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Best *NEW* Sandwiches in Boston Area?

mbCrispyBits Mar 18, 2013 06:02 PM

Howdy! I'm wondering if anybody has eaten or seen any truly *new* sandwich creations in & around Boston lately. Banh mi have gotten lots of press lately, and seems like for a while most bars offered some version of a Cuban sandwich, but are there any new and original ingredient combinations folks have tried lately? Inquiring minds want to know!

(this doesn't have to be limited to Boston - Metro West, North of Boston, etc. are all fine too. Thanks.)

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    Klunco Mar 18, 2013 06:51 PM

    The fried-chicken sandwich at Cutty's super cluckin' Sunday events is definitely my favorite new sandwich.

    They aren't normally open on Sunday's but for the last two months, once a month they open and only serve a single fried chicken sandwich. I saw tonight they're going to do one this Sunday. The chicken exterior was perfectly crisp; juicy meat, great crunchy lettuce and I loved the mustard.

    From the site: https://docs.google.com/viewer?url=ht...

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      Berheenia Mar 21, 2013 07:11 AM

      Really! This is good to know as I spend most Sunday mornings in the village and have been known to whine about why Cutty's isn't open Sundays. When is the next one scheduled?

      In the meantime the newish place on the Corner of Washington and Station St, long time ago Dino's pizza, is now an Italian place called Olea Cafe with terrific sandwiches, panini's and wraps. I love the Alba- as a panini or a breakfast sandwich on ciabatta - Smoked Salmon, Pesto Aioli, Cream Cheese, Capers, Red Onion. Great prices too.

      1. re: Berheenia
        Klunco Mar 21, 2013 09:14 AM

        According to this: http://www.cuttyfoods.com/#

        Next one is March 24th; this Sunday.

        I'll have to check out Ole; I've always wondered about that place. That alba sounds great!

        1. re: Klunco
          Berheenia Mar 24, 2013 09:42 AM

          Just tried to polish off a whole fried chicken sandwich- it was so good I couldn't put it down! Hubby stood in line and ran into a lot of our old neighbors - it appears the word is out about this. Thanks!

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            catsmeow Mar 24, 2013 10:13 AM

            Me too! So good.....

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      gimlis1mum Mar 19, 2013 05:51 AM

      I like the chicken or beef "gyro" at Corner Cafe in Malden. It's not a traditional gyro, she serves the seasoned meat on a toasted baguette and adds homemade tzaztiki and hot sauce. All of the sandwiches come like that (plus or minus the sauces and other toppings of your choice) which gives them a unique flavor, but IMO the combo is really great with the gyro meat.

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        opinionatedchef Mar 20, 2013 01:19 AM

        hi mum, plse remnd me- this is ground meat sliced off a spit? or 'whole sliced meat' sliced off a spit? or other? thx much. we need a new place to try !thx much.

        1. re: opinionatedchef
          gimlis1mum Mar 20, 2013 10:20 AM

          HI OC, I'm not sure - I don't recall seeing a spit but then again I wasn't looking for one.

          (Both Abiata Cafe and Baba Supermarket on Pleasant Street do use a spit with piled with layers of meat for their shawarma).

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            opinionatedchef Mar 21, 2013 12:30 AM

            mum, i think alot/most? of the schwarma around boston is bought -in as a seasoned product and the vendor puts it on their spit. that's how Moroccan Hospitality does it. So the meat tastes the same (and is very highly salted ) at alot of places.(Not at Garlic 'n Lemons but they are not nearby.) If you ever find out if any of these 3 places, Abiata, Baba and Corner, seasons their own meat,and doesn't serve it from a steam table, would you post it plse? thx so much.

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        mkfisher Mar 19, 2013 05:58 AM

        Not a particular sandwich per se, but some of the daily sandwich specials at Figaro's on Beach St. are pretty fantastic.

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          devilham Mar 19, 2013 09:37 AM

          Okay, just tried Figaro's after reading mkfisher's post, and yes, it was really good. Todays special was a 'taco burrito', which was taco beef, cheese, spicy rice, sour cream, lettuce (I said no to the lettuce, hot lettuce, blech) and the kicker...Fritos!!!! The fritos were awesome in there!!! Also too, because it sucked out today weatherwise, they were doling out free soup for every sandwich. I got the italian wedding soup which, while not amazing, was perfectly servicable and a nice touch on a cold winters day!

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            mkfisher Mar 20, 2013 05:22 AM

            Glad you enjoyed. It's a really solid spot with some different types of sandwiches. I walk down South St. to get there and always see the huge lines at Al's. Why those people don't walk an extra two blocks and get a far superior sandwich always confuses me.

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              devilham Mar 21, 2013 02:21 PM

              Yeah, Al's is cheaper, but Figaro's seems more inspired. I went there again today and had 'the two timer', and it was crazy delicious. It's a $9 sandwich, but it's $9 well spent. It's a fair distance from my work too (I am on Portland street near north station), and not cheap, but it's quality has earned it a spot in my rotation

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                Infomaniac Mar 21, 2013 07:34 PM

                Are you talkin about Al's in Wan Convenience Store on Tremont St., Roxbury Crossing?

                Anyone been here?

              2. re: mkfisher
                Beachowolfe Mar 21, 2013 06:36 PM

                Have you ever eaten at Al's? The wait there is roughly one third of the wait at Figaro's. The place is a well oiled machine. They make a great sandwich, quick, cheap, with awesome bread. Have you had a bad sandwich there?

                Agreed that Figaro's has some interesting, inventive sandwiches. Can't go wrong at either place, IMO.

                1. re: Beachowolfe
                  devilham Mar 22, 2013 03:36 AM

                  Sure have, as the actual state street location is MUCH closer to me then Figaros. I am not saying Al's is bad, agreed its fast and fresh, and inexpensive, just that its very typical, no interesting combinations or specials.

