Food & Drink

The 5 best sandwiches in Boston

Published On 10/03/2013 Published On 10/03/2013
Sandwich at Sam LaGrassa's
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1. Sam LaGrassa's 44 Province St, Boston, MA 02108 (Downtown Crossing)

Located in the heart of Downtown Boston, Sam LaGrassa's is only open for lunch on weekdays, but it reigns nonetheless as one of the best sandwich spots in the city. You have your work cut out for you with its stacked menu of specialties like Asiago Turkey and Jalapeño Chicken, but the true must-try is its Rumanian Pastrami: house-made, dry-cured beef that's seasoned then smoked before being piled high on light rye bread and crowned with Swiss.

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2. All Star Sandwich Bar 1245 Cambridge St, Cambridge, MA 02139 (East Cambridge)

Operating with the ethos that “a good sandwich is like an old friend,” All Star Sandwich Bar offers the ultimate sandwich experience from its post on Cambridge Street. The mounted chalkboard menu is home to all sandwich options on offer: the burger bar (featuring... burgers), classic sandwiches (like a tuna melt, or a chili cheese dog) funky sandwiches (this is where you’ll find house signatures, namely the lauded Mr. Miyagi, a hoisin-glazed pulled pork sandwich with Thai basil, English cucumber, pickled daikon and carrots, a fried egg and Sriracha aioli on brioche), and veggie sandwiches. To further the experience, All Star Sandwich Bar knows that nothing goes better with a sandwich -- of any kind -- than poutine, and nothing goes better with poutine than a pitcher of beer. All Star Sandwich Bar has got you covered.

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3. River Gods 125 River St, Boston, MA 02139 (Central Square)

Did you accidentally stumble onto the set of Alice in Wonderland 2: Winter is Coming? No -- you’ve just walked into one of the weirdest and coolest bar-staurants in Central Square. Pay homage to the river gods by slurping down an Amazon’s worth of classic cocktails, then chase it down with one of their tasty sandos, all amidst the gargoyle-bedecked walls, red-velvet seating, and Halloween-year-round decor.

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4. Parish Cafe and Bar Tremont 493 Massachusetts Ave, Boston, MA 02118 (South End)

A four-star American resto, this second edition of the Parish Cafe at Tremont builds delicious gourmet sammies and also serves up plenty of apps, comfort food and brews, in a space furnished with mahogany tables and a marble-top bar.

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5. Cutty's 284 Washington St, Brookline, MA 02445 (Brookline Village)

Cutty’s is the patron saint of sandwiches. If you're stopping into the Brookline Village shop for breakfast, you have inventive options at your fingertips like a Thai sausage sandwich and an eggs-Benedict-wich, but Cutty’s Egg Sandwich is always a solid choice, composed of eggs whipped with butter, sharp cheddar cheese, and either spicy Sriracha aioli, truffle ketchup, or red-eye mayo on Iggy’s black pepper brioche. For lunch, Cutty's Roast Beef 1000 is the must-order, piled high with house-roasted meat, crispy shallots, and sharp cheddar drizzled with Thousand Island dressing on brioche. Even noted car-driver Guy Fieri approves of the sandwiches here. Whether that makes you want to visit more or less is your prerogative.