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Cutty's Brookline

Bellachefa Sep 22, 2012 02:15 PM

This place was featured on Guy Fieri. I'm not really a fan of his, but he does do some good work and makes some good finds. It was off our radar, but won us over today.

Sharing. . . .

The 1/4 Saturday pork fennel special, and the 1/4 1000 roast beef were both perfection. and a half sandwich was more then enough, until we split the other half for dinner!

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  1. BostonZest RE: Bellachefa Sep 22, 2012 04:22 PM

    I'm a fan of their Spuckie. I added that to the Sandwich a Day collection over on Serious Eats.

    I also like the eggplant Spuckie.

    My first Cutty's meal made me see why I normally don't eat sandwiches. They really step up the quality the basic ingredients and take great care with every aspect of the sandwich. They turn what I usually avoid into a great meal.

    Is the roast pork still just on weekends?


    Thanks for the reminder. I'll have to get over there soon. Are the

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      lergnom RE: BostonZest Sep 22, 2012 08:19 PM

      Still weekends only.

      People around Brookline love this place.

    2. MC Slim JB RE: Bellachefa Sep 22, 2012 10:22 PM

      Poochie's shtick can be painful, but he does regularly feature worthy places, and I think Cutty's is one of those. It was already often busy and slow; a DDD appearance certainly won't help. But if you will go out of your way for a sandwich made with obvious love, care, and quality ingredients, those weekend pork sandwiches are worth standing in line for, in my book.


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        lergnom RE: MC Slim JB Sep 24, 2012 01:37 PM

        I distinguish the production staff from the host. The production company identifies the places they'll go - and I assume GF is in that process. A crew shows up, does all the basic shots, works out with the owner what bit to do, etc. Pretty much everything without GF in the shot is done when he's not there. He shows up, does the bit with the owner, does the sit downs in the dining room and is gone. The show is well produced. He's a good host for it.

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          bcc RE: MC Slim JB Jun 10, 2013 09:48 AM


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            Jenny Ondioline RE: bcc Jun 10, 2013 10:30 AM

            A perfectly apt nickname for the deeply irritating Fieri, derived from an episode of The Simpsons.

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              bcc RE: Jenny Ondioline Jun 10, 2013 10:52 AM


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              MC Slim JB RE: bcc Jun 10, 2013 01:01 PM

              That's an Anthony Bourdain crack about Fieri, from an interview with TV Guide:

              "[D]id you ever see the Simpsons episode where it's decided that Itchy and Scratchy need a sidekick? So a committee gets together and they invent one called Poochie.... Guy Fieri kind of looks like he's been designed by committee."


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                bcc RE: MC Slim JB Jun 10, 2013 01:24 PM

                Thanks, Up to now all I knew about Fieri came from the Pete Wells review.

          2. Matt H RE: Bellachefa Sep 23, 2012 08:18 AM

            Cutty's is really great. My office is around the corner so I eat there regularly. The Crispy Pork Torta on Tuesday's is one of my favorite things to eat in the city. Honestly though I do not think I have ever had a sandwich at Cutty's that I would consider sub par.

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              jira RE: Matt H Sep 24, 2012 07:44 AM

              We went a few months ago. None of us were impressed. The sandwiches were way over-priced considering how meager the fillings were. The roast pork was nothing like the sandwiches we had in Philly.

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                cambridgedoctpr RE: jira Sep 24, 2012 07:51 AM

                well, we do not live in Philly, and I have never been and probably never will go to Philly; i know, my loss.

                How about something a little closer to home?

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                  Gabatta RE: cambridgedoctpr Sep 24, 2012 07:53 PM

                  ...says the guy who regularly brings up restaurants in Chicago when the subject of Mexican comes up.

                  The first time I had the roast pork sandwiches at Cutty's I enjoyed both very much. On our second weekend visit they were quite dry unfortunately. Doubtful we will try them again because it is just too much of a zoo on Saturdays. Seating is limited and the clientele can be a bit aggressive about jumping into tables. The roast beef and both spuckies are weekday favorites, but even though I shoot for early or late lunch.

                  The pork sandwiches at Cuttys are more refined than what you get at John's Roast Pork in Philly (better than Tony Lukes).

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                  Allstonian RE: jira Sep 24, 2012 09:48 AM

                  Are the roast pork sandwiches at Cutty's intended to be Philly style?

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                    Velda Mae RE: Allstonian Sep 24, 2012 10:26 AM

                    Yes, they are modeled after the pork sandwiches at Tony Luke's. I used to live in Philadelphia and so know the Tony Luke's version well. I recall reading that the Cutty's sandwich is supposed to be evocative of the Philadelphia version, but not necessarily a replica. I've had the pork sandwich with broccoli rabe at Cutty's and I thought it was excellent.

