer to $9.

My SO got the Gyro, which had exactly the same prep except the meat was that Gyro loaf junk that I think is WAY inferior to actual lamb. It tasted fine, but the lamb was in a different league all together.

I add it to my list of worthy sandwiches in all of Boston.

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  1. Small Plates RE: StriperGuy Mar 21, 2012 10:45 AM

    We get this through foodler.com all the time. Lamb sandwich and spinach pie are a pretty standard order for us on a rainy shut-in day. It is delicious!

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      StriperGuy RE: Small Plates Mar 21, 2012 10:47 AM

      Gotta say, saw the spinach pie in the kitchen through the pass-through and it did look respectable as well.

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        Small Plates RE: StriperGuy Mar 21, 2012 10:58 AM

        The phyllo exterior is not quite as buttery as the best I remember at Peter's Deli on Broad Street in the financial district (now, lamentably, closed). It would be hard to beat Peter's for most of their dishes/sandwiches/salads. But this is a very close second.

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      bear RE: StriperGuy Mar 21, 2012 11:04 AM

      The avgolemono is pretty tasty, too.

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        Area Man RE: StriperGuy Mar 21, 2012 02:52 PM

        I love that sandwich and have eaten it frequently enough to say it is consistently excellent.

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          opinionatedchef RE: Area Man Mar 24, 2012 12:45 AM

          well, DARN, am and stripey, what TOOK you so long? I specifically posted about this place in the last yr or 2 and got mostly negative replies, iirc of course but maybe not . Now I finally have the recs and I can go and enjoy. So Thx much for the tip; looking forw to it.Roast lamb sdwch, no sides, spanakopita, avgolemeno- coming right up :-}

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          AaronInBoston RE: StriperGuy Mar 21, 2012 05:40 PM

          I love Greek Corner, we always take guests here. The food is very good in a Greek comfort food sort of way. It's cheap for the food you get as well. Service used to be horrible which kept us away but has recently been better.

          I love the Greek Corner's Special souvlaki which is tender marinated chunks of lamb, absolutely delicious every time. Their tzatizki is excellent. For apps go with the eggplant salad or falafel. Their grilled chicken is really good as well. I disliked the moussaka the one time I tasted it. This and Hana sushi are my 1-2 punch of north cambridge.

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            peregrine RE: AaronInBoston Mar 31, 2012 03:06 PM

            The moussaka has more potato than eggplant, as I found out yesterday. Won't order it again. The avgolemon soup was excellent. My companion raved about her roast lamb sandwich and lentil soup. Weekday lunch special is soup and sandwich for $8.50 and free soup with specialties, such as moussaka.

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              opinionatedchef RE: peregrine Mar 31, 2012 05:35 PM

              thx for that info. The Esperia Grill Moussaka is delicious but it has equal amounts of meat, eggplant and potatoes, with twice as much beschamel(top layer)and not enough tomato sauce (we get extra or i use mine at home). Someday i will get around to trying the moussaka from Delfina's in Cambridge.

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            CambridgeFoodie RE: StriperGuy Mar 21, 2012 06:36 PM

            Thanks StriperGuy, on your recommendation I plan on trying this lamb sandwich in the next few days!

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              LStaff RE: StriperGuy Mar 22, 2012 07:44 AM

              The problem with the roast lamb sandwich is that often it is too salty. I usually get the baked lamb dinner when I eat in and the gravy they add helps to squash the salt aspect - I think they make really good fries though.

              The excessive saltiness happens with the gryro too, but only occassionally (which tells me it isn't a pre-made loaf that was purchased - but the texture does seem loaf like even though they showed them making it from scratch on D,D&D with real slices of lamb and beef ). Best gryro I've ever had though - nicely softened pita, and the garlicy tzatziki sauce makes it great.

              You can also get the sandwich combo with one side for $9.50 - usually a buck cheaper at lunch.

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                StriperGuy RE: LStaff Mar 22, 2012 08:29 AM

                The Gyro my SO had was DEFINITELY loaf.

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                  CambridgeFoodie RE: StriperGuy Mar 22, 2012 10:43 AM

                  Here's the clip from D,D&D - it'd be odd that they changed to a loaf in a year since this broadcast...
                  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JizfAw...

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                    StriperGuy RE: CambridgeFoodie Mar 22, 2012 10:51 AM

                    Even their menu says the Gyro is "ground beef and lamb" that sure sounds like a loaf to me.

                    http://www.greekcorner.us/menu.pdf

                    Also, I am NOT a huge salt lover, maybe I got lucky, but my lamb sandwich was not overly salty at all.

