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5 Boston sandwiches you need to eat right now

Published On 08/07/2014 Published On 08/07/2014

Boston Sandwiches have come a long way since John Montagu, 4th Earl of Sandwich, asked for a portable snack during a marathon poker game so he wouldn’t have to stop playing or get his cards dirty. These days, you don't even need a gambling addiction to order one! Here are five between-bread creations you need to get your hands on:

Anthem Boston

Anthem
Faneuil Hall
Anthem's recently rolled out some new menu items, most important among them this Fried Chicken Sandy. It’s a Southern-style achievement piled high with a golden brown chicken breast, pickled serrano peppers, and cabbage slaw -- and obviously you get fries and a side of ranch. Wash it down with a Jack’s Abby Hoponius Union and celebrate the harmony between North and South. Continue Reading

Red Lantern

Red Lantern
Back Bay
Red Lantern is sporting a new menu of Asian fusion bites, with creative offerings like the American Wagyu rib-eye with tonkatsu sauce. But we’re talking about sandwiches here, and their bao are completely crave-worthy. Be extra good to yourself and go for the lobster salad version: two buttery mantou "coffin" buns stuffed with Cape Cod lobster salad and pea shoots.

The Merchant

The Merchant
Downtown Crossing/FiDi
Ever since The Merchant’s March debut, the DX/FiDi brasserie has become a cubicle-dweller magnet for midday breaks and post-work decompressions. Show off your sophistication and order the grilled eggplant sandwich. This substantial hand-held feast will even satisfy die-hard carnivores with its slabs of eggplant crowned with goat cheese, spinach, and pepper salsa on a chewy baguette.

The Bancroft

The Bancroft
Burlington
Burlington’s latest hot spot, The Bancroft, serves farm-to-table fare and packs some serious protein. That’s why you’re ordering the Steak + Blue at lunch. It’s a "once you pick it up, can’t put it down", towering beauty with the aforementioned delicious steak draped with oozing blue cheese and caramelized onions on toasted brioche.

SA PA

SA PA
Downtown
SA PA Modern Vietnamese, another new kid on the block Downtown, brings you flavor-packed banh mi on toasted baguettes that come fully loaded with pickled carrots and daikon, mushroom & walnut pate spread, cucumber, cilantro, and house-made miso or spicy mayo. Now you just pick your protein: slow-braised beef, Saigon BBQ pulled pork, ginger lime chicken, or marinated tofu. Choose wisely.  

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1. Anthem Kitchen + Bar 101 South Market St, Boston, MA 02109 (Govt Center)

From the restaurant group behind City Table, Gather, and Ned Devine's, Anthem is a tried and true Boston favorite inside Faneuil Hall. The menu has a classic American lineup featuring veggie-laden wood-fired flatbreads, lobster mac & cheese, and a couple of artisan-style burgers. Aside from Ă  la carte comfort food, Anthem serves prix-fixe menus with impressive seafood courses, and the interior features elegant dining rooms equipped with dark leather booths and stone walls.

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2. Red Lantern 39 Stanhope St, Boston, MA 02116 (Back Bay)

Instead of celebrating the Chinese New Year like you usually do (by forgetting that it's the Chinese New Year), head to Red Lantern, because A) it kicks the crap out of Red Lobster, and B) they've got a special dim sum menu you're going to want to stuff in your face.

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3. The Merchant 60 Franklin St, Boston, MA 02110 (Downtown Crossing)

Check out this relaxed American brasserie that's got 60 beers (36 on draft), contemporary comfort eats, and in-house cured and smoked meats.

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4. The Bancroft 15 Third Ave, Burlington, MA 01803

This cavernous suburban restaurant has all the delicious and mood-setting frills to make sure Burlington is worth the drive. From the house made flavored salts that season the cuts, the tomahawk steak presented tableside, then brought back to the kitchen for carving, to the polenta cakes shaped like little cows that accompany each steak. As far as setting, Bancroft's modern iron and glass decor is a refreshing detour from the standard dark wood and brass, and both the cocktail and wine programs demand you designate someone else to drive home.

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5. Sa Pa Vietnamese Kitchen 92 Bedford St, Boston, MA 02111 (Downtown Crossing)

Now peddling those delicious French-Viet sandwiches people talk about on Chowhound and more in Downtown Crossing's former Hot Tomatoes, Sa Pa's a communal-table-friendly, lunch-only collab from the chef and owner of nearby Kingston Station that slings one of three plates (pho, banh mi, or bun) topped with a choice of meat that includes sake-cured salmon, slow-braised beef, ginger-lime chicken, and pork meatballs.

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