Best of Boston

BEST Sandwich

2013 BEST Sandwich

Cutty’s

Brookline

After 40 years of Best of Boston, it takes a lot to shock us. But if you told us that we would eat a sandwich that doesn’t even have meat—Cutty’s eggplant spuckie, a ciabatta roll filled with mozzarella, olive-carrot salad,… read more»

2012 BEST Sandwich

Cutty’s

Brookline

This Brookline Village spot refers to itself as “Home of the skillfully crafted sandwich.” Every entry on the menu, from the meat to the condiments to the bread selection—is obsessively chosen. The “Roast Beef 1000,” for instance, contains a perfectly… read more»

2008 BEST Sandwich

Hot Off the Press Café

Cambridge

That sandwiches are better toasted is a given—consider, for example, the unfailing success of the grilled cheese. This Central Square café understands the power of the press, turning otherwise competent sandwiches into the Best Southwestern Turkey Around. And the Best… read more»

2008 BEST Sandwich

Hot Off the Press Café

Cambridge

That sandwiches are better toasted is a given—consider, for example, the unfailing success of the grilled cheese. This Central Square café understands the power of the press, turning otherwise competent sandwiches into the Southwestern Turkey Around. And the Ham on… read more»

2007 BEST Sandwich

All Star Sandwich Bar

Cambridge

Putting potato chips in a sandwich, we’d heard of. But until the All Star Sandwich Bar came along and demonstrated what it means to really experiment with the medium, we hadn’t considered the gastronomical potential of, say, adding banana-guava jam… read more»

2002 BEST Sandwich, Takeout

Nashoba Brook Bakery

Boston

A sandwich is only as good as the bread that holds it together, and this mini-chain (the other location is in Concord) takes the prize for bread that’s a perfect canvas for inch-thick masterpieces. Sourdough, seven-grain, rye, rosemary garlic, and… read more»

2002 BEST Sandwich, Gourmet

Flour Bakery + Café

Boston

College dudes and little old ladies alike line up for Joanne Chang’s masterpieces, but one creation stands crust and center above the rest: her sandwiches. Bite into a brie, arugula, and smoked chicken number on crusty focaccia, slathered with roasted… read more»

2001 BEST Sandwich, Gourmet

Darwin’s Ltd.

Cambridge

Don’t be put off by the big Busch beer sign. Inside, Darwin’s feels like a hip country store with red tin tile walls. Loyal customers from a fast-moving line for sandwich specials such as the Brattle, a combination of smoked… read more»

2001 BEST Sandwich, Deli

Sam LaGrassa’s

Boston

Whether it’s the “Famous Rumanian Pastrami,” simple turkey, or a grilled sandwich, these handmade creations hit the spot every time. Though there are vegetarian options, meat is the focal point of most sandwiches here, particularly the pastrami cooked with brown… read more»

2000 BEST Sandwich, Gourmet

Parish Cafe

Boston

It’s hard to compete with a sandwich joint that’s tapping into the culinary genius of just about every megachef in Boston. Among the delicacies on the roster of almost two dozen sandwiches: Chris Schlesinger’s smoked ham and cheese with mango… read more»