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                      CambridgeFoodie RE: StriperGuy Mar 22, 2012 11:28 AM

                      odd that they would mislead a television show...

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                  Area Man RE: LStaff Mar 22, 2012 09:09 AM

                  I also like that Baked Lamb Dinner (they describe as lamb shank with red sauce). For those that haven't had it, I believe the "red sauce" is stifado, which traditionally is red wine, onions, garlic and cinnamon.

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                    LStaff RE: Area Man Mar 30, 2012 06:53 AM

                    I thought I edited the baked lamb dinner to say roast lamb dinner, but it didn't seem to take.

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                    okra RE: LStaff Mar 22, 2012 10:31 AM

                    This sandwich is so worth it, if only for discovering what a pita is and always should be. As LStaff said, soft, almost fluffy... it'll make you hate that thing you bought in the supermarket.

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                      tweetie RE: okra Mar 22, 2012 10:33 AM

                      I love that gyro, loaf or no loaf!

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                        VivreManger RE: tweetie Mar 22, 2012 05:45 PM

                        What are the hours? The website lacked that info.

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                          okra RE: VivreManger Mar 23, 2012 05:46 AM

                          From the bottom of the menu

                          Hours: Monday through Saturday: 11 a.m. - 10 p.m. Sunday: 12 p.m. - 10 p.m.

                          2366 MASS. AVENUE, CAMBRIDGE, MA Tel: (617) 661-5655 FAX: (617) 661-9955

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                    Cork RE: StriperGuy Mar 23, 2012 02:47 PM

                    I've been a regular here for over a decade. For those of you who know Montreal-style Greek food, this is the place to get it!
                    Cork

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                      emannths RE: Cork Mar 23, 2012 02:56 PM

                      "Montreal-style Greek food"

                      I had no idea this was a thing.

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                        gourmaniac RE: emannths Mar 23, 2012 03:05 PM

                        Montrealers love their donair, but Nova Scotians claim theirs are better.

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                          Cork RE: gourmaniac Mar 23, 2012 03:10 PM

                          And that is why no one believes Nova Scotians

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                            Infomaniac RE: Cork Mar 23, 2012 03:14 PM

                            This has the makings of a good hockey fight.

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                              gourmaniac RE: Infomaniac Mar 23, 2012 03:17 PM

                              True story, Nova Scotia had hockey before Montreal and in the 19th century there were Indian, black and white leagues. On topic, I do wish we had a donair place with fries in the sandwish.

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                                Infomaniac RE: gourmaniac Mar 23, 2012 04:02 PM

                                Excellent story that I'm going to check out.

                                I have cousins in Saint Laurent QC who sent me this site when they knew I was going to be in Halifax. You might like it.
                                http://donair.org/content/donair-history

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                                  gourmaniac RE: Infomaniac Mar 30, 2012 07:26 AM

                                  cool. thanks.
                                  RE topic. I see a roast lamb sandwich in my immediate future.

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                          Cork RE: emannths Mar 23, 2012 03:09 PM

                          There is a great Greek community in Montreal. It is possible that the emigres all came from the same region of Greece, which might explain some of the culinary differences.

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                        CambridgeFoodie RE: StriperGuy Mar 23, 2012 06:17 PM

                        I tried SG's recommendation tonight of the roast lamb sandwich (extra Tazatziki) and it was indeed awesome - I'll go back for that over the Gyro all of the time.

                        Spinach pie was good - I did carryout and perhaps it suffered through the drive. So I'd say "solid."

                        Thank you StriperGuy for alerting me to this definite find.

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                          StriperGuy RE: CambridgeFoodie Mar 24, 2012 05:24 AM

                          Glad you liked it...

                        2. Dave MP RE: StriperGuy Mar 29, 2012 02:24 PM

                          This thread was featured on this week's Boston Digest. Thanks to everyone who contributed! http://www.chow.com/digest/109898/kil...

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                            StriperGuy RE: Dave MP Mar 30, 2012 06:08 AM

                            Wow, cool.

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                            morecheesejer RE: StriperGuy Apr 1, 2012 02:35 PM

                            I've been a pretty big fan of Greek Corner (if memory serves, DaveMP introduced me to it several years ago) but I haven't gone for the roast lamb sandwich in quite some time. In defense of the Greek Corner Special Gyro: as far as gyros go, I think it's an excellent one. Part of that is because their general sandwich construction is very strong, and part because their gyro meat seems to be of higher quality (or maybe just better prepared) than most of the competition. This thread compelled me to go back to the roast lamb and it was every bit as good as StriperGuy says. It's definitely my new standby there.

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