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                    MC Slim JB RE: jira Sep 24, 2012 08:05 PM

                    I agree that they are not large or overstuffed. I disagree that they are not a good value. But I'm not big on sandwiches that I can't consume in a sitting, and find the "smaller but better" value prop here a refreshing change.


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                      Bellachefa RE: jira Sep 25, 2012 10:34 AM

                      Funny, I found the 2 sandwiches to be perfectly flavour balanced with enough protien to condiment ration complimenting their carefully chosen breads. For me, to add more filling would throw the sandwich off balance.

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                    Klunco RE: Bellachefa Sep 24, 2012 09:15 AM

                    Count me as a Cutty's fan. No they're not overstuffed, gut bomb sandwiches, but their market (and why I like them) is they have unique and well made sandwiches that are delicious and satisfying. I'm not a big pork sandwich eater so I can't comment on the pork sandwiches and personally I've always felt the Roast Beef is overrated compared to their other creations.

                    I love the eggplant spuckie that balances the smoky eggplant/creamy motz/and crunchy tangy carrots, the ham/butter/dijon on a long Iggy's ficelle is delicious, and by far the real sleeper sandwich on the menu is the greens-shallot. It's crazy, it's just smoky, braised chard with with the most delicious saffron yogurt sauce on ciabatta but wow if it isn't delicious and satisfying. The brown sugar cookies are also not to be missed and they have great specials.

                    My biggest complaint with Cutty's is that they're not open Sundays, which is usually when I have both the time and inclination to buy a sandwich.

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                      Berheenia RE: Klunco Sep 25, 2012 07:25 AM

                      Totally agree about the size and especially about being closed Sundays as it's when we are in the village looking for lunch. Now I want to try that eggplant and the greens-shallot.

                    2. FinnFPM RE: Bellachefa Sep 25, 2012 08:31 AM

                      At the risk of having more discussion deleted, let me just say that I like Cutty's.

                      There. A nice valuable post.

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                        mkfisher RE: Bellachefa Jun 10, 2013 08:20 AM

                        I wanted to bump this old thread on Cutty's now that I've finally made it over there. The Saturday pork fennel special is indeed terrific. One of the best sandwiches I've had in a long time. My wife also really enjoyed her sandwich with ham and pimento cheese (forget the name). Our order got screwed up/lost in the shuffle, but they were incredibly accomodating when I told them we'd been waiting a long time. Also threw in some free potato chips. We will definitely be back. It'd be great if the lines weren't so bad and it was slightly more efficient, but I'm willing to deal for such a good sandwich. Really looking forward to trying that fried chicken sandwich when it's back in September.

                        1. Matt H RE: Bellachefa Jun 10, 2013 03:21 PM

                          Had the Chicago Dog Sandwich there last week. Will just copy and paste the ingredients.

                          Fra'mani Salume Rosa, Tomato-Vidalia Onion Salad, Yellow Mustard, Sport Peppers, Neon Relish, Celery Salt, Dill Pickle Spear + Poppy Seed Bun.

                          Final verdict, friggin awesome sandwich. Would love if it became a weekly special.

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                            mkfisher RE: Bellachefa Jan 27, 2014 05:57 AM

                            This is a week late, but I wanted to throw out a very positive rec for the bagels at Cutty's (aka Bagelsaurus). I picked up six last Saturday, and they were terrific. They're only making 120 per day on Friday & Saturday only, so you probably need to get there by 9:30 to snag some. At that hour on a Saturday, it's only a 10-12 minute drive from Kendall, so it's very accessible from Camberville.

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                              lilbiscuit RE: mkfisher Jan 31, 2014 01:35 PM

                              Mmm yes they are v. tasty. I hear they're making much more now... something like 250 on Saturdays. I think still selling out early though. Black olive bagel!

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                                Allstonian RE: mkfisher Feb 1, 2014 09:13 AM

                                The bagels are terrific - chewy and flavorful. The varieties are plain, poppy,sesame, sea salt, everything, black olive, and pretzel. $2.50 apiece plus varying prices for any toppings.

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                                Klunco RE: Bellachefa Jan 27, 2014 10:23 AM

                                I'll just add more love for Cutty's. While they don't change the menu around much, everything I've had from Cutty's has been delicious and I feel like I've witnessed a constant refinement and subtle improvement of the sandwiches over the past few years. Everything keeps getting tighter and more well run. Favorites for us are the eggplant spuckie, greens/shallot, ham/dijon, peanut/fennel salad, and the brown sugar cookies. Have yet to try the bagels but have been meaning to and I saw this weekend that they make their own lox.

                                My only complaint is that I can't get out there for some of the mid-week lunch specials. "Charred Duck Confit, Scallion Vinaigrette, Kimchi, Mayo, Iceberg on Sesame Torta." sounded incredible this past Wednesday.

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                                  rich patina RE: Bellachefa Jan 27, 2014 10:35 AM

                                  that eggplant thing is a winner. yum

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