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Best deli in town is at ... the Burlington Market Basket

Crazy but true -- some of my favorite subs lately have been from the newly remodeled MB. The store is huge, bright, and clean. And the deli area is lovely. There are an array of VERY CHEAP sandwiches, hot and cold, available in whole or half orders. I prefer the Italian sub -- done right with lots of oil and mayo, shredded lettuce and olives. Mr. Swank has enjoyed the meatball sub. They'll happily top your sandwich with whatever you want, no charge. And the sub rolls are deliciously fresh. Best $5 meal you'll find in the burbs!

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  1. So you are saying not only is a sub is an 'italian sub' but also it is 'done right' if it contains mayo and olives?

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    1. re: Crawfordesquire

      LOL! I think Swank will get lots of pushback on calling that sandwich an Italian sub. Not only is the mayo wrong, but my favorite Italian subs do not contain shredded lettuce OR olives. Though I like mayo and olives, to me, a "real" boston area Italian sub has hot ham, salami, mortadella, provolone, pickles, onions, tomatoes, hot peppers, oil, salt and pepper. A bit of vinegar and sokme italian may be allowed!
      But- to stay on topic, the price is right, so sounds like it is worth a try.

    2. Mayo on an Italian? Blasphemy!!! ;)

      1. Gotta agree with Swank that there is more bang for the buck than you can find almost anywhere (the Chelsea MB, too). I prefer their Italian with oil and hot peppers and, to me, that is done right. But, the important thing is that they have a good selection and will make it any way you want and the area is indeed pleasant, bright,and clean. Finishing with a 99 cent espresso is even better. Not really a destination spot but when we are in the area and need a bite it's got the food courts and chains beat by a mile.

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        1. re: powerfulpierre

          I know, I know -- my definition of an Italian sub done right isn't everyone's. But damn, it works for me. Gotta have a nice smear of mayo to sop up the oil!

          1. re: Swankalicious

            Right up there with you Swank.....GOTTA' have that shmear of mayo!! Yum!

          2. re: powerfulpierre

            99 cent espresso? How could I have missed that? Will keep an eye out next time I'm over there.

            1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

              I'm with you, Ralphie, I want more info on the $0.99 espresso!

              1. re: xuli

                I had to run in there recently to pick up a few things, and I think it's at the counter adjacent to the express checkout, on the opposite side from customer service booth. This is the counter that serves beverages (including coffee, it turns out!). I didn't have time to stop as it was near closing time *but* I think I saw on the wall that it was LESS THAN 99 cents! I'll try to reconfirm the next time I go shopping there.....when I'm in less of a hurry.

                1. re: Ralphie_in_Boston

                  Let the mad rush of under-caffeinated 'Hounds commence! Thanks for some live research!

          3. The pizza is pretty decent too. And I just noticed yesterday how huge the $5 salads are. My wife was raving about her ice coffee on the way home yesterday too. If it was just a little closer to where I worked, it would be my regular lunch place - can't wait for the one rumored to be coming to Waltham.

            1. IMHO three things distinguish a "Real Boston" (tm) sub from a non-Boston sub:
              1) The use of chopped tomatoes rather than sliced.
              2) The inclusion of pickles.
              3) Enveloping the salad ingredients within the meat, rather than being a separate layer.

              That said, The Burlington MB does have a good food court. Not as big as nearby H-Mart, but a lot less expensive.

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              1. re: jira

                Funny story on the "real" Italian theme, a friend from Maine talks about how Amato's (pizza/sub chain up there) is the only place that knows how to make a "real" Italian sub, with ham and American cheese. Different strokes, eh?

                1. re: xuli

                  Until I moved to Boston, I always thought that a "real" Italian sub was supposed to be served hot, toasted open-faced with roasted red peppers, then filled with tomatoes, onions and lettuce, no pickles. :)

                  1. re: Bob Dobalina

                    Doesn't sounds half-bad, though I can't imagine not having pickles on any sandwich, including steak and cheese...

                    1. re: xuli

                      On a pbj?

                      1. re: FoodDabbler

                        hmm, I think you have me here.

                  2. re: xuli

                    Maine Italian = Ham, American cheese, green pepper, tomato, pickles, black olive and olive oil on a sort of hot dog/ sub roll.