                  1. re: Beachowolfe
                    mkfisher Mar 22, 2013 05:35 AM

                    I have eaten at Al's. I also made no mention of the wait at Al's, as I'm aware the lines move very quickly because of the large staff they have working back there. I personally don't care for the bread (reminds me of Dino's in the North End, which I also don't enjoy). I've found the turkey slimey, the tomatoes mealy, and some of the hot options like chicken parm and steak & cheese to be rather bland. Figaro's doesn't suffer from any of those problems in my opinion. Clearly the product at Figaro's is priced a little higher, so if you're looking to keep costs down then Al's might indeed be a better option.

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                      devilham Mar 22, 2013 05:45 AM

                      The bread at Figaros is pretty great, the two timer was on an excelent piece of ciabota

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                        Beachowolfe Mar 22, 2013 07:55 PM


                        You remarked about the "huge line at Al's" and then wondered, "Why those people don't walk an extra two blocks and get a far superior sandwich".

                        Well, part of the reason is that it takes 25 f'n minutes to get a sandwich at Fig's.

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                          devilham Mar 23, 2013 05:50 AM

                          That is the truth! Saw many people ditch the line while I was in it. Al's has the people and the system to crank out sandwiches at an amazing rate, and I don't hate on Al's (as I mentioned erlier, just think there menu is uninspired), while Figaro's, who has now made me 3 excellent sandwiches (I have been putting them though their paces this week) is tasty and interesting, the system at Figaro's seems very half hazzard at best. The people there are super nice, so I cut them some slack, but you do have to plan to wait (or go early) if you expect to eat there....not so at Al's

                          1. re: Beachowolfe
                            mkfisher Mar 25, 2013 07:56 AM

                            Yes, Figaro's is slower. And yes, speed and price are two excellent reasons to go to Al's. So maybe I worded my previous statement incorrectly. That being said, I do feel that many people don't know about Figaro's because of the location, and thus they settle for Al's. Again, just my opinion. Feel free to disagree. I'm also sure that there are others that prefer Al's food to Figaro's. Totally fair. To each their own. The topic of the thread was *new* sandwiches, and IMHO Figaro's does a great job with that. Maybe the masses just want the same old turkey with LTM, but from my experience once people try Figaro's, places like Al's lose their spot in the rotation. Just my purely anecdotal experience.

                2. nsenada Mar 19, 2013 10:45 AM

                  I recently posted about a "sake cured salmon banh mi" at Sa Pa in the old Hot Tomatoes space. Definitely a new one on me, and the quality (and quantity) of the salmon was really excellent. Other ingredients were the typical daikon, carrots, cucumber, and miso mayo, with a mushroom "pate."

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                    Klunco Mar 19, 2013 10:52 AM

                    Wow, that sounds awesome!

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                      Gordough Mar 20, 2013 10:10 AM

                      I tried the Sake Cured Salmon bahn mi from Sa Pa today. It was pretty good! The quality of the salmon was excellent and I found the ingredients to be fresh. i also had no complaints about the bread. At $6+ sure it is well above the Chinatown places but I still felt like it was a reasonable price given the quantity and quality of the salmon.

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                        opinionatedchef May 18, 2013 06:28 PM

                        After reading the recent Globe piece, I was happy to re-find your post here. Since Sa Pa is closed wkends, I'm hoping to get there next week. Thx so much!

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                        foodieX2 Mar 20, 2013 10:30 AM

                        Can't say they are "new" or "different" but I love the lamb gyros and Mediterranean chicken wrap at Cedar Cafe in Hanover. Great falafel too.

                        I also think that Bare Cove Catering in Hingham makes a great sandwich. I am partial to the Karen and to the Mama Mia

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                          mbCrispyBits Mar 20, 2013 12:22 PM

                          Thanks for the great suggestions so far, folks! I appreciate it.

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                            SLL1065 Mar 20, 2013 03:14 PM

                            Spalla's in Natick for authentic Chicago Italian Roast Beef. The family that owns the place is from Chicago, so their food is the real deal, NOT a Chicago style gimmick.


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                              SLL1065 Mar 21, 2013 01:59 PM

                              How could I forget my favorite... the Cuban Sandwich at El Oriental de Cuba in Jamaica Plain.


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                                bear Mar 22, 2013 08:13 AM

                                Dom's in Waltham often does sandwiches as specials. They use house-made ciabatta. As far as their regular choices go, the Dom's Special Italian is a really nice sandwich, but I also love the melanzane. Terrific silky marinated eggplant, yum.

                                Unfortunately, I haven't found a consistent on-line source advertising the daily specials.

                                I usually make it there about 6:30 pm, and they are often out of things because it's closing time but I still always manage to get something delicious.

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                                  5thAndNowhere Mar 25, 2013 11:09 AM

                                  Everything at Strip T's?


                                  And it's not new but if youve never had a chacarero (downtown crossing), you must!

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                                    lime_green May 19, 2013 11:23 AM

                                    Not "new", but one of the best sandwiches I've ever had: the California BLT from City Slicker Cafe in Somerville. It has chipotle mayo with avocado. The bacon is crispy and perfect. I had it two days ago and I'm still salivating thinking of it.

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                                      mkfisher May 20, 2013 05:24 AM

                                      New for me at least... The Social Chicken at Back Bay Social Club. Had it yesterday and it was fantastic. The wife and I did a Boylston St. restaurant crawl to try and give those places business. It was the best thing we had.

                                      1. calisson May 20, 2013 02:57 PM

                                        Maybe not "new," but Amsterdam Falafelshop in Davis Square is wonderful. Their falafel is great, their pita is as well, and there are all sorts of wonderful add-ons as well